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    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:16 am

    In China, the assembly of the small-sized suborbital commercial launch vehicle of the OS-M series, developed by the Chinese private company One Space, has been completed.

    The rocket was delivered to the Jiuquan Cosmodrome in the Gobi Desert. The launch is scheduled for the end of March 2019.

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    Post  Big_Gazza on Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:53 am

    Hopefully this is true...

    Source: Sea Launch owner canceled order for Zenit missiles

    MOSCOW, March 21 - RIA News. Russian private company S7 Space intends to suspend and then terminate the contract for the production of 12 Zenit launch vehicles at the Ukrainian enterprise Yuzhmash, a source in the rocket and space industry told RIA Novosti.
    This information was confirmed by the source in the company S7 Space. According to him, the production will freeze in April.
    Yuzhmash declined to comment, and Roskosmos said they did not know anything about a possible breach of contract.
    S7 press service reported that the "contract is valid."

    source

    Buy NOTHING from those Ukro bastards. Let their aerospace industries rot to nothing. Even if it delays S7 plans to start flight operations... don't care... not one single kopek to Banderastan.

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    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:19 pm

    Russian space agency to adapt Soyuz-5 rocket for Sea Launch project — source


    The launches are carried out from the equatorial Pacific near Christmas Island

    MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos will support the Sea Launch project and adapt its new Soyuz-5 medium-class carrier rocket for launches under this program, a source in the domestic space industry told TASS on Thursday.

    "Roscosmos is ready to support the development of the Sea Launch project and adapt the Soyuz-5 rocket for its launch from the floating Odyssey platform as part of this program," the source said.

    S7 Sea Launch Limited and the Ukrainian Yuzhmash manufacturer signed a contract in April 2017 on the production of 12 Zenit carrier rockets for the Sea Launch project. Two of the rockets are already in the process of their production. According to the plans of S7 Space, the first launch under the Sea Launch program is scheduled for December 2019 while three launches are planned for 2020, four launches in 2021 and four in 2022. As a whole, S7 Space expects to perform up to 70 commercial launches over 15 years.

    As was reported earlier, S7 Space (part of S7 Group) is developing its own reusable rocket based on the conceptual design of the Soyuz-5 carrier (being developed by Energia Space Rocket Corporation). The company has dubbed the new rocket "Soyuz-7" and "Soyuz-7SL" (Sea Launch).

    S7 Group is the owner of the assets of the Sea Launch rocket and space compound where 36 launches (including 32 successful) were carried out by the end of May 2014. The sea compound comprises the Odyssey floating launch platform and the assembly and command vessel where rockets are assembled and control of pre-launch operations is exercised. The vessels are based in the state of California, the USA.

    The launches are carried out from the equatorial Pacific near Christmas Island. The compound’s space rocket component comprises the Russian-Ukrainian Zenit-3SL carrier rocket and the Russian DM booster.

    The rocket’s two stages are assembled at the Ukrainian Yuzhmash enterprise, although 80% of its components are made in Russia. After their manufacture, the rocket stages are transported by sea to the United States where the rocket is finally assembled.

    The Soyuz-5 medium-class rocket is being developed by the Energia Space Rocket Corporation. Roscosmos earlier approved its conceptual design. The Soyuz-5 carrier can be used to deliver the manned Federatsiya spacecraft into a low near-Earth orbit. The Soyuz-5 rocket is expected to be created by 2021. Its four launches are planned in 2022-2025 as part of its flight tests.


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    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:39 pm

    Russian private firm to start reusable rocket launches for satellite delivery in 2024-2026


    The launch of an orbital light rocket is estimated at $2.5-3 million

    MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. The Russian private company Laros will begin launches of its reusable carrier rocket capable of delivering up to 200 kg of payloads into orbit at an altitude of 500 km in 2024-2026, Laros owner Oleg Larionov told TASS on Thursday.

    The company chief earlier told TASS that in 2020 Laros planned to begin the launches of a sub-orbital one-stage rocket to an altitude of up to 130 km to practice propulsive landing. In this case, the rocket lands onto a special site at landing pads with zero speed, using its own thrusters. The same method is employed by the US SpaceX.

    "Then we will switch over to the two-stage orbital rocket, which will already deliver payloads of up to 200 kg into orbits at an altitude of 400-500 km. The first stage will also return on this rocket, using the landing method tested by the suborbital model. We are planning the first launch in 2024-2026," Larionov said.

