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    Rocket Launch from Near Space - Bloostar by Zero 2 Infinity

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMYR-15EVOI

    Zero 2 Infinity Successfully Launches First Rocket from Edge of Space
    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2017/03/...et-edge-space/

    This is the same altitude the SR-71 Blackbird flew.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockhe...ckbird#Records
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    Stratolaunch Aircraft Makes First Rollout To Begin Fueling Tests
    http://www.stratolaunch.com/news/FirstRollout.html

    Stratolaunch carrier aircraft rolled out

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FRE-4fTaxM

    Stratolaunch Aircraft First Rollout (World’s Largest Plane by Wingspan)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ez2MDjRbzs

    Stratolaunch ~ World’s Largest Plane by Wingspan. First Rollout
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEHIv08Eh_8

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:S...comparison.svg
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    Here's my link to the latest space news. NASA covering up another UFO caught on their Space Station Live Feed Camera.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ_UOITvbVs

    Except this time they did not cut the feed fast enough. But what NASA worshiper will ask them what they just caught on film?

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    Flight of the Aerospike: Episode 1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1hnImvI2gw

    ARCA to perform first flight of aerospike engine at Spaceport America
    http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news...ey=&autologin=

    Aerospike engine
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerospike_engine

    ARCA Website
    http://www.arcaspace.com/
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    We better hurry and figure this space exploration out because we've ruined a 4+ billion year old planet in less than 500 years.

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    Blue Origin switches engines for New Glenn second stage
    http://spacenews.com/blue-origin-swi...-second-stage/


    Blue Origin changes engines for New Glenn second stage

    In order to maintain its goal of launch its orbital New Glenn rocket by 2020, Blue Origin has changed the engine it will use in the rocket’s second stage from a version of its main BE-4 engine to new version of their already developed BE-3 engine, used in their reusable New Shepard suborbital spacecraft.

    A Blue Origin executive told SpaceNews the company is shelving development of a vacuum-optimized version of BE-4 and will instead use vacuum-optimized versions of flight-proven BE-3 engines for New Glenn’s second stage and optional third stage. “We’ve already flown BE-3s, and we were already in the development program for BE-3U as the third stage for New Glenn,” said Clay Mowry, Blue Origin’s vice president of sales, marketing and customer experience. “It made a lot of sense for us to switch to an architecture where we get there faster for first flight.”

    The BE-3U is the upper stage variant of the liquid hydrogen-fueled BE-3 engine that has powered Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard spacecraft on seven suborbital test flights since its 2015 debut. Mowry said switching to the BE-3U for New Glenn’s second stage will allow Blue Origin to conduct the rocket’s first launch in the fourth quarter of 2020. He declined to say how much time the engine change saves compared to the original configuration.

    This quiet change, which the company made with no fanfare, carries with it some significant information as well as important ramifications. First, the BE-3 engine is less powerful than the planned BE-4, which is why they will use two BE-3 engines in the second stage instead of one BE-4, while also extending the length of the stage to accommodate more fuel. Though they claim the change will increase the rocket’s range, I suspect however that even with these changes New Glenn’s overall orbital payload capacity will be reduced.

    Second, the change indicates that development of the BE-4 engine is proceeding slower than expected, threatening their 2020 launch goal. They have had one test failure that set them back, and the change suggests to me that they are having issues with making the engine restartable.

    Third, if they have problems making the BE-4 engines restartable, this means their plans to reuse the first stage of New Glenn will be impacted. While those first stage engines do not need to restart on any single flight, reusing them requires this capability.

    Fourth, problems with the BE-4 might cause ULA to reject it and choose Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR-1 engine for its new Vulcan rocket. Up to now ULA has indicated it prefers the BE-4. These issues might change that.

    Fifth, this change, combined with the continuing lack of New Shepard test flights, suggests that the company is increasingly considering abandoning this suborbital spacecraft.

    I am doing a lot of speculating here, and could be very wrong on many if not all of these suppositions. We shall have to wait and see.

    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the...-second-stage/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Racer View Post
    Blue Origin switches engines for New Glenn second stage
    http://spacenews.com/blue-origin-swi...n-second-stage
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    I am doing a lot of speculating here, and could be very wrong on many if not all of these suppositions. We shall have to wait and see.

    Sorta goes against........
    Gradatim Ferociter or “ step by step, ferociously,”
    Eric

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    Stratolaunch

    World’s largest airplane – Stratolaunch System Carrier

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLFt6FfQFfM

    Engine test latest step for Stratolaunch’s giant aircraft
    http://spacenews.com/engine-test-lat...iant-aircraft/

    Stratolaunch tests engines on giant plane
    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the...n-giant-plane/

    Stratolaunch carrier aircraft first taxi test at Mojave Air & Space Port - Dec.2017 - short clip
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zmmapVbATI

    Scaled Composites Taxis World’s Largest Aircraft
    http://www.desertnews.com/news/artic...c30cc9e90.html

    Captured new video of @Stratolaunch plane as it reached a top taxi speed of 40 knots (46 mph) with all flight surfaces in place on Sunday. The team verified control responses, building on the first taxi tests conducted in December.
    https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/statu...142080/video/1

    Why is Paul Allen building the world’s largest airplane? Perhaps to launch a space shuttle called Black Ice.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...led-black-ice/

    StratoLaunch: WOW!
    https://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1...ch-wow/?page=3

    StratoLaunch: Update
    https://thespaceport.us/forum/topic/...-update/page-6

    Stratolaunch planning first aircraft flight this summer
    http://spacenews.com/stratolaunch-pl...t-this-summer/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Racer View Post
    Stratolaunch

    World’s largest airplane – Stratolaunch System Carrier
    .........


