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Space News [Jun. 11th, 2010|12:11 pm]
Nicodemus

  • Masten Space Systems, a small company working on vertical takeoff and landing (VTL) rockets, has successfully done a mid-air engine restart during a test flight. They say it's the first time a rocket has been shutdown and relit during flight. Very cool.

  • Not to be outdone, Armadillo Aerospace, another small group working on such rockets (and a sentimental favorite of mine), did a longer fall with rocket engine off. They used a drogue chute and then relit the engine midair. The vectored thrust rocket was able to right itself and then land back on the pad it launched from. Spectacular!

  • Finally, the Japanese Huyabusa probe is returning to Earth, hopefully carrying a sample of material from an asteroid. This would be the first time we've ever had asteroid material (apart from meteorites) to investigate.
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2010-06-11 09:40 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-06-11 09:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, thank you! I knew there was something else I wanted to include. Cool cool.
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[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2010-06-12 12:44 am (UTC)
You rats all look alike to me.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-06-12 02:26 am (UTC)
Whaaa?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-06-12 02:27 am (UTC)
We get that all the time.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-06-12 02:28 am (UTC)
Dude. Tell me about it.
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[User Picture]From: thump
2010-06-12 06:03 pm (UTC)
Ok, videos like the second one make me want to build rockets again, that is amazing!
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[User Picture]From: terraluna_bat
2010-06-13 02:53 pm (UTC)

Satelight comming bick to Earth O_O

Didn't the Andromada Strain movie start out with a satilight comming back to Earth?

---> SHUDDER <---
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2010-06-14 05:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Satelight comming bick to Earth O_O

Andromeda Strain had the US military sending up satellites LOOKING for extraterrestrial life that they could form into a bioweapon. Project Scoop.
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2010-06-14 05:56 pm (UTC)
Actually, during Apollo, the command module's engine was started, stopped, and started again routinely. And in zero gravity in vaccuum no less.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-06-14 11:24 pm (UTC)
Quite true! And the SM engine for TLI? I don't remember the sequence/flightplan at the moment.

I think Masten is trying to claim first VTVL restart... which is a pretty specialized category at this point. :P
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