A start-up that manufactures rockets with giant 3-D printers just scored $35 million in funding

Start-up Relativity Space’s latest round of venture capital funding brought in $35 million. The company says it can 3-D print 95 percent of its orbital rocket in development. At $10 million, Relativity’s Terran 1 is priced in the middle of today’s rocket market. Michael Sheetz | @thesheetztweetz The Stargate 3D printer at Relativity Space’s facility … More A start-up that manufactures rockets with giant 3-D printers just scored $35 million in funding

KHRUNICHEV SPACE CENTER: PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR SERIAL PRODUCTION OF ANGARA FAMILY OF LAUNCH VEHICLES

Department of Communications – Khrunichev Space Center Khrunichev Center (part of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation) and the Central Machine Building Research Institute (TsNIIMash) are performing joint vibration tests of one of the Universal Rocket Modules (URM-1) that form the core of the Angara-A5 first stage.  These tests started in late 2017 and will take several months … More KHRUNICHEV SPACE CENTER: PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR SERIAL PRODUCTION OF ANGARA FAMILY OF LAUNCH VEHICLES

ILS’s Pysher: Proton continues to reinvent itself to compete

by Warren Ferster — February 26, 2018   WASHINGTON, D.C. — The top executive with the U.S. firm that markets Russia’s Proton rocket blasted what he characterized as a recent slew of misinformation surrounding the vehicle, saying it enjoys the full support of the Russian government and that the culmination of a three-year quality control program instituted by … More ILS’s Pysher: Proton continues to reinvent itself to compete

X MARKS THE SPOT: FALCON 9 ATTEMPTS OCEAN PLATFORM LANDING

During our next flight, SpaceX will attempt the precision landing of a Falcon 9 first stage for the first time, on a custom-built ocean platform known as the autonomous spaceport drone ship. While SpaceX has already demonstrated two successful soft water landings, executing a precision landing on an unanchored ocean platform is significantly more challenging. … More X MARKS THE SPOT: FALCON 9 ATTEMPTS OCEAN PLATFORM LANDING

Swiss Company to Launch Robotic Mini-Shuttle in 2017

By Rob Coppinger, SPACE.com Contributor | SPACE.com – 4 hrs ago LONDON — A Swiss company has unveiled an ambitious plan to build a privately built robotic rocket plane by 2017 in order launch satellites into orbit. The company Swiss Space Systems (S3) plans to loft the unmanned suborbital shuttle from the back of an Airbus A300 jetliner to serve as a commercial satellite … More Swiss Company to Launch Robotic Mini-Shuttle in 2017

SpaceX Bests Orbital Sciences In First OSP-3 Duels

By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com Source: AWIN First December 05, 2012 Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has won the first two U.S. Air Force contracts aimed at fostering competition in the U.S. launch market over a new design proposed by Orbital Sciences. SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 v1.1 to boost NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in … More SpaceX Bests Orbital Sciences In First OSP-3 Duels

NEIL A. ARMSTRONG Has Died (1930 – 2012)

Saturday, August 25, 2012 “We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. “Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. “Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy … More NEIL A. ARMSTRONG Has Died (1930 – 2012)