    Engine test latest step for Stratolaunch’s giant aircraft
    http://spacenews.com/engine-test-lat...iant-aircraft/

    Stratolaunch tests engines on giant plane
    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the...n-giant-plane/



    Why is Paul Allen building the world’s largest airplane? Perhaps to launch a space shuttle called Black Ice.
    ............
    I did a quick & dirty power to weight calc & came up with +- 10% increase over its old self(s).

    What remains to be seen is how the increased aero penalty will effect its performance.

    It will have limited airstrips to operate from.
    Wonder how it will handle cross winds?
    Eric

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    Better to err on the side of safety and then improve performance after meeting preliminary requirements.
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    Booking service now available to rocket and satellite companies
    July 30, 2017

    Capitalism in space: A new company, Precious Payload, is now offering a booking service to both rocket companies and satellite manufacturers to make it easier to match them together.
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    In the Precious Payload concept, launch providers and brokers share and exchange their immediate and future availability of inventory with the independent Precious Payload GDS, including the status of reservations of inventory (eg. available, reserved, booked, etc.).

    Anyone who wants to launch a satellite uploads their mission profile into the Precious Payload GDS. A special algorithm then analyses the data and shows the real-time availability of launchers for specific types of mission.

    Launch providers, both manufacturers and brokers, can benefit from the Precious Payload GDS by being able to open another sales channel for their core businesses. They not only receive and process the booking requests from satellite companies, but also browse through the backlog of satellites waiting for launch and bid for their business. Advanced services like rebooking the launches and effectively managing client cancellations and launch failures raise the bar for customer experience in the market.

    To pitch their product, they are presently offering their initial service for free.

    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the...ite-companies/


    Precious Payload
    Global launch reservation system for small satellites
    https://www.preciouspayload.com/

    #SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Orbital Bookings – How Satellite Operators Should Prepare For The Coming Launch Revolution
    https://spacewatchme.com/2017/07/orb...ch-revolution/


    The state of the worldwide rocket industry at the start of 2018
    See the graph
    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the...start-of-2018/


    Spaceflight preps for first launch of unique orbiting satellite deployers
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    Artist’s illustration of the SSO-A mission’s free flyers separating from the upper stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. Credit: Spaceflight

    Engineers working for Spaceflight, a Seattle-based launch services company, are in the final steps of preparing for the first launch of new robotic free flyers carrying more than 70 small government and commercial satellites into polar orbit later this year aboard a dedicated flight of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

    The company’s specialists earlier this month were finalizing avionics testing on two modules that will shepherd the microsatellites and nanosatellites into orbit, according to Jeff Roberts, Spaceflight’s mission director for the SSO-A “SmallSat Express” mission.

    Spaceflight specializes in arranging launches of multiple small satellites on a single rocket, a rideshare concept that spreads the cost of a launch across many customers. The arrangement is particularly helpful for start-up companies and low-budget research institutions, which often can’t afford to pay for a dedicated ride into Earth orbit.

    But Spaceflight had never purchased the full capacity of a rocket as large as the Falcon 9 before contracting with SpaceX for the SSO-A SmallSat Express mission in 2015.

    At the time of the 2015 announcement, Spaceflight officials said the selection of the Falcon 9 would allow some of the mission’s satellites, which are owned by U.S. government agencies, to fly on a U.S. launcher from a U.S. launch pad.

    Three missions funded by the U.S. military are among the largest spacecraft slated....

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/08/23/spaceflight-preps-for-first-launch-of-unique-orbiting-satellite-deployers/
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    (This Spaceflight Now article is about Spaceflight Industries)
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    Rocket Lab and Ecliptic agree to use Electron kick stage as a payload platform
    See the comments by Joe Latrell:
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...load-platform/

    3D-printed solar panels for cubesats!
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...-for-cubesats/

    Alba Orbital offers the lowest cost turnkey access to Space
    PocketQubes are dramatically lowering the costs of satellites

    Push the Limit: Alba Orbital advance the frontiers of spacecraft | WIRED with Qualcomm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVcu86npfr8

    https://www.albaorbital.com/

    SmallSat 2018
    https://spacenews.com/section/small-satellite-2018/
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    SpaceX readies for installation of LC-39A Crew Access Arm, previews Crew Dragon

    Just two weeks after the announcement of the NASA astronauts who will fly the company’s DM-2 and Crew-1 flights, SpaceX has provided more information and access to the Crew Dragon and now stands ready to install the Crew Access Arm – through which astronauts will board Dragon – at LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The two milestones, especially the latter, signal a return to human-rated status at the launch pad that previously propelled humanity to the Moon and handled 82 of the 135 Space Shuttle missions.

    SpaceX Crew test-flight Dragon



    Crew Access Arm

    New level being added


    The Crew Access Arm (CAA) is installed at the same height as the Gaseous Oxygen Vent Arm
    at the top of the shuttle tank.


    CAA about to be raised


    CAA raised

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018...s-crew-dragon/

    #SpaceX is in the process of lifting the crew access arm into place this morning!
    https://twitter.com/cygnusx112/statu...44013369876480

    @SpaceX installs the crew access arm
    https://twitter.com/spiel2001/status...96902150746113

    Hello.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DlZxDbSU8AAxkFL.jpg:large

    SpaceX unveils access arm jetway astronauts will use to board Dragon
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...-board-dragon/
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