Welcome to 3.10 edition of the Rocket Report! Now that Perseverance of Mars is safely on its way to the red planet, we congratulate the congratulations of the UAE, China and US space agencies for the successful launches on Mars this summer. It’s great to go three by three to the 2020 launch window. In February, we’ll see how many arrive safely at the final destination
As always, we welcome reader submissions and, if you don’t want to miss any issues, subscribe using the box below. Each report will include information on small, medium and heavy-lifting rockets, perhaps a bit of pecking, as well as a quick look ahead to the next three launches on the calendar.
Virgin Galactic introduces the look of the interior cabin. Virgin Galactic has released the first images of the interior of its VSS Unit It will look like a spaceship. The design shows a seating capacity for up to six passengers who will fly aboard the spacecraft with rockets, crest at an altitude of more than 80 km, and experience a few minutes of elevation gain. The company says it plans one or two more power tests, followed by final test flights from New Mexico, before starting a full commercial passenger service.
What is the real cabin like? It is noteworthy that the stylish images and video released by the company on Tuesday mainly show representations rather than actual photographs inside. Unit or video from the space plane. This raises some questions about what the final cabin modifications are like and when it might be ready to pay customers, Ars reports.
The British government finalizes the launch regulations. The British government plans to soon publish a full set of regulations that will allow companies to make commercial launches from the country’s space sports. SpaceNews reports that it is estimated that approximately 900 pages of regulation will include licensing and supervision of launch vehicles and launch sites.
It’s not exactly a beach read … The British government says it has worked closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which has decades of experience in commercial launch regulations. This cooperation should reduce the regulatory burden for U.S. vehicles attempting to launch from the UK, such as Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne, although such releases will still require an FAA launch license in addition to any government license. United Kingdom. (submitted by Ken the Bin)
Location chosen the Michigan launch pad. Proponents say they have selected an undeveloped 5 km stretch along Lake Superior, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, for a vertical launch site. The Detroit Free Press reports that the site could be operational in the next five or six years if plans come to fruition. The effort is led by Gavin Brown, executive director of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association.
The convergence of the automobile and space? … “Automakers are trying to figure out how to get that connectivity in their cars,” Brown said, noting that his group’s effort would allow Detroit automakers to benefit from a network that companies should not do. build on your own. He noted the advantage Tesla has for connecting Elon Musk as the founder of SpaceX, which has become a major player in the commercial space industry. The author of this newsletter grew up in Michigan and this seems unexpectedly naive, but we will follow it with interest. (submitted by JohnCarter17)
China launches its 21st mission in 2021. Shortly after launching the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, China launched a Long March 4B rocket carrying three satellites last Friday. The main payload was the Ziyuan-3 remote sensing satellite, developed by the Chinese Academy of Space Technology, along with two small satellites of X-ray astronomy and commercial data acquisition.
Halfway … The launch was on China’s 2020 2020, which includes three failures, SpaceNews reports. The inaugural flights of the Kuaizhou-11 and the long March of the 7A ended in bankruptcy. The Palapa-N1 communications satellite missed a long March 3 launch. The Chinese space corporation said it plans to launch about 40 missions by 2020. (presented by Ken the Bin and JohnCarter17)
The space sports plan in Georgia is growing more. Proponents of a Georgia space airport in Camden County must obtain a seat from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA held its first public meeting of the project in December 2015, and the county paid at least $ 1.2 million to consulting firm Leidos to prepare the original environmental impact statement. The proposal has spurred numerous opposition from critics, most of whom cite environmental concerns.
The review continues … Now, those critics are lamenting an unsuccessful effort by Georgia Rep. Buddy Carter to amend a bill, reports the Savannah Morning News. Critics said it was an effort to downgrade the environmental review needed for space. The Republican congressman, who recently bought land near the spaceport, denied it. The FAA is currently scheduled to complete the environmental review in the fall of 2021. (presented by JohnCarter17)
The DoD award process sends “mixed signals”. The Pentagon earlier this month reverted to a previous decision to award Defense Production Contracts contracts to six small businesses. The first face sends “mixed signals” to an industry that has been financially devastated by the virus-induced economic crisis, said Mandy Vaughn, president of VOX Space, SpaceNews.
