Archive for June, 2013

SpaceX Conducts New Test

SpaceX Conducts New Test

Although there has been no official word from SpaceX, nor even a tweet from Elon Musk,  according to Wacotrib.com Space X apparently conducted another moderately long duration test of the Falcon 9-R Wednesday evening.   It is unclear just how long the test lasted with witnesses saying it was “about a minute.”  NASAspaceflight.com has a […]

Russia Looks at Methane Propulsion for Next Generation Soyuz

Russia Looks at Methane Propulsion for Next Generation Soyuz

With 1,806 launches to its credit,  the most recent a military satellite launched from Plesetsk on June 7th, the Russian Soyuz remains in a class all by itself.  In all likelihood it will remain that way.  Anatoly Zak reports on Russianspaceweb.com today that engineers at Tsskb Progress in Samara, which manufactures the Soyuz booster, are […]

Swiss Space Systems Sign Development Agreement with Thales Alenia

Swiss Space Systems Sign Development Agreement with Thales Alenia

Swiss Space Systems has signed an agreement with Thales Alenia Space to develop the pressurized compartment for its air launched SOAR (Sub-Orbital Aircraft Reusable  space plane announced in March.  SOAR is intended to be primarily employed as reusable  second stage for launching small satellites, but S3 is also seeking to enter the suborbital research and tourism market with a pressurized compartment which can […]

NASA’s Asteroid Retrieval Mission May Lack a Viable Target

NASA’s Asteroid Retrieval Mission May Lack a Viable Target

A Future in Space Operations presentation earlier this week by Dan Adamo, which can be found here, highlights a potential serious problem with NASA’s proposed asteroid capture mission.  The presentation focuses on a “V” plot  which shows a range of Near Earth Asteroids grouped into three different classes by their orbital characteristics.  Some NEAs falling within […]

Posted in: Asteroids, NASA
ULA Investigated for Anti Trust Violations

ULA Investigated for Anti Trust Violations

What was already likely to not be a very happy week at United Launch Alliance just got a whole lot worse. Only a day after SpaceX entered into an agreement with the Air Force to begin the process of qualifying its boosters for EELV business,  Reuters is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission is opening an […]

SpaceX Takes Another Step into EELV Market

SpaceX Takes Another Step into EELV Market

The U.S. Air  Force Space and Missile  Systems Center announced yesterday that it has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., paving the way for the company to take the next steps along the pathway to entering the EELV business as outlined in the New Entrants Certification Guide which was introduced in October 2011.  […]

Shenzhou-10 Lifts Off

Shenzhou-10 Lifts Off

Source: Xinhuanet.com China’s Shenzhou-10 mission lifted off successfully this morning at 5:38 a.m. EDT, (5:38 p.m. local) sending the crew of three on what is expected to be a 40 hour rendezvous with the awaiting Tiangong-1  space station. During what the Chinese space agency has described as an “applications oriented flight,”  the astronauts will conduct both a manual and an automatic docking […]

Posted in: Chinese space
China Prepares to Launch Next Manned Mission

China Prepares to Launch Next Manned Mission

Coming right on the heels of a two-day summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and American President Barack Obama, China has announced the imminent launch of its next crewed spaceflight mission, scheduled for 5:38 p.m Beijing time, 5:38 a.m. EDT, from the Jiuquan Launch Center. The three person crew of the Shenzhou-10 mission consists of Nie Haisheng, who […]

Posted in: Chinese space
Falcon 9-R Completes First Long Duration Firing

Falcon 9-R Completes First Long Duration Firing

If you’ve ever been to Key West, you probably visited Mallory Square docks around sunset to look for the elusive “Green Flash” on the western horizon. It is a beautiful sight to be sure, but for space exploration enthusiasts, it perhaps pales in comparison to another green flash, that emitted by the tea-tab ignition which marks the […]

The Business of Flying with Celebrities

The Business of Flying with Celebrities

It has been an interesting couple of weeks for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and what appears to be the growing trend among high profile celebrities to sign up for flights aboard the V.S.S. Enterprise.   Two weeks ago  a Russian businessman  reportedly paid the equivalent of $1.5 million at a benefit auction for the right to share a flight with Leonardo […]

Posted in: Space Tourism
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