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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:40 am

    US Launches Atlas Rocket With NASA’s Speacecraft for Magnetic Field Studies

    Atlas V carrier rocket has lifted off from Cape Canaveral with NASA's speacecraft that will study magnetic fields around the Earth.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrier rocket has lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41 with NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Speacecraft (MMS) that will study magnetic fields around the Earth.

    "The rocket's two solid rocket boosters exhausted their fuel and separated from the Atlas V. Booster engines are performing well as the first-stage burn continues," NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) said in its live MMS blog late on Thursday.

    According to NASA, the lift-off was completed on-time, at 10:44 p.m. on Thursday (02:00 GMT on Friday).

    The MMS mission consists of four identical spacecraft, carrying 25 sensors each. NASA explains on its website that the sensors will be used to gather three-dimensional measurements of a phenomena called magnetic reconnection, which occurs when magnetic field lines realign at high speeds, causing gigantic explosions on the Sun, such as solar flares, and leading to aurora on Earth.

    MMS sensors are able to function and gather data at very high speeds, which is crucial to the success of the mission as it will fly though magnetic regions near the Earth in under a second, according to NASA.

    MMS is the fourth NASA Solar Terrestrial Probes Program mission.

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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:34 am

    Redmond rocket company could help send astronauts to Mars

    Jennifer McCormick, left, ran the program that designed and built orbit-changing engines for the Orion spacecraft, while Kim Wierenga, right, ran the program that designed and built engines that orient the capsule itself.

    A small rocket company in Redmond may soon have a hand in sending the next generation of astronauts to space.

    By designing and building new rocket engines for the Orion space capsule, Aerojet Rocketdyne has positioned itself to support missions that will carry humans into outer space.

    The Aerojet Rocketdyne teams that designed and built two types of engines the Orion spacecraft used were led by two of the company's top technical people, both of whom are women. That's notable for an industry that has struggled to recruit and retain women engineers.

    The Orion space capsule was designed and built by Lockheed Martin Corp. in New Orleans for NASA, and had its first successful flight in early December. The space capsule is able to carry up to four people, and has been designed for deep-space missions, including Mars.

    At a Tuesday briefing, engineer Jennifer McCormick said the new engines for the Orion are a big step for Aerojet Rocketdyne.

    "This does put us back into the manned arena," she said, adding that the company has used a lot of engineering to translate its skills in unmanned space flight into human-rated hardware.

    "There are more stringent requirements and inspections to ensure there won't be any anomalies during a manned mission," McCormick said.

    Manned missions need higher safety requirements and more redundancies, she said.

    Landing the contract to build 20 of the capsule's engines was a significant coup for Aerojet Rocketdyne. The new designs harnessed the company's long history of building rocket guidance engines for orbiting space vehicles, as well as for those probing deep space, back to when it was called Rocket Research.

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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:05 am

    US to Scrap Delta IV Launch Vehicle, Replace Russian-Made Rocket



    United Launch Alliance President Tory Bruno said that the Delta IV space launch vehicle would be replaced by the Atlas V that uses the Russian made RD-180 rocket to launch US national security payloads into space.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The use of the Delta IV space launch vehicle will be discontinued in favor of the Atlas V that uses the Russian made RD-180 rocket to launch US national security payloads into space, United Launch Alliance (ULA) President and Chief Executive Officer Tory Bruno said.

    “Delta IV is entirely redundant to the Atlas V in terms of its performance,” Bruno stated in a US House Armed Services Committee hearing on space programs on Tuesday.

    “In this new environment, where the policy has changed to assure access through the existence of two providers, I will now retire the Delta medium class of space launch vehicles,” Bruno added.

    The ULA, a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture providing launch services to the US government, uses the Russian RD-180 rocket to power the Atlas V launch vehicle into space.

    Bruno explained that retiring the Delta IV vehicle will allow ULA to reduce the cost of each launch, currently running $400 million per heavy payload.

    ULA will consolidate resources into the Atlas IV and to develop a new rocket to replace the Russian made RD-180, he said.

