Rocket Launch – St Louis Rocketry http://stlouisrocketry.org/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 16:04:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://stlouisrocketry.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T144115.516-139x136.png Rocket Launch – St Louis Rocketry http://stlouisrocketry.org/ 32 32 ‘With stupid money you can do stupid things’: Brevard County businessman to fly on Blue Origin https://stlouisrocketry.org/with-stupid-money-you-can-do-stupid-things-brevard-county-businessman-to-fly-on-blue-origin/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 16:04:14 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/with-stupid-money-you-can-do-stupid-things-brevard-county-businessman-to-fly-on-blue-origin/ BREVARD COUNTY, Florida. – Walk down the stairwell from the second-floor Moon Room at Pineapples in Eau Gallie, and you’ll come across an MTV-themed mural of an astronaut holding a flag on the lunar surface in a backdrop cosmic. Take a good look: The astronaut’s spacesuit bears the name “S. Young” — and he sports […]]]>

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida. – Walk down the stairwell from the second-floor Moon Room at Pineapples in Eau Gallie, and you’ll come across an MTV-themed mural of an astronaut holding a flag on the lunar surface in a backdrop cosmic.

Take a good look: The astronaut’s spacesuit bears the name “S. Young” — and he sports a distinctive goatee behind his helmet visor.

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Life imitates art for Pineapples owner Steve Young, who opened the three-story Highland Avenue restaurant-bar-music in April 2021.

The longtime Indianantic resident, who recently sold telecommunications installation giant Y-Com, has been selected for a seat on a future blue origin capsule rocket travel in space, according to Partner of News 6, Florida Today.

“With the sale of the business, there’s been a lot of stupid money. And with stupid money, you can do stupid things,” Steve Young said during an interview at his restaurant, Pineapples, at Eau Gallie.

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“I’ve always been a bit of a braggart. And what’s better than being able to say you’ve been to space when your buddies can’t? he asked, laughing.

Young, 59, has been confirmed as a customer aboard a future flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, said company spokeswoman Sara Blask.

New Shepard is a reusable suborbital rocket that launches from a spaceport outside the countryside of Van Horn, Texas, and soars 100 km above the Earth’s surface beyond the Kármán line, offering its passengers several minutes of weightlessness. Next, the fully autonomous, parachute-equipped capsule descends into the West Texas desert.

Previous New Shepard space tourism passengers include Amazon-Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, “Star Trek” icon William Shatner and “Good Morning America” ​​co-anchor Michael Strahan.

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Blue Origin successfully completed its fifth manned spaceflight on June 4. The six-person crew included former NASA test manager Katya Echazarreta, who became the first Mexican-born woman to fly in space.

Young’s flight date has not been announced. Nor the identities of Young’s five other crew members, Blask said.

He did not disclose the price of his seat on the rocket.

Young designed Pineapples, a three-story entertainment and dining venue with a rooftop terrace, as a modern take on the long-defunct intra-coastal Dr. Joe’s next door. The company employs around 120 people as an economic anchor in the town center of Eau Gallie.

His father, Gene, and his uncle Bill founded Young’s TV Cable in 1972 in Melbourne. After graduating from Melbourne High in 1981, Steve Young went into business and rose to the highest management position in the early 1990s, developing and growing Y-Com into an IT giant. installing fiber optics.

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“I took a million dollar annual business and turned it into $100 million,” Young said.

“We are the largest telecommunications contractor in the state of Florida. And the new owners are taking it to new heights,” he said.

Young completed the sale of Y-Com last year. He applied for an astronaut seat with Blue Origin in September, then learned he had been approved in November.

Since finalizing the paperwork in December, he’s been waiting for his launch date to be announced – and he’s sworn to secrecy until he announces the news on Facebook on Monday.

“I have been officially told that I can now share some EXCITING news. I am taking a real rocket ride in space,” Young said in his post.

In March, Winter Park residents Sharon and Marc Hagle became the first married couple to complete a commercial spaceflight aboard Blue Origin’s fourth crewed mission.

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Young’s wife, Melodie, will accompany him to West Texas, but she will not fly on the rocket. He will first attend the New Shepard briefings, followed by two days of astronaut training.

“Most of that is spent in the capsule, letting you know what to do in case of this and in case of that. These are all safety features,” Young said.

“The launch takes place very early in the morning. And then land — and they have a party,” he said.

Young said he was “not nervous at all” about his upcoming launch.

