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Green fuel inside Cubesat satellite under contract for Aerojet Rocketdyne

  Aerojet Rocketdyne was granted with contract to develop first Cubesat satellite fueled with ecological and safe next generation rocket fuel. Public-private partnership between NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne was announced in January 2016 and now it was confirmed with appropriate contract. MPS-130 propulsion system fueled with new AF-M315E fuel will be developed by AR for NASA.…
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MUOS-5 problem still not solved

Communication satellite launched under contract signed between U.S. Navy and United Launch Alliance still suffers from the problems with propulsion, which makes reaching correct orbit over Indian Ocean under the question. Satellite was launched on atop of Atlas V (551 configuration) from Cape Canaveral SLC-41 on June 24, 2016. It was last from series of five next generation communication satellites, which were designed…
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Program of developing AR1 engine is reaching next milestone

Crucial for American space program development of new domestic manufactured rocket engine is still in progress. Aerojet Rocketdyne announces about next important step on the road to independence from RD-180 manufactured by Russian Energomash already in 2019. According to statement announced by Aerojet Rocketdyne, work under AR1 engine will soon enter in next phase. Company…
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Get ready for debut of Stratolaunch !

Stratolaunch Systems, company established by one of the founders of Microsoft, Paul Allen, is reaching next milestone in their project of HTHL launch vehicle. In huge hangar on Mojave Desert in California potential competitor for WhiteKnightTwo (created by Virgin Galactic owned by Richard Branson) is almost finished. Few days ago on press conference inside Stratolaunch Systems…
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Made in Ukraine – proposition for replacement of RD-180 from SSAU

Is it possible that Ukrainian space industry, which recently passed through rough time and was strongly affected with economic crisis, will beat Russian competitor on American market? Millions of USD granted for research and development to American companies surely will finally resolve lack of American rocket engine with comparable parameters to RD-180. But what is…
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First commercial space station – ULA and Bigelow Aerospace announced agreement for partnership

After launching BEAM onboard of Dragon spacecraft Bigelow is convinced that their concept of inflating space station is well engineered - probably ULA shares this opinion because both companies announced about cooperation for future commercial space station. On April 11, 2016, in Colorado Springs United Launch Alliance and Bigelow Aerospace Colorado announced about their will for developing cooperation…
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Green fuel research spacecraft scheduled for early 2017

SpaceX Falcon Heavy with Air Force's Space Test Program 2 (STP-2) payload will be launched in early 2017. One of the major payload seems to keep the schedule - it is Ball Aerospace research spacecraft BCP-100 with new propulsion onboard. STP-2 mission was originally scheduled for October 2016 but due the delay with Falcon Heavy caused by…
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NASA looking for new electric propulsion

In the focus of attention of every space agency with plans of deep space exploration is developing new types of engines. New propulsion, less limited with amount of fuel, is necessary if any kind of human Mars mission is concerned. Aerojet Rocketdyne announced today that won NASA contract, worth $2.5 million, for developing program of new…
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Orbital ATK and SpaceX awarded with contracts for EELV propulsion

US Air Force decided about awarding Orbital ATK and SpaceX with contracts for new propulsion for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). New technologies are closing. After decision of continuing developing American made engine for future launch vehicles, new funds were again assigned. After awarding Aerojet Rocketdyne, Northrop Grumman and Orbital ATK (You can read more here and here) just…
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New green propulsion for Cubesat satellites

Cubesat satellites are conquering space market and are sign of changes in approach to space services. Not without a reason - their potential is still increasing. NASA announced about their new public-private partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne for developing new propulsion system for satellites. It would not be surprising fact - NASA is space agency and sometimes it…
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