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Rock report: Russia's nuclear rocket, airspace war, explanations of BFR declarations

Welcome to edition 1.27 in the Raketrapport! After a weekend for Thanksgiving break, we are full of news about rockets…

 Rock report: Russia's nuclear rocket, airspace war, BFR changes explained

Welcome to edition 1.27 in the Raketrapport! After a weekend for Thanksgiving break, we are full of news about rockets and engines from around the world, some of which seem imaginative, and some of them are real developments.

As always, we welcome the reader’s posts and if you do not want to miss a problem, subscribe using the box below (the form will not be displayed on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will contain information about small, medium and heavy-duty races and a quick glance at the next three launches on the calendar.

Virgin flies its rocket for the first time . No, it was not a drive, but Virgin Orbit conducted a test flight “captive-carry” November 18 in Victorville, located in northeast Los Angeles. The company strapped its 21-meter LauncherOne rocket to a modified 747 aircraft and went to the sky. “The vehicles flew like a dream today,” says Virgin Orbit Chief Pilot Kelly Latimer. “Everyone on the flight crew and all our colleagues on the ground was very pleased with the data we saw from the instruments onboard the airplane, in the pylon and on the rocket itself. From my perspective in the cockpit, it is handled perfectly and perfectly matches what we have practiced in the simulators. “

Next stop, powerful flight … This flight enters the last step before an actual rocket launch in the air, which will mean at least one drop test when the carbon fiber cartridge is released from the 747 aircraft without firing the engine . This will be done to gather data about its free fall performance through the atmosphere. Following this test, Virgin Orbit will try an orbital launch early in 2019, says the company. (filed by Ken the Bin)

PLD Space Objective 2019 for Suborbital Launch . The Spanish rocket launch PLD Space says it’s heading for the first launch of the Miura-1 suborbital rocket, the SpaceWatch reports. This will be a demonstration launch of technology, designed to show progression to a vehicle that can put satellites in orbit. The launch will take place from a place in southern Spain called “El Arenosilla.”

A rebranding … PLD Space has rebranded its rockets from Arion 1 and 2 to the Miura-1 suborbital and Miura-5 orbital (five engines). The company places Miura-5 as a European microlauncher, which will come online sometime 2020 or later. PLD Space now has more than 40 employees, according to the website. With a view to European micro-lancing companies, the European Space Agency recently produced a nice round. (submitted by Herebus)

German Space Agency develops reusable engine . DLR researchers have developed a reusable rocket engine especially for launching small satellites, Parabol Arc reports. The rocket engine consists of two key components, a metal injector head made by metal 3D printing and a ceramic combustion chamber. The radic engine was designed with additive manufacturing in mind for use in an economical European microblower.

Lower costs are sought … “Thanks to this relatively new manufacturing technology, we need significantly fewer parts and processes, which accelerate the manufacturing process of the injector and reduce production costs. At the same time we have been able to significantly reduce the mass of the components, which always a very important factor in aeronautics, says Markus Kuhn, responsible for the project at DLR’s Institute of Design and Design. Soon, we may have more small satellite racket designs than small satellites themselves. (filed by Ken the Bin) 19659003] Korea successfully tested rocket engine . The Korea Aerospace Research Institute successfully flew a single engine, one-stage KSLV-II test launch vehicle on Wednesday. This flight was intended to test the performance of the KARI 75 ton engine that enters Nuri (KSLV-II) racket currently under development and expected to launch in 2021, Wesley Hwa reported ng-chung. The critical rocket engine combustion time was maintained for 151 seconds and exceeded an initial target of 140 seconds.

First domestic Korean rocket … This was a positive step towards the development of the first full Korean rocket, which will lift about 1.5 tons to low ground. Hwang-Chung and others were enthusiastic. “The distance was too far for the naked eye to see the rocket properly,” he wrote. “Only the fiery dot could be seen in the sky. But the P1000’s powerful zoom was more than enough to capture the sight in its full glory.” (filed by wesley96)

Russia has a nuclear-powered rocket? The Moscow-based Keldysh Research Center published a video of its nuclear-powered rocket. I will be able to land on Mars after seven months and can be returned to space only 48 hours after landing. In accordance with RT (yes we know), the propulsion system comprises “a gas-cooled fission reactor that drives a generator, which in turn supplies a plasma processor”.

Elon uses ancient technology . .. In the video, the director of the Institute, Vladimir Koshlakov, says that SpaceX and Elon Musk use old technology. Elon has also been successful because of state subsidies. Anything. When your country flies 50 years old rocket and spacecraft technology, you can not say that other countries use “old technology”. Also build the engine and stop creating YouTube videos, and we may think there may be one day. (Posted by Rudde and Ken the Bin)

Rocket carrying Australia’s first commercial payload launched . The five-meter rocket, developed by Queensland-based BlackSky Aerospace, was successfully launched in the sky from a farm in the city of Tarawara, west of Goondiwindi, in the state’s Outback border area. The rocket level reached 5.1 km before it landed about two kilometers from the launch site, ABC News Online reported.

A small step … “This Sighter190 research racket is the first in Australia to catapult a commercial payload to about the same height as Everest, and it happens here in our own backyard in Queensland, says Queensland Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick. Queensland is one of the Australian states that makes a play for a part of the commercial aviation industry. (Posted by David Woodward and dbayly)

Private companies building a spaceport in Japan . All Nippon Airways operator ANA Holdings and Commercial House Marubeni will set up a space port in Japan in 2021, reports Nikkei. The launch site will be used for private space travel and has 3 km landing lanes for ships moving horizontally as aircraft. A newly formed company named Spaceport Japan develops the project.