“With all the great minds and all the safety precautions, I feel safer than driving in Miami,” he said.

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Madhavan says India used Hindu calendar to launch rocket to Mars, Twitter users react https://stlouisrocketry.org/madhavan-says-india-used-hindu-calendar-to-launch-rocket-to-mars-twitter-users-react/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 01:31:00 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/madhavan-says-india-used-hindu-calendar-to-launch-rocket-to-mars-twitter-users-react/ Madhavan made the comments while promoting his movie ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’. (Case) New Delhi: Actor R Madhavan, who made his directorial debut with ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’, is being criticized for saying the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) used the Hindu calendar to launch with success of the PSLV C-25 rocket to Mars for […]]]>

Madhavan made the comments while promoting his movie ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’. (Case)

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Actor R Madhavan, who made his directorial debut with ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’, is being criticized for saying the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) used the Hindu calendar to launch with success of the PSLV C-25 rocket to Mars for India. March mission.

The actor made the comments while promoting his debut film which recently screened at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in May. Mr. Madhavan made the comments in Tamil which was translated by musician TM Krishna. The actor said: “Indian rockets did not have 3 engines (solid, liquid and cryogenic) which help western rockets propel themselves into Martian orbit. As India lacked them, they used information from the “Panchangam” (Hindu calendar).

According to the user who translated Madhavan’s words, “The ‘Panchangam’ has the celestial map with all the information about the different planets, the gravitational pull of the planets, the deviation of the solar flares, etc. Everything has been perfectly calculated thousands of years ago and so the launch was calculated using that information in the calendar.”

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor added, “The rocket launched and it circled Earth, the Moon and Jupiter’s Moon and ricocheted into Mars orbit.” TM Krishna shared a link to ISRO’s Mars Orbiter mission and said, “Time to consider Mars Panchangam as well!”

Many Twitter users reacted to his comments and said, “Such a disappointment to see the man, who was once a Tamil romance movie poster boy, become a WhatsApp uncle.”

While another user said, “The Mangalyan mission was an ISRO achievement and not a comedy.”

Mr. Madhavan’s film “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect” is a biographical drama based on the life of former ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer Nambi Narayanan, who was falsely accused of espionage.

The trailer for the film was recently shown at Expo 2022 Dubai where it received a positive response from the public. Commenting on his collaboration with Mr. Madhavan, Nambi Narayanan said, “I wanted someone who understood what it meant to be an engineer. Since Madhavan is an engineer himself, it made it much easier for him to tell my story.

ISRO’s Mangalyan mission was India’s first interplanetary mission. ISRO’s K Sivan said the Mangalyan mission was originally only scheduled for 6 months. India became the first country to reach Mars orbit in the first attempt in 2014.

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US to send four more long-range rocket launchers to Ukraine under new aid package https://stlouisrocketry.org/us-to-send-four-more-long-range-rocket-launchers-to-ukraine-under-new-aid-package/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:16:11 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/us-to-send-four-more-long-range-rocket-launchers-to-ukraine-under-new-aid-package/ Besides rocket launchers, the aid package also includes weapons and equipment such as ammunition, tactical vehicles, machine guns and patrol boats. National Security Council coordinator John Kirby said at Thursday’s White House press conference that the new assistance program would bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to approximately $6.1 billion since Feb. 24. “The […]]]>

Besides rocket launchers, the aid package also includes weapons and equipment such as ammunition, tactical vehicles, machine guns and patrol boats.

National Security Council coordinator John Kirby said at Thursday’s White House press conference that the new assistance program would bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to approximately $6.1 billion since Feb. 24.

“The United States will continue to bolster Ukraine’s defenses and support its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Kirby said. “The bravery and determination of the Ukrainian armed forces, not to mention their fellow citizens, continue to inspire the world, and we are committed to supporting them in their fight for their freedom.

The news comes days after POLITICO first reported that officials for the next Pentagon aid tranche were leaning towards sending four units of the HIMARS mobile rocket launcher.

The first four US-approved units arrived in Ukraine this week, along with medium-range rockets that can hit targets up to 80 km away, Ukrainian officials said. The UK is also sending three units of a similar weapon, the American-made M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System, with a range of 50 miles. Germany will also transfer three M270s to Kyiv.

The first group of about 60 Ukrainians trained on the HIMARS are now ready to use them, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week.

The Associated Press first reported that the White House was preparing to announce a new $450 million military assistance package for Ukraine and that it would include HIMARS, but did not say how many. units that the slice would include.