Aren’t we a priority? … VOX Space was one of six companies notified in June that they would collectively collect $ 116 million in contracts to launch small satellites for the U.S. government. Apparently, DoD withdrew the awards due to widespread complaints about the selection process of these six companies. Vaughn said notifying companies of contract awards and changing them again immediately shows “a bit of a sweep” and sends a message to the industry that DoD doesn’t see it as a priority. (submitted by platykurtic)
Why a first investor left Rocket Lab. The New Zealand publication Stuff published an article about Mark Rocket, a first investor who worked closely with Rocket Lab from 2006 to 2008. At first, Rocket and the company’s founder, Peter Beck, ruled out launching military charges, the article. states. “Initially we hoped not to do … certain types of projects,” Rocket told the publication, explaining why he left in 2011. “I was passionate about the commercial side. You have to solve the job where that line comes from. It’s for to you.”
See the light on national security … Since 2008, Beck has explained why his views on this issue have evolved. “You also have to remember that intelligence keeps us safe,” Beck said. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad actors in the world. I’m a New Zealander, but you also have to understand that national security is a global thing. It’s not the sole responsibility of the country. New Zealand is part of the Five Eyes … It’s great criticize national security until the very day you need it. ” It certainly also helps pay the bills. (submitted by platykurtic)
An Atlas V is launched Perseverance of Mars. An Atlas V rocket launched the Mars Perseverance mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Thursday morning. The upper scene of the Centaur rocket pushed the spacecraft out of Earth’s gravity toward Mars. The spacecraft will arrive on the red planet in February, when NASA will try to land its heaviest rover ever, Ars reports. NASA said it is working to solve a communications problem with the spacecraft.
Oxygen on Mars … with a mass of 1,025 metric tons, the Perseverance the rover is 14 percent bulkier than its predecessor, Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012. It is conducting several notable experiments, including a small helicopter and the MOXIE experiment, which will seek to produce oxygen in the fine atmosphere of Mars. If this experiment is successful, it will demonstrate the potential to obtain liquid oxygen for rockets launched from the surface of Mars.
NASA selects astronauts for the launch of Crew-2. This will be SpaceX Crew Dragon’s second operational flight to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s commercial crew program. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will serve as the commander and pilot of the spacecraft, respectively, for the mission. JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will join as mission specialists.
A spring release The Crew-2 aims to launch a Falcon 9 rocket in the spring of 2021, following the success of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight mission (which is expected to return to Earth on 2 August) and the launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew Mission 1 (aimed at the end of September). Cross-2 astronauts will remain aboard the space station for approximately six months as members of the expedition’s crew. (presented by Tfargo04 and JohnCarter17)
The proton was finally released for 2020. Two satellites designed to broadcast radio and television broadcasts, Internet connectivity and other communications services across Russia have reached a launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for Thursday’s uprising, Spaceflight Now reports. This will be the first Protons launch of 2020.
The Proton rocket was last launched in December … capable of rising to Earth’s orbit of up to 23.7 metric tons, the Proton rocket dominated the commercial launch market, but has since seen reduced launch frequency due to reliability and pressure issues of competitor costs like the Falcon 9 rocket. It could be launched two or three times more during the rest of 2020.
SpaceX applies for FAA license to stellar navigation. SpaceX on Tuesday filed its SpaceX application for a launch license to fly its Starship vehicle up to 20 km. The company stated that its purpose is to “experimental high-altitude jump, landing and experimental recovery tests of the Boca Chica TX Starship Prototype suborbital test vehicle.”
Tests later this year? … The proposed dates for the test range from August 18, 2020 to February 18, 2021. It is unclear which Starship prototype will be tested up to 20 km. The current prototype of Boca Chica’s launch pad, SN5, can make a jump of up to 150 meters if it undergoes a successful static fire test this weekend. (submitted by danneely)
Next three releases
July 30: Proton | Express 80 and Express 103 | Baikonur, Kazakhstan | 21:25 UTC
July 31st: Ariane 5 | Galaxy 30, MEV-2 and BSAT-4B satellites | Kourou, French Guiana 21:30 UTC
August 1st: Falcon 9 | Starlink Mission-9 | Kennedy Space Center, Fla. | 07:21 UTC (probably delayed due to weather)