Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $53,088
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 60%!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: rocket

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The State of the World Wide Rocket Industry at the start of 2018.

    02/11/2018 8:32:50 PM PST · by Voption · 18 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | January 2, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    First, 2016 was the worst year for the Russian rocket industry in decades...Second, China has been aggressively ramping up its launch rate, and in 2016 moved clearly into the top tier of space-faring nations...Third, the United States is clearly transitioning away from a government owned and operated rocket industry to one owned and operated by the private sector. Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the federal government has not launched a single rocket that it designed, built, and owns. Instead, every payload put in space by the U.S. has been put there by a private sector rocket.
  • SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket soars in debut test launch from Florida

    02/06/2018 8:42:54 PM PST · by WMarshal · 96 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Joey Roulette
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, roared into space through clear blue skies in its debut test flight on Tuesday from a Florida launch site where moon missions once began, in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket service. ..... Then, capitalizing on cost-cutting reusable rocket technology pioneered by SpaceX, the two boosters flew themselves back to Earth for safe simultaneous touchdowns on twin landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, about eight minutes after launch. Each rocket unleashed a double sonic boom as it neared the landing zone.
  • Flat Earth Update: Mad Mike Hughes Rocket Launch

    02/06/2018 9:02:24 AM PST · by 1_Inch_Group · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 5, 2018 | MGTV History
    Mad Mike Hughes CANCELLATION of Rocket Launch Statement. Flat Earth Update 02/04/2018 | "Actually, it was the actuator" - Michael J Hughes. Mike explains why the rocket launch failed. Has Mike just run out of steam? "I'm a 61 year old man. I'm tired" Mike quoted as saying upon exiting
  • Rocket Booster Falls from Sky and Explodes in Chinese Town After Satellite Launch

    01/12/2018 3:49:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | January 12, 2018 01:47pm ET | Calla Cofield, Senior Writer |
    A Chinese Long March 3B rocket booster may have fallen from the sky and exploded near a town in southwest China today (Jan. 12) following a successful satellite launch, GBTimes reports. The article features video and photos shared on social media by people who apparently saw the strap-on booster, one of four that helped launch the Long March 3B, fall from the sky and explode, as well as images of the burning booster on the ground. There are no reports of injuries due to the fall at this time, as the booster does not appear to have hit any buildings...
  • ***WATCH LIVE*** Delta IV NROL-47 Live Launch From Vandenberg (T-4 minutes)

    01/12/2018 1:58:02 PM PST · by ransomnote · 21 replies ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | 23 ABC News | KERO
    Yesterday's rocket launch was scrubbed. Launch is now schedule for about 4 minutes from posting this.
  • Dashcam video shows three-car crash as freeway drivers brake for SpaceX rocket launch

    12/26/2017 3:37:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    L A Times ^ | 12/26/2017 | Joseph Serna
    The vehicles are westbound on the 10 Freeway in Banning when the rocket’s plume begins to cut through the darkening sky. The driver in the vehicle with the camera and his children can be heard talking about the rocket in amazement while he slows for the wall of brake lights forming in front of them as other drivers take notice. Moments after they drive under the South San Gorgonio Avenue overpass, a thud is heard and then a white four-door vehicle in the next lane is shoved into the car in front of it by a van that rear-ended it....
  • North Korea suggests satellite launch

    12/18/2017 7:38:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NHK ^ | 2017/12/18
    North Korea suggests satellite launch North Korea's state-run media has argued that every country has the right to develop its space program. Sources say it could be an indication that the country is preparing for a long-range ballistic missile launch. The newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, Rodong Sinmun, issued a commentary on Monday saying that violating the right to peaceful development and use of space runs counter to international law. Back in February, the media reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had set launching a stationary satellite as an immediate goal of the country's space development. North...
  • Damaged Gaza home belongs to terrorist

    12/16/2017 3:38:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/12/17
    A rocket fired from Gaza on Friday evening towards southern Israel missed its mark and fell on the Beit Hanoun home of a Gaza terrorist. The terrorist is the brother of Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri. On Friday, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai wrote on his Facebook page, "A rocket fired a short time ago from Gaza towards Israel harmed a residential building in Beit Hanoun. Once again, the terrorist organizations launch rockets at the residents of Gaza themselves." "The terror operatives in Gaza are proving in an unambiguous fashion what we continuously stress:...
  • IDF bombs Hamas positions in Gaza after rocket attacks

    12/08/2017 1:06:54 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 7 Dec 2017 | JUDAH ARI GROSS
    An Israel Defense Forces tank and aircraft carried out strikes on two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening in retaliation for Palestinian rocket attacks. The strikes came as a terrorist group in the Strip launched a rocket that hit an open field in the south of the country, after two previous attacks that failed to reach Israeli territory, the army said.
  • So Where Did North Korea Get That Souped Up Rocket Fuel?