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Historic launch of the Nuri rocket for South Korea https://stlouisrocketry.org/historic-launch-of-the-nuri-rocket-for-south-korea/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 23:31:32 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/historic-launch-of-the-nuri-rocket-for-south-korea/ A South Korean rocket developed entirely in South Korea has put satellites into orbit for the very first time. The Nation’s New Nuri rocket lifted off from Naro Space Center on Tuesday, June 21 at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT), ultimately deploying six payloads to Earth orbit, Reuters reported (opens in a new tab). One […]]]>

A South Korean rocket developed entirely in South Korea has put satellites into orbit for the very first time.

The Nation’s New Nuri rocket lifted off from Naro Space Center on Tuesday, June 21 at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT), ultimately deploying six payloads to Earth orbit, Reuters reported (opens in a new tab).

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No casualties in malfunctioning Pingtung rocket launch exercise (Army) https://stlouisrocketry.org/no-casualties-in-malfunctioning-pingtung-rocket-launch-exercise-army/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:05:00 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/no-casualties-in-malfunctioning-pingtung-rocket-launch-exercise-army/ Taipei, June 20 (CNA) There were no casualties from a rocket launch malfunction during a live-fire exercise in southern Taiwan on Monday, according to the Ministry of National Defense . No deaths or injuries were reported after the accident at Jiupeng military base in Manzhou Township, Pingtung County, in which a rocket inside a multiple […]]]>

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) There were no casualties from a rocket launch malfunction during a live-fire exercise in southern Taiwan on Monday, according to the Ministry of National Defense .

No deaths or injuries were reported after the accident at Jiupeng military base in Manzhou Township, Pingtung County, in which a rocket inside a multiple launch rocket system Ray-Ting 2000 (Thunderbolt-2000) failed to launch for unknown reasons, the military said in a statement.

With the rocket stuck in the system, the booster burned out, causing damage to the truck the launcher was mounted on, the military added.

Since no servicemen were near the rocket system at the time of the failed launch, only the vehicle was damaged, the military added, noting that the exercise was immediately suspended.

The cause of the rocket launch malfunction is being investigated by experts from the Chung Shan Military Institute of Science and Technology and an army task force, he added.

The Ray-Ting 2000 is a locally developed multiple rocket artillery system, which has a range of 100 kilometers.

Weapons technicians conduct annual live-fire exercises with indigenous systems from June to July at Jiupeng Army Base, a major weapons testing site near the southern tip of Taiwan.

Meanwhile, local residents demanded an explanation from the military.

“Local residents of nearby townships fear the potential danger and demand assurances that there will be no recurrence,” Manzhou Township Deputy Representative Ku Tsung-hsun (古宗勳) told CNA.

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US officials plan to double the number of rocket launchers sent to Ukraine https://stlouisrocketry.org/us-officials-plan-to-double-the-number-of-rocket-launchers-sent-to-ukraine/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 15:13:41 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/us-officials-plan-to-double-the-number-of-rocket-launchers-sent-to-ukraine/ The Department of Defense is still evaluating all options and the decision to send four more HIMARS is not yet final, one of the DoD officials said, noting that U.S. contributions to the Ukraine effort are made in consultation with allies and partners. The decision will be “based on Ukraine’s immediate needs”, the official said. […]]]>

The Department of Defense is still evaluating all options and the decision to send four more HIMARS is not yet final, one of the DoD officials said, noting that U.S. contributions to the Ukraine effort are made in consultation with allies and partners.

The decision will be “based on Ukraine’s immediate needs”, the official said.

The two DoD officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. A Pentagon spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The administration plans to approve a number of additional HIMARS in the next package, a third U.S. official said, though the person pointed out that the next tranche of aid is still under development at the Pentagon and that the final number could change at the last minute.

“We plan to transfer more HIMARS and more [guided] is spinning soon,” the person said.

Even if the number of HIMARS would be doubled, senior Ukrainian officials say they need many more such systems, as well as longer-range ammunition, to destroy Moscow’s artillery on a battlefield that stretches for hundreds of kilometres.

“The Russians are 200 kilometers away on our land,” Oleksandra “Sasha” Ustinova, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, told POLITICO. “To shoot them there, we need a long range to use in our territory, because otherwise it’s just a game of artillery ping pong.”

Ustinova said the four HIMARS already approved would not be enough. “We asked for 10 times more,” she said.

