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  • NASA's $1 Billion Mobile Launcher Leans a Little

    02/21/2018 10:03:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | Feb 21, 2018 | By Avery Thompson
    NASA's latest tower for launching rockets has a little bit of a lean, which means it may be able to launch just a single rocket. The cost of this tower boondoggle? Almost $1 billion. The tower in question is the Mobile Launcher designed for NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System, which would become the world’s most powerful rocket once completed in a few years. The tower is supposed to keep the rocket stable and upright on the platform during a launch. The system was built for NASA’s now-defunct Ares I rocket and later repurposed for the SLS. The Mobile Launcher is...
  • The first launch of NASA’s SLS rocket delayed again

    02/22/2018 5:15:23 AM PST · by Voption · 6 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 21, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    SLS continues to be this ever receding but very expensive fantasy, scheduled for a future that never arrives, while spending enormous amounts of money that would be far better spent in other ways. The first launch, should it happen in 2020, would be three years later than originally planned, nine years after the initiation of the SLS project, and sixteen years after George Bush first proposed it. For this single unmanned test mission NASA will have spent about $25 billion.
  • The patriarchal race to colonize Mars is just another example of male entitlement

    02/21/2018 1:19:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 87 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 21, 2018 | Marcie Bianco
    What does a midlife crisis look like in the 21st century? Frittering away your life savings on a red sports car is so last century. Instead, today’s man who is grappling with the limitations of his mortality spends $90 million on a rocket to launch a $100,000 electric car, helmed by a robot by the name of “Starman,” into space. “We want a new space race,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in a press conference shortly after the launch of his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket — and his Tesla Roadster — into space earlier in February. Like a child, he...
  • SpaceX to Launch Demo Satellites for High-Speed Internet Project From Vandenberg [AFB] Wednesday

    02/18/2018 4:46:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    On Wednesday, SpaceX’s test satellites won’t be the only thing aboard the rocket. The primary mission is to deliver a satellite, called PAZ, for the Spanish government. According to European firm Airbus, which was the primary contractor for PAZ, the satellite will serve “many different applications,” including defense and security.
  • SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to Feb. 21

    02/18/2018 6:55:36 AM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    Space.com ^ | 2/18/2018 | Tariq Malik
    SpaceX has delayed the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket to no earlier than Wednesday (Feb. 21) to allow final checks of the rocket's upgraded nose cone. The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch early Sunday (Feb. 18) from a pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base to send SpaceX's first Starlink broadband satellites and the Paz radar-imaging satellite for Spain into orbit. The mission had already been delayed 24 hours to allow extra checks. On Saturday, SpaceX representatives announced that more time was needed for final checks of the Falcon 9 rocket's upgraded payload fairing, the clamshell-like...
  • Falcon Heavy and Starman cruiser success debrief; John Batchelor Show

    02/10/2018 8:49:17 AM PST · by Voption · 84 replies
    The John Batchelor Show podcast ^ | February 9, 2018 | John Batchelor & Robert Zimmerman
    "Capitalism in space: SpaceX has highlighted the last image from its Tesla car, heading out to the asteroid belt after being lofted into space by its Falcon Heavy rocket... .....this also highlights that a private American company was able to send a payload beyond Earth orbit, and it took them only seven years of development and no government funds. ....[an almost perfect test] according to Musk, the reason the [1st stage] core hit the water so fast is because some engines did not fire as intended. [SpaceX] engineers believed only one of three engines fired during a final burn designed...
  • The State of the World Wide Rocket Industry at the start of 2018.

