"There is a lot of concern about engine development."
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Astra reveals its development plans. It's been a week since Astra became a publicly traded stock as part of SPAC. (ASTR's stock is up about 10 percent over the period.) Astra CEO Chris Kemp said in an interview with Ares that the company will use the deal — about half a billion dollars — to continue the business, accelerating growth to a larger launch vehicle to become a space services company. The next release of the company's Rocket 3 series is underway in late summer, and there are plans to launch two more series this year. Camp said the company hopes to reach monthly speeds by the end of 2021 and is targeting a total of 15 launches next year.
Bigger missile for the same price... The 3 missile has a payload capacity of 50 kg at 500 km orbit. After about eight more launches of this small 3 rocket, the company will move to the Rocket 4, which will have a single engine with 40,000 pounds of thrust instead of the five smaller engines that power the third rocket. This new missile has the ability to lift. About 200 kg into low Earth orbit. It is noteworthy that the price of each firing of this company, about 3.5 million dollars, will not increase with more missile capabilities. "We will continue to increase yields by about 500 kg, increase volumes and reduce costs," Camp said. Astra is also developing a spacecraft that Camp envisions will become an "iPhone" space, where users can load their "apps" onto the spacecraft, which already has power, thrust and other capabilities. The goal is to make it easier for companies or small groups to build and test a space instrument in orbit - but you don't really need to build a satellite.Web Telescope passes operating test. According to Space News, the James Webb Space Telescope is one step away from launch after examining the Ariane launch vehicle, while NASA continues a separate study on the spacecraft's name. The European Space Agency announced on July 1 that it, in collaboration with Arianespace, has successfully completed the final analysis of the JWST launch mission on the Arian 5. Late November? ...Two Ariane 5s were launched prior to Webb's flight from Kourou, French Guiana. While both NASA and the European Space Agency maintain an official "launch date" of October 31 for JWST, future launch schedules indicate that the web will launch before the second half of November. Eric Smith, a NASA telescope program scientist, declined to give a specific launch date in a June 30 speech at the experts meeting, which was held in place of the formal meeting of the NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee. "Historically, they've been fired about 60 days in between," he said. "But we have to wait for the startup provider to say this is the current software." (Provided by EllPeaTea)
The Shuttle Landing Facility has been converted into a commercial space. With the completion of the Florida Space Exploration Park, EDA is opening up new opportunities for commercial space near the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Station. After NASA cedes the old shuttle landing facility to Florida Space, the agency is converting the facility into an area called the Launch and Landing Facility.
Several airport runways are available... The Florida runway project said it spans more than one mile and provides electricity, water, and communications services to large parts of the property adjacent to the landing facility. The agency added that "the development opportunities will be for companies wishing to join the growing business environment in the Cape." Although Space Florida has yet to reveal potential tenants, it notes that the landing center has air traffic control towers, navigational aids, fire and EMS services and more. Rocket Report: Ars Newsletter The easiest way to keep up with Eric Berger's space report is to sign up for his newsletter, we'll collect his stories in your inbox. Sign up
China launches three times in four days. According to space news, China launched its tracking and relay communications satellite on Tuesday, in the country's third successful mission in four days. A March 3C Long rocket was lifted from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Tuesday, sending the Tianlian-1 satellite into geosynchronous orbit.
There is a lot to do this year... The mission was about to launch from both of China's two domestic spaceports. (At those airports, we saw a 2D long takeoff from March and a long 2D takeoff from March 4.) The launch on Tuesday, November 22, 2021, was China, including the failure of a commercial rocket. The country's institutional space company plans to launch more than 40 rockets this year. Chinese companies also plan to launch this year, including LandSpace, iSpace, Deep Blue Aerospace, ExPace and CAS Space. (Provided by Ken the Bean)
OneWeb is reaching a turning point in coverage. Earlier this month, Ariana Space launched its eighth mission to satellite company OneWeb, bringing its total to 254 spacecraft, according to Space News. After launching 36 new satellites into orbit next month, they are completing OneWeb's interim goal of expanding their presence to 50 parallel satellites and above. It will cover Canada, Northern Europe, Alaska, the UK and the Arctic before partial commercial services before the end of this year. Full constellation next year? ... Using the European version of Russia's Soyuz rocket, OneWeb plans to launch four or five more satellites this year and needs 10 more to provide global services with the 648 satellite constellation. OneWeb seeks to partner with businesses and governments rather than serving consumers directly. (Provided by Ken the Bean)
New NOKA History Released. After a delay due to a technical problem, Russia plans to launch the spacious Nauka module to the International Space Station on July 21 at 14:54 UTC. A large scientific unit with a proton amplifier enters orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.Advertising
Most likely not launching soon... According to Roscasmos, the Nauka unit will be connected to the port of Nadir, the Russian service unit on July 29. This long-range part of the space station adds the required research capacity of the Russian side of the International Space Station, and this indicates that despite the recent fanfare, the Russians intend to participate in the space station, a program for the coming years. (Provided by EllPeaTea)>The marriage of Blue Origin-ULA is very difficult. On July 20, Jeff Bezos realized his lifelong dream by climbing on his New Shepard spacecraft. However, it seems unlikely that everyone in the space community will celebrate. Bezos made his fortune on Amazon through competitive pricing and timely delivery of merchandise to customers around the world. At least so far, his satellite company Blue Origin has been a less reliable seller.
Relationship slack... This is a particular concern for the United Launch Alliance, which is based on Blue Origin. Engines built for the new Vulcan missile. The US Space Force is also monitoring the Vulcan Booster to help launch its most valuable satellites into orbit. The powerful BE-4 Blue Origin rocket engine has been delayed for years. In particular, several sources have told Ars that the relationship between Blue Origin and the United Launch Alliance is not good. “There is a lot of concern about engine development,” said an industry insider. "This is much more than what Tory Bruno is showing the public. There is a lot of concern that Blue is not giving the engine enough attention and priority."
Performance comparison of heavy lift missiles. As part of a meeting of the Planetary Science Review Committee, NASA's Launch Services Program presented a distinctive power scheme (C3) for the various types of available, short-lived commercial launch vehicles. Reporter Jeff Faust shared the infographic on Twitter.
Find the details... There is a lot of interesting stuff in this graph, which shows that the high-powered Falcon Heavy rocket is the most powerful subwoofer available today for a planetary mission, with a 50% increase in performance from Delta IV Heavy.
Do not expect the SLS to be used in science missions. "If scientists are thinking about missions that require the use of SLS, they should now talk to NASA about it," Robert Stog of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center said in a Space Launch System briefing for members of the Space Science Survey this week. Lock data fields before late 2020 or early 2030.
Book now for the next decade? "Given the requirements of the Artemis program going forward and in late 2020, it will be very difficult to advance a scientific mission in this time frame," he said. According to Space News, while NASA aims to be able to complete three SLS missions in a 24-month period and two missions in a 12-month period, the supply chain is currently limited to one SLS per year. The situation will change in the early 2030s, Stoge said. It is not clear that there is a high demand from science missions for the SLS launch given its high cost. (Provided by Ken the Ben and Elpitia) p>
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Jul 21: Proton | Module Nauka | Baikonur, Kazakhstan | 14:54
July 27: Ariane 5 | Star One D2, Eutelsat Quantum | Kourou, French Guiana | TBD
July 30: Atlas V | STARLINER OFT-2 | Cape Canaveral, FL 18:53 UTC
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