    The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) prohibits the US Department of Defense from awarding or renewing contracts for launch vehicles that use Russian-made rockets. Under the NDAA, the current ULA contract to use the Russian RD-180 rocket runs until 2019 and will not be affected.

    Bruno noted that ULA maintained both the Delta IV and Atlas V in order to meet US government requirements to have two launch systems concurrently to ensure access to space in the event of failure or a problem.

    To meet the new government requirement to replace the RD-180, Bruno said ULA has developed two partnerships with the US space companies Blue Origin and Aerojet Rocketdyne. ULA will decide which of the two forthcoming rockets to use based on when each model can be ready.

    There could be a two to five year gap, however, if a US-made rocket is not developed before the NDAA clause goes into effect, according to the US Air Force.

    To fill the gap, the US government has sought to license the US company Space X to be an alternative provider of national security payload launches. Space X argues it can compete with ULA by developing a cheaper rocket before the United States runs out of RD-180s.

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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:55 pm

    CRS 2 contract sees new Lockheed Martin spacecraft, Dream Chaser reborn

    When Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser space plane was not selected under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), it was viewed by many as the, “death of a dream”. The play on words was not only a bit heavy it also appears to have been premature. Not only has the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency displayed interest in the craft – but a new version of the craft, with a new mission, was unveiled yesterday. This follows the recent announcement by Lockheed Martin that it has designed a new spacecraft for the second round of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.

    NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS 2) contract is poised to undergo bidding and both Lockheed Martin (LMCO) and Sierra Nevada Corporation have unveiled their offerings for this lucrative contract. In terms of SNC, the craft was the Dream Chaser Cargo System.

    Like the Dream Chaser that competed under CCP, the craft’s design hearkens back to an earlier design. When NASA made cuts to the International Space Station’s budget, one of the elements that the space agency cut – was the X-38.
    Dream Chaser Cargo rocket payload fairing image credit Sierra Nevada Corporation

    The cargo version of the Dream Chaser is seen in this SNC image with the new feature of having its wings tucked in. Image Credit: SNC

    The X-38 was designed to be a “lifeboat” for the orbiting laboratory and was in the midst of drop tests in 2002 when it was cancelled. The X-38 itself was based off an earlier design; the vehicle can trace its design lineage back to the X-24 test article which flew in the 1970s.

    The cargo variant of the Dream Chaser has an extra-added feature which makes it uniquely suited to being a cargo carrier. This version of the Dream Chaser is capable of folding its wings so that the spacecraft can better fit into the fairing of a launch vehicle. According to a release issued by SNC, this version of the Dream Chaser should be capable of handling all of NASA’s cargo requirements for both pressurized and unpressurized missions to the International Space Station.

    If this iteration of the Dream Chaser is selected for use on the next round of NASA’s CRS contract, it could serve to disrupt one of the two firms currently working on the first round of the contract – SpaceX. To date, SpaceX is the only company that is capable of returning significant amounts of experiments and cargo from the station. SpaceX’s Dragon has a heat shield, comprised of PICA-X, which allows it to reenter Earth’s atmosphere. The only other spacecraft capable of this feat is Russia’s crew-rated Soyuz vessel. All other spacecraft burn up upon reentry.

    SNC also touted the fact that the propulsion system which the Dream Chaser employs is: “non-toxic and non-hypergolic (meaning the fuels ignite when in contact with one another).”

    Like the crew-rated version of the Dream Chaser, which was based off of the HL-20 lifting body, this new variant is similar to NASA’s retired fleet of shuttle orbiters in that it is reusable, capable of a low-g return to Earth via a landing on a runway. This capability would allow NASA to have immediate access to the experiments that have freshly-arrived from the station. Something not even SpaceX is presently able to offer (the capsule-based Dragon requires that it be recovered from the Pacific Ocean and brought back to dry land first).

