By the time Boeing and Lockheed Martin tapped Tory Bruno to take over United Launch Alliance last July, the handwriting was on the wall: ULA was going to need a new rocket if it hoped to remain in business for the long haul.
The Arianespace launch consortium has canceled today’s planned launch of a heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket due to an unexplained issue on the rocket that appears to be unrelated to the previous issue that scrubbed the planned April 15 launch.
Separate investigations into two high-profile commercial launch accidents six months ago are entering their final phases and will be completed in the next few months or, in some cases, weeks.
Both United Launch Alliance and rival SpaceX expect the U.S. Air Force to factor the $1 billion in annual overhead payments that ULA receives from the service into upcoming competitions to launch national security satellites, but how that will be done remains unclear.
Aerojet Rocketdyne believes that additive manufacturing, better known as 3-D printing, can help speed development of its AR-1 rocket engine while also reducing its costs.
The German Space Center, DLR, and Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) have renewed for another two years their cooperation on SNC’s Dream Chaser lifting-body spacecraft to focus on both crewed and uncrewed mission applications.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said April 16 that Russia would develop its own space station by 2023, raising questions about its future role on the International Space Station just weeks after other officials said Russia would remain committed to it through 2024.
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has answered with a qualified “yes” the question of whether a British company’s revolutionary air-breathing rocket engine, designed for a horizontal-takeoff vehicle climbing to orbit with a single stage, holds promise.
SpaceX posted this Falcon 9 landing attempt video April 15, 2015, one day after the rocket’s first stage came close to touching down on an ocean-going landing platform in the Atlantic. The Falcon 9 landing attempt video was viewed more than 3 million times within several days of being posted on SpaceX’s YouTube page.
As it considers using the giant aircraft it is developing to launch several different types of launch vehicles, Stratolaunch Systems is pausing work on a crewed spacecraft.
SpaceX says it sent the U.S. Air Force an updated letter of intent April 14 outlining a certification process for its Falcon Heavy rocket to launch national security satellites.