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  • SpaceX Dragon Successfully Returns to Earth From the ISS

    08/25/2018 10:57:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 30 replies
    “If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before. That really is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space.” --Elon Musk
  • Russia Keeps Profiting from U.S. Reliance on RD-180 Rocket Engine

    05/29/2016 7:58:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 5/27/2016 | Bridget Johnson
    The outcome of dueling versions of the National Defense Authorization Act could determine how much the U.S. lines Russia's pockets before what some lawmakers hope is a speedy transition to a domestically produced rocket engine. The RD-180 engine is built by NPO Energomash, a manufacturer mostly owned by the Russian Federation. It's used in the Atlas V rocket, built by Lockheed Martin and Boeing's United Launch Alliance. The House version of the NDAA approves all of the 18 requested engines. In the Senate, where there has been a lengthy battle over buying from Russia, the NDAA authorizes nine engines. Either...
  • Start-ups test small satellite launcher above Brisbane

    12/27/2015 6:28:52 PM PST · by Utilizer · 3 replies
    © iTnews ^ | Dec 28 2015 8:54AM (AUS) | Ry Crozier
    An Australian project to create a reusable vehicle to launch small satellites is a step closer after flying a small-scale test model in Brisbane. The test vehicle was built and flown by Australian Droid and Robot, a drone start-up by Dr Joe Cronin - best known for managing the load haul dump (LHD) automation project at the former Rio Tinto-owned Northparkes mine in NSW - and rocket scientist Dawid Preller. The entire Austral Launch Vehicle (ALV) project is being run by Heliaq Engineering Services and involves multiple partners including Australian Droid and Robot and the University of Queensland. The project...
  • RIP Hillel Diamond, Canadian Rocketry Legend

    02/20/2011 12:29:48 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    February 19, 2011 | John LeBlanc
    I just learned that Mr. Hillel Diamond passed away yesterday, 19 February 2011. As founder and President of the Canadian Rocket Society, Mr. D was single-handedly responsible for legalizing and popularizing the hobby of model rocketry in Canada. I first met the man when I was eleven years old, when he introduced me to the hobby. During my teen years he had a profound influence on my life and I have many fond memories of the experiences he provided and the friendships he helped me develop. I will miss him. His funeral will be held tomorrow, 21 February 2011 at...
  • Ares I-X Data Continue To Match Models

    12/07/2009 12:47:09 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 700+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/04/2009 | Frank Morring, Jr.
    After 30 days of data reduction, Ares I-X engineers continue to find fairly close correlation between their computer models and the flight performance of the test vehicle, which was the tallest rocket ever launched. Flight-control algorithms developed for the operational vehicle "worked extremely well," said NASA's Marshall Smith, systems engineering and integration (SE&I) manager for Ares I-X, and the flight data in general validated the computer models being used to design Ares I. "I, personally, from SE&I, am very, very pleased with the performance of our (guidance, navigation and control) system; the algorithms that we're testing for Ares I worked...
  • Rocket competition stirs kids' enthusiasm

    05/16/2009 1:44:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 439+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, May 16, 2009. | ALLISON GATLIN
    MOJAVE - The ear-splitting chorus of enthusiasm from more than 700 elementary school students echoed Friday across the Mojave Air and Space Port, punctuated periodically by the "whoosh" of a model rocket launch as participants cheered their entries in the Intermediate Space Challenge. The annual challenge pits teams of fourth- through sixth-grade classes in a competition to build a model rocket that reaches the highest point during launches conducted in the culminating event at the airport. Teams also are judged on their essays written on futuristic space-based businesses, banners and marketing strategy and team spirit. Joshua Middle School in Mojave...
  • Rocket-Powered 21-Foot-Long X-Wing Model Actually Flies

    10/03/2007 11:22:35 AM PDT · by TChris · 18 replies · 1,944+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 10/2/2007 | Jesus Diaz
    Andy Woerner and his crazy rocketeer friends have built a 21-foot long X-Wing model that can actually fly. Yes, this is a real X-Wing powered by four solid-fuel rocket engines complete with radio-controlled moving wings. It blasts off in California next week, and we talked with Andy about the project, and how they expect it will do. All the details and a full construction gallery after the jump. The X-Wing model is huge. At 21 feet long and with a wingspan of over 19 feet it is, in fact, big enough to fly a kid in. However, knowing that it...
  • Homer J. Stewart, early rocketeer, dies in California at 91