    “SNC is proud to offer NASA a complete system that exceeds all criteria set forth by NASA in the proposal,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC’s Space Systems. “The autonomous and upgraded Dream Chaser Cargo System is a mission variant of the Dream Chaser Space System, whose heritage includes over 10 years of development and maturation, the last five of which were complete as part of an ongoing public-private partnership between SNC and NASA. Our Dream Chaser Cargo System provides unrivaled capability for pressurized and unpressurized cargo transportation, including accelerated return of cargo and critical science on every mission. It also enables a wide portfolio of other space exploration capabilities, including servicing/construction for future space stations, satellite servicing and deployment, as well as retrieval and orbital debris removal. SNC continues to grow its U.S. team which has expanded to 30 states. We are also expanding our international partnerships, and have agreements in place with many of the current ISS partners and global space agencies. Our SNC team looks forward to becoming a cargo transportation provider for NASA missions.”

    SNC is not the only company to offer up a new spacecraft for the upcoming phase of CRS. Lockheed Martin has submitted a system, comprised of three parts under the contract: the Jupiter reusable spacecraft, the Exoliner cargo freighter, and a robotic arm, which were unveiled on March 12.

    “Our approach is designed to deliver a large volume of critical supplies and cargo with each flight, and do so on schedule. That’s why we’re bringing together flight-proven technologies that are reliable, safe and cost-effective,” said Wanda Sigur, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ Civil Space line of business.

    Whereas SNC pulled from lifting body test articles, LMCO’s design comes from probes sent out into deep space. Specifically, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN and Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, were key LMCO-produced spacecraft that the company used when designing their offering under the next CRS contract.

    With the Space Shuttle Program relegated to the history books, established and newer firms are vying from the contracts to keep the station going after more than 16 years total time on orbit.

    SpaceX’s Dragon has encountered great success in terms of delivering crew supplies, cargo and experiments to the ISS. To date, six Dragon spacecraft have lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 to the outpost.
    LM Space Station Resupply illustration-3

    Three of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo vessels have also flown to the space station under the first CRS contract.

    NASA will now conduct extensive reviews of all the offerings under what is essentially the second chapter of the Commercial Resupply Services story and move forward with those that it feels can best suit its requirements.

    After surviving several phases of NASA’s CCP effort, the crewed version of the Dream Chaser was not selected to move forward to the Commercial Crew transportation Capability round. The September 2014 decision prompted a protest from the Colorado-based company which was ultimately denied.

    Unlike NASA, both the Japanese and European space agencies are considering the crewed version of the Dream Chaser for their astronauts. Moreover, the craft has been eyed by commercial firms such as Stratolaunch as well.

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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:20 pm

    US Prepares for Space Warfare, Citing Chinese Success

    Anti-missile technologies tested by China over the last decade have caused alarm for US officials. In terms of space defense, the United States may be losing out in the futuristic "counterspace" campaign.

    In 2007, a Chinese weather satellite circling in polar orbit was struck by a missile fired from the Sichuan province. This marked the first successful satellite interception test since the United States shot down its own P78-1 satellite in 1985.

    US Missile Defense Systems in S Korea Could Spark Asian Arms Race - Moscow
    Flash forward to last summer, when Beijing conducted a similar test, dubbed a "land-based anti-missile technology experiment" by the Chinese Defense Ministry. This has, evidently, caused some concern in military circles, which instead saw the trials as the latest example of offensive anti-satellite (ASAT) missile tests.

    "But just seeing the nature of these types of activities show how committed they are to a counter-space campaign," Admiral Cecil D. Haney, head of the Omaha-based nuclear forces command, said during a news conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday. "So we have to be ready for any campaign that extends its way into space."

    Beijing publicly opposes the development of so-called space weapons, agreeing with the general consensus that Earth’s orbit should remain a combat-free zone. The Chinese government insists that the tests are being conducted to strengthen defensive capabilities. But that has done little to allay Haney’s fears.

    "The threat in space, I fundamentally believe, is a real one," Haney said. "It’s been demonstrated."

    Rick Fisher, an expert on Chinese military affairs, also shares Haney’s concerns.

    "The remainder of this decade will likely see China continue to test ground-launched ASATs and begin to test air-launched ASATs," Fisher, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center told the Free Beacon.

    "However," he added, "Chinese sources indicate that laser-armed space platforms may not be ready until later in the 2020s. By this time China will also have lofted a dual-use space station and may have tested dual-use space planes."

    Haney also mentioned Iran, which he claims recently launched a space vehicle which "could be used as a long-range strike platform."

