Archive for December, 2015

Russian Soyuz 2.1V Fails to Separate Payload

Russian Soyuz 2.1V Fails to Separate Payload

Russia’s Soyuz-U booster, the version which launches crew to ISS may be one of the most reliable rockets in the world, but the other versions bearing the Soyuz name continue to suffer a series of mishaps. On Saturday, Russian conducted the second test launch of a Soyuz 2.1V rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome just under […]

Posted in: Russian Space
Fourth Time a Charm As Atlas V Blasts Off On First Mission to ISS

Fourth Time a Charm As Atlas V Blasts Off On First Mission to ISS

It took a fourth effort to finally loft a ULA Atlas V on its first ever flight to the International Space Station, but after waiting out seemingly endless bad weather, the Orbital ATK / NASA OA-4 mission finally launched on Sunday afternoon. The ULA story is here, and the Orbital ATK mission page is here. […]

Virgin Galactic Taps 747 For Satellite Launch

Virgin Galactic Taps 747 For Satellite Launch

Virgin Galactic Press Release: Dec 03, 2015 LAUNCHERONE PROGRAM TO USE DEDICATED 747-400 AIRCRAFT TO RESPONSIVELY AIR-LAUNCH SMALL SATELLITE CUSTOMER PAYLOADS San Antonio, TX – December 3, 2015 – Virgin Galactic introduced the newest addition to its fleet of vehicles today as part of a technical update on its LauncherOne small satellite launch service. The […]

Posted in: Virgin Galactic
Russia’s Lunar Ambitions Following an American Path Not Taken

Russia’s Lunar Ambitions Following an American Path Not Taken

Is Russia following a path the American space program could have taken? A story in the Russian news agency TASS outlines a lunar exploration program which seems to draw on many of the lessons recently learned, but not applied by NASA for its own “Journey to Mars.” The program, which has yet to be funded, […]

Posted in: Moon, Russian Space
Profound Propellant Problems Prompt DARPA to Cancel ALASA

Profound Propellant Problems Prompt DARPA to Cancel ALASA

The growing list of potential smallsat launchers thinned out a bit last week with the news that DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has cancelled ALASA, the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program which was awarded to Boeing in 2014. The story, reported in Space News, cites difficulties in maintaining safe control over the […]

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