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USC: GTS-4 and GTS-5

Posted 09-14-2011 at 08:57 PM by diogom

The GTS-4 and GTS-5 joint mission ended with the safe landing of the Delta Gliders Columbia and Monitor.
It was the first docking for the Delta Glider. Each orbited the Earth 51 times, covering a distance of 1512660 miles.

The following are the reports on the Launch and Landing of both orbiters, and the docking between the two.

GTS-4 Launch

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Columbia launched on the GTS-4 mission on September 10th, at 07:47:40 AM EST, from Kennedy Space Centre.
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USC: Russia Launches Spacecraft

Posted 09-07-2011 at 05:32 PM by diogom

(To understand this blog, read USC's first blog, http://www.orbiter-forum.com/blog.php?b=771 )

A Russian launch was detected by the West today, at 18:04 MSK, from Plesetsk Cosmodrome. Russia then confirmed the launch. According to released information, it was a Trassa 14G launch, carrying an unmanned prototype of their replacement to the Soyuz spacecraft, Gorizont, meaning Horizon. The spacecraft flew 3 orbits, before landing in the sea, near the Kamchatka Penninsula.
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USC: GTS-3

Posted 08-31-2011 at 03:02 AM by diogom

Five and a half hours ago, GTS-3 ended with the safe landing of the Delta Glider Columbia.
It was the first flight of the Delta Glider carrying a payload, the MTKS-SAT, a communications sattelite. It orbited the Earth 119 times, covering a distance of 3529575 miles. Included an EVA to activate the sattelite.

The following are the reports on the Ascent, MTKS-SAT/EVA deployment and De-Orbit/Re-entry portions of the mission.

Ascent
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The Columbia Delta-Glider
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USC: GTS-1

Posted 07-28-2011 at 11:54 PM by diogom
Updated 08-31-2011 at 03:02 AM by diogom

Last night, GTS-1 ended with the safe landing of the Delta Glider Monitor.
It was the first beyond-atmosphere flight of the Delta Glider. It orbited the Earth 40 times, covering a distance of 1,008,450 miles. The following are the reports on the Ascent and De-Orbit/Re-entry portions of the mission.

Ascent
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The first orbital mission of the GTS Program, GTS-1, took of at 8:30 A.M. The flight took off horizontally. 2 seconds after liftoff the gear was raised. 5 Seconds after
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USC: VTOL Program

Posted 07-20-2011 at 03:21 AM by diogom

With the safe touchdown of VTOL Test #4, the final test program of the DG's quest to achieve space-worthiness, the VTOL Program ended.

The following are the flight reports of the four Vertical Take Off and Landing tests.

The first test was meant to test the VTOL engines, and see how well the Delta Glider could hover.
VTOL Test #1
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VTOL Test #1 took place on Thursday, July 14th at 6:30 P.M. EST. At 6:32 P.M, the Hover engines were gradually throttled up to 70%.At
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