Falcon Heavy soars; SpaceX lands critical NASA double asteroid redirect launch

To say 11 April 2019 was a banner day for SpaceX would be an understatement.  The private space company that has soared into the public’s imagination and trust not only succeeded in launching its Falcon Heavy rocket – the most powerful currently operational rocket in the world – on its… Read more“Falcon Heavy soars; SpaceX lands critical NASA double asteroid redirect launch”

Exos Aerospace’s SARGE rocket to serve as a platform for a reusable small satellite launcher

With a successful test flight of the reusable SARGE (Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE)  sounding rocket complete, Exos Aerospace is looking to the future. The company plans to utilize the SARGE vehicle to launch payloads on a suborbital trajectory – allowing customers to test their technology before launching them into… Read more“Exos Aerospace’s SARGE rocket to serve as a platform for a reusable small satellite launcher”

NASA’s IRT publishes report on SpaceX’s CRS-7 failure

On Monday, NASA’s Independent Review Team (IRT) published the first public report on the SpaceX CRS-7 failure. The accident occurred on June 28th, 2015 when a Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage experienced an over-pressurization event during first stage ascent. The incident led to a launch vehicle failure approximately two minutes… Read more“NASA’s IRT publishes report on SpaceX’s CRS-7 failure”

NGIS highlights advantages of their Air Force contract win with OmegA

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems has won a major contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop their largely solid propulsion OmegA rocket.  The contract award, valued at an approximate total of $792 million to be paid in increments over various phases, ensures the Air Force that NGIS will develop both… Read more“NGIS highlights advantages of their Air Force contract win with OmegA”

NAC provides Starliner, Dragon 2 update – Commercial Crew preps entering final leg to launch

SpaceX and Boeing continue to make steady progress towards the major flight tests under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. At a NASA Advisory Council (NAC) meeting on Monday, the members were updated on the progress of each of the two providers. Overall, the updates were quite positive with most of the… Read more“NAC provides Starliner, Dragon 2 update – Commercial Crew preps entering final leg to launch”