Intelligence Center


HOME PRODUCTS & SERVICES MEDIA CENTER CONSULTING SERVICES DEMOS SALES OFFICES OUR COMPANY LOG IN

AEROSPACE & DEFENSE ELECTRONICS
AIRLINES, COMMERCIAL AVIATION & MAINTENANCE
AVIATION ENGINES, PROPULSION & AUXILIARY POWER UNITS
INDUSTRIAL & MARINE GAS TURBINES
INTERNATIONAL MILITARY MARKETS & BUDGETS - ASIA, AUSTRALIA & PAC RIM/EURASIA
INTERNATIONAL MILITARY MARKETS & BUDGETS - EUROPE
INTERNATIONAL MILITARY MARKETS & BUDGETS - NORTH AMERICA
MILITARY AIRCRAFT
MILITARY VEHICLES, ORDNANCE, MUNITIONS, AMMUNITION & SMALL ARMS
MISSILES & MISSILE SYSTEMS
NAVAL SHIPS AND OPERATING SYSTEMS
NON-US AEROSPACE/DEFENSE COMPANIES & CONTRACTS
REGIONAL, BUSINESS & GENERAL AVIATION
ROTORCRAFT
SPACECRAFT, LAUNCH VEHICLES & SATELLITES
US AEROSPACE/DEFENSE COMPANIES & CONTRACTS
Drones and Unmanned Systems - Air, Sea, Land, Micro & Robot Systems
UTILITIES, ROTATING MACHINERY & POWER GENERATION

Spacecraft, Launch Vehicles & Satellites
 
ROCKET LAB ANNOUNCES $140 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING
Friday, November 16, 2018
Click image for a larger picture

A Rocket Lab Electron being built

Source: Rocket Lab


A Rocket Lab Electron being built

Source: Rocket Lab


Close
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calf. -- Rocket Lab has closed a Series E financing round of $140 million. The funding round closed in October, prior to the launch of the successful mission 'It's Business Time,' and was led by existing investor Future Fund, with strong participation from current investors including Greenspring Associates, Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC (Data Collective), Promus Ventures and K1W1. New investor ACC also contributed to the round.

The Series E round close brings total Rocket Lab funding to date to more than $288 million. Furthermore, it increases the valuation past the previous mark of $1 billion. Rocket Lab did not say what the post-money valuation is.

While preceding the launch of 'It's Busiess Time', the round also follows the opening of Rocket Lab's new mass production facility for the Electron vehicle last month, as well as the announcement confirming the location of Rocket Lab's second orbital launch site. Construction has now begun on Rocket Lab Launch Complex 2, which is based within the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, USA. Launch Complex 2 can support monthly orbital launches from US soil, and is designed specifically to serve the responsive space needs of government customers. Between the two Rocket Lab launch complexes, the company can support up to 130 orbital missions per year.

Rocket Lab is a leader in the burgeoning lightweight launch market. It's early successes has enabled the company to line up investors, customers, and talent in order to continue improving its competitive position versus other companies in the market. Rocket Lab is in a strong position to emerge as one of a handful of dominant players in the lightweight launch market.

Source:  Rocket Lab
Associated URL: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/rocket-lab-announces-140-million-in-new-funding/
Source Date: November 16, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 11/16/2018

 
 
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL UPDATES LAUNCH CENTER APPENDIX
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Click image for a larger picture

Launch Day at Kennedy Space Center

Source: NASA/Bill Ingalls


Launch Day at Kennedy Space Center

Source: NASA/Bill Ingalls


Close
Dear Client:

In December 2018, Forecast International will release an updated version of its Launch Centers appendix. The new appendix will continue to have the same information as previous iterations, which include a table of launch centers, organized by country. Data in this table include location, active launch vehicles supported at each launch center, available orbital inclinations, annual launches, and notes summarizing valuable information about each launch center. The document also carries over a list of active launch vehicles and which launch centers they operate from.

However, there are now some notable changes. Forecast International is now including a launch center breakdown by launch pad or platform. The section a table for each launch center broken out by launch pad, launch vehicle families that operate from each pad, and how many launches have occurred over the last five years.

