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VSS UNITY SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTS FIRST GLIDE TEST
Monday, December 5, 2016
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VSS Unity Glide Test on Dec 3, 2016

Source: Virgin Galactic


VSS Unity Glide Test on Dec 3, 2016

Source: Virgin Galactic


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MOJAVE, Calif. - Virgin Galactic's new spaceship, VSS Unity, has successfully completed its first free flight. The flight test, conducted on December 3, marks the first time that a vehicle built by The Spaceship Company has flown fully under its own control. It also marks the fifth flight of the VSS Unity. The previous four were captive carry flights.

During the flight, VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay, with pilots Mike Masucci and Todd Ericsson as well as flight test engineer Dustin Mosher in WhiteKnightTwo. The entire flight lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes, while the free flight glide lasted 10 minutes.

As expected, for this first gliding test flight, VSS Unity was flying light and slow, achieving a maximum speed of approximately Mach 0.6 while gliding home from an altitude of 50,000 feet. An initial look at the data, as well as feedback from the two pilots, indicate that the flight went well. However, Virgin Galactic indicates it must thoroughly analyze data before conducting another test. The company plans to conduct multiple glide tests before conducting powered-flight tests.

Virgin Galactic is gradually ramping up flight tests following the tragic loss of the VSS Enterprise in October 2014. Virgin Galactic also continues to make progress on a replacement spacecraft. VSS Unity was unveiled in February 2016. Captive carry flights began seven months later. Flight testing will continue throughout 2016 and early 2017, with operational flights expected to take place sometime in late 2017 or 2018. Deliveries will continue every few years as Virgin ramps up testing and eventually operations.

Source:  Virgin Galactic
Associated URL: http://www.virgingalactic.com/update-from-mojave-successful-first-glide-flight-t
Source Date: December 5, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 12/05/2016

 
 
PROGRESS MS-04 FAILS TO REACH ISS
Monday, December 5, 2016
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A Soyuz lifting off

Source: NASA


A Soyuz lifting off

Source: NASA


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BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan - The Russian Progress 65 (MS-04) cargo transfer vehicle lifted off aboard a Soyuz-U launch vehicle on December 1, 2016 at 8:51 p.m. local time (9:51 a.m. EST). However, minutes after launch the launch vehicle suffered an anomaly, causing a complete loss of the Progress vehicle.

The failure occurred sometime during the third stage operation. The vehicle was at a height of 190 km over a remote mountainous area of Tyva in Russia. The cause of the failure could not be immediately determined. According to Russian press reports, no one was hurt.

According to NASA, the crew aboard the space station have enough supplies, so that the launch failure will not put operations at risk. Furthermore, a Japanese HTV is scheduled to lift off with additional supplies later this month.

The Russian space industry has experienced problems in recent years. Its launch vehicles have suffered from a rash of failures, raising questions of their reliability. In 2016, Russia is expected to conduct fewer launches than both the United States and China for the first time in years.

Source:  NASA
Associated URL: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2016/12/01/anomaly-during-third-stage-operation-in-russian-cargo-craft/
Source Date: December 5, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 12/05/2016

 
 
AIRBUS SAFRAN LAUNCHERS BECOMES CONTROLLING SHAREHOLDER IN ARIANESPACE
Friday, December 2, 2016
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Ariane 6

Source: ESA/D. Ducros, 2014


Ariane 6

Source: ESA/D. Ducros, 2014


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PARIS - Following the completion of all the necessary regulatory, consultation and approval procedures, Airbus Safran Launchers has now purchased the shares in Arianespace held by the French space agency CNES (Centre national des ├ętudes spatiales). The transaction will close on 31st December 2016.

As industrial lead contractor for Ariane 5 and the future Ariane 6, Airbus Safran Launchers was already the leading Arianespace shareholder, with a stake of about 39%, which has been increased by this operation to 74%.

As a subsidiary of Airbus Safran Launchers, Arianespace will remain a company in its own right, with headquarters in Evry, a facility in French Guiana and offices in Washington, Tokyo and Singapore.

The buyout of the Arianespace shares held by CNES (about 35%) is an integral part of the ambitious triple initiative announced by the Airbus and Safran groups in June 2014:

-- The creation of a joint subsidiary, Airbus Safran Launchers, grouping their civil and military space launcher skills and assets

-- The development of the new Ariane 6 launch system, which is more competitive and adaptable to market needs

-- The implementation of a new form of governance for European launcher programs, in which industry takes on greater responsibility, up to and including commercial operations.

Source:  www.airbusafran-launchers.com/
Source Date: December 2, 2016
Posted: 12/02/2016

 

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