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Telstar 19V communications satellite orbited by SpaceX Falcon 9 - SpaceFlight Insider

The second stage's lone Merlin Vacuum engine ignited about two minutes, 34 seconds after leaving Florida to continue pushing it and Telstar 19 VANTAGE toward a parking orbit. Next, because it was no longer needed, the clam shell-like payload fairing ...

Report: Orbital to seek new engine for Antares booster - Infosurhoy

SpaceFlight Now has posted a report detailing how Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation is looking into a new, as yet unnamed, rocket engine for use on the first stage of the firm's Antares launch vehicle. The article, appearing on Oct ...

Orbital Sciences Antares rocket explodes less than a minute into flight - Infosurhoy

Just moments after liftoff, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket exploded. The accident happened at approximately 6:22 p.m. EDT (2222 GMT). Photo Credit: JD Taylor / SpaceFlight Insider. Just moments after liftoff, Orbital Sciences Corporation ...

SpaceX Falcon 9 sets new record with Telstar 19V launch from SLC-40 - NASASpaceflight.com

The name Telstar harks back to the early years of spaceflight – when it launched in July 1962, AT&T's Telstar was the first commercial satellite to go into orbit. An experimental low Earth orbit communications satellite, it was followed by the near ...

Record-setting commercial satellite awaits blastoff from Cape Canaveral - Spaceflight Now

Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now. Elon Musk, SpaceX's founder and CEO, told reporters in May that a Block 5 first stage could be flown 10 times ... The extra lift capability of the Falcon 9 Block 5 will allow the rocket to send the nearly 15,600 ...

Delta Clipper: A 1990s Reusable Single-Stage To Orbit Spaceship Prototype - Hackaday

The outer aeroshell was made by Scaled Composites, the same company which in 2004 flew the first privately funded suborbital spaceflight with SpaceShipOne. The DC-X was designed to be simply built from commercial off-the-shelf parts at a cost of $60 ...

Satnews Daily - SatNews Publishers

Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) has been selected to provide the pathfinder mission payload for the initial launch of the UK Spaceflight Program. The announcement was made at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. The UK Spaceflight Program is ...

Virgin Orbit to launch space flights from the UK - TechRadar

Virgin Orbit has revealed plans to conduct orbital rocket launches from Cornwall Airport Newquay in the UK by 2021. Part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, Virgin Orbit will be teaming up with Spaceport Cornwall and the UK Space Agency to build a ...

Scotland site selected as launch base for Lockheed Martin, Orbex - Spaceflight Now

The U.K.'s first vertical orbital launch site will be developed in northern Scotland. Credit: Google Maps/Spaceflight Now. Orbex's £5.5 million ($7.3 million) grant from the U.K. Space Agency is part of a £30 million ($40 million) funding round ...

US cargo craft tests reboost capability at International Space Station - Spaceflight Now

Before the brief reboost burn, engineers at NASA's mission control center in Houston commanded the space station to re-orient itself to prepare for the Cygnus engine firing, pointing the cargo craft's thruster along the station's direction of travel in ...

How a snafu over swarming satellites led Spaceflight to sharpen its launch policy - GeekWire

Spaceflight, the launch services subsidiary of Seattle's Spaceflight Industries, has arranged for the launch of more than 140 satellites on rockets including the PSLV, SpaceX's Falcon 9, Orbital ATK's Antares and the Russian Soyuz and Dnepr launch ...

NASA likely to relocate delayed Pegasus launch to Florida - Spaceflight Now

But teams from Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, formerly known as Orbital ATK, noticed unusual telemetry from the rocket during a ferry flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to Kwajalein on June 6. Launch crews examined the unexpected ...

NASA seeking industry proposals for first element of Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway - SpaceFlight Insider

The current draft solicitation, which was issued June 21, 2018, is asking industry for proposals for a spaceflight demonstration of a PPE for LOP-G. NASA is asking for designs to include a high-power, 50-kilowatt solar electric propulsion spacecraft ...

SpaceX launches AI-enabled robot companion, vegetation monitor to space station - Spaceflight Now

The Falcon 9's first stage, launching for the second time after boosting a NASA science satellite to orbit in April, pivoted its engines to steer the rocket northeast from Cape Canaveral with 1.7 million pounds of thrust. The rocket dropped the first ...

Final Block 4 Falcon 9 launches CRS-15 Dragon - NASASpaceflight.com

Both Dragon and Cygnus were developed under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, aimed at maintaining the agency's ability to get cargo to the International Space Station following the retirement of the Space Shuttle.

SpaceX urges Congress to expedite commercial spaceflight regulation reforms - Teslarati

Whereas nominal orbital rocket launches result in vehicles like SpaceX's Falcon 9 spending less than 90 seconds of real time within the bounds of that controlled airspace, the massive and disruptive “keep-out zones” currently required by the FAA for ...

Spaceflight Boosts Smallsat Launch Range with LauncherOne - Via Satellite

Spaceflight and Virgin Orbit have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a mission to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in 2019. Virgin Orbit's Cosmic Girl, a dedicated 747-400 carrier aircraft, will carry LauncherOne (which will house Spaceflight's ...

Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne to Join Spaceflight's Growing Portfolio of Launch Vehicles for Small Satellite Rideshare - Taiwan News

SEATTLE & LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 25, 2018--Spaceflight, the company reinventing the model for launching small satellites into space, and Virgin Orbit today announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a ...

Spaceflight launch services company adds Virgin Orbit and Cosmic Girl to its lineup - GeekWire

Seattle-based Spaceflight has a new product to offer customers who want to get small satellites up and running: Virgin Orbit's air-launch system. Virgin Orbit's system, which involves sending its two-stage LauncherOne rocket into orbit from a converted ...

Blue Origin to begin spaceflights in 2019 - Digital Journal

The first offering from Blue Origin in 2019 will be a sub-orbital spaceflight. This is a spaceflight where the spacecraft reaches space, although its trajectory intersects the atmosphere so that the craft does not complete one orbital revolution. This ...

An orbital spaceflight is a spaceflight in which a spacecraft is placed on a trajectory where it could remain in space for at least one orbit. To do this around the Earth, it must be on a free trajectory which has an altitude at perigee above 100 kilometers ; this is, by at least one convention, the boundary of space. To remain in orbit at this altitude requires an orbital speed of ~7.8 km/s. Orbital speed is slower for higher orbits, but attaining them requires greater delta-v.

Space Shuttle Discovery rockets to orbital velocity, seen here just after booster separation

An orbital spaceflight (or orbital flight) is a spaceflight in which a spacecraft is placed on a trajectory where it could remain in space for at least one orbit. To do this around the Earth, it must be on a free trajectory which has an altitude at perigee (altitude at closest approach) above 100 kilometers (62 mi); this is, by at least one convention, the boundary of space. To remain in orbit at this altitude requires an orbital speed of ~7.8 km/s. Orbital speed is slower for higher orbits, but attaining them requires greater delta-v.

The expression "orbital spaceflight" is mostly used to distinguish from sub-orbital spaceflights, which are flights where the apogee of a spacecraft reaches space, but the perigee is too low.