Events this month are spotlighting Kennedy Space Center’s role promoting launches for the fast-growing field of mini-satellites known as CubeSats. Last Thursday in California, KSC managers helped a handful of CubeSats hitch rides on an Atlas V rocket whose main purpose was to loft a secret intelligence mission for the Department of Defense.
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NASA is planning to launch a group of miniature spacecraft that are set to have a significant impact on ground-space communication and technology. This project is known as the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) and includes three satellites to be sent into orbit in the next few months.
On September 19, 2015, the Long March 6 (LM-6) space launch rocket blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Built as a rapid response, light launcher, the LM-6 uses a single 120 ton thrust YF-100 liquid oxygen and kerosene rocket engine (the same booster as the heavy Long March 5’s booster rockets) as its first stage to loft a one ton payload into low earth orbit. The LM-6’s second stage is a YF-115 engine that also burns liquid oxygen and kerosene.
During the last decade, U.S. companies conducted fewer orbital launches in total than companies in Russia or Europe, which are among their main foreign competitors. However, the U.S. commercial space launch industry has expanded recently. In 2014, U.S. companies conducted 11 orbital launches, compared with none in 2011. In addition, in 2014, U.S. companies conducted more orbital launches than companies in Russia, which conducted four, or Europe, which conducted six.
Space company Kosmotras and Russian startups Yaliny signed an agreement to launch satellites on board “Dnepr” conversion rocket that is known as “Satan” under NATO classification, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to TASS. Yaliny plans to build a group of satellites in orbit to provide global access to the Internet. The satellites are said to provide a relatively inexpensive access to the Internet, as well as voice transmission services.
A Proton-M carrier rocket launch with a Russian Express-АМ8 telecommunications satellite is scheduled for Monday evening, a spokesperson for the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has said. It is the second launch after an incident in May, when a Proton-M carrier rocket failed to deliver the Mexican MexSat-1 satellite into orbit.
Not one to be perturbed by a couple of missed landings, SpaceX – the space company founded by Tesla entrepreneur Elon Musk – has announced plans to attempt one of its boldest rocket launches yet: sending the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, into space for the first time.