    09/18/2017 9:50:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    On Friday, North Korea launched yet another ICBM on a test run taking it over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean. This one traveled more than 2,300 miles, further than the distance to Guam had they wanted to strike it. There’s increasing consensus that Kim’s missiles could reach the continental United States if he chose to take the shot.Over the course of the debate as to what we should about this, a great deal of attention has been paid to a couple of things. One is the miniaturization of Kim’s increasingly powerful nukes and whether or not he can...
  • NASA’s plasma rocket making progress toward a 100-hour firing

    08/11/2017 8:18:43 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Ars Technica ^ | 10 Aug, 2017 | ERIC BERGER
    Almost everyone recognizes that if humans are truly to go deeper into the Solar System, we need faster and more efficient propulsion systems than conventional chemical rockets. Rocket engines powered by chemical propellants are great for breaking the chains of Earth's gravity, but they consume way too much fuel when used in space and don't offer optimal control of a spacecraft's thrust. NASA recognizes this, too. So in 2015, the space agency awarded three different contracts for development of advanced propulsion systems. Of these, perhaps the most intriguing is a plasma-based rocket—which runs on Argon fuel, generates a plasma, excites...
  • NASA celebrates successful rocket test at Stennis

    08/10/2017 6:16:55 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies ^ | 8/10/17 | Bob Warren
    NASA this week recorded its fourth test on one of the engines that will power the Space Launch System Station rocket into deep space, perhaps even a trip to Mars one day. The engine test was performed Wednesday (Aug. 9) at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, the agency said in a news release. Stennis said engineers conducted a 500-second test of the RS-25 engine controller on one of the test stands at the sprawling facility. The test involved firing the engine in the same manner and for the same amount of time as an SLS rocket launch. The...
  • Russia's New 90R1 Sub-Killing Rocket Will Challenge NATO's Underwater Supremacy

    07/02/2017 5:06:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 01.07.2017
    Splav, a Tula, Russia-based company specializing in multiple rocket launcher systems for land and naval applications, has unveiled a new guided projectile for the RPK-8 Zapad ('West') anti-submarine rocket launcher system. Independent Russian military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov explains the ins and outs of the upgraded rocket. The new rocket, designated the 90R1, is being featured at the St. Petersburg International Maritime Defense Show, which wraps up Sunday. Earlier this week, Splav's press office confirmed that the projectile had already been put into production, and is starting to enter service aboard Russian Navy ships. Splav also showed off another system, the...
  • Watch Live Saturday: NASA to Launch Artificial Cloud Spawning Rocket

    06/20/2017 5:37:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | Staff | June 20, 2017 10:00am ET
    NASA will try to launch its artificial cloud-spawning rocket Saturday, June 24, between 9:07 p.m. EDT and 9:22 p.m. EDT (0107-0122 GMT), after a series of delays due to weather. You can watch it here beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 GMT). NASA will provide an update on the next launch attempt here. The rocket will launch to test a canister deployment system designed to eject ampoules containing gas that can create glowing artificial clouds in the night sky. Clear weather is vital for mission scientists in order to record the cloud deployment using ground-based cameras at the launch site...
  • new Israeli naval launcher: '8 concomitant rockets to a range of 150 kilometers'

    06/12/2017 6:34:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies ^ | 17.05.17 | Yoav Zitun
    IMI Systems is currently exhibiting at the Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference in Singapore the Stingray—a rocket launcher for the naval arena that will be able to operate from battleships and drilling rigs, and is intended for offensive activities of the naval force alongside multi-arm operations. The launcher was sold to two foreign customers but has yet to be purchased by the IDF. The rocket launcher will allow hitting coastal targets as well as land-based targets at distances of dozens of kilometers without exposing the forces on land to the enemy and without bringing the ship into the range of...
  • Students in rocket design contest visit Oval Office to show president their 'Trump' projectile

    05/13/2017 6:49:55 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/13/2017 | David Caplan
    <p>Donald Trump's pre-presidential air fleet -- consisting of a Boeing 757, a small aircraft and a handful of choppers -- has been easily recognizable for years, thanks to "TRUMP" being slapped on the exterior of these souped-up aeronautical machines.</p>
  • [N. Korea] Kwangmyongsong foreign sourced items (Chinese Complicity in NK Rocket Program)

    04/13/2017 7:44:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    UN ^ | 27 February 2017
    Kwangmyongsong foreign sourced items [page 27 of the report] 57. Debris from the 7 February 2016 rocket contained several foreign-sourced commercial items, including components similar to those from the 2012 Unha-3 rocket debris.64 These include a camera electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter, ball bearings and pressure transmitters. 58. The ball bearings and engraved Cyrillic characters were identical to those from the 2012 Unha-3. Based upon the serial number and manufacturer of the camera EMI filter, the Panel contacted the Chinese manufacturer, Beijing East Exhibition High-Tech Technology Co. Ltd., for the procurement route. The Panel has not received a reply. 59. The...
  • ARCA Unveils the World’s first Single-Stage-to-Orbit Rocket

    04/02/2017 11:13:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universe today ^ | 03/31/2017 | Matt Williams
    It’s known as the Haas 2CA, the latest in a series of rockets being developed by the New Mexico-based aerospace company. If all goes as planned, this rocket will be the first SSTO rocket in history, meaning it will be able to place payloads and crew into Earth’s orbit relying on only one stage with one engine. The rocket was unveiled on Tuesday, March 28th, at their company headquarters in Las Cruces. The rocket is currently seeking FAA approval, and ARCA is working diligently to get it ready for its test launch in 2018 – which will take place at...
  • NASA Test Fires New Engine Controlling ‘Brain’ for First SLS MegaRocket Mission

    03/29/2017 7:38:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universe today ^ | 003/26/2017 | Ken Kremer
    The newly developed engine controller is a modern version from the RS-25 controller that helped propel all 135 space shuttle missions to space. ... “The controller manages the engine by regulating the thrust and fuel mixture ratio and monitors the engine’s health and status – much like the computer in your car,” say NASA officials. “The controller then communicates the performance specifications programmed into the controller and monitors engine conditions to ensure they are being met, controlling such factors as propellant mixture ratio and thrust level.” A quartet of RS-25 engines, leftover from the space shuttle era and repeatedly reused,...
  • N. Korean Rocket Engine Test (Photos) [Conducted on Mar. 18, 2017]

    03/19/2017 12:22:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | Mar. 19, 2017
    Left: Mar. 18, 2017; Right: Sept. 20, 2016