    02/11/2018 8:32:50 PM PST · by Voption · 18 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | January 2, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    First, 2016 was the worst year for the Russian rocket industry in decades...Second, China has been aggressively ramping up its launch rate, and in 2016 moved clearly into the top tier of space-faring nations...Third, the United States is clearly transitioning away from a government owned and operated rocket industry to one owned and operated by the private sector. Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the federal government has not launched a single rocket that it designed, built, and owns. Instead, every payload put in space by the U.S. has been put there by a private sector rocket.
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Success

    02/06/2018 1:11:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 176 replies
    SpaceX feed at YouTube ^ | February 6, 2018
    Apart from not yet knowing whether the core booster stuck its landing on the drone ship, the rest of the launch went perfectly!
  • Safety Panel Raises Concerns about SpaceX Falcon 9 Pressure Vessel for Commercial Crew Missions

    01/15/2018 12:28:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    space.com ^ | 01/15/2018 | Jeff Foust
    An independent safety panel recommended NASA not certify SpaceX's commercial crew system until the agency better understands the behavior of pressure vessels linked to a Falcon 9 failure in 2016. That recommendation was one of the stronger items in the annual report of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) released by NASA Jan. 11, which found that NASA was generally managing risk well on its various programs. The report devoted a section to the composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) used to store helium in the second stage propellant tanks of the Falcon 9. The investigation into the September 2016 pad explosion that destroyed...
  • Rumors Swirl That the Secret Zuma Spacecraft Launched By SpaceX Was Lost

    01/08/2018 4:28:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Monday, January 8, 2018 | Jay Bennett
    Last night at 8:00 p.m. EST, SpaceX conducted its first launch of the year, carrying a classified spacecraft built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. government code-named "Zuma." Now reports are circulating that the Zuma spacecraft might have been lost following the launch. Peter B. de Selding, a spaceflight reporter for Space Intel Report, first tweeted that sources suggested to him that the satellite "may be dead in orbit after separation." ...Popular Mechanics has reached out to both SpaceX and Northrop Grumman for comment about the fate of the satellite. Northrop did not immediately reply, but a SpaceX spokesperson issued...
  • Watch Relativity Space test fire its 3D printed Aeon 1 rocket engine, it's amazing!

    01/07/2018 4:22:58 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    www.3ders.org ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Tess
    Relativity Space, a Los Angeles orbital launch startup, has just released a short video showing its innovative Aeon 1 3D printed rocket engine in action. The impressive piece of equipment consists of just three 3D printed parts and is capable of reaching full thrust force in milliseconds. We’ve known for awhile that Relativity Space was working on some pretty cool stuff. This past October, for instance, the company announced the development of the Stargate 3D printer, which it says it the largest metal 3D printing system in the world. The machine, which consists of multiple laser-equipped Kuka robotic arms and...
  • Dashcam video shows three-car crash as freeway drivers brake for SpaceX rocket launch

    12/26/2017 3:37:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    L A Times ^ | 12/26/2017 | Joseph Serna
    The vehicles are westbound on the 10 Freeway in Banning when the rocket’s plume begins to cut through the darkening sky. The driver in the vehicle with the camera and his children can be heard talking about the rocket in amazement while he slows for the wall of brake lights forming in front of them as other drivers take notice. Moments after they drive under the South San Gorgonio Avenue overpass, a thud is heard and then a white four-door vehicle in the next lane is shoved into the car in front of it by a van that rear-ended it....
  • SpaceX aims to follow a banner year with an even faster 2018 launch cadence

    11/21/2017 10:14:32 AM PST · by Elderberry · 32 replies
    Space News ^ | 11/21/2017 | Caleb Henry
    SpaceX, now on track to more than double its personal best for launches conducted in a single year, wants to further accelerate its launch pace in 2018 by perhaps 10 or more missions. “We will increase our cadence next year about 50 percent,” Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and COO, told SpaceNews in an interview last week. “We’ll fly more next year than this year, knock on wood, and I think we will probably level out at about that rate, 30 to 40 per year.” With 16 launches completed and three to four remaining by year’s end, SpaceX is tracking to...
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Elon Musk's SpaceX could face new competition for military launches

