Category: Spaceship

spacex starship super heavy

All about SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy and news

The Starship prototype takes shape, Elon Musk puts two SpaceX teams in competition – News of June 4, 2019 – Two months ago, a Raptor engine was briefly lit to lift the Starship prototype. This prototype is more like a big gas cylinder than an interplanetary spacecraft. It must be used to test the Starship’s…
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long march 5

Long March 5 (Chang Zheng-5) : all you need to know and news

Still no date for a second launch of Long March 5 – News of May 28, 2019 – China has an ambitious lunar program. In recent years, the Chinese Space Agency has implemented an impressive robotic program. But like everyone else, China is facing failures. Last Thursday, a Long March 4C rocket and its payload…
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solar sail

Solar sails : all you need to know and news

Solar sails could be an effective solution for cleaning the geostationary orbit – News of May 28, 2019 – Solar sails can be used to maneuver in orbit. We can imagine them to navigate to one or more space debris to capture them. In this situation, the advantage of a solar sail is that its…
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blue origin new shepard

All about Blue Origin’s New Shepard and news

New Shepard is a fully reusable rocket system consisting of a capsule and a booster. The booster returns to land thanks to its rocket engine while the capsule is equipped with a parachute. The vehicle’s capabilities make it possible to place the capsule in a state of microgravity for three minutes, which should seduce not…
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falcon 9

All about the SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher and news

NASA will use a Falcon 9 booster for three missions – News of May 7, 2019 – Slowly but surely, SpaceX seems to convince NASA with its reuse approach. The US space agency has already used several reused Falcon 9 launchers, but for the first time it could use the same booster for three missions.…
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spacex crew dragon

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Dragon space capsules : all you need to know and news

SpaceX communicates on the possible causes of the explosion of the Crew Dragon space capsule – News of May 7, 2019 – Two weeks ago, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon space capsule exploded during an engine test. At a press conference in early May, a few more details were released about this incident. The test concerned the…
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ariane 6

All about the Ariane 6 launcher and news

ESA Member States will support Arianegroup if Ariane 6 order book is not completed – News of April 23, 2019 – Recently, Arianegroup was looking for institutional missions to start the production of the first Ariane 6 launchers. Half of these rockets should be used to launch government missions between 2020 and 2025. But the…
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All about the Vega space rocket and news

The first launch of the Vega-C launcher was shifted in 2020 – News of April 23, 2019 – The first launch of Vega-C, the new version of the Vega launcher, has been shifted to 2020. Originally, it was to take off this year, which would have been a first test of the P120 booster, one…
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spacex falcon heavy

All about SpaceX Falcon Heavy launcher and news

Second flight of SpaceX Falcon Heavy (first commercial launch) is a success – News of April 12, 2019 – Timeline : 19:55 Lift off 22:33 Side boosters separation 26:09 Side boosters entry burn 27:00 Centre core entry burn 27:27 Side boosters landing 30:12 Centre core landed on drone ship 45:08 Sneak peak into the LOX…
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omega orbital atk

All about Northrop Grumman’s OmegA rocket (Orbital ATK) and news

Northrop Grumman’s OmegA launcher wants to meet the needs of the US military – News of March 24, 2019 Many new launchers will arrive in the early 2020s. Last year, Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK, the US specialist in solid propellant propulsion. And Orbital ATK, now Northrop Grumman Innovation System, has a new launcher project…
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All about Federatsiya (Federation) spacecraft and news

Launch of Federatsiya spacecraft will bring Soyuz to retirement – News of March 17, 2019 – The Soyuz space capsule has been used for more than 50 years to send men into space. In the last 12 years, it was the only space vehicle that could do this, with its Chinese copy, Shenzhou. This will…
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space launch system sls

All about NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and news

The usefulness of the SLS is more and more challenged – News of March 17, 2019 – Currently, every day there is a new announcement about the Space Launch System (SLS). NASA’s 2020 budget proposal contemplates deleting many missions of the SLS. The SLS will not be used to assemble the LOP-G, nor to launch…
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roscosmos russian space agency

All about the Yenisei super-heavy launcher and news

Yenisei, the new super-heavy launcher by Roscosmos – News of February 12, 2019 – On February 4, 2019, Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Rogozin, the director of Roscosmos, spoke of a super-heavy launcher to go to the Moon, called Yenisei. It will use elements of Soyuz 5 and Angara to limit development costs. Yenisei could be…
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blue origin new glenn

