Tag Archives: RD-180

Targeting Bennu – OSIRIS-REx launched yesterday !

One of the most important missions for NASA has begun yesterday at 23:05 GMT on SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral. Atlas V rocket delivered to orbit Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). OSIRIS-REx is first in NASA history sample return mission to asteroid. It will be third in the world after successful Japanese…
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NROL-61 launched !

We are just after third in this year launching of secret payload y United Launch Alliance for National Reconnaissance Office. Again NRO left much space for assumptions regarding characteristic of the payload covered with 4 meter fairing of Atlas V. Atlas V was launched from Cape Canaveral SLC-41; rocket was rolled out after assembling and payload…
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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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Sino-Russian cooperation in space-is it possible ?

Few decades ago it would be considered as a joke but in the present conditions it could be considered as reality. According to Russian sources, cooperation with China in joint development of new super heavy launch vehicles, which could be utilized during Moon mission, is more than possible. Both countries are developing own Moon exploration…
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MUOS-5 delivered to orbit, next success of ULA during their 108th mission !

Again full success of United Launch Alliance during next launch contracted for Department of Defense. Weighing 6740 kg next generation communication satellite MUOS-5 was delivered to designated orbit on atop of Atlas V (551) today from Cape Canaveral SLC-41. Today weather for launch was favorable and probability of launch was at 100%. Atlas V, supported with 5…
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MUOS-5 and Atlas V within hours !

Today we are waiting for MUOS-5 mission. Atlas V combined with Centaur upper stage will deliver satellite created for US Navy starting from Cape Canaveral SLC-41 at 14:30 GMT. MUOS-5 is last new generation communication satellite created by Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Dynamics for US. Constellation of five satellites (4 operating and one backup) will…
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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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Discussion on decommissioned American ICBMs started

Discussion on new idea for retired ICBMs will not be finished in first half of 2016. After Gen. John Hyten announcement given on 32nd Space Symposium (11-14 April 2016) about his idea of utilizing engines from retired ICBMs for commercial purposes like small launch vehicles, it was clear that it is not easy case and way to American Rokot will be…
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Cutting costs with retired ICBM – new idea from US Air Force

As far as utilization of retired from service Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles, American law is far more restrictive than Russian. General John E. Hyten considers it as a thing to be changed in future. Using retired ICBM missiles for civilian purposes in commercial market is widely used opportunity in Russia. Due the obvious reasons, missiles utilized…
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