    06/11/2007 1:40:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 556+ views
    Homer J. Stewart, an early pioneer of rocket research who helped develop the first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer I, has died. He was 91. Stewart, an emeritus professor of aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology, died May 26 at his home in Altadena, the school said in a statement. Stewart came to Caltech in 1936, but in the late 1950s took a leave of absence to advise on the preparation of Explorer I. Following the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik I in October 1957, there was a frenzied effort by the United States to launch a satellite of...
  • New 'Rocket Engine of the Future' goes to 'Mainstage'

    07/21/2006 5:48:15 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 218+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | 07/19/06
    CANOGA PARK, Calif., July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A new rocket propulsion technology demonstration has marked an important milestone, achieving "mainstage" or constant full-power performance for the first time. Called the Integrated Powerhead Demonstration, or IPD, this development project combines the very latest in rocket engine propulsion technologies. To date, the IPD has conducted 21 of 26 tests and accumulated 300 seconds of operation, up to 100 percent power level at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Mississippi. The IPD is being developed through the combined efforts of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)...
  • Team America Rocketry Challenge Crowns New Champion

    05/20/2006 8:45:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 221+ views
    Aerospace Industries Association ^ | Saturday May 20, 6:44 pm ET
    THE PLAINS, Va., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A team from Statesville Christian School in Statesville, N.C. won the Team America Rocketry Challenge Saturday, dedicating the victory to two team members who died in separate car accidents. The team -- Myles Dunlap, Will Cobb, and Michael Goetz -- beat out 99 other squads of middle and high school students facing off in the final round of the world's largest rocket contest. The team's score of 1.79 reflected a perfect altitude of 800 feet and just shy of two seconds off the target flight time of 45 seconds. The winning rocket bore...
  • Rocket man: Worcester’s Robert Goddard reached for the stars

    04/30/2006 5:46:01 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 13 replies · 603+ views
    Milford Daily News ^ | 04/30/06 | Chris Bergeron
    The Space Age began Oct. 19, 1899, when Robert Goddard, a tubercular 17-year-old from Worcester, climbed a cherry tree in his back yard and dreamed of sending a "device" to Mars. Seven years later on his Aunt Effie’s farm in Auburn, Goddard launched a homemade gasoline-fueled rocket 41 feet up into the air before it crashed 2.5 seconds later into a cabbage patch. A small step for the geek known as the Father of Rocketry. A giant leap into our past and future at the Worcester Historical Museum.
  • Rocket entrepreneur to forge ahead

    04/06/2006 7:57:25 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 9 replies · 400+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 04/06/06 | Roger Fillion
    COLORADO SPRINGS - The entrepreneur who wants to operate the Southwest Airlines of the satellite-launch business said he's not about to quit because the maiden flight of his new rocket recently ended in catastrophic failure. "We're not going to cut and run if we have a few issues. We're not going to cut and run if we have a lot of issues," Internet billionaire Elon Musk told the National Space Symposium on Wednesday. "We're going to see this through." Musk is the same man who's challenging Lockheed Martin and Boeing's joint rocket venture in the courtroom, saying it would run...
  • The Biggest Bang

    01/04/2006 9:54:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 232+ views
    Popular Science ^ | June 2005 | Joseph Hooper
    For six days over this extended July 4th weekend, this field on the outskirts of the college town of Geneseo is the setting for the Large Dangerous Rocket Ship launch... At East Coast launch sites like this one, which tend to be situated close to flight paths and population centers, participants are granted temporary waivers that allow them to fly as high as 12,000 feet. But at desert launch sites in the West, the sky’s the limit. In Black Rock, Nevada, last May, former Hollywood stuntman Ky Michaelson made history, launching a 21-foot, 700-pound rocket called Go Fast that climbed...
  • The Magical Father of American Rocketry

    05/31/2005 4:58:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 62 replies · 1,678+ views
    Reason ^ | May 2005 | Brian Doherty
    He was an acolyte of Aleister Crowley, an employee of Howard Hughes, a victim of L. Ron Hubbard, and an enthusiastic phone buddy to Wernher Von Braun. He was an only child, his adulterous dad booted by his angry mom. In seeking father figures and brotherhood, he became a vital link in two mighty chains in human history: rocketry and ritual magic. His science was built on intuition, and his magic on experiment. John Whiteside Parsons was born in 1914 and died in 1952. His short life is a fascinating case study in the limits and the contradictions of unbounded...
  • Team America Rocketry Challenge to Crown National Champion

