XS-1 program enters in next phase

XS-1 project is under development by by three contractors along with their partners: Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems chosen by DARPA. On April 7, 2016, it is entering in next phase. XS-1 program of new unmanned spaceplane was started in 2013 as alternative launch vehicle for military purposes. At the beginning following companies joined […]

Atlas V 401, IIF-12, RD-180 – successful combination for sure !

Next satellite joined today to GPS constellation after successful flight of Atlas V rocket launched from Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral. It is last from Block IIF generation GPS navigation satellites designed and manufactured by Boeing. On 31 October 2015 penultimate satellite was launched on atop of Atlas V in same configuration and now we […]

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 […]

Orion spacecraft EM-1 mission with no delay

NASA and main contractor Lockheed announced that one of the program milestones of has been reached. Orion spacecraft and SLS launch vehicle are great hopes of NASA. After rising budget for these two projects for 2016 fiscal year, news about reaching important point in project development is confirmation about possibility of NASA to keep the […]

SLS going strong – NASA budget for Space Launch System increased !

NASA announced on 4th November 2015, that SLS budget for 2016 will be increased from $1.695 billion even to $1.9 billion.  Good news is always welcomed, but information about increasing research budget is splendid. One of most significant element of NASA strategy of development (especially if Mars missions are considered) was creating new rocket able to lift […]

Silence is golden – another classified NRO payload atop Atlas V (421) scheduled on 21st April 2016

National Reconnaissance Office mission NROL-61 utilizing United Launch Alliance ATLAS V rocket is planned on 21st April 2016  . Launch is planned from launch site SLC-41 in Cape Canaveral AFS. There is nothing special in fact, that next NROL mission is classified. As far as payload, we can only have gossips and conjectures. According to […]

Red Planet under inspection – InSight mission launch planned on 4th March 2016

NASA mission under InSight Mars lander program.  Payload are InSight lander and two small satellites MARCO (dimensions of satellite are 36,6×24,3×11,8 cm) providing future communication with lander. ATLAS V will start from Vandenberg with two satellites MARCO A and MARCO B. InSight backronym stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is NASA mission targeted for […]

New tentacle for blind octopus? – Next NROL-45 mission already on 10th February 2016

National reconnaissance office planned launch a satellite in the mission NROL-45 with United Launch Alliance DELTA IV Medium+ (5,2) from launch site SLC-6 in Vandenberg. We do not have to wait long for next launch for National reconnaissance office. As usual payload is highly classified but according to some sources this time Topaz-4 satellite will […]