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PICTURE: Orbital Sciences’ releases Taurus II launch pad concept

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Orbital Sciences released the latest concept image of its Taurus II rocket launch site (being built at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility aka the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport) during its presentation at the Space Foundation’s 26th National Space …

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Lockheed, ATK announce Falcon 1 competitor

Lockheed Martin and Alliant Techsystems have announced a partnership for providing from 2012 a new ‘C’ version of the Athena rocket using ATK’s Castor 30 solid rocket motor and new electronics. Its low Earth orbit payload capability is about 1,700kg …

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Two steps forward, one step back for India and China

India’s test of a new rocket engine had to be stopped early according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) while Aviation Week’s Beijing correspondent Bradley Perrett scores a scoop with Chinese Moon rocket planning

Talking to the Chinese in October

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Reusable first stage focus of Franco-Russian study

France and Russia are to co-operate on a ultra-light reusable first stage demonstrator under the two countries joint Oural programme

The reusable first stage demonstrator was mentioned in this Russian Federal Space Agency (aka Roscosmos) news item on its website…

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Lockheed Martin trademarks Revolver for rocket

Lockheed Martin has trademarked the name Revolver for a space vehicle, rocket according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Hyperbola first reported in 2008 that the company’s scale-model flyback booster being flight tested at the site of Spaceport …

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VIDEO: Russia Today reports Energia nuke rocket motor work

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Russia plans 2015 tests under nuclear propulsion study

The Russian Federal Space Agency (aka Roscosmos) has told Hyperbola that it is getting 70 million Rubles for the nuclear rocket project that will see tests in 2015

With a draft design to be completed in 2012 the agency says …

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Khrunichev has second successful Angara URM-1 test firing

Khrunichev Space Center has successfully fired its Angara family Universal Rocket Module-1 again. Go here for more information and pictures

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PICTURE: Zefiro 9 firing

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credit Avio caption: Zefiro-9 Vega ‘s thid stage fires successfully

The last engine, the third stage of the new European Vega launcher, Zefiro 9, manufactured by Avio, has completed all the qualification stages and is now ready, says Avio.…

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Avio: Vega’s motors qualify but maiden launch slips to 2010

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credit Avio / caption how far is the slip into 2010? 

The qualification and certification phase for the three solid propellant engines for Vega has been passed with flying colours, says Avio’s press release, but it also gives 2010 as …

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JAXA: success for second H-IIB rocket first stage firing

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) performed the second captive firing test for the first stage flight model tank of the MHI H-IIB rocket on 22 April 2009 at the Tanegashima Space Center. This September JAXA …

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PICTURES: Sicral 1B launch

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credit Italian Ministry of Defence

View from Sea Launch Commander of Sicral 1B launch, picture courtesy of the Italian Ministry of Defense. Launched today at 09:16h GMT by a Zenit-3SL rocket operating from the Sea Launch platform, positioned at the …

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NASA plans for JAXA H-IIB Transfer Vehicle delay

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credit JAXA / caption: Will JAXA’s first H-IIB Transfer Vehicle make its September flight?

Perhaps its because the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is planning a double first with the maiden launch of its new Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB rocket and flight …

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JAXA: MHI H-IIB rocket first stage firing test success

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) completed its Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB rocket’s first stage firing test on 2 April, after delays caused first by a lack of coolant supply and then by a leak in the fire prevention system…

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Will HTV launch on time? JAXA delays HTV rocket first stage test

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credit: JAXA /caption: the H-IIB rocket first stage test delay does not bode well for the mid-2009 HTV launch

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has postponed what it calls its “First Captive Firing Test of the First Stage Flight Model Tank for the

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VIDEO: Danish rocket team test fire hybird rocket


First HATV test 8 Mar 2009, video montage with timecodes from Sonny W. on Vimeo.

credit: Copenhagen Suborbital / caption: never under estimate the Vikings  

The above rocket, the Danish Copenhagen Suborbital team’s Hybrid Atmospheric Test Vehicle (HATV) uses …

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Biodiesel rocket flight planned for 7 March

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credit Flometrics / caption: the vernier rocket engine was fired for 6s in January 2009 

Flometrics’ Steve Harrington is planning to test fly his biodiesel rocket this Saturday. A successful static firing test of a vernier rocket engine using

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JAXA updates H-IIB rocket and HTV spacecraft website

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credit JAXA / caption: JAXA’s HTV separates from the H-IIB rocket’s upper stage

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has created a new section on its website about the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIB rocket with interviews with the agency’s transportation …

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SSTL is LauncherOne customer says BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation has been told by Surrey Satellite Technology that this EADS Astrium owned UK small spacecraft manufacturer is working with Virgin Galactic on an air launched booster

Back in December Hyperbola exclusively revealed that Virgin Galactic had decided …

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The Bear and the Dragon

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credit S P Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation / caption: Progress M66 is processed

I found a couple of Russian and Chinese items today. Energia has been posting photo reports of the progress, as it were, of the Progress M66 cargo …

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