    Yet despite criticism of a perceived space weapons threat from other nations, the US is not without its own anti-satellite capabilities.

    In 2008, the Pentagon retrofitted one of the Navy’s SM-3 anti-missile interceptors. Concerned that a National Reconnaissance Office satellite was falling from orbit, the military used the SM-3 to shoot down the satellite. While that action was officially taken as a safety measure, its success was widely viewed as a sign that the interceptors could, theoretically, be used as anti-satellite weapons.

    "I will leave it at we are working for our space protection program," Haney said in response to a question about US space capabilities, and indeed, the US is providing ample funding for research into space defense. During fiscal year 2016, the Air Force has been granted $33.3 million toward research and development of its "space protection program," a more-or-less steady annual sum already budgeted through 2019.

    This is Haney’s main reason for holding his news conference. Aside from taking a moment to criticize the “provocative” actions of President Vladimir Putin, the admiral concludes by warning about the dangers of US budget cuts.

    "As a nation, we cannot simply afford to underfund our strategic capabilities," he said. "Any cuts to the president’s budget…will hamper our ability to sustain and modernize our joint military forces and put us at a real risk of making our nation less secure and able to address future threats."

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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:31 pm

    Russia, US to Jointly Prepare Mars, Moon Flight Road Map – NASA

    Russia and the United States will work together on a roadmap to send humans to Mars and the Moon, according to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

    Russia, US Aim to Create New Space Station After 2024 - Roscosmos Chief
    The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos and its US counterpart NASA will jointly hammer out a "road map" program on flights to Mars and the Moon, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said on Saturday.

    Bolden, who is currently on a tour of Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, added that he had discussed joint efforts to send missions to the Red Planet with Roscosmos head Igor Komarov, including time frames and funding.

    "Our area of cooperation will be Mars. We are discussing how best to use the resources, the finance, we are setting time frames and distributing efforts in order to avoid duplication," Bolden said.

    The NASA chief also pledged to put US astronauts back on the Moon, saying that his country never abandoned its hope of a comeback.

    Bolden added that in the future, NASA is planning "to attract more private developers to our joint exploration projects of the Moon and Mars," as well as initiate an ambitious program to harvest minerals from an asteroid.

    NASA announced the extension of cooperation with its International Space Station partners, including Russia, for another nine years in February.

    The US-Russia cooperation on the development of the international Space Station is under way despite the fact that NASA halted the majority of its joint activities with Russia over the Ukraine crisis in April 2014.

    The last US mission to the Moon was Apollo 17; its astronauts returned to Earth from its closest neighbor on December 19, 1972.

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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:19 am

    NASA Selects Companies to Develop Super-Fast Deep Space Engine

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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:59 pm

    SpaceX Launches Rocket, Fails at Soft Landing Attempt

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    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:54 pm

    Dragon Spacecraft Starts Docking With Space Station – NASA

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    Post  George1 on Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:24 pm

    NASA Probe Set to Plunge Into Mercury’s Surface

    After four years of circling the planet closest to the sun, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Mercury Messenger probe is running out of fuel and losing altitude.

    It’s expected to crash into the planet sometime around April 30.

    “The spacecraft will pass behind the planet, out of view from the Earth, and will just not emerge again,” Daniel O’Shaughnessy, systems engineer with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory — which operates the spacecraft – told Reuters.

    The probe has discovered ice and other materials on Mercury and it’s the first close-up study of Mercury since NASA’s Mariner spacecraft made several flybys of the planet in the mid-1970s.

    The probe’s crash landing at nearly 9,000 miles an hour is expected to leave a crater of about 52 feet in diameter which scientists say will help them study the planet’s fast-changing weather, a phenomenon the Mercury found. Scientists will also study further how such a small planet has a strong magnetic field, which is something Messenger also discovered.

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    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:20 pm

    NASA Messenger Probe to Crash Land Into Planet Mercury

    The spacecraft is set to crash into the planet on Thursday, after 11 years in space, four of which it spent orbiting Mercury.

    NASA's Messenger spacecraft is expected to crash land into Mercury at a speed of more than 8,750 miles per hour [3.91 km/sec] on Thursday, and is predicted to leave a 16 meter crater in its surface, its final contribution to scientific discovery.

