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Offline fredymac

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Rocket Lab Launcher
« on: May 22, 2017, 09:48:43 am »
Rocket Lab of New Zealand seems to be the sole survivor of the NASA Venture Class launcher development program.  Firefly Space Systems apparently went under due to financial circumstances and Virgin Galactic never really got anywhere.  Venture class launchers cost around $8-10 Million and can put several hundred pounds into orbit.

Rocket Lab is now attempting their first launch from their test stand in New Zealand.  They are keeping the launch private with no video feeds.  The rocket uses nine 3D printed engines of about 5000lbs thrust each.  They say they can print up an engine in about 24 hours.  Batteries and electric motors are used to drive the turbopumps.





Offline TomS

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Re: Rocket Lab Launcher
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2017, 11:29:42 am »
Funny that Moon Express is back in the news as well.  They really need Rocket Lab to deliver a launcher by the end of the year.  (In the article, the boss of Moon Express says thay could use Launcher One or some other launcher instead, if its ready for the end of 2017 timeline, but let's be realistic here...)

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/moon-express-chairman-believes-his-teams-ready-to-go-for-the-end-of-this-year/


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Re: Rocket Lab Launcher
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2017, 01:56:28 am »
Success.



Offline Michel Van

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Re: Rocket Lab Launcher
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 02:19:12 am »
Congratulation, New Zealand is now a Spacefaring Nation

Note on Firefly Space Systems
The Texas company filed for Bankruptcy in April 13, 2017.
After losing there major investor in October 2016.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefly_Space_Systems

Virgin Galactic is under major reorganisation after 2014 accident
All personal involved in LauncherOne move into a new company called Virgin Orbit.
LauncherOne is redesigned, will be bigger and carry more fuel, too heavy for WhiteKnightTwo
Next to that WhiteKnightTwo planes have issues with cracks in the spars connect with the fuselage
So LauncherOne will be carry and launch from a former Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747
First test launch of LauncherOne is schedule for end of 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LauncherOne
« Last Edit: May 25, 2017, 06:42:27 am by Michel Van »
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Re: Rocket Lab Launcher
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 03:05:19 am »
BBC report. One or two minor howlers. Such as the claim it was the first launch from a private site.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2017, 03:07:02 am by Grey Havoc »
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Offline Michel Van

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Re: Rocket Lab Launcher
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 06:48:24 am »
BBC report. One or two minor howlers. Such as the claim it was the first launch from a private site.

Not so quite wrong !
SpaceX use USAF and NASA launch complex and modified then for there Falcons.
in 2018 SpaceX get there private launch complex operational in Texas
Blue Origin got a Private launch site in Texas for Suborbital New Shepard and use NASA launch complex for New Glenn in 2019

So Rocket Lab is first to launch from complete private launch site into orbit or in this case almost orbital
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