Welcome to 1.40 Edition of the Rocket Report! There were several developments on Earth heavy lift this week, with a announcement from NASA that it will consider using commercial rockets to make the first Moon launch of spacecraft Orion. Readers have also added some interesting stories, such as Brazil considering a launch site to commemorate Kourou in nearby French Guiana.
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A Vega-C rocket goes into a quality stage, but slips . The European satellite launch system has recently undergone a Critical Criteria Review and is ready to complete final manufacturing and testing as part of the qualification phase, according to the European Space Agency. The first flight of the Vega-C booster, a more economic version of the Vega Arianespace rocket, is now planned in early 2020 (this is a slip from the end of 2019).
Under a year to go . The Vega-C rocket uses the new solid P120C rocket booster, which will give the Ariane 6 power. The commemoration of Arianespace should help save costs while trying to attract more of the small satellite market. "12 months ahead, starting with four Vega sails between March and November and finishing with the grand flight of Vega-C," said Stefano Bianchi, ESA Space Command's Transport Development Department. (submitted by Ken the Bin and Unrulycow)
LinkSpace getting rid of rockets landed . In tweet the Chinese company sent a photo of a rocket landing site with the message, "Welcome to the Earth." It is expected that the company will begin ruins tests which show landing within the coming months.
We saw this before? … Founded in 2014, LinkSpace was among or even the first private Chinese company is a rocket (more than a dozen have followed). It seeks to develop a rocket fueled with a liquid with a reusable first phase that can take about 200kg to Sun synchronous orbit. The landing technology appears to have been modeled after a Falcon rocket 9.
A new Chinese start-up firm starts with the fray . Space Transport has maintained a low profile since its inception in 2018, but recently announced that it has received an angel funder, Aerospace Blog reports. The company aims to develop reusable rockets for payloads of 100kg to 1,000kg. -1 wing rocket feature of round wings that provide the lift (most likely) needed to enable gliding. Certainly, such a system presents technical challenges, but it helps the new company to stand out in a crowded area of Chinese start-up companies.
Brazil could be a hub in aerospace . Brazil wants to attract launch customers by marketing itself as a cheaper alternative to Kourou, the European space space in French Guyana. The Airplane called Boeing and Lockheed Martin visited the Alcântara Address Center in December, Reuters reports. The Brazilian space agency also looks to attract smaller businesses with its mid-circular position
Security agreement required … Brazil's current position on a launch site may feel an agreement on technology protections with the United States to protect American sensitive space launch and satellite technology. (Such an agreement is required to launch American-based rockets). The defense regime could be ready this year if the US Department of State gets a negotiation permit. (presented by Alex)
The Saber's air breathing rocket goes over PDR . The heart of performances of a rocket driving system saw Saber Reaction Engines pre-design review, Aviation Week Reports . The assessment paves the way for a subsequent critical review, subsequent development, and testing of the heart at a newly built facility in Westcott, England, in 2020.
This would be awesome .. The engine is complete, eventually built on the heart to precooler, rocket engine and ramjet incorporated, designed to provide air-air thrust from the runway to Mach 5 and beyond to hypothetical aircraft. In rocket mode, it should also provide low cost access. It would be very difficult, of course, to highlight such a promise. But there is a long way to go.
Europe seeks to foster smaller rockets . The European Space Agency says it is studying how best to reinforce the continental small launch industry. To this end, the ESA Launchers' Future Preparation Program funded five industry proposals for an economically viable micro-launcher. The five proposals came from PLD Space, Deimos and Orbex, MT Aerospace, ArianeGroup, and Avio.
Providing a lot of help … At the Space 19+ conference in November, ESA will propose a program to further foster viable commercial ideas from European industry by supporting proposals for space services- privately funded and privately funded transport, with an initial focus on micro-entrepreneurship based dispatch services. European officials believe that this will help to stimulate the development of commercial commercial spaces in Europe.
Stofiel is building an unusual route to the space . With long biker-guy hair and foul basement, Brian Stofiel seems like a too mad scientist, according to Riverfront Times . And Stofiel Aerospace founder, based in St. Louis, is sure to have unusual ideas on how to get things in space, using a mixture of balloons and a plastic rocket mainly called Hermes
Story play . Stofiel is a colorful personality, and new ideas in aerospace are always welcome. It is good that the industry reached the point where a reasonably good experimental family can fund rocket experiments with 3D-printed technology. But now, Stofiel has a long way to go before its aerospace ambitions emerge. (inserted by Millenix)
China launched its 300 Long March boosters . A Chinese television broadcasting satellite ended last Saturday on board the March 3B Long Booster. This is the 300th orbital launch by the country's Long March rocket family since 1970, reports Spaceflight Now. On April 24, 1970, a long rocket in March 1 made the first satellite from China into space.
