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Old 12-15-2017, 07:38 PM   #76
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 Yes, a shocking waste of a design.

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Well, also it was about the first launch from Kourou, which if at all, would have been a French Diamond B rocket...
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Old 12-15-2017, 11:39 PM   #77
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Precursor(nearly) to the Europa series:

https://web.archive.org/web/20120318...ackprince.html

What Blue Streak could have been:

http://www.spaceuk.org/bstreak/bs/bs_centaur.html

Ho-hum, I've winged about this many atimes, just irritates that a decent rocket prog got scrapped.

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Old 12-15-2017, 11:53 PM   #78
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 Ho-hum, I've winged about this many atimes, just irritates that a decent rocket prog got scrapped.
Well, hard to tell how this happened, but UK leaving ELDO already in 1972 might have been a reason. After all, the Blue Streak was first stage for the Europa.
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:01 AM   #79
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Indeed it was, never proven as the Medium Range Ballistic Missile. Developed from Rocketdyne and Convair, the ATLAS ICBM.
Should have been developed further.
Still, we do have Reaction Engines!

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Old 12-16-2017, 12:10 AM   #80
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 Still, we do have Reaction Engines!

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Well, if there is a British curse, it must be something like this: Like for example your motorcycle industry, you are trying building things the hardest and technologically most sophistical way, only to be defeated by simpler cheaper technology from abroad.

As much as I like the Skylon project, I fear it will never be that much cheaper that it could have a chance against the Ariane 6 in ESA politics. After all - what could France do for a Skylon?
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:52 AM   #81
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Skylon well may never get off the ground, my hope is SABRE engine will.

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There was an earlier version...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylon...val_of_Britain)
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:58 AM   #82
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42623300

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A final order for a batch of 10 Ariane 5 rockets has been raised.
The vehicle, which has been the mainstay of European launcher activity for the past 20 years, will be phased out once its successor is in place.
ArianeGroup, the French-led industrial consortium, expects its new Ariane 6 to be flying no later than mid-2020, and in full operational service in 2023.
At that point, Ariane 5 can be retired. The last order ensures sufficient rockets are available for the handover.
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:57 PM   #83
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http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Sp...nch_site_visit

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At Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, everything is being prepared to accommodate Europe’s newest launcher, Ariane 6.
A new launch pad is under construction and the mobile gantry protecting the launcher will soon be visible.
The new assembly building dimensions can now be fully seen as the outer shell is almost complete.
Ariane 6 will guarantee Europe’s independent access to space and should consolidate Arianespace’s leading role on the satellites launch market.
The first Ariane 6 launch is scheduled for July 2020.
This A & B roll offers a visit of the launch pad under construction in Kourou . It includes an interview with Didier Coulon, ELA 4 Programme Manager, ESA.
Credits: ESA
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http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Sp...hape_in_Kourou

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The table that will support Ariane 6 on the pad is being assembled at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
This 700 tonne steel structure is 4 m high, 20 m long and 18 m wide and sits in the centre of the launch pad. It is so large it had to be dismantled before it was shipped from Germany.
I do like a good launch-table.

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Interesting to do some research about the companies building it. For example, Donges GmbH has about 200 employees, still it seems to be one of the more active steel building companies in Germany, located in Darmstadt.

MT aerospace is one of the bigger names here, it has the engineering responsibility for the whole launch pad structures, including launch table and service mast. The company has 700 employees, its a spin off of MAN. They are a regular service provider for ESA since the Europa rocket. They have to major offices in Bremen and Augsburg.

http://www.mt-aerospace.de/home.html

Studying their career page and job offers, I must say: They are about to enter a world of pain. They want to let a student do the SAP software development for them. I have seen skilled and experienced C developers crash nearly fatally trying to develop SAP without going through the proper training and long-term qualification. Such projects are facing severe employee fluctuation.
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Current ESA head Jan Woerner suggests future ESA launchers should have reusability:

EUROPE’S MOVE.
Posted on 11/02/2018 by Jan Woerner
http://blogs.esa.int/janwoerner/2018.../europes-move/


EUROPE’S MOVE, PART 2.
Posted on 15/02/2018 by Jan Woerner
http://blogs.esa.int/janwoerner/2018...s-move-part-2/

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Old 02-19-2018, 02:36 PM   #87
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http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Welcome_...tion_Agreement

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9 February 2018
The Republic of Croatia signed a Cooperation Agreement with ESA on 19 February 2018. This agreement will allow Croatia and ESA to create the framework for a more intensive and concrete cooperation related to ESA programmes and activities.
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Title Goonhilly
Released 22/02/2018 10:39 am
Copyright GES - Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd.
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Goonhilly Earth Station, a commercial tracking station in Cornwall, UK, will be upgraded to provide Europe’s first deep-space services on a commercial basis.
Under the project, the station’s GHY-6 antenna (seen here), built in 1985 and featuring a 32 m-diameter dish, will be upgraded to provide high bit-rate data links for missions far from Earth – typically exceeding 2 million km.
These include not only missions to our somewhat closer Moon, but also to the asteroids and planetary destinations such as Mars.
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Ima.../02/Goonhilly2

http://www.goonhilly.org/GES-blog/8-...t-to-goonhilly

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Op...oes_deep_space

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In a world-first, an ESA-led team has built and fired an electric thruster to ingest scarce air molecules from the top of the atmosphere for propellant, opening the way to satellites flying in very low orbits for years on end.
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Sp...ctric_thruster
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That's a really cool technology if it works, might even make LEO space stations a lot easier to operate.
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