A photo essay of SpaceShipTwo’s two glide flights this week on June 26 and 29.
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News – Virgin Galactic successfully completes SpaceShipTwo glide flight test and rocket motor firing on same day | Virgin Galactic
Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, today announced that its passenger-carrying suborbital space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2), successfully completed its first glide flight test on June 26 since a recent integration period for rocket motor systems and maintenance. Also, on June 26, the spaceship’s engine, RocketMotorTwo (RM2), underwent another successful full duration test fire, marking the first time the company and its partners have undertaken test flight and test firing on the same day. Both milestones prime Virgin Galactic to reach powered flight by the end of the year.
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ATK and Astrium North America have signed a teaming agreement with NanoRacks, LLC, for NanoRacks to market opportunities for both astronaut explorers and the experiments they plan to carry into space on board the Liberty Transportation Service.
“NanoRacks is a world leader in understanding the emerging commercial market for low Earth orbit utilization,” said Kent Rominger, ATK’s Liberty Program Manager. “Jeff Manber and his NanoRacks team will bring the tremendous capability of the Liberty Transportation Service to this community worldwide. The prospects are very exciting.”
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The ATK Liberty launch vehicle development effort is making steady progress, completing a software milestone and tests on the second stage fuel tanks.
ATK has completed the software technical interface meeting (TIM), a gathering with NASA to finalise software development plans. The software must act as a bridge between existing software systems that control the ATK-built solid-fuel lower stage, the Astrium-built Vulcain 2 upper stage and ATK’s composite-structure space capsule.
“Understanding how your system will work together throughout the mission is critical in reducing risk and schedule delays,” says Kent Rominger, ATK vice president and Liberty programme manager. “Holding this TIM provides us valuable insight into expertise provided by the NASA team and ensures there are no issues we are overlooking.”
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ARLINGTON, Va., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — ATK completed its Liberty software technical interface meeting (TIM), which was held to support further development of the Liberty space transportation system under the company’s Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA for the Commercial Crew Development Program.
The software TIM was conducted to evaluate Liberty’s software development plan with the NASA Liberty team. The plan governs the software process used by Liberty and its subcontractors throughout development, integration, test and flight.
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The Front Range Airport could be one step closer to achieving national recognition and one giant leap away from becoming a leader in the budding spaceflight industry.
During its June 13 meeting, the Front Range Airport Authority approved a broad set of resolutions that may set the stage for future development on the 3,900-acre site in Watkins, which has been marketed as Spaceport Colorado.
“From what I see going forward, I think it’s going to positively in a direct or indirect way affect every family in Colorado,” Dennis Heap, executive director of Front Range Airport, said. “If we really do a good job of standing up the aerospace economy and creating those jobs … everybody is going to be touched by it.”
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Excalibur Almaz CEO Art Dula talks with Moonandback about the subjects of spacecraft refurbishment, launch dates, investors and customers.
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