The internal discussions about sending more HIMARS come as senior Ukrainian officials traveled to Washington this week to request additional aid to help their forces counter Russia’s steady advance into Donbass. Ustinova and other officials spent the week meeting with lawmakers as well as administration officials, they said. On Saturday, Russian forces were slowly taking ground in the city of Severodonetsk, one of the last Ukrainian strongholds in the region.

The rocket systems made by Lockheed Martin are a step up from the M777 howitzers – a towed artillery with a range of 20 miles – that the United States sends to Ukraine. The first batch of 60 Ukrainians have completed training on the HIMARS, and the four systems already approved for donation will be delivered to the frontline by the end of the month, said Chiefs of State Chairman General Mark Milley. joint major. , said in Brussels this week.

Senior US officials say the new rocket launchers, along with precision munitions, will prove effective in countering the advance of Russian forces in Donbass.

“If they’re using the weapon correctly and it’s being used correctly, they should be able to take out a significant number of targets,” Milley said. “It will make a difference.”

But Kyiv asks for more, much more. Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, asks the West to provide 300 rocket launchers, 500 tanks and 1,000 howitzers.

“If Ukraine does not receive weapons, heavy weapons, air defense and missile defense today, then we will not be able to survive this war,” the deputy defense minister said this week. Hanna Maliar at POLITICO.

But not only does Kyiv want hundreds more rocket launchers, officials are also advocating for longer-range munitions. HIMARS can be equipped with rockets that can hit targets nearly 200 miles away, but the Biden administration has so far decided against providing the longer-range munitions for fear of pushing Vladimir Putin into escalating the conflict.

Ukrainian officials say they need longer-range ammunition to gain a critical advantage on a battlefield that now stretches hundreds of miles.

“The problem is that the front line is about 800 miles away now,” David Arakhamia, majority leader of Ukraine’s parliament and chief negotiator between Russia and Ukraine, told POLITICO. Kyiv must be able to destroy Russian air defense systems hundreds of kilometers away so that Ukrainian forces can use drones and other weapons without fear of being shot down.

White House fears Ukraine may use long-range rockets to strike targets inside Russia, but Arakhamia said Kyiv assured Washington the weapons would only be used inside from Ukraine.

“We are ready to sign all guarantees in written form,” he said, even offering to vote in parliament. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov recently wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin making that guarantee, Ustinova said.

Still, the US official said he does not expect the administration to approve long-range projectiles in the next package.

Ustinova said 500 soldiers die or are injured on the battlefield every day.

“One of the strategies considered by foreign partners is to exhaust Putin. I’m sorry, we’re exhausting our own people. We are literally losing our people,” she said. “Four HIMARS is nothing.”

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Satellite Images Reveal Huge Explosion and Destruction at China’s Rocket Test Site https://stlouisrocketry.org/satellite-images-reveal-huge-explosion-and-destruction-at-chinas-rocket-test-site/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 04:08:00 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/satellite-images-reveal-huge-explosion-and-destruction-at-chinas-rocket-test-site/ New satellite images shared on social media show evidence of a massive explosion at a Chinese rocket launch site. The explosion of the Chinese rocket took place between October and November at China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the images show. Satellite images suggest a Chinese rocket explosion took place in October 2021 The images show […]]]>

New satellite images shared on social media show evidence of a massive explosion at a Chinese rocket launch site. The explosion of the Chinese rocket took place between October and November at China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the images show.

Satellite images suggest a Chinese rocket explosion took place in October 2021

The images show what appears to be a rocket test site. The site itself is located a good distance from the actual launch pad. About 10 miles away, to be exact. The site was most likely used as an assembly and test facility before the rockets were moved to the launch pad. So far, no state media has reported on the explosion of a Chinese rocket.

Space enthusiast Harry Stranger shared the footage on Twitter in early June. Stranger noticed the aftermath of the explosion in commercial satellite images captured by Airbus and CNES. According SpaceNewsChinese state media has yet to report on the explosion.

The good news is that the Chinese rocket explosion does not appear to have involved a crewed launch. SpaceNews notes that the site where the explosion took place may have been used to test solid rocket motors. After further investigation SpaceNews also reports that the explosion took place between 0316 UTC October 15 and 0407 UTC October 16, 2021.

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Based on the fact that no reports were made by state media, it is likely that the explosion of the Chinese rocket had nothing to do with high-profile launches. CASIC, a state-owned defense contractor, is developing new solid rockets for orbital launches. So far, these launches have ended in failure. China may have used the site to test these rocket engines.