    05/17/2005 6:44:57 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 261+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | 05/17/05
    ARLINGTON, Va., May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockets return to the spring sky over The Plains, Va. Saturday when hundreds of students compete to be the best model rocketeer in the country and win a share of $60,000 in prizes. The third annual Team America Rocketry Challenge will feature more than 500 middle and high school students converging on Great Meadow to take part in the largest model rocket contest in the world.
  • DOJ/BATFE attack on Amateur Rocketry in America

    12/20/2003 5:46:52 PM PST · by iz55 · 40 replies · 288+ views
    Amateur Rocketry Society of America ^ | December 20, 2003 | ARSAnews
    [from the ARSA news webpage] ATFE Forces Aerotech To Provide Motors For ATFE Anti-Rocketry Video linkDecember 20, 2003 - Since the publication by ARSA of the ATFE's attempt to produce an anti-rocketry video on the dangers of hobby rockets to commercial aircraft, vendors and manufacturers have refused to sell to the ATFE. This resulted in a letter from the ATFE to the president of Aerotech, Gary Rosenfield demanding that they deliver 40 G80 motors to the ATFE. The ATFE letter claimed the hobby rocket motors were needed in the interest of national security. The letter claimed Aerotech had no other...
  • What is happening to rocketry in America

    11/08/2003 8:20:55 AM PST · by iz55 · 5 replies · 184+ views
    U.S. Senator Press Release ^ | July 29, 2003 | U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo
    The United States of America is the leader in mankind’s effort to colonize and explore space. Hobby rocketry plays an important role in stimulating the fascination of young minds in this direction, and provides an essential teaching tool and experimentation paradigm for developing technological expertise in areas necessary in this endeavor, for those in elementary, secondary and higher education. Recent changes in Federal law, that traverse in unpredictable ways through State and Local law, threaten to take rocketry out of the hands of Americans - the only people ever to set foot on a heavenly body other than the Earth....
  • Satellite Image Of Brazilian Rocket Explosion Aftermath

    08/29/2003 11:12:11 PM PDT · by witnesstothefall · 26 replies · 372+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 8/28/03
    This Aug. 23, 2003 IKONOS satellite image shows the aftermath of the explosion that destroyed the Brazilian VLS-1 V-03 rocket designed to carry two satellites into orbit. The Aug. 22 explosion killed 21 people after an engine ignited by mistake while on its launch pad. The rocket exploded at its jungle base of Alcantara, in the northeastern state of Maranhao, Brazil. The image shows the burned vegetation and the collapsed launch pad. A before image taken on Sept. 5, 2001 is also available for comparison. The image may be used to support reporting of this story in print, broadcast and...
  • Citing Terror Fears, Sens. Schumer, Lautenberg Oppose Loosened Rocket Hobby Rules

    07/29/2003 2:36:48 PM PDT · by New Horizon · 81 replies · 258+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2003 | Devlin Barrett
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to loosen federal restrictions for model rocket enthusiasts drew fire Tuesday from senators from New York and New Jersey, who said the proposal would give terrorists access to dangerous explosives. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized the measure by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., to change the Homeland Security Act to allow rocket enthusiasts to buy black powder and another form of high-powered rocket propellant without submitting to a background check. The act was passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Standing next to a seven-foot tall rocket, Schumer said the legislation effectively would allow would-be terrorists...
  • Japanese Space capsule completes its lab mission (Freeper title: Japanese have MIRV capability)

    06/03/2003 10:20:15 PM PDT · by bonesmccoy · 16 replies · 265+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 5-31-03 | Asahi Shimbun
    The capsule is plucked from the sea after a splashy re-entry. A satellite capsule carrying superconductive materials grown in space was recovered Friday in waters southeast of the Ogasawara islands after completing its nine-month mission. It is the first time Japan has recovered materials it produced in space. The capsule disengaged from its host in space, an experimental satellite called the Unmanned Space Experiment Recovery System (USERS), just after 4 a.m. Friday. After orbiting the Earth once, it exited its orbit by reversing its engine and re-entered the atmosphere. At 6:34 a.m., a search plane picked up signals from the...