Why Do DoD National Security Space Launch Programs Costs Keep Rising?

On March 5, 2014, the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee held a hearing about National Security Space Launch Programs.  The hearing was a session with SpaceX’s Elon Musk, and the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Michael Gass concerning the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program and contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the program’s rising […]

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China’s Long March to the Moon

Looks like China just did what they said they were going to do.  They just launched a autonomous rover, the Jade Rabbit, to the moon.  You can go to NBC news here for more information. The Chinese are moving quickly.  Video of their preparations about five hours prior to launch.   Related articles China to […]

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Minotaur escapes the maze

Last Tuesday night, Orbital launched a Minotaur rocket with 29 cubesats aboard.  It seems everything went well.  But perhaps just showing different pictures of the Minotaur’s ascent will be of interest to you–images like the one above?  So here you go–the Washington Post has them all nice and posted for you. This launch is also […]

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More of a good thing

AND THEY’RE OFF!! Now we have two US companies supplying the International Space Station with their own rockets and spacecraft.  SpaceRef just posted this article about Orbital’s new rocket and its launch today.  Go here for photos of the take-off. And to think we were concerned about a lack of US space launch capability earlier […]

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