Virgin orbit – Jenam 2011 Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:26:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Virgin orbit – Jenam 2011 32 32 We will • TechCrunch Mon, 21 Nov 2022 23:01:10 +0000

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In this problem:

  • Artemis I takes flight
  • Gravitics builds “space utility vehicles” for space stations
  • News from ispace, Metaspectral and more

It finally happened. After years of preparation and two false starts, NASA’s Heavy Space Launch System has finally lifted off and entered orbit. It’s a big win for the space agency – even if it assign at SpaceX tasks formerly intended for the SLS.

Some pre-launch jerks threatened to rub the launch, but a “red team” went to the hot pad to tighten something up, and a bad Ethernet switch of all things also had to be replaced later. But it all fell into place about 40 minutes after the original T-0, and the rocket had a clean (and impressive) ascent without a hitch to speak of. It reached orbit and 13 minutes after launch, the various stages, separations and cuts were green all the way.

The SLS is a key component of NASA’s Artemis program, intended to return humanity to the Moon “to stay there”, as they often point out. That means bringing a lot of hardware there, stuff that could take years to ship with smaller launch vehicles like the SpaceX Falcon 9 and Rocket Lab Electron. NASA used the hashtag we go ahead of launch and, well – now we finally are. And I’m excited.

Picture credits: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The space industry is on the cusp of a revolution. The launch cost, which has fallen significantly over the past five years, will continue to fall as heavy rockets like SpaceX’s Starship and Relativity’s Terran R become operational. Along with these developments, several private companies have presented plans to build commercial space stations for science, manufacturing and even tourism.

If space stations are the next phase of in-orbit activity, they will need standard parts – and gravity aims to be the one who makes them. The startup is led by space industry veteran Colin Doughan, who researched these currents and saw a gap in the market.

Private station operators “are going to need an easy-to-build LEGO brick in space,” he told TechCrunch in a recent interview: versatile, modular hardware to enable humanity to build in large-scale space. Gravitics, which emerged on the sly following the announcement of a $20 million seed round, calls the building block “StarMax.”

Gravitics StarMax Space Station

Picture credits: gravity

More news from TC and beyond

  • ABL space systems canceled two launch attempts this week, as the company seeks to fly its RS1 rocket for the first time. (ABL)
  • CAPSTONE, the NASA spacecraft testing an unusual lunar trajectory for a potential future space station, has entered orbit around the moon. (Nasa)
  • Hermeus, a startup developing reusable hypersonic aircraft, performed a major engine test, successfully upgrading the engine from “turbojet” power to “ramjet” power. (defense one)
  • space will launch its mission to the moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Nov. 28, the company has confirmed. Ispace has also entered into an agreement with Japanese insurers for the world’s first “Lunar Insurance” policy. (space/space)
  • Kayhan space and Morpheus space are teaming up to develop a collision avoidance service for spacecraft. (SpaceNews)
  • metaaspectral raised a $4.7 million funding round for its hyperspectral data analytics platform. Tim De Chant dives deep into one use case: recycling. (Tech Crunch)
  • Nasa tapped SpaceX for a second crewed demonstration mission to the moon using the Starship Human Landing System, to fly in 2027. (Tech Crunch)
  • ghost space performed a 60-second hot-firing test as the company plans to launch its Daytona vehicle next year. (Chris Thompson)
  • perspective from space, a company developing hot air balloon trips to the far reaches of space, acquires its first ship to serve as a marine spaceport. (perspective from space)
  • Augsburg Rocket Factory will test its Helix engines at the Institute for Space Propulsion in Lampoldshausen, Germany, under a new agreement with the German Aerospace Center. (Payload)
  • SpaceX Employees who were fired after writing an open letter criticizing Elon Musk’s leadership have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. (The New York Times)
  • UK Civil Aviation Authority issued the country’s first spaceport license to Spaceport Cornwall, allowing Virgin Orbit to begin preparing for its next mission. (Civil Aviation Authority)

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Virgin Orbit ready for historic UK launch after spaceport awarded license Sat, 19 Nov 2022 11:00:33 +0000

A UK spaceport that will host Virgin Orbit’s first launch from non-US soil has received a license from Britain’s national regulator, paving the way for what will be Europe’s first-ever orbital liftoff.

Cornwall Spaceporta converted airport in the southwest of England, is now ready for what will be the UK’s first orbital launch. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a spaceport license to Newquay Airport on Britain’s west coast on Wednesday (November 16) after the airport demonstrated compliance with “legal requirements in terms of safety, security, the environment and other aspects,” the UK space agency said in a statement. statement (opens in a new tab).