The new section will give customers valuable insights into the operations at each active orbital launch center in the world.

Finally, the new version of the appendix includes a table of inactive orbital launch centers. Previously, all launch centers were included in a single table. The new format enables customers to quickly determine which launch centers are active and which are not.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: November 15, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 11/15/2018

 
 
ESA TESTS 3D-PRINTED THRUST CHAMBER FOR FUTURE VEGA LAUNCHES
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Click image for a larger picture

ESA is working to upgrade its Vega launch vehicle

Source: ESA/CNES/Arianespace


ESA is working to upgrade its Vega launch vehicle

Source: ESA/CNES/Arianespace


Close
COLLEFERRO, Italy -- The first element of Europe's future evolution of the Vega launch vehicle for use beyond 2025 was successfully tested this week at Avio in Colleferro, Italy. The test consisted of a hot firing of a 3D-printed subscale thrust chamber that is fed by liquid oxygen-methane propellants.

The tests were part of ESA's effort to upgrade the Vega launch vehicle and to develop a family of Vega's able to lift a wide range of payload masses. ESA plans to eventually introduce three versions of the Vega - the Vega-C, the Vega-E, and the Vega Light - that will be able to carry between 250 kilograms and 2,500 kilograms into orbit at cost effective prices.

The main element of this evolution is a new European cryogenic upper stage powered by a 10 t-class liquid oxygen-methane expander cycle engine, the M10, specifically designed for Vega, reducing its operational cost. The M10 Vega engine can be restarted and the thrust profile can be throttled to match mission requirements, opening up more launch opportunities.

Subsequent tests are planned in May next year with full-scale thrust chamber assembly tests, and the first tests of the M10 development model by the end of 2019.

The light launch vehicle market is becoming increasingly competitive. The Vega faces competition from other launch vehicles like India's PSLV and Japan's Epsilon. The market is expected to become increasingly crowded going forward as startups like Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab, Vector Space Systems, and Firefly Aerospace all seek to design and build new lightweight launch vehicles. Although many will be smaller than the Vega, they will compete to carry small satellites into orbit.

Even so, the Vega is in a healthy position in the lightweight launch vehicle market. It will benefit from a strong domestic market due to its association with the European Space Agency. ESA is dedicated to using European-built equipment and continues to launch lightweight scientific satellites, which should ensure steady demand for the Vega . In fact, in April 2017, the European Commission committed to buying two Vega -Cs per year once the launch vehicle becomes operational in 2019.

Source:  ESA
Associated URL: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Hot_fire_test_proves_3D-printed_thrust_chamber_for_future_Vega_Evolution
Source Date: November 15, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 11/15/2018

 

NOTICE TO USERS

Warranty: Forecast International makes no guarantees as to the veracity or accuracy of the information provided. It warrants only that the information, which has been obtained from multiple sources, has been researched and screened to the best of the ability of our staff within the limited time constraints. Forecast International encourages all clients to use multiple sources of information and to conduct their own research on source data prior to making important decisions. All URLs listed were active as of the time the information was recorded. Some hyperlinks may have become inactive since the time of publication.

Technical Support: Phone (203)426-0800 e-mail support@forecast1.com

Subscription Information: Phone (203)426-0800 or (800)451-4975; FAX (203)426-0223 (USA) or e-mail sales@forecast1.com

Aerospace/Defense News Highlights is published by Forecast International, 22 Commerce Road, Newtown CT 06470 USA. Articles that list Forecast International as the source are Copyrighted © 2018. Reproduction in any form, or transmission by electronic or other means, is prohibited without prior approval from the publisher.

Forecast International invites all interested companies to submit their announcements and press releases for review and inclusion in our Intelligence Letters.

Contact: Ray Peterson, Director of Research
E-Mail: Ray.Peterson@forecast1.com
Phone: 800-451-4975
FAX: 203-270-8919



HOME PRODUCTS & SERVICES MEDIA CENTER CONTACT US PRIVACY STATEMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Forecast International © 2018 22 Commerce Rd Newtown, CT 06470 USA Phone: 203.426.0800 Toll-Free: 800.451.4975 (USA & Canada) Fax: 203.426.0223 info@forecast1.com