Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,

Space News

  • 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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