NRO L-39 was launched by an Atlas V 401 launch vehicle ot 0714 GMT on 6 December 2013. Details about the satellite remain sketchy save to noted that it is thought to be a military radar satellitle of the TOPAZ class which was lauched fron Vandenberg in California to a backward leaning ”very retrograde” orbit. There […]
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The Dragon CRS-1 has returned to Earth. The International Space Station’s robot arm unberthed Dragon CRS 1 from the Harmony module at 1119 GMT and released it at 1329 GMT on 28 October 2012. After making two burns and jettisoning its “trunk”, the Dragon CRS-1 spacecraft re-entered at 1902GMT, splashing down in the Pacific off Baja California at 1922GMT. As part of its NASA contract, the cargo, including medical samples, will be returned to the Administration.
It has been revealed in a presentation at the International Astronautical Congress by Michael Berglund of the United Launch Allance that unexpectedly high temperature readings were recorded on the centrebody soon after ignition the NRO L-49 flight of the Delta IV Heavy vehicle. The flight took place on 20 February 2011 from the Vandenberg launch site in California, USA. The flight was the first time that the rocket had flown from the Western Test Range. All previous Delta IV Heavy flights had occured from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The United Kingdom’s Institude of Directors (IoD) has commissioned a report into Britain’s Space Industry. The report called Space: Britain’s New Space Infrastructure notes how well the space business is doing in the United Kingdom. While it reports that this is mainly on the back of “downstream” activities like satellite television and space insurance., it also states that Britain has found itself a successful niche role in spacecraft manufacturing via Astrium and Surrey Satelltie Technology Limited (both firms are owned by EADS).
Watch this 22s video of Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo (SS2) captive carry flight on 22 March 2010 as the WhiteKnight Twi, SS2 vehicles pass over Mojave
The launch of France’s Helios 2B reconnaissance satellite has been cancelled for today and is to be rescheduled in a few days time
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo vehicle attached to its carrier aircraft WhiteKnight Two in its hangar at Mojave
Hyperbola is launching to the Oort cloud for a week’s R&R from today and will be returning via Daejeon, Korea from the 12 October. In Daejeon Hyperbola will be blogging from the International Astronautical Congress, where the world’s space community meets
From 25 July to 14 August Hyperbola will be based in the US and working on the east coast and in Colorado and Utah, on Mountain time
At the Royal Aeronautical Society’s 30 June 2009 space tourism conference Xcor Aerospace chief operating officer Andrew Nelson and Space Adventures vice president sales and marketing Tom Shelley answered the audiences questions after each giving presentations
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