DARPA budget request under sign of scramjets

DARPA is still considering scramjet propulsion, with particular emphasis of universal turbojet-scramjet type, as future for missiles and space vehicles. It is not very hard to spot difference between technologies and general trends in USA civilian and military. It is result of different perspectives of NASA and US Air Force, different objectives and different methods […]

No surprise – report of U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission

USCC annual report for 2015 was given to public. There is no surprise – China is strengthening position in space race, Commission is showing the way to keep U.S. supremacy. Report was announced on 18 November 2015 and consist precision description of Chinese space military with possible ways of further development. In spite of fact, that […]

DARPA suspending ALASA – no further tests in 2016

ALASA (Airborne Launch Assist Space Access) program was innovative concept of injecting small satellites into orbit with cost under $1 million with launch vehicle similar to antisatellite missile carried by F15E fighter. Unfortunately “is” suddenly became “was”. DARPA announced on their website about suspending ALASA program. According to official statement: “As of November 2015, DARPA […]

Checkmate for antisatellite weapon

Many different projects of spaceplanes are under the development. From commercial projects focused on space tourism like SpaceShipOne or large projects supported by government like British Skylon. Different approaches have one thing in common: make flights into space more accessible.  Word “accessible” has different meanings. From the point of view of Company specialized in space tourism it means […]

DARPA ideas for stealth launches – ALASA confirmed for 2016

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is still in schedule with Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA).  After failure of Super Strypi, one of DARPA programs for high mobility launching system for small and micro satellites, Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) is still waiting for first launches in 2016. Idea of airborne launch system is positively […]