Company: March 2014 Archives

SpaceX successfully test fired the first stage of F9R--an advanced prototype for the world's first reusable rocket--in preparation for its first test flight in the coming weeks. Unlike airplanes, a rocket's thrust increases with altitude; F9R generates just over a million pounds of thrust at sea level but gets up to 1.5 million pounds of thrust in the vacuum of space.

A fire at an Air Force radar has delayed the National Reconnaissance Office's (NROL-67) launch of its classified satellite to no earlier than Thursday, April 10.

With the Launch Readiness Review completed last Friday, the National Reconnaissance Office (NROL-67) classified satellite is set for launch Tuesday on from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 2:48 p.m. EDT on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V.

On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 22:04 UTC, an Ariane 5 launched two telecommunications satellites, ASTRA 5B for the Luxembourg-based operator SES, and Amazonas 4A for the Spanish operator Hispasat.

Moon Express, the ambitious Silicon Valley commercial venture aiming to be one of the first Moon resource companies, announced last night at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference that Dr. Andy Aldrin was joining the company as its new President.

After raising $52 million in December and launching 28 satellites as part of their initial Flock 1 constellation in January, Planet Labs today announced it has confirmed launches for over 100 of their Dove satellites in the next year.

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services (LMCLS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, announced today at Satellite 2014 a new program that will either offer a 100% space launch vehicle refund or reflight in the event of a partial or total launch vehicle malfunction.

Activity is continuing in French Guiana to support Arianespace's busy 2014 launch schedule, with initial launcher buildup procedures underway for Flight VA218's Ariane 5 vehicle.

DZZ-HR, the Republic of Kazakhstan's first Earth observation satellite, has just left Airbus Defence and Space's cleanrooms in Toulouse and is now on its way to the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou. From there a European Vega launcher will place it in orbit, with the launch date set for 25 April 2014.