    The company’s plans also include the return of the second stage. This work envisages testing the heat shield and braking devices of future rocket systems, he added.

    Eight engines with a thrust of 2.5 tonnes each will be mounted on the first stage of the orbital rocket. The engines will be derived from the sub-orbital carrier’s 500 kg thruster, the company’s head specified.

    There are also plans to develop a semi-mobile version of the orbital rocket’s launch: the carrier will be transported on a launcher based on a heavy-duty trailer and launched from quickly deployed sites, Larionov said.

    A test range will be required for the launch of Laros orbital rockets, the company’s head said. "For the first test flights, this can be the Kapustin Yar range. However, other test ranges will be required for launches into polar orbits that are in demand for large satellite groupings, for example, the new Russian spaceport Vostochny. Agreeing drop areas is a complex task for a small private company and we hope for the help of Roscosmos in this case," he said.

    The launch of an orbital light rocket is estimated at $2.5-3 million and the readiness for the launch should be no later than two weeks after placing an order, he said.

    A carrier rocket should be in demand for replenishing large satellite groupings in low orbit where small satellites have an active service life of no more than three-four years, Larionov said.

    The work on the suborbital rocket project is being financed through the company’s own funds. However, the project of the orbital carrier rocket will require extra funds, he said.

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    Post  Big_Gazza on Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:34 pm

    Musk does it again! Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing



    At least the Soviets N-1 Lunar Booster actually passed its structural testing and got to fly before blowing itself to bits. Laughing
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    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:04 pm


    Amount of times word 'Elon' is mentioned in the comments gave me cringe overload

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    Post  kvs on Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:40 pm

    Big_Gazza wrote:Musk does it again!  Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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    At least the Soviets N-1 Lunar Booster actually passed its structural testing and got to fly before blowing itself to bits.  Laughing

    A modern effort could make the N-1 viable. It needs a reduction in the number of pipes and other vibration mode dampening
    changes. It is much easier to simulate the N-1 in computer space today and figure out all of its destructive resonances.

    What SpaceX is constructing is farm level cisterns.

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    Post  flamming_python on Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:16 pm

    And it crumbles apart like an oversized coke can. As if the whole thing was made from sheet aluminum

    PapaDragon wrote:
    Amount of times word 'Elon' is mentioned in the comments gave me cringe overload


    Not as bad as 'Dear Elon'
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-ukraine-tesla/dear-elon-ukraine-takes-up-teslas-ventilator-offer-via-twitter-idUSKBN21K1UX

    'Dear Elon': Ukraine takes up Tesla's ventilator offer via Twitter

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine has taken to Twitter to ask Elon Musk to send it ventilators after the billionaire chief executive of Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) offered to ship them across the world during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Musk said this week he was ready to send the life-saving machines wherever his company delivers, free of charge.

    “Dear Elon, Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe with population nearly 40 mln citizens,” Kiev’s embassy in Washington wrote on Twitter late on Wednesday.

    “The pandemic situation in Ukraine is approaching its peak, April is going to be the hardest. People in hospitals need ventilators. We are ready to cooperate! Dyakuyemo! (Thank you!)”

    Former health minister Ulana Suprun tweeted a separate appeal to the entrepreneur. “Ukraine is in dire need of ventilators,” she wrote. There was no immediate response from Musk or Tesla.

    Governments across the world, including in Tesla’s home the United States, are scrambling to get enough ventilators as patients with respiratory conditions linked to the coronavirus pandemic overwhelm hospitals.

    Ukraine had reported 804 coronavirus cases and 20 related deaths as of Thursday morning. It is one of Europe’s poorest countries and its healthcare spending is a fraction of its Western peers.

    Some of the country’s wealthiest men have chipped in to buy ventilators from abroad, in response to an urgent appeal by hospitals to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

    And representatives of state defence conglomerate Ukroboronprom are leading an initiative to boost domestic production of the machines based on technology developed during the Soviet era.

    Musk tweeted on Tuesday that he was ready to “ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse.”

    A week earlier he said Tesla had bought ventilators from China for U.S. hospitals and that a Tesla factory in New York would also start manufacturing them.

    And of course there's the gem in this story too, that the Muskrat is buying Chinese ventilators in order to reverse-engineer them and produce them in the US. Or make them under license, whatever.

