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Small rocket company Rocket Lab aims for orbital reusability

Small rocket company Rocket Lab aims for orbital reusability

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ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Small launch company Rocket Lab has a big agenda for the end of 2020, including plans for its first liftoff from U.S. soil and its first attempt to recover a first-stage booster after launch. The California-based company, known for launching in New Zealand, is on target to tackle both goals this year, founder and CEO Peter Beck said in an interview Tuesday. Advertisement If Rocket Lab's first launch from Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport is successful, the company intends to launch regularly from that site. "We have an agreement to fly 12 times a year from Virginia and we hope to fill those slots," Beck said. "The pad and the integration facility will house multiple Electron rockets at the same time. Our facility there is designed for rapid response...
NASA: ‘Joint, independent team’ will probe Boeing Starliner orbital glitch

NASA: ‘Joint, independent team’ will probe Boeing Starliner orbital glitch

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Jan. 8 (UPI) -- NASA is establishing a "joint, independent team" to probe the failure of Boeing's Starliner space capsule to reach the International Space Station during a test flight. The investigation comes as NASA is feeling pressure to stop relying on Russian Soyuz capsules to carry astronauts to the station. Boeing and its competitor, SpaceX, are years behind schedule in developing a new spacecraft to carry people. Starliner was launched Dec. 20 without a crew, and a problem with its mission clock caused it to burn fuel needlessly. That meant it wasn't able to reach the orbit necessary to catch up with the space station. Despite the problem, Boeing and NASA said the test mission accomplished most of its goals. Initial data showed the capsule was a safe environment in which to carry ...
Air Force, Orbital ATK set to launch ORS-5 space tracking satellite

Air Force, Orbital ATK set to launch ORS-5 space tracking satellite

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Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Orbital ATK is preparing to launch the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 satellite on Aug. 25th from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.The ORS-5 will be launched using Orbital's Minotaur IV rocket and will be placed the satellite into low Earth orbit, the company announced on Thursday."The delivery and upcoming launch of ORS-5 marks a significant milestone in fulfilling our commitment to the space situational awareness mission and U.S. Strategic Command," commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson said in a release last week."It's an important asset for the warfighter and will be employed for at least three years."ORS-5 will be used to track other military and civilian satellites along with space debris and help prov...