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SOYUZ PRODUCTION REMAINS EXTREMELY STRONG
Thursday, July 28, 2016
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A Soyuz blasting off

Source: Starsem


A Soyuz blasting off

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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Over 1,800 Soyuz launch vehicles, in a number of different variants, have lifted off since the 1960s. Strong production rates of the Soyuz are driven by its use by the Russian government, European governments, and for commercial missions.

Arianespace's inclusion of the Soyuz into its lineup has created additional opportunities for the launch vehicle. Under the agreement, Arianespace launches the Soyuz from Kourou and has used to Soyuz it to carry government payloads, such as Galileo satellites, and commercial payloads, such as O3b satellites. The launch vehicle has also been selected to carry the bulk of the massive OneWeb constellation into orbit.

The Soyuz booster carries the Soyuz spacecraft and Progress cargo transfer vehicle, which are instrumental into carrying crew members and supplies to the space station. In addition to ISS missions, the Soyuz continues to be one of the major workhorses for the Russian government, launching satellites, such as the GLONASS and Meridian birds, into orbit.

The Soyuz, the launch vehicles has suffered from reliability concerns in recent years. In 2011, two Soyuz launches ended in failure. Three more launches have failed in 2015.

Despite these concerns, Soyuz production remains extremely strong. Soyuz production is driven by ISS support, Russian military satellite launches, European civil government launches, and commercial sales. Commercial sales will increase going forward as the Soyuz carries hundreds of OneWeb spacecraft into orbit.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: July 28, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 07/28/2016

 
 
ECAPS TO PROVIDE GREEN SATELLITE PROPULSION SYSTEMS TO ORBITAL ATK
Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Orbital ATK to use green propulsion system from ECAPS

Source: Orbital ATK


Orbital ATK to use green propulsion system from ECAPS

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DULLES, Va. - Orbital ATK has signed an agreement with leading European green propulsion technology firm ECAPS to fully develop, demonstrate and market a high performance green propulsion (HPGP) system. The HPGP system, which offers significant cost advantages and dramatically reduces the environmental risks associated with traditional monopropellants, is aimed at both attitude control and main propulsion.

Orbital ATK’s team will use ECAPS' LMP-103S, a very-low toxicity monopropellant technology designed as a direct replacement for hydrazine-based systems. LMP-103S offers higher specific impulse and density, meaning greater performance and lower volume. In addition, it is a low-toxicity, environmentally-benign propellant, providing enhanced safety and health benefits over conventional hydrazine. The reduced toxicity will enable propellant loading prior to satellite transport, lowering logistics cost.

Orbital ATK produces the GEOStar platform bus for communications applications as well as a variety of remote sensing satellites. Most of those satellites use hydrazine, a highly toxic propellant, for in-orbit station keeping. The new agreement will enable Orbital ATK to reduce the toxicity of its satellites, making them safer for technicians building the spacecraft and loading them onto launch vehicles.

Source:  Orbital ATK
Associated URL: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=81036&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=21880
Source Date: July 28, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 07/28/2016

 
 
AEROJET ROCKETDYNE COMPLETES CST-100 REACTION CONTROL SYSTEM ENGINE HOT-FIRE TESTS
Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Artist's rendition of a CST-100 approaching the ISS

Source: Boeing Image


Artist's rendition of a CST-100 approaching the ISS

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. has successfully completed a series of hot-fire development tests on three Reaction Control System (RCS) engines for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner service module propulsion system. Each RCS engine was tested up to 4,000 pulses and 1,600 seconds. The tests were performed at NASA's White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.

Starliner is designed to open a new era of spaceflight, one that will carry humans to the International Space Station once again from American soil. The RCS engines are part of the spacecraft's service module propulsion system, and are designed to provide on-orbit maneuvering functions, as well as re-boost capabilities for the space station.

Under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract to Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne is completing the design, development, qualification, certification and initial production of the service module propulsion system. As part of that contract, Aerojet Rocketdyne will provide shipsets of service module propulsion system production hardware. Each shipset will include Launch Abort Engines (LAEs), Orbital Maneuvering and Attitude Control (OMAC) engines and RCS engines.

Boeing will assemble hardware kits into the service module section of the Starliner spacecraft at its Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aerojet Rocketdyne also provides propulsion hardware supporting the Starliner crew module and Atlas V launch vehicle. The Starliner is targeting the delivery of astronauts to the space station for NASA beginning in 2018.

The next step for Aerojet Rocketdyne following the hot-fire tests will be to qualify the engines for flight.

Boeing introduced the CST-100 in 2010 to carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. Boeing's CST-100 effort culminated in its selection for the latest commercial crew contract in September 2014. That contract, awarded under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program, is worth $4.2 billion. The money will be used to complete development of the CST-100, and conduct at least one test flight, and between two and six operational flights to the space station.

Following its selection under CCtCap, Boeing continued to make progress on the CST-100. In December 2014, Boeing completed the certification baseline review, and in May 2015, Boeing completed the critical design review. Boeing has now integrated test articles for further testing.

Source:  Aerojet Rocketdyne
Associated URL: http://ir.aerojetrocketdyne.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=980996
Source Date: July 28, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 07/28/2016

 

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