    11/17/2017 10:29:27 AM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    On Thursday, Virgin Orbit won a contract from the Air Force to carry "technology demonstration satellites" on its LauncherOne rocket by early 2019. The LauncherOne rocket will be "air launched" from a modified Boeing 747 called "Cosmic Girl." The contract follows Branson's quiet launch earlier this month of Vox Space, a subsidiary of Virgin Orbit, that will focus on military contracts. While there is plenty of room in space, the launchpad is becoming more crowded. That's good news for the Pentagon as it looks toward increased competition and embracing new technology like reusable rockets to lower launch costs. United Launch...
  • SpaceX Launch of Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Delayed Until Friday

    11/17/2017 9:02:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 16, 2017 04:05pm | Mike Wall
    The launch of Zuma atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has been pushed to Friday (Nov. 17) at the earliest, officials with the U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing announced via Twitter today (Nov. 16). "We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer," SpaceX communications director John Taylor said in a statement this afternoon. "Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date."
  • SpaceX to Launch Classified "Zuma" Payload Tonight

    11/16/2017 7:54:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Nov 16, 2017 | Jay Bennett
    A Falcon 9 rocket is vertical on the pad at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A with a classified payload in the fairing. A launch window for the flight opens at 8:00 p.m. EST and remains open until 10:00 p.m. The first stage of the Falcon 9 will return for a vertical landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Defense giant Northrop Grumman has confirmed in a statement that it procured the launch for an undisclosed customer, but what the payload is, and who will be operating the satellite, have not been revealed. The codename for...
  • SpaceX Sets Oct. 11 Sunset Blastoff of ... Used Falcon 9 Rocket: Watch Live

    If all goes well this will be the second launch for SpaceX this week following Monday’s Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg AFB, Ca carrying 10 Iridium-NEXT satellites to orbit – and a record setting 15th of 2017! EchoStar 105/SES-11 is a high-powered hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite launching as a dual-mission satellite for US-based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based operator SES. The used two stage 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket was rolled out to pad 39A today, erected to vertical launch position and is now poised for liftoff Wednesday. It will launch the two and a half ton EchoStar 105/SES-11...
  • Falcon 9 launches Dragon with heavy science payload

    08/15/2017 11:19:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    space news ^ | August 14, 2017 | Jeff Foust
    SANTA FE, N.M. — A SpaceX Falcon launched a Dragon cargo ship from Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:31 p.m. Eastern Aug. 14 with a pristine payload of physics, chemical and biological research, for the International Space Station. The mission designated SpX-12, will arrive on station early on Aug. 16. The Dragon is carrying 3 ton of cargo for the station, of which nearly 75 percent is science and U S Army, Kestrel Eye.
  • Fire returns to flame trench at Apollo-era launch pad in Florida

    02/14/2017 8:20:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Spaceflight now ^ | 02/14/2017 | Stephen Clark
    Nine Merlin engines ignited and throttled up to nearly 2 million pounds of thrust Sunday during a brief hold-down firing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, sending a plume of smoke out of the flame trench at Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A as the company preps for a space station cargo mission next weekend. .... Onlookers at Kennedy Space Center reported visible venting of super-chilled liquid oxygen vapors from the rocket leading up to the static fire test, then a white cloud of rocket exhaust rushing out of the north side of the launch pad as the Merlin engines...
  • Federal Investigators Spot Flaws in SpaceX Falcon 9 Rockets

    02/03/2017 1:32:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Feb 3, 2017 | Jay Bennett
    After launching ten satellites into orbit last month, and successfully landing a Falcon 9 first stage, it looked like SpaceX was getting back on track. But unfortunately, preliminary reports from a Government Accountability Office investigation have found "persistent cracking of vital propulsion-system components," according to The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, turbofans that pump rocket fuel to the Falcon 9 engines were identified as weak points where cracking can occur. ... Acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot told The Wall Street Journal that the agency is "talking to [SpaceX] about turbo machinery," and that he's confident "we know how to fix them."...