    Messenger, whose name is short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging, is the first-ever probe to orbit the planet, and will run out of propellant, having completed a mission which began when it was launched in 2004. It traveled 4.9 billion miles [7.9 billion kilometers] — a journey that included 15 trips around the sun, during which it made several flybys: it flew by Earth once, Venus twice, and Mercury three times before entering into orbit round Mercury in March 2011.

    The next probe to study Mercury, the BepiColombo mission set for launch in 2017, "will be looking for signs of this crater, and if they can make measurements of it, they will know precisely how long that region has been exposed to space," explained Sean Solomon, the principal investigator of the Messenger mission and director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.

    The three-meter wide Messenger is the first spacecraft to visit Mercury since the Mariner 10 performed three flybys of the planet in 1975, and the end of the mission marks "the beginning of a longer journey to analyze the data that reveals all the scientific mysteries of Mercury," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

    "For the first time in history we now have real knowledge about the planet Mercury that shows it to be a fascinating world as part of our diverse solar system."



    This video was captured by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft during a flyover of Mercury's north pole on June 8, 2014.

    Among Messenger's key findings is compelling support for the hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant frozen water and other volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters, a discovery which allows scientists to build a picture of how the inner planets, including Earth, acquired water and some of the chemical building blocks for life.

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    Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane

    Post  max steel on Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:27 pm

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    Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month

    Top secret X-37B space plane will fly next month using an 'experimental propulsion system', reveals the US Air Force
    0)X-37B space drone will take off on its fourth secret mission on May 20
    1)Theories ranged from it being a space bomber to destroying satellites
    2)The flight will test a system that makes satellites easy to manoeuvre
    3)This is probably a small part of the vehicle's true mission, say experts


    The mystery of the top-secret X-37B space drone has baffled military experts for decades.
    Theories have ranged from it being a space bomber ready to attack, to a secret probe on a mission to 'take out' spy satellites.
    Now, in an unprecedented disclosure, the Department of Defense has revealed details about the X-37B latest mission, which is due to take off on May 20.

    X-37B'S MYSTERY MISSIONS
    The U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B space plane has flown three secret missions to date.
    Each time it has carried a mystery payload on long-duration flights in Earth orbit.
    The spacecraft looks similar to Nasa's space shuttle but is much smaller. The X-37B is about 29ft (8.8m) long and 9.5ft (2.9 m) tall.
    It has a wingspan of just less than 15ft (4.6 m). At launch, it weighs 11,000lbs (4,990kg).
    The craft is taken into orbit on a rocket but lands like the space shuttle by gliding down to Earth.




    They are investigating an experimental propulsion system on the X-37B on Mission 4,' Captain Chris Hoyler, an Air Force spokesman, told Space.com.
    'The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office will also host a number of advance materials onboard the X-37B for Nasa to study the durability of various materials in the space environment,' Hoyler added.
    Spaceflightnow.com revealed more details of the flight, which is described as a 'hall thruster electric propulsion test.'
    It is intended to improve performance of the units onboard Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications spacecraft, officials said today.
    AEHF satellites' Hall thrusters are 4.5-kilowatt units that use electricity and xenon to produce thrust for moving satellites in space.
    The benefit of using electric propulsion is that its xenon fuel weighs much less than traditional hydrazine.

    This technology could help in the development of technologies to control satellites with better accuracy.
    However, experts claim that refining an advanced manoeuvring thruster is probably just a small part of the vehicle's true mission set.
    One leading secrecy expert previously told DailyMail.com that the drone is 'very likely' be used to test technologies that will increase spying capabilities of the US.





    TOP FOUR CONSPIRACY THEORIES
    The space plane is a spy plane: The leading theory appears to be that the unmanned space plane is a shuttle-shaped surveillance vehicle.
    It could be a space bomber: This is the least likely theory, according tot Seven Aftergood, a secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists. He claims the US doesn't need this capability.
    It is on a mission is to 'take out' satellites: This activity would be easily traceable, making it unlikely to stay a secret.
    The X-37B deploys spy satellites: Instead of destroying them, the theory suggests that the space plane's orbit matches up to where deployed satellites would work best for spying on other countries.


