The last engine, the third stage of the new European Vega launcher, Zefiro 9, manufactured by Avio, has completed all the qualification stages and is now ready
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The qualification and certification phase for the three solid propellant engines for Vega has been passed with flying colours, says Avio’s press release, but it also gives 2010 as the maiden flight date; a slip that European Space Agency director general Jean-Jacques Dordain said might happen when in January he gave a November, December target timeframe for the first flight
View from Sea Launch Commander of Sicral 1B launch, picture courtesy of the Italian Ministry of Defense. Launched today at 10.16am Central Euopean Time by a Zenit-3SL rocket operating from the Sea Launch platform, positioned at the equator in the Pacific Ocean
Perhaps because the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is planning a double first with the maiden launch of its new Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB rocket and flight of its H-IIB Transfer Vehicle resupply spacecraft payload but NASA is already organising Shuttle payloads to ensure the new International Space Station crew of six that is stood up come May can be maintained
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has postponed what it calls its “First Captive Firing Test of the First Stage Flight Model Tank for the H-IIB Launch Vehicle”. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) built H-IIB differs from the operational MHI H-II because it has two-engines instead of one for its first stage.
The above rocket, the Danish Copenhagen Suborbital team’s Hybrid Atmospheric Test Vehicle (HATV) uses nitrous oxide, following in Burt Rutan’s footsteps. Go to the team’s website for some more impressive videos of their propulsion technology.
Flometrics’ Steve Harrington is planning to test fly his biodiesel rocket this Saturday. A successful static firing test of a vernier rocket engine using the biofuel took place back in January
ESA Samara Space Center video finally working
Is the Tomorrow’s Bird study report being sat on because its conclusions don’t match other European hopes for spaceflight that require a more powerful version of the EADS Astrium Ariane 5?
The British Broadcasting Corporation has been told by Surrey Satellite Technologies that this EADS Astrium owned UK small spacecraft manufacturer is working with Virgin Galactic on an air launched booster
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