The speed of dispatch accelerates … China's dispatch rate has been declining in recent years. It took 37 years to reach the first 100 launches in March, eight years for the second 100 flights, and four years for the third 100 missions. This is yet another sign of the country's more diverse ambitions in space. (submitted by Ken the Bin)
SpaceX concludes the mission of the commercial team . Everything was almost straightforward during the first SpaceX demonstration mission for its Crew Dragon spacecraft, which dropped on Friday, March 8. However, the mission was not launched on time, as SpaceX engineers were dealing with first degree valve issues in Pakistan. 9 hours just before sending.
Not disclosed … The valve was replaced, and SpaceX was able to determine that no problems would be more like the launch. The Falcon 9 was cleared before NASA's webcasting began, so the problem was not shared with the audience. In any event, there were no issues with the launch itself or the performance of Dragon
NASA proposes a commercial mission Orion : In a remarkable turnaround, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Wednesday that the first space agency Orion would launch a mission to the Moon on commercial rockets instead of NASA's own Space System. "I think we need, as an agency, to adhere to our commitment," Bridenstine said at NASA's hearing. "If we tell you, and others, that we will work in June 2020 around the Moon, I think we should launch around the Moon in June 2020."
rockets … Which will they be? Bridenstine did not name rockets during the hearing, but it seems almost certain that at least one of Delta IV would be taken by United Launch Alliance. NASA used this rocket to send a version of Orion spacecraft to a height of 3,600km in 2014. United Launch Alliance and SpaceX-with its Heavy Falcon rocket were asked to bid for a second launch.
SLS already overwhelmed in the week . The request for FY 2020's budget President Donald Trump calls for a 17 percent reduction in the budget for Space System Launch NASA, when viewed as the backbone of the space agency's efforts to explore deep space. The main cutbacks are working on the Exploration Upper Stage, which was needed to upgrade the second more powerful alternatives, Block 1B.
He raises all questions … Lack of this upper step means that NASA's Orion spacecraft crew and features of the Lunar Gateway can not indicate the same address of the SLS rocket. This, in turn, means that elements of the Gateway could (and would) be launched on commercial rockets. If this budget lasts the Conference it could raise serious questions about the future of the dispatch vehicle.
Meanwhile, Boeing continues with SLS tests . The main phase of the Launch Space, Boeing, is a main contractor moving on to components of the rocket, NASASpaceFlight.com reports. One busy team is running test cases on the transit test section in a large indoor test facility at Marshall Space Flight Center. Meanwhile, another is preparing liquid hydrogen tank for its test tests in another big stand (just outside) down the road. questions about the future shock of the big rocket. The test items are stretched, stretched, complicated and bent after freezing several hours to imagine the forces and environment expected to be seen by flight structures during their launch and concentration in space. These tests will help to qualify the structures for the first flight and validate the loyalty of the computer models. (inserted by Ken the Bin)
Becoming closer to the initial trials . Last week Raptor's first engine was delivered to Brownsville facility, SpaceX, Texas. And within two days of the arrival of the new carrier, Starhopper was transferred from the construction site to the dispatch pad for tests. SpaceX bought or leased a quartet of prints (probably used) to transport Starship between South Texas construction, launch, and landing sites, Teslarati reports
Looking forward, always .. It was interesting the Starhopper to move on South Texas even as SpaceX was not covering its first commercial crew demonstration mission. It is a sign that the company always seems to have an eye on the future and the final prize for sending people to Mars. It is still a long way to go, of course, but we are eagerly awaiting Starhopper overcurrent tests later this year. (inserted by Ken the Bin)
Next three first address
15 March : Delta IV | SATCOM World Spacecraft Wandand | Cape Canaveral, Fla. | 22:56 UTC
March 16 : Electron Mission DARPA R3D2 | Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand 22:30 UTC
22 March : Vega Satellite observation of the PRISMA universe Kourou, French Guiana | 01:50 UTC