"This is a completely different way of accelerating projectiles and launching vehicles."
Welcome to 4.23 Missile Report! After a week-long hiatus, the report returns with a slate of news. There's a lot to cover, from exciting news in the New Mexico desert to a crowded beach time in Florida, where SpaceX is busy with crew missions. p>
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SpinLaunch completes first flight experimental. The California-based startup uses kinetic energy to launch cargo, and its test launch reached "tens of thousands of feet" on the first launch, CyanBC reports. The company uses an airtight centrifuge to spin the missile several times the speed of sound before it is launched. “This is a completely different way of accelerating projectiles and launching vehicles at supersonic speeds using a ground system,” said Jonathan Yeni, CEO of SpinLaunch. Using a one-third scale version of its accelerator, on October 22 in the US Spaceport of New Mexico. However, this version of the accelerator is 165 feet tall. Using this approach, SpinLaunch plans to build smaller rockets that would require less fuel to reach orbit. Its first orbital vehicle is expected to carry about 200 kilograms into low Earth orbit. So far, SpinLaunch has attracted $110 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, Airbus Ventures, and others. (Posted by Wickwick, Tfargo04, Biokleen, Rendgrish, JohnCarter17 and Ken the Bin.)
Amazon launched ABL's first Kuiper satellite. According to Ars, the company plans to launch its first prototype broadband satellite in the last quarter of 2022 with the ABS Space Systems RS1 missile. The Amazon satellite prototype will operate at an altitude of 590 km. This launch date will be approximately four years after the first prototype of Starlink satellites were launched by SpaceX.Advertising
Affected by ABL does not change. which may not be released for a year or more after the beta versions. While Amazon doesn't have its own rockets like SpaceX, Amazon said it was impressed by ABL's unique capabilities and expects to have a "long-term relationship" with its recently announced partner. Some Kuiper satellites will also be launched using a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. We're collecting it. Stories in your mailbox Sign me up! Virgin Orbit plans its third mission in 2021. LaunchherOne said preparations for LauncherOne's third mission this calendar year are well underway. The "Over the Clouds" mission will carry two US Department of Defense test satellites and two nanosatellites from Poland's SatRevolution. The air-launched missile will take off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. However, in January, the rocket made its first successful orbital flight and was followed in June by a second mission. Having three successful flights in one year is a great start and speaks volumes for the company's logistical and operational planning. Virgin Orbit hopes to double its launch speed by 2022, and given the progress made this year, it seems possible. (Posted by Ken the Bin and EllPeaTea.)
Virgin Orbit has approved the launch from Japan. And that's a good thing that LauncherOne is up to speed, because the company has big plans for that. Earlier this month, Virgin Orbit announced an agreement with ANA Holding to supply 20 missile flights from Japan's Oita Prefecture. ANA owns the largest airline in Japan. p>
Principality, like LauncherTwenty? ...under the terms of the contract, ANA and several of its partners will finance the construction of a new batch of mobile ground support equipment used to prepare the LauncherOne Virgin Orbit system to fly over a pre-existing runway. Hopefully, by the end of 2022, by the end of 2022, we will have converted Ovita into a launch-ready space airport pending appropriate legal approval in the United States and Japan. (Posted by Ken the Bin.)
A Chinese company buys reusable engines. According to Space News, China's Rocket Pi has signed a contract with Jiuzhou Yunjian to supply engines to power the Darwin-1 reusable launcher. Jiuzhou Yunjian manufactures liquid fuel engines (especially methane/liquid oxygen engines). The deal is for both the main and upper stages. The Lingyun-70 is powered by the first stage of the Darwin-1 2.25-meter launcher with a Lingyun-10 second-stage engine. p> In March, it plans to develop the Darwin-1 and a larger medium-altitude launcher. The Darwin 1 is scheduled to launch before the first quarter of 2023. Rocket Pi is just one of several private Chinese launch companies to develop reusable launchers. (Posted by Ken the Bin.)
Honda is developing a prototype rocket engine. Ars reports that Japanese officials at Honda Motor Corporation have revealed more details about their plans to expand the missile launch business, and that they have completed several test drives of a prototype. Honda's original plan was to develop a small 1 metric ton satellite launcher into low Earth orbit. The initiative is not intended to be the next SpaceX, but to give Honda engineers the freedom to innovate.
Don't decide whether to go in the future or not...the future, a few years ago, a group of young Honda engineers showed an interest in rockets. Thus, since late 2019, the company has devoted some research and development resources to the development of rocket engines. Honda plans to support local development until around 2025 or 2026, after which it will decide whether or not to launch a full missile. p>
Installations. Japan Space Agency's Epsilon-5 rocket has successfully launched nine small satellites into orbit, the Japan Space Agency reported. The rocket launch was postponed four minutes from the original schedule to prevent the Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying astronauts from returning from the International Space Station. Successfully launched by JAXA in 2013, the Epsilon series has been developed by targeting small satellites in low-cost orbit. The solid-fuel rocket costs less than $40 million and can put up to 1.5 metric tons into low Earth orbit. (By Ken the Ben and the Tsunami.)
The Georgia Spaceport decision has been postponed again. According to the Associated Press, a federal agency has again postponed the final decision on whether to build a commercial missile launcher off the coast of Georgia. Rather than announcing the decision in early November, the FAA now plans to do so by December 15. The agency's statement cited the delay due to "ongoing consultation efforts." The final decision was originally expected at the end of July, but it has now been postponed at least three times. It wants to build the country's 13th commercial space airport and has spent nearly 10 years and $10 million building it. In June, the Federal Aviation Administration published an environmental impact study that concluded that building a space airport would be the "preferred alternative." The National Park Service and its parent agency, the US Department of the Interior, have opposed. (Posted by Ken the Bin.)
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