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September 23, 2014
Amazon founder strikes deal to build US rocket engines
Washington (AFP) Sept 18, 2014
The aerospace company Blue Origin has struck a deal to build a US-made rocket engine that aims to eliminate reliance on Russian engines for American satellite launches. Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon.com and also owns the Washington Post, announced the deal to jointly fund a new BE-4 rocket engine with United Launch Alliance in the US capital on Wednesday. ULA is a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. "ULA has put a satellite into orbit almost every month for the p ... read more

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Europe readies 'space plane' for sub-orbital test flight
The European Space Agency on Tuesday put the final touches to its first-ever "space plane" before blasting it into sub-orbit for tests aimed at eventually paving the way to the continent's first space shuttle. ... more
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World's Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool for Space Launch System Completed
NASA's new Vertical Assembly Center (VAC), a 170-foot-high marvel of machinery that will be used to assemble elements of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS), now is complete and ready to weld par ... more
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Putin Approves Developing Super-Heavy Rockets With Up to 150-Ton Cargo Capacity
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the development of super-heavy rockets with a cargo capacity of up to 150 tons, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday. "I was ... more
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NASA Completes Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank
NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying li ... more
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Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology
NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Fligh ... more
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NASA Wrapping Up Acoustic Testing for Space Launch System
Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, are wrapping up acoustic testing on a 5-percent scale model of NASA's Space Launch System. The Aug.28 test, the 34th in the s ... more
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NASA deep-space rocket, SLS, to launch in 2018
The US space agency's powerful deep-space rocket, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), aims to blast off for the first time in 2018, NASA said Wednesday. ... more
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Russian Military plans switch to Soyuz, Angara launchers From 2016
The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to stop using the Rokot light rocket carrier from 2016 because of its reliance on imported parts and will switch to the Soyuz and Angara carriers, Aerospace ... more
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NASA Completes Review of Powerful New Rocket
NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) - the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth or ... more
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NASA Engineers Begin Testing for SLS Liquid Oxygen Feed System
Let's be honest - geysers are really cool. You've got an eruption of water and vapor that can burst to heights of 185 feet. What's not to like about that? When building propellant tanks for t ... more
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Ride Shotgun With NASA Saucer As It Flies to Near Space
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facili ... more
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'Impossible' engine may actually work, NASA engineers suggest
The laws of classical physics require a rocket's thrusters to push against something, creating acceleration by expelling matter (burned fuel) in the opposite direction. ... more
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Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket
One of NASA's headlining programs is the Space Launch System, a giant rocket program aimed at eventually delivering astronauts to the moon, Mars, asteroids and the deep space beyond. The space agency signed a long-term deal with Boeing earlier this summer to continue work on the mission. ... more
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World's Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool Will Build Core Stage of NASA's Space Launch System
A 170-foot powerhouse - the Vertical Assembly Center (VAC) - is near completion and will soon be ready to build the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will be the most powerful ro ... more
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests 1 Newton Thruster for Green Propellant Infusion Mission
Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test on its flight-representative 1 Newton (1N) thruster at our specially designated green propellant facility in Redmond, Washington. ... more
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Sierra Nevada Contacts All Six On-Orbit ORBCOMM Generation 2 Satellites
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned. The satellit ... more
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ESA's spaceplane set for flight
All eyes are on ESA's spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November. Instead of heading north into a polar orbit - as on previous flights ... more
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Work Commences On XS-1 Spaceplane Designs
In an era of declining budgets and adversaries' evolving capabilities, quick, affordable and routine access to space is increasingly critical for both national and economic security. Current satelli ... more
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Marshall Propellant Tank Tech Benefits SLS Development
Take a two-liter bottle, and fill it with water. Now, turn it upside down. Did you see a lot of bubbles as the liquid drains rapidly from the top? That's because air is trying to get back in the bot ... more
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First Angara Test Launch Successful
Russian Defense Ministry Army General Sergei Shoigu has reported to Russian President, Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin the first successful test launch of the Angara-1.2PP rocket carrier, the Russ ... more
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NASA and Boeing finalize $2.8 million deal to build super powerful rocket
Aviation company Boeing has contracted with NASA to build the world's most powerful rocket, intended - eventually - to propel astronauts to the moon, Mars, asteroids and the deep space beyond. ... more
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Russia to make fresh attempt to launch new rocket
Russia will on Wednesday attempt to launch its newest rocket after an embarrassing last-minute glitch forced authorities to abort the initial test last week. ... more
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes J-2X Testing
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed its final J-2X test series at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Over a period of three years, Aerojet Rocketdyne teams manufactured, assembled and tested fou ... more
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Swiss Space Systems plan mock-up test flights of SOAR
Swiss Space Systems Holding SA (S3) has announced its partnership with the City of North Bay and Canadore College. This partnership will enable S3 to initiate several technical activities from this ... more
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