All about Blue Origin’s New Glenn and news

New Glenn will fly to low orbit and beyond – News from February 3, 2019 – In 2016, Blue Origin unveiled its first orbital rocket. Some details of the space rocket continue to evolve. The launcher has the same name as the first American astronaut who reached Earth’s orbit, John Glenn. New Glenn brings together…
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All about the Soyuz spaceship and news

A valve would be at the origin of the Soyuz incident on October 11 – News of October 28, 2018 – We have a little more information about what happened on October 11 aboard the Soyuz spacecraft. We can even be optimistic about a quick return of manned flights. The findings of the investigation will…
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ariane 5

All about the Ariane 5 space rocket and news

Ariane 5 will celebrate its hundredth flight tonight – News of September 25, 2018 – Ariane 5, one of the most emblematic launchers on the planet will pass the milestone of its hundredth flight. Ariane 5 will fly from the Kourou base shortly before midnight. Once again, Ariane 5 will demonstrate its great specialty, the…
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Delta 2

All about the Delta 2 launcher and news

Goodbye Delta 2 ! – News of September 23, 2018 – A mythical rocket has just retired. The Delta 2 rocket completed its last flight on September 15 by putting into orbit an Earth observation satellite. It was also its hundredth success in a row. Made by ULA, Delta 2 is not a particularly powerful…
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virgin galactic spaceships

All about the Virgin Galactic spaceships (SpaceShipTwo, WhiteKnightTwo) and news

The suborbital spaceship VSS Unity breaks an altitude record – News of July 31, 2018 – Virgin Galactic is coming back from a failed 2014 test that cost the life of a pilot. The suborbital spaceship VSS Unity has just broken an altitude record after being dropped by its carrier aircraft. The carrier aircraft ignited…
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buran energia

Buran Energia : All you have to know

The US space shuttle program was a serious threat to the USSR The US space shuttle program, stopped in 2011, has entered popular culture. Nowadays, the concept of space shuttle is partly taken over by space vehicles like the Boeing X-37B or the ESA Space Rider, but without crew. In the past, a space shuttle…
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long march 5

All about the Long March 9 rocket (Chang Zheng-9) and news

Long March 9 will fly to the Moon in the 2030s – News of March 27, 2018 – Since the mid-2010s, the Chinese government has been deploying its second generation of launchers, called Long March. These launchers are able to place between 700 kg and 23 tons in low orbit. For now, the heaviest launcher…
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All about the Orion spacecraft and news

Orion, Apollo lookalike One of the main missions of the SLS, NASA’s future monster launcher, is to launch the Orion spacecraft, a little different from the capsules that Microsoft Boeing and SpaceX have created for NASA. Indeed, Orion is primarily thought for the missions beyond the low orbit, which is new since the Apollo program.…
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its spaceship

All about SpaceX’s Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) and news

1000 ITS to colonize Mars – News of June 20, 2017 – SpaceX has just posted a fairly complete overview of the ITS and its mission plan. SpaceX wants to offer a delivery to Mars at a cost of $ 140,000 per ton. The ticket to Mars would probably be less than $ 100,000. The…
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The US Air Force’s Boeing X-37B drone

News: – May 10, 2017 – The US Air Force and its huge budget is responsible for developing the potential military applications of space on behalf of the US government. We had the example this week with the return of the X-37B robotic space shuttle on Earth. The vehicle built by Boeing and operated by…
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dream chaser

All about the Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser space shuttle and news

Dream Chaser space shuttle will transport cargo to the ISS – News of February 14, 2018 – SpaceX and Boeing should be able to offer manned flights to the ISS this year. For Sierra Nevada, the projects are also advancing because the company has just received official authorization to carry out its first cargo mission…
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callisto launcher

All about the Callisto reusable launcher demonstrator and news

Europe continues to study the reuse of space rockets with the Callisto demonstrator – News of January 9, 2018 – Prometheus is a new engine in development. It could be a turning point for reusable space rockets of ArianeGroup. But Prometheus is not the only project in Europe to prepare for reuse. CNES and its…
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space rider

All about the ESA Space Rider shuttle and news

The first test flight of the space shuttle Space Rider is scheduled to take place in 2020 – News of December 5, 2017 – The space shuttle Space Rider is due to be launched in 2021 thanks to the Vega C space rocket. It will offer Europe a completely independent way to conduct experiments in…
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