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GENERATION ORBIT COMPLETES GOLAUNCHER1 PDR
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Source: Generation Orbit

ATLANTA - Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review for the GO1 hypersonic and suborbital testbed. The milestone marks the completion of two design cycles for the system over the course of six months, as well as the transition to detailed design and prototyping activities. These activities include a full-scale engineering development unit for integration, ground testing and validation, along with an inert test article for aircraft integration and flight testing.

According to A.J. Piplica, Chief Operating Officer at GO, the company is happy with the metrics during the tests, and will proceed with design, hardware procurement, and software development.

Development of GO1 remains on schedule to provide a flight test capability to the hypersonic and suborbital research communities. The system will enable long-duration, affordable access to high Mach number, endoatmospheric flight conditions necessary for maturing technologies, components, and subsystems relevant to high speed system architectures for both government and commercial applications.

GO is also developing a space launch version of the GOLuancher. GO is one of many companies designing lightweight launch vehicles to serve the growing small satellite market. Once operational, the prices for the GOLauncher are expected to start at $2.5 million to carry a 30 kilogram payload to low Earth orbit (LEO). While that cost is slightly more expensive on a per-kilogram-to-orbit basis than some competing systems, GO's liquid fuel booster and air-launch capabilities will provide increased flexibility for customers.

Source:  Generation Orbit
Associated URL: http://generationorbit.com/generation-orbit-completes-golauncher-1-preliminary-d
Source Date: June 28, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 06/28/2016

 
 
LAUNCHERONE ABOUT TO ENTER GROWING MARKET
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Source: Virgin Galactic

NEWTOWN, Conn. - Transporting satellites, even SmallSats, to space is expensive. One way to reduce launch costs for SmallSats is to include them as secondary payloads on larger launch vehicles.

Orbital ATK, for example, typically carries SmallSats on its Cygnus cargo transfer vehicle along with other supplies to the International Space Station. Spaceflight Industries is developing a cargo craft called the Sherpa that will launch aboard a larger rocket and then deploy satellites in space. United Launch Alliance (ULA), meanwhile, is offering rideshare arrangements on its Atlas V.

The drawback of that method is that the primary payloads take precedence when scheduling flights, with SmallSat operators losing flexibility when determining deployment times.

Other companies getting into this market are developing small launch vehicles. Although it is unclear if satellite operators can support multiple types of launch options, the market for small satellites continues to grow rapidly. New uses and business plans continue to be developed, and all these satellites need ways to get to orbit. There will likely be a place for both rideshare options and lightweight launch vehicles as long as the SmallSat market continues to grow.

The three primary lightweight launch competitors are Rocket Lab, Firefly Space Systems, and Virgin Galactic. Founded in 2004, Virgin Galactic is actually the oldest company of the group, but did not introduce a launch vehicle until 2012.

Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne is slightly more expensive than some of the other options on the market, such as Rocket Lab's Electron. However, Virgin Galactic is backed by the wealthy Richard Branson, meaning development and marketing will be well funded. Branson will also use his connections to benefit the LauncherOne; for example, by turning his investment in OneWeb into business for Virgin Galactic.

LauncherOne production will continue to grow steadily over the next few years following its first flight in 2017 as the market for SmallSats continues to grow.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: June 28, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 06/28/2016

 
 
MUOS-5 BLASTS OFF INTO ORBIT ABOARD ATLAS V
Monday, June 27, 2016

Source: Lockheed Martin

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the fifth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U. S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 10:30 a.m. EDT on June 24. This is ULA’s fifth launch in 2016 and the final launch of a MUOS satellite.

This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle, which includes a 5-meter diameter payload fairing along with five Aerojet Rocketdyne solid rocket motors attached to the Atlas booster. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine and the Centaur upper stage was powered by the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C-1 engine.

Satellite prime contractor Lockheed Martin reported shortly after launch that the MUOS-5 is communicating with ground control stations. MUOS-5 is the latest addition to a network of satellites and relay ground stations that provide secure communications for mobile military forces. The addition of MUOS-4 completes the full constellation. Even though the constellation is complete, the Navy has expressed interest in purchasing a sixth satellite, with financing from U.S. allies.

Despite setbacks caused by aggressive scheduling early in program development and technical issues, all MUOS satellites have been launched. The launch of the first MUOS satellite (originally scheduled to launch in July 2011) lifted off in February 2012 and entered service later that year. MUOS-2 launched in July 2013. A welding issue with the third satellite has caused further delays, but it was finally launched on January 20, 2015. The fourth satellite launched on September 2, 2015.

Source:  ULA
Associated URL: http://www.ulalaunch.com/news-press-details.aspx?id=318&title=United-Launch-Alli
Source Date: June 27, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 06/28/2016

 

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