Canceled NASA Ares 1 Rocket Returns as Liberty a Low-Cost Space Taxi

By KENNETH CHANG Take a canceled, over-budget NASA rocket, stack a workhorse European satellite launcher on top of it, and the result could be a powerful, low-cost alternative for taking people to space. Enlarge This Image ATK An artist’s conception of the proposed Liberty rocket, which would combine components of the Ares I and Ariane 5 rockets. That … More Canceled NASA Ares 1 Rocket Returns as Liberty a Low-Cost Space Taxi

Antares (rocket)

Antares (rocket) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Antares An artist’s rendering of the Antares rocket at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Function Medium expendable launch system Manufacturer Orbital Sciences Country of origin United States Size Height 40.5 m (133 ft)[1] Diameter 3.9 m[2] (12.8 ft) Mass ~240,000 kg[1] (530,000 lb) Stages 2 to 3[2] Capacity Payload to LEO 5,000 kg (11,000 lb)[2] Associated rockets Comparable Athena III Delta II Launch … More Antares (rocket)

SpaceX capsule zips through practice drive by space station

Thu May 24, 2012 4:48pm EDT * Smooth maneuvers and flashing strobe lights signal success * Astronauts will use crane to capture Dragon capsule Friday * SpaceX is one of two firms with NASA cargo contracts By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 24 (Reuters) – Space Exploration Technologies’ unmanned Dragon spaceship flew smoothly in … More SpaceX capsule zips through practice drive by space station

ATK Liberty Launch Vehicle Targets First Crewed Flight in 2015

By Marc Boucher Posted May 9, 2012 8:49 PM 5 Comments © ATK Artist illustration of LIberty. It was 15 months that ATK announced with Astrium (an EADS Company) announced that they were working together and would compete in NASA’s Commercial Crew Development-2 (CCDev-2) procurement. At that time they announced an initial test flight by the end of 2013, a … More ATK Liberty Launch Vehicle Targets First Crewed Flight in 2015

XCOR Aerospace Hits Route 66 with Experimental Motorcycle Street bike used as platform to test propulsion parts for Lynx Suborbital Vehicle XCOR Senior Engineer Mike Valant on XCOR’s experimental motorcycle, designed to test pump technology Click here to jump to the video May 3, 2012, Mojave, CA:  XCOR’s innovative piston pump technology took a ride … More

Launch your own satellite for US$8000

By Brian Dodson An Interorbital Systems TubeSat in low Earth orbit Image Gallery (12 images) Interorbital Systems (IOS), a rocket and spacecraft construction company founded in 1996, is ready to fulfill its 2009 goal of making access to space available to all. Well, at least to anyone who can afford a motorcycle. For US$8K, IOS provides the … More Launch your own satellite for US$8000

Rocket Passes Big Test for 1st Private Launch to Space Station

By Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer Space.com | SPACE.com – 2 hrs 18 mins ago A private SpaceX rocket sailed through a dress rehearsal Thursday (March 1) for the launch of the robotic Dragon space capsule, which could blast off toward the International Space Station as early as next month. The five-hour launch readiness test, held at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, went … More Rocket Passes Big Test for 1st Private Launch to Space Station

NASA Hitches a Ride on a Russian Craft, and Begins a New Dependent Phase

By KENNETH CHANG A Russian Soyuz rocket with three astronauts — two Russians, one American — is set to lift off from Kazakhstan on Monday morning, ferrying the men to the International Space Station. An American, Daniel C. Burbank, right, and two Russians, Anton N. Shkaplerov, center, and Anatoly A. Ivanishin, are to depart on Monday morning. … More NASA Hitches a Ride on a Russian Craft, and Begins a New Dependent Phase

Rocketplane Kistler Assets To Be Auctioned November 11

Company Was An Advanced Developer Of Fully Reusable Space Transportation Vehicles A global webcast bulk auction of the company assets of Rocketplane Kistler is planned for next month. The approval of Debtor’s Motion to engage Heritage Global Partners is currently pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Following approval, … More Rocketplane Kistler Assets To Be Auctioned November 11

First Issue of Space Quarterly Magazine Released

By Marc Boucher on September 1, 2011 1:59 PM We are very pleased today to release the first issue of Space Quarterly Magazine with both the U.S. and Canadian editions now available. We are also pleased to announce that the first issue is available for FREE as a digital PDF download. We sincerely hope you’ll like our first … More First Issue of Space Quarterly Magazine Released