First approach for launch of Pegasus XL with eight CYGNSS satellites without success

Planned launch of Pegasus XL rocket was scrubbed today due the technical problems and poor weather. It passed over 25 years since 1990, when Orbital ATK presented their Pegasus  rocket system. Launched from the flying mother plane, rocket was sign of possible change of approach to easy access to space. After all these years rockets […]

Stratolauncher with Pegasus XL !

Orbital ATK signed agreement with Vulcan Aerospace and declared that it will provide number of Pegasus XL rockets to be used with Stratolauncher HTHL launch vehicle. It is positive end of long history of relations between both companies and sign, that Stratolauncher is reaching end of its development phase with Pegasus XL as second stage. Orbital ATK […]

GOLauncher-1 tests already in 2016 !

It seems that in 2016 we will see another small launch system for microgravity experiments. Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. signed Space Act Agreement for GOLauncher-1 rocket with NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) on May 2, 2016. Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. is American company established in Atlanta in 2011. Since it’s establishing, Company is focused […]

Antares already in first half of 2016

Good news from Orbital ATK – their Antares rocket should be ready for OA-5 mission of Cygnus cargo spacecraft scheduled for 31st May 2016. Antares rocket remains official competitor of Falcon-9 in commercial resupply missions under CRS agreement between NASA, Orbital ATK and SpaceX. After last failed launch, performed on 28 October 2014 from Wallops Flight Facility, in […]

Stratolaunch without final conception

Stratolaunch, competitive project to Virgin SpaceShipTwo or more to LauncherOne, after almost five years of development probably will change its final shape. It is possible that Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder and founder of Vulcan Inc. and Stratolaunch Systems) will be forced to reinstall engines back into his two Boeing 747 from picture above. Conception of […]

Virgin Galactic reveals lifting vehicle for LauncherOne

New Virgin launch vehicle designed as air launched two stage rocket called LauncherOne acquired its conveyance – Boeing 747 called Cosmic Girl. It seems that Pegasus rocket will get competitor on the market of air launched rockets. Virgin Galactic announced about choosing designated lifting plane for their new LauncherOne rocket operating similar to Orbital ATK Pegasus. […]

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 […]

Return of the pioneering solution – Pegasus mission scheduled on 2016

Orbital ATK has scheduled mission utilizing their first launch system, Pegasus. It will lift to LEO orbit satellite under Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) program. Launch is planned for October 2016. After three years of pause in Pegasus mission, Orbital ATK will utilize their air-launched rocket in commercial mission. It will be, contracted with NASA, […]