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India Successfully Tests a Scramjet Engine

India Successfully Tests a Scramjet Engine

As anyone who has traveled from the U.S. to India can attest, it is one damn long flight. And while it may not be getting shorter anytime soon, perhaps there is hope on the horizon. On Sunday, India took another significant step in its drive to develop cutting edge domestic aerospace technology with a successful […]

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India Successfully Tests RLV Technologies Demonstrator

India Successfully Tests RLV Technologies Demonstrator

From the Indian Space Research Organization: India’s Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD), Successfully Flight Tested Today, May 23, 2016 ISRO successfully flight tested India’s first winged body aerospace vehicle operating in hypersonic flight regime. In this experimental mission, the HS9 solid rocket booster carrying RLV-TD lifted off from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan […]

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Musk: SpaceX Plans to Re-Fly Falcon 9 in June

Musk: SpaceX Plans to Re-Fly Falcon 9 in June

He declined to talk about his company’s plans for Mars, and seemed surprisingly apprehensive regarding the challenges in launching Falcon Heavy, but Elon Musk’s remarks at a post flight news conference for the CRS-8 mission dropped a bombshell that likely sent his competitors to bed with a stiff drink, if not stronger stuff. Having previously […]

Blue Origin Makes it a Three-peat With Saturday Launch, Recovery

Blue Origin Makes it a Three-peat With Saturday Launch, Recovery

  Blue Origin has successfully conducted a third consecutive launch of its New Shepard reusable  suborbital booster. The latest flight of the hydrogen/oxygen single engine rocket topped with an equally reusable Crew Capsule included several new elements. First, in a welcome development, company founder Jeff Bezos advised followers via Twitter on Friday that a new […]

India Anticipates May Launch for RLV Demonstrator

India Anticipates May Launch for RLV Demonstrator

The prospect of clearer skies is helping India draw closer to a flight test of a reusable launch vehicle demonstrator. After delaying a test of the RLV-TD originally planned to take place last December in order to work through technical issues, the Indian Space Research Organization is anticipating the suborbital launch of the 6.5 meter, […]

German, Japanese Space Programs Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

German, Japanese Space Programs Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

The German and Japanese Space agencies have announced a strategic partnership agreement which seeks to leverage both nations’ technological expertise to strengthen commercial and scientific space efforts. Among the items specifically cited in the press release is research into reusable launchers. DLR and JAXA strengthen cooperation JAXA Press Release: Today (25 February 2016), the German […]

For SpaceX, RLV Development Takes a Momentary Backseat to Customer Satisfaction

For SpaceX, RLV Development Takes a Momentary Backseat to Customer Satisfaction

SpaceX is continuing to feel the effects of last year’s Falcon failure on the NASA/CRS-7 resupply flight to the International Space Station. Following a return to flight and a successful debut for the Falcon 9 Full Thrust as part of the Orbcomm OG-2 mission on December 21st, 2015, SpaceX launched the Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite […]

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Quickening Steps Up the Long Ladder to a Reusable Space Architecture

Quickening Steps Up the Long Ladder to a Reusable Space Architecture

This could be the year of the real thing. In an interview conducted just days after his company completed the second successful suborbital launch of its New Shepard rocket, Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson indicated that 2016 should see the same vehicle fly “again and again” as it begins building the experience base which will lead […]

Next Week’s SpaceX Launch Aims for a Pacific Landing

Next Week’s SpaceX Launch Aims for a Pacific Landing

According to industry analyst  Charles Lurio, next week’s Jason-3 launch from Vandenberg, Ca. will include a new attempt to recover a Falcon 9 first stage at sea. SpaceX will try to land the Falcon 9 first stage on a drone ship during the Jason-3 launch from Vandenberg AFB on January 17. — Charles A. Lurio […]

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Blue Origin, SpaceX and Embracing the RLV Revolution

Blue Origin, SpaceX and Embracing the RLV Revolution

Opinion “On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting–died.”  -George W. Cecil On November 23rd, Blue Origin joined SpaceX as the second American company to demonstrate vertical landing capability for a human scaled launch vehicle.  Flying out of its West Texas […]

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