    Keep in mind this is Tesla we're talking about, allegedly America's premier super-innovative, tech powerhouse company. And now it's copying stuff from China. Probably the most optimal solution given the current situation but you can't but note the irony.

    More and more I have the feeling that this guy is just a PR-genius con-artist who got lucky with his first projects, that's all.
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    Post  Big_Gazza on Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:34 am

    kvs wrote:A modern effort could make the N-1 viable.   It needs a reduction in the number of pipes and other vibration mode dampening
    changes.   It is much easier to simulate the N-1 in computer space today and figure out all of its destructive resonances.

    What SpaceX is constructing is farm level cisterns.


    Couldn't have said it better myself. IMHO the N-1 was a viable system, but proved too challenging for the time due to its complicated flight dynamics that could not be solved with 1960s computational technology, and due to a clunky flight safety system (Kord) limited by the control system hardware of the day.

    I often wonder what the N-1 could have been if Glushko had not been such an arrogant prick and had agreed to build large capacity kerolox engines. Kuznetsovs NK-33 was a brilliant design and a generation ahead of anything else being built at the time (IIRC it was the first closed-cycle oxidiser-rich kerolox engine), but the need for large numbers of small engines clustered in the 1st stage was the key factor for its eventual failure.
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    Post  Big_Gazza on Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:44 am

    flamming_python wrote:More and more I have the feeling that this guy is just a PR-genius con-artist who got lucky with his first projects, that's all.

    Musk is a fraud, plain and simple.  Apart from his reuseable rockets his ideas are all nonsense.  The "hyperloop" is total nonsense, and his "Starship" is a fucking joke. He really thinks this grain silo can fly to the Moon with 100 PAX?  Then return, land, swap out passengers and luggae, refuel, then fly again????

    Complete charlatanism...  This absurd monstrosity isn't going anywhere.  If he manages to get one  into LEO (and thats a HUGE "if" cuz he ain't gonna ever build the huge 1st stage core needed to get it launched) it won't survive its flight in a reuseable condition.  My money is on a destructive re-entry and catastrophic failure due to overheating and structural collapse - there's a fucking reason why the Shuttle was covered with thousands of heat-resistant tiles, and it wasn't to make it look pretty.

    Musk is merely a fraud who knows how to play the idiot rubes that make up the bulk of US society (launching a Tesla roadster on his heavy rocket with a mannequin and firing it in the general direction of Mars? And these are the people who disparaged early Soviet space activities as being nothing but "PR stunts").  Consider his antics to be the 21st century version of the Roman "bread and circuses" but minus the bread.
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    Post  kvs on Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:08 am

    Big_Gazza wrote:
    flamming_python wrote:More and more I have the feeling that this guy is just a PR-genius con-artist who got lucky with his first projects, that's all.

    Musk is a fraud, plain and simple.  Apart from his reuseable rockets his ideas are all nonsense.  The "hyperloop" is total nonsense, and his "Starship" is a fucking joke. He really thinks this grain silo can fly to the Moon with 100 PAX?  Then return, land, swap out passengers and luggae, refuel, then fly again????

    Complete charlatanism...  This absurd monstrosity isn't going anywhere.  If he manages to get one  into LEO (and thats a HUGE "if" cuz he ain't gonna ever build the huge 1st stage core needed to get it launched) it won't survive its flight in a reuseable condition.  My money is on a destructive re-entry and catastrophic failure due to overheating and structural collapse - there's a fucking reason why the Shuttle was covered with thousands of heat-resistant tiles, and it wasn't to make it look pretty.

    Musk is merely a fraud who knows how to play the idiot rubes that make up the bulk of US society (launching a Tesla roadster on his heavy rocket with a mannequin and firing it in the general direction of Mars? And these are the people who disparaged early Soviet space activities as being nothing but "PR stunts").  Consider his antics to be the 21st century version of the Roman "bread and circuses" but minus the bread.

    Those were fanboi retards. Nothing about the early Soviet space program is PR. Develop a viable rocket, send the first man into orbit, have the first man
    exit the capsule for a spacewalk. None of that was vapid theatrics. They were all historical milestones.

    Too bad that red director degeneracy sabotaged the N-1. But I also blame poor oversight from Moscow. Moscow was good at incompetent
    micromanagement, but could not see the forest for the trees with the Moon program. And even then it was better than the Musk "Wizard of Oz"
    smoke and mirrors.


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