Discussion on decommissioned American ICBMs started

Discussion on new idea for retired ICBMs will not be finished in first half of 2016. After Gen. John Hyten announcement given on 32nd Space Symposium (11-14 April 2016) about his idea of utilizing engines from retired ICBMs for commercial purposes like small launch vehicles, it was clear that it is not easy case and way to American Rokot will be […]

Cutting costs with retired ICBM – new idea from US Air Force

As far as utilization of retired from service Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles, American law is far more restrictive than Russian. General John E. Hyten considers it as a thing to be changed in future. Using retired ICBM missiles for civilian purposes in commercial market is widely used opportunity in Russia. Due the obvious reasons, missiles utilized […]

United Launch Alliance – problems with Atlas V during OA-6 unsuccessfully silenced

United Launch Alliance had problems during last launch of RD-180 engine in the first stage of their Atlas V rocket; they were not given to public during live broadcast on 23 March 2016. Luckily for ULA, Centaur upper stage gave its best and Cygnus is on its way to International Space Station. During live broadcast from mission OA-6 contracted for […]

Cygnus launched successfully !

Yesterday according to EDT time or today according to GMT time, Cygnus with supplies for ISS was launched from SCL-41 on Cape Canaveral. Spacecraft reached space and is continuing autonomous flight to International Space Station. Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance were targeting with launch to 03:05 GMT on 23rd March 2016. Punctually at 03:05 GMT […]

U.S. Air Force strong support for ULA

U.S. Air Force decided to give strong financial support for United Launch Alliance under public-private partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. Perspective of new rocket engine fully made in America is getting close. Yesterday, on 29 February 2016 it was announced that U.S. Air Force chosen Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. and United Launch Alliance to […]

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 […]

Next funds for new American rocket engine granted

New grants are answer for demand of the US Air Force for American made and comparable with RD-180 rocket engine.  In spite of fact that ULA was allowed to finalize its order for RD-180 engines, US Air Force is still considering to stimulate development of American construction which will be comparative to Russian engines. New budget […]

Atlas V back to game !

Lack of compliance between Senator (Arizona-R) John McCain and his Party resulted in conflict involving both military and ULA.  This time situation is better for ULA and Department of Defense waiting to new remote sensing satellites which should be launched on atop of Atlas V rocket. Congress decided to let ULA finalize order placed in Energomash for next twenty RD-180 […]

ULA problem with RD-180 engines still not solved

U.S. Air Force announced that three American companies were awarded with contracts for further developing engines able to replace banned Russian RD-180 used in Atlas V rocket. It seems that ULA could back into game for launch service for GPS III missions. Good news for three lucky companies and for United Launch Alliance? Not necessary. USAF […]

First British astronaut finally on ISS – successful launch of ISS Expedition 46

Today is significant day for British contribution in Space conquest. Tim Peake is on ISS! For this moment Tim Peake was waiting probably whole life. He became first British astronaut who has been on International Space Station. Today at 11:03 GMT along with Tim Kopra of NASA and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko lifted off from the […]