Ultimately, however, this does not appear to have affected China’s ongoing space missions. Missions like the possible development of an asteroid surveillance and defense system. With so many dangerous entities floating around the cosmos, it is a noble endeavor that many countries are striving towards.

The Chinese rocket explosion is still an intriguing mystery. If this were tied to China’s continued solid rocket efforts, it could set those efforts back even further than they already are. Or it could be completely independent. Unfortunately, until we know more about the site itself, it will be difficult to find out exactly what exploded in October 2021.

What we do know is that China has already started facility cleaningas seen in other images shared by Harry Stranger on Twitter.

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Satellite images suggest Iran is preparing for a rocket launch https://stlouisrocketry.org/satellite-images-suggest-iran-is-preparing-for-a-rocket-launch/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 20:15:00 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/satellite-images-suggest-iran-is-preparing-for-a-rocket-launch/ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appeared to be gearing up for a space launch on Tuesday as satellite images showed a rocket on a launch pad in the rural desert, just as tensions remain high over Tehran’s nuclear program . Images from Maxar Technologies showed a launch pad at the Imam Khomeini spaceport […]]]>

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appeared to be gearing up for a space launch on Tuesday as satellite images showed a rocket on a launch pad in the rural desert, just as tensions remain high over Tehran’s nuclear program .

Images from Maxar Technologies showed a launch pad at the Imam Khomeini spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province, the site of frequent recent failed attempts to launch a satellite into orbit.

A series of images showed a rocket on a carrier, preparing to be lifted and placed on a launch tower. An image later Tuesday afternoon showed the rocket apparently on the tower.

Iran did not acknowledge an upcoming launch at the spaceport and its mission to the United Nations in New York did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, its state-run IRNA news agency said in May that Iran would likely have seven homemade satellites ready for launch by the end of the Persian calendar year in March 2023. A Defense Ministry official also said recently suggested that Iran may soon test its new solid-state powered rocket called Zuljanah.

It was unclear when the launch would take place, although the erection of a rocket usually means a launch is imminent. NASA fire satellites, which detect flashes of light from space, immediately saw no activity at the site on Tuesday evening.

Asked about the preparations, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington that the United States was urging Iran to de-escalate the situation.

“Iran has always chosen to escalate tensions. It is Iran that has always chosen to take provocative measures,” Price said.

A Pentagon spokesman, U.S. Army Maj. Rob Lodewick, said the U.S. military “will continue to closely monitor Iran’s pursuit of viable space launch technology and how it might be linked to the progress of its global ballistic missile programme”.

“Iranian aggression, including the demonstrated threat posed by its various missile programs, continues to be a major concern for our forces in the region,” Lodewick said.

Over the past decade, Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit, and in 2013 launched a monkey into space. However, the program has had recent problems. There have been five failed launches in a row for the Simorgh program, a type of satellite-carrying rocket. A fire at the Imam Khomeini spaceport in February 2019 also killed three researchers, authorities said at the time.

The launch pad used during preparations on Tuesday remains marred by an explosion in August 2019 that even caught the attention of then-President Donald Trump. He then tweeted what appeared to be a classified surveillance image of the failed launch. Satellite images from February suggested a failed launch from Zuljanah earlier this year, although Iran has not recognized it.

Successive failures have raised suspicions of outside interference in Iran’s program, which Trump himself alluded to when he tweeted at the time that the United States “was not involved in the catastrophic accident”. However, no evidence has been provided to show foul play in any of the failures, and space launches remain difficult even for the world’s most successful programs.

Meanwhile, Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards in April 2020 revealed their own secret space program by successfully launching a satellite into orbit. The Guard launched another satellite in March at another site in Semnan province, just east of the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Judging by the launch pad used, Iran is likely preparing for the Zuljanah test launch, said John Krzyzaniak, a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Krzyzaniak earlier this week suggested a launch was imminent based on activity on the site.

The name of the rocket, Zuljanah, comes from the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Iranian state television broadcast footage of a successful Zuljanah launch in February 2021.

Preparations for the launch also come as the Guard reportedly saw one of its soldiers “martyred” in Semnan province in unclear circumstances over the weekend.. Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, however, later claimed the man worked for them.

The United States alleged that the Iranian satellite launches defied a UN Security Council resolution and called on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The U.S. intelligence community’s 2022 threat assessment, released in March, says such a satellite launcher “shortens the time” for an intercontinental ballistic missile for Iran because it uses “similar technologies.”