No space yet … The company has not chosen a website yet. Overall, wild Spaceport Japan apparently secured a foothold in international space operations by building Asia’s first space travel hub for private spacecraft launched from aircraft such as Virgin Galactics VSS Unity. It is not known if Spaceport Japan has entered into any space tourism company. (filed by Ken the Bin)

A busy week ahead in the launch . Space journalist Chris Gebhardt noted on Twitter that the next nine days promises as many as seven orbital launches, which began with a successful Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on Thursday and culminated with the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Mission to deliver heavy NROL-71 payload on December 7th.

Is this a record? … We are not sure if this is any kind of record, but there will be a remarkable amount of diversity in launch locations, including India, Russia, Kazakhstan, French Guiana, and the United States East and West Coast . Record or not, if this is the future of launch, we like it a lot.

NASA launches security review by SpaceX and Boeing . Washington Post first reported that NASA will carry out a “Month’s Long Assessment” which will involve hundreds of interviews to evaluate the culture of workplaces. The review was led by concerns about the construction of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, said the paper. The review comes as both companies strive to complete the development of commercial crew spacecraft 2019.

What’s really at stake here? … This was an interesting development. We’ve heard several reasons for this, from NASA who want to make a CYA review if something goes wrong with these commercial aviation flights to (more likely, in our opinion) an attempt by some congressional leaders to deter SpaceX’s efforts to win the race to the commercial crew release. Remember, there are people in Congress who do not like commercial crew in general and SpaceX specifically. We are told to NASA’s Human Space Fleet Manager Bill Gerstenmaier did not see this review as necessary but could not really resist. (filed by Ken Kubiak)

The room is fighting for the airspace . The increasing rate of US launching activity has made industry increasingly in conflict with the more extensive (and much larger) commercial aviation industry about access to the US airspace system, the Space Review reports. At a recent meeting organized by the FAA and the Air Traffic Control Association, representatives of the aviation industry proclaimed their space companions as the new kids in the neighborhood who need to do a better job according to rules and not disturb commercial aviation.

Pushing back … Start proponents pulled back on this characterization. “Let me say a little about the term” new entrant. “It’s an interesting term that we often use to talk about commercial space and other things,” said Kelvin Coleman, acting FAA Commercial Administrator, later. “I think it’s a little suspicious because we have launched commercial raket in landed for quite a while. “Hopefully, some fruitful steps can be found in the dialogue after this meeting.” (Filed by Ken the Bin)

ArianeGroup gets new CEO . The company reported in a press release that Andre-Hubert Roussel has been appointed by ArianeGroup as CEO, January 1, 2019. He will replace Alain Charmeau, founder of ArianeGroup, who will retire after a transitional period. Charmeau has overseen the European rocket company during a turbulent time when it has competed with SpaceX and attempted to develop a lower rocket, Ariane 6 booster, to compete.

Turbulent Times … “It is now Andre-Hubert Roussel who has to continue the adventure to ensure ArianeGroup’s success as a competitive and innovative group that guarantees an independent and strategic space for Europeans, “said Charmeau in the press release. “At this point, I would like to thank all ArianeGroup employees for their commitment as well as our clients from the civil and defense market for their trust.” Ars has more at Charmeau and the job he has done in this function.

NASA will replace SLS with commercial rockets? Business Insider caused some of a full screen by reporting comments from Steve Jurczyk, NASA’s Associated Administrator, at The Economist Space Summit. “I think our view is that if commercial opportunities come online, we will eventually retreat to the government system and only move to a purchasing capacity of these [rockets],” he said.

Not really new ] … In fact, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine himself has made such comments. It’s something easy to say right now, because Blue Origin’s New Glenn and SpaceX BFR rockets are unlikely to both come online for another five to seven years. This will give the NASA (and Congress) a lot of time to continue financing the SLS rocket until it does at least one or two flights. (Posted by Rudde, NezumiRho and Max Q)

For all BFR changes? In recent weeks, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has made a number of statements on Twitter about the “mini” BFR top scene that will fly on a Falcon 9 rocket. He also proposed changes to the big rocket himself. Oh, and he has also changed the rocket name to “Super Heavy” and the upper stage to “Starship.” Ars tries to get a feel of what’s happening.

Optimize for something … “It suggests that Musk still tries to find the sweet spot between performance, cost-effectiveness and a product that he can sell to customers, investors and the government,” says the article about the changes. For humanity, we draw for Musk to succeed, although we have some skepticism.

Next Falcon Heavy rocket at the test site . About 10 days ago, a side booster for SpaceX’s next Falcon Heavy launch was seen vertically at the company’s McGregor, Texas, first-rate test booth. That means that it was probably only a few days away from the rocket’s first static fire test, reports Teslarati.

Probably a satellite … SpaceX has not defined which payload to start on the next Falcon Tung rocket. However, it is probably the commercial Arabsat 6A satellite instead of the USAF’s STP-2 rideshare mission, and the launch may be as early as January 2019. We are eagerly waiting for the show. (filed by Ken the Bin)

Next three launches

Nov. 30 : Rokot | Three soldiers came to satellites | Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia | 02:00:00 UTC

Dec. 2 : Falcon 9 | Spaceflight SSO-A | Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. | 18:31 UTC

Dec. 3 : Soyuz FG | Soyuz MS-11 crew launch | Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan | 11:31 AM UTC

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