    'The US government has a bottomless appetite for sensitive information,' said Steven Aftergood, a secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists.
    'As powerful as our intelligence satellites may be, they also have their limitations - most notably the limitations imposed by their orbital parameters.
    'It's conceivable that a spy plane would introduce new versatility into overhead reconnaissance.'
    The X-37B space drone, otherwise known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, is blasted into orbit by a rocket. However, it lands using a runway like a normal aircraft.
    The X-37B is too small to carry people onboard, but does have a cargo bay similar to that of a pickup truck, which is just large enough to carry a small satellite.






    infrared view of the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
    The purpose of the U.S. military's space plane is classified

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    NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  AirCargo on Mon May 11, 2015 3:18 am

    Amazon's Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Private Spaceship Test Flight (Photos, Video)
    With ultimate design goal of making reusable Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing(VTVL) rockets.

    http://www.space.com/29278-blue-origin-launches-private-spaceship-test.html

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    X-37B Space Plane

    Post  AirCargo on Mon May 11, 2015 3:35 am

    USAF/NASA X-37B Space Plane Program

    http://www.space.com/29293-air-force-x37b-space-plane-details.html

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    Live Stream International Space Station Earth Camera

    Post  AirCargo on Mon May 11, 2015 3:47 am

    If screen is black ISS is on night side of Earth, switching cameras or experiencing a malfunction.  Laughing

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    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-iss-stream

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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Tue May 12, 2015 3:55 pm

    Space Launch System Program Moving Forward with Critical Design Review


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    USAF To Certify Spacex Falcon 9

    Post  AirCargo on Sat May 16, 2015 4:48 am

    Air Force should certify Spacex Falcon 9 no later than June 2015 and Allow Spacex to nearly Halve the cost of Air Force Launches

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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Sun May 17, 2015 2:25 pm

    Boeing selects new contractor for CST-100 hatch


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    Post  max steel on Mon May 18, 2015 10:16 pm

    George1 wrote:Boeing selects new contractor for CST-100 hatch



    US getting rid of its dependence on russians to fly american astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) ?

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    Post  George1 on Wed May 20, 2015 3:54 pm

    US to Launch Spaceplane on Secret Mission

    The US Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane is being readied for its fourth flight, lifted atop a United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket on a classified mission for Air Force Space Command, NASA announced on its website on Tuesday.

    The mission is believed to be demonstrating technology for future programs, including experiments allowing performance-enhancing modifications for communications satellites to be tested before they are introduced on operational missions.

    The X-37 will also carry NASA’s Materials Exposure and Technology Innovation in Space, or METIS, payload to expose an array of material samples to the space environment before returning them to Earth for study.

    Developed by Boeing, the X-37B is an evolution of NASA’s proposed X-37A that was designed to be deployed from the Space Shuttle to conduct robotic satellite repair and research missions before returning to Earth independently.

    The X-37A underwent a series of glide tests in 2006, but the program was subsequently cancelled.

    The US Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency opted to continue development as a classified military program.

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    Post  max steel on Wed May 20, 2015 4:18 pm

    Russia tested with their OTV Buran that it cant be used for nuclear attack so i cant understand why usa is still sticking with their otv . They said they are using it for spying . Lol . What exactly are they trying to spy with their spacecraft . On the other hand China is uaing its OTV for placing sats in space .

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    Post  AirCargo on Thu May 21, 2015 3:00 am

    max steel wrote:Russia tested with their OTV Buran that it cant be used for nuclear attack so i cant understand why usa is still sticking with their otv

    Buran was a Soviet space shuttle that only flew in space once, orbited the Earth twice in 206 minutes of flight in 1988.

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    Post  max steel on Thu May 21, 2015 4:45 am

    Yeah i know that genius .

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    Post  Book. on Thu May 21, 2015 3:12 pm

    US Air Force X-37B space plane blasts off

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    Re: NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

    Post  George1 on Wed May 27, 2015 4:03 am

    New Panoramic Picture of Mars Taken by Curiosity Rover

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