Iran, which has long said it does not seek nuclear weapons, has previously maintained that its satellite launches and rocket tests have no military component. US intelligence agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran abandoned an organized military nuclear program in 2003.

However, Iran’s likely preparations for a launch come as tensions have escalated in recent days over Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran now says it will remove 27 IAEA surveillance cameras from its nuclear sites as it now enriches uranium closer to weapons-grade levels than ever before.

Iran and the United States insist on their willingness to rejoin Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which saw the Islamic Republic severely limit its enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Trump unilaterally pulled America out of the deal in 2018, sparking a series of attacks and clashes from 2019 that continue today under President Joe Biden’s administration.

Talks in Vienna on reviving the deal have been on “pause” since March.

Building a nuclear bomb would take Iran even longer if it pursued a weapon, analysts say, though they warn Tehran’s advances make the program more dangerous. Israel has threatened in the past to carry out a preemptive strike to stop Iran – and is already suspected in a series of recent killings targeting Iranian officials.

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Astra rocket fails to launch NASA Hurricane satellites https://stlouisrocketry.org/astra-rocket-fails-to-launch-nasa-hurricane-satellites/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 18:56:02 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/astra-rocket-fails-to-launch-nasa-hurricane-satellites/ An Astra rocket carrying two small hurricane-tracking satellites for NASA failed to reach orbit on Sunday June 12 after a major malfunction shortly after liftoff. The Astra rocket, called Launch Vehicle 0010 (LV0010), suffered a second stage failure after lifting off from a pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 1:43 p.m. […]]]>

An Astra rocket carrying two small hurricane-tracking satellites for NASA failed to reach orbit on Sunday June 12 after a major malfunction shortly after liftoff.

The Astra rocket, called Launch Vehicle 0010 (LV0010), suffered a second stage failure after lifting off from a pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 1:43 p.m. EDT (1743 GMT). Two NASA cubesats, the first of a fleet of six satellites to track hurricanes as part of a $30 million mission, have been lost.

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The US Space Force prepares for the next rocket launch https://stlouisrocketry.org/the-us-space-force-prepares-for-the-next-rocket-launch/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 20:30:59 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/the-us-space-force-prepares-for-the-next-rocket-launch/ The US Space Force’s (USSF) Space System Command (SSC) will soon launch two payloads into geosynchronous orbit via a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket for a mission it says will demonstrate the performance of a infrared sensor, will perform a variety of experiments, and validate the ability to host multiple missions on […]]]>

The US Space Force’s (USSF) Space System Command (SSC) will soon launch two payloads into geosynchronous orbit via a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket for a mission it says will demonstrate the performance of a infrared sensor, will perform a variety of experiments, and validate the ability to host multiple missions on a single structure.

The launch is scheduled for June 29 from Space Force Station Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The mission, dubbed USSF-12, consists of SSC’s Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) Wide Field-of-View (WFOV) Testbed and the USSF-12 ring “carpool spacecraft” of the USSF-12 ring program. Space Testing (STP) which has a ring structure capable of accommodating multiple auxiliary payloads.

Rendering of WFOV GEO [Courtesy: USSF Space Systems Command]

“Our GEO WFOV testbed can simultaneously perform strategic missions, such as missile warning and battlespace awareness, as well as tactical missions directly supporting the warfighter, continuously monitoring up to a third of the Earth’s surface with a single sensor,” said Col. Heather Bogstie, sthe principal materiel chief for resilient missile warning, tracking and defense in SSC’s acquisition delta, said in a statement.

The WFOV test bed, which includes an advanced missile warning system, was originally launch planned for springreported C4ISRNET.

The test bed is the mission’s primary payload and is a demonstration of the Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) program in geosynchronous orbit aimed at proving the effectiveness of space-based sensing technology in dealing with emerging threats from nearby adversaries, said SSC.

“This testbed is a critical technology component of the Missile Warning, Tracking and Defense (MW/MT/MD) architecture in which SSC partners with the Space Development Agency (SDA) and to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to quickly deliver an integrated satellite system,” he added.

The mission is expected to include a six-hour ascent before the WFOV and STP satellites launch about 22,000 miles above the equator, ULA said. The Atlas V Rocket will be about 196 feet tall and have a takeoff weight of about 1.18 million pounds, he said.

Rocket construction was completed June 6 in preparation for launch, ULA said. Testing of the rocket systems and arrival of the encapsulated payload for integration atop the rocket is expected to be complete by mid-June.

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