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cubesatRocket Lab launched seven small satellites

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Rocket Lab launched seven payloads to orbit yesterday. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time,’ marks Rocket Lab’s second successful orbital launch and deployment of customer satellites. Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle lifted-off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia …

launchSpaceplanes authorized for Cape Canaveral and Stratolaunch has engine success

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) issued Space Florida a Launch Site Operator License (LSOL) for operations at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). This landmark license expands the capabilities of the Cape …

elon muskSpaceX Mini-BFS will make fully reusable Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy in 2019

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Elon Musk tweeted that SpaceX will make a mini-Big Falcon Spaceship upper stage for the Falcon 9. They are aiming for an orbital flight by June 2019. The MVac will have too high TWR and have flow separation at sea …

launchSpaceX BFR will beat SLS rocket to orbit so cancel SLS now

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If SpaceX hits its timeline for SpaceX BFR development with sub-orbital hops in late 2019 and orbital flights in 2020 they will beat the Boeing Space Launch System (SLS) into space. The SpaceX BFR will be completely reusable and will …

economic impactWill the US waste $100+ billion on SLS, Orion and LOP-G by 2030?

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The US could get so much more accomplished in space if they stop wasting money on the Space Launch System, Orion and the Lunar gateway. The US did waste money on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. The …

launchBlue Origin BE-4 engine will power mid-2020 ULA Vulcan booster

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Following completion of a competitive procurement, ULA has selected Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine for Vulcan Centaur’s booster stage. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled booster will be powered by a pair of BE-4 engines, each producing 550,000 pounds of sea …

chinaLong March 9 will take 140 tons to low-earth orbit starting 2028

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China plans to launch the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-9 in 2028, said an official of China National Space Administration (CNSA) at the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 on Tuesday. Li Guoping, director of the Department of System Engineering …

colonizationSpaceX Principle Mars Development Engineer gave some more details about Mars colonization

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SpaceX plans to live out of the BFS ships initially on Mars and then build out the facilities (habitation, power systems, mining and landing pads). The SpaceX BFS (Big Falcon Spaceship) would land on Mars with 100 tons including the …

launchStratolaunch will have four kinds of air-launched rockets

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Stratolaunch will use four different air-launched rockets. The updated launch offering from Stratolaunch includes the following vehicles: Pegasus: With its existing track record of over 35 successful launches, Pegasus provides dependable access to orbit. Capability: 370 kg payload* for a …

futureMany startups that hope to become the next SpaceX

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Robert Zubrin believes that by 2023, there will be at least six other private space launch companies that will join SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and Stratolaunch in commercial space launch. Robert Zubrin runs the Mars Society and he gets …