China has made an extreme alititude suborbital rocket launch which may be an anti-satellite weapon. The launch of the rocket, which was officially investigating Earth’s magnetic fields, took place on 13 May from the Xichang launch site, elements of which are estimated to have reached close to the 36,000km altititude used by satellites in Geosynchronous Earth, is thought by US government experts to be a possible test of a new anti-satellite missile. The remnants of the test fell into the Indian Ocean. The altitide achieved was the highest ever achieved by a non-orbiting object since 1976.
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Virgin Galactic has released some video of its SpaceShipTwo making its engine firing and then going supersonic. And it is apparent from the footage that the design still has a slight wing rocking issue as afflicted its predecessor SpaceShipOne though it seems to be much less serious.
At the International Institute of Space Commerce’ sponsored event “Space Tourism: Risks and Solutions” workshop which was held at Lloyds of London under an arrangement with the Broker Aon, the insurance of suborbital space tourism was discussed. Apart form the obvious risks to astronaut human life and third party life and property, other risks were considered including political, reputational and financial risks. However, it was the risk to the passengers and their potential for claims, along with how to insure the spaceplane hulls, that most exercised most of the attendees.
Men dressed in space suits have been seen around London’s landmarks as part of marketing efforts for the Lynx Space Academy – a competition to pick and train astronauts from suborbial spaceflights. The competition’s advertising line for the flight is compelling: “Leave a Man…Come Back a Hero.”
In early May, teams of rocket enthusasts were at the Big Range 2012 Launch Campaign in Sutherland, Scotland to hold high altitude experimental rocketry tests. The event is a collaboration between the Scottish Aeronautics & Rocketry Association (SARA), UK Rocket Association (UKRA) and AspireSpace.
After firing from Spaceport America in New Mexico, Armadillo’s Stig-A successfully flew to 137,000 ft. Stig-A is now nearly halfway to the Karman Line, the arbitrary line that marks the official transition from atmosphere to space. Of course, there is a videoArmadillo, a tiny but driven company, has for years been building small rockets with […]
Sometimes, it’s best to let things speak for themselves. Read on, friends (our highlights):The First Vibrator in Space Los Angeles, CA – September 27, 2011 – On October 8, 2011, online sex toy sales leader SexToy.com, will lead a team to launch the first adult sex toy vibrator into space. The space craft will […]
French aerospace company Dassault Aviation’s In the Air 14 newsletter has provided an update on its spaceflight related activities and teased us with the prospect of an imminent report outlining a possible future for the European suborbital vehicle VEHRA, or is that K:1000?
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
By delaying entry to programmes and funding in an ad-hoc manner, the UK has lost both the best industrial work and the ability to influence programmes to best meet national needs. Examples include Galileo and the Global Monitoring Environment and Security programmes.
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