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    News Mystery of sinking of LIBERTY BELL 7 July 21, 1961

    LIBERTY BELL 7, piloted by Virgil I "GUS" Grissom, completed a suborbital hop on July 21, 1961. The apparently successful mission almost ended in disaster when after splashdown in the Atlantic the spacecraft hatch blew off The Spacecraft named LIBERTY BELL 7 by Grissom filled with water and...
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    Launch News Flat Earther "Mad" Mike Hughes dies in crash of homemade rocket

    "Mad" Mike Hughes, an amateur rocket builder intent om proving earth is flat, was killed in crash of homemade rocket during launch event homemade-rocket in desert outside of Barstow California...
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    News NASA giving away Saturn 1 booster

    NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville Alabama is giving away a Saturn 1 Block 1 booster - as long as one has the $ 250,000 to haul it away This is Block 1 , without the stabilizing fins of the later modules The Saturn 1 was used to launch early module test capsules for the Apollo...
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    News Sputnik - 60 year anniversary

    Today, October 4, is 60th anniversary of launch of Sputnik 1, first artificial satellite Fact is USA had means to launch satellite using Jupiter C a year before Sputnik Von Braun and his Army Ballistic Missile Agency team were prevented from doing so by bureaucratic politics which considered...
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    News NASA fund development of nuclear rocket

    NASA has funded development of new fuel assembly for nuclear rocket engine Nuclear rockets are not new. in the 1960's both Us and Soviet Union tested nuclear rockets. Problem was the early nuclear rockets used Highly enriched uranium as fuel. The new fuel assembly will use Low Enriched...
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    News Virgin Galatic "dry run" test flight Virgin Galactic made dry run of it Spaceship

    Virgin Galatic "dry run" test flight Virgin Galactic made dry run of it Spaceship Virgin Galactic has been carrying out test flights of it SPACESHIP 2 suborbital space plane in the Mohave desert. The space plane was carried aloft by White Knight carrier and released for glide test The...
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    News Navy Builds Protype Ramjet With Model Rocket Engine

    US Navy Air Weapons Development Center in China Lake California (creators of the Sidewinder) have created a prototype ramjet missile using a model rocket engine and off shelf parts paid for with credit card. The innovate approach shaved years off the development and millions of dollars in...
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    News German Space Lab Growing Tomatoes in Urine....

    The German space agency, DLR, has been experimenting growing tomatoes in a container full of urine. The experiment is designed to test recycling of waste as a means of growing food for future space colonies. An experimental satellite containing the package is scheduled to be launched on a...
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    News Moon Travellers in for rought ride

    This article outlines how moon travelers will face a rough ride on their journey https://www.yahoo.com/news/moon-tourists-risk-rough-ride-experts-173436265.html Non stop vomiting.... Constant urination ...... Reminds me of keg parties back in college......
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    NASA concerns over turbo pump cracking SPACE X Falcon 8

    A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found cases of persistent cracking in components of SPACE X Falcon 9 rocket motor. Particularly troubling is cracking in the turbopump assembly which feeds fuel into the rocket motors The issue has caused NASA to delay "man rating" of the...
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    News 50 th Anniversary Apollo 1 fire

    Today January 27, 2017, marks 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 1 pad fire which killed 3 astronauts - Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/26/50-years-ago-three-astronauts-died-in-the-apollo-1-fire/ Still remember...
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    Launch News FALCON HEAVY Flight certification

    Anyone have information on when FALCON HEAVY will be launched for flight certification? It was supposed to be done last year, but was put on hold because of Falcon 9 failure This year seems to be delayed by attempts at landing first stage and by upcoming commercial launches
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    Boeing 787 in vertical takeoff

    Watch this Boeing 787 in livery of Qatar Airlines perform vertical takeoff and climb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EniTCmJlVEo Try that with load of passengers ........
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    News Most American would turn down free trip to space

    Recent poll from Monmouth University found only 28% would accept free trip to space, 69% would decline, only 3% are undecided Read more about poll http://www.businessinsider.com/americans-dont-want-to-go-to-space-2015-3
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    News QM -1 World Largest Solid motor - test firing March 11

    The world's largest solid rocket moto, QM-1, is schedule for a full duration static test firing March 11 at Orbital ATK test facility in Utah desert It is a 5 segment solid fuel rocket derived from Space shuttle SRB boosters More at...
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    News Asteroid 2004 BL 86 close pass

    A 680 meter (2230 ft) asteroid 2004 BL 86 will be making a close pass by earth on Jan 26 Closest approach will be at 11AM EST on Monday Jan 26 at a distance of 745,000 miles (1.2 million Km) - 3 lunar distances Magnitude at close approach will be +9 requiring small telescope or large...
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    Manned Solid Fuel Rocket

    Anyone ever consider possibility of creating and flying a spacecraft using solid fuel rocket? Solids have ben used in manned flight - as boosters (SRB) in Space Shuttle and as auxiliaries (launch escape, retro rockets) in early space program Solids have advantage of being cheap with few or...
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    Discussion Falcon 9 Heavy Circumlunar flight

    2015 is year that Falcon 9 Heavy configuration is supposed to launch Thinking that if SPACE X really wants to make a splash will launch a manned Dragon capsule on a circumlunar mission - say with 5 astronauts including 1 or 2 women What do you think...........
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    REDSTONE Redux?????

    With the emphasis on creating suborbital spacecraft was wondering if anyone ever considered building a REDSTONE missile as a booster for a suborbital launch? REDSTONE played a vital role in the US space programs - it launched the first US satellites (Explorer series) and first American in...
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