Rocket report: Norway's concerns about nuclear rockets;  Ariane 6 still delayed

Rocket report: Norway’s concerns about nuclear rockets; Ariane 6 still delayed

Artist's impression of the Ariane 6 configuration using four boosters on the ELA-4 launch pad with its mobile gantry.  We'll have to wait a little longer to see the flight hardware.
Enlarge / Artist’s impression of the Ariane 6 configuration using four boosters on the ELA-4 launch pad with its mobile gantry. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see the flight hardware.

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Welcome to Rocket Report 5.15! We’re back with the usual rocket news about launch delays and corporate fundraisers on the way to orbit. Speaking of revives, is it really possible that Vector Launch has risen from the dead? Keep reading to find out.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don’t want to miss an issue, please sign up using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will contain information on small, medium and heavy rockets as well as a quick overview of the next three launches on the schedule.

Terran 1 launch could slip into 2023. Relativity Space recently completed hot-firing tests of the first stage of the Terran 1 rocket, and engineers and technicians are now attaching the second stage to the rocket. In a few weeks, the completed vehicle will return to Launch Complex-16 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida for a static firing test and, assuming all goes well, a launch attempt, Ars reports. “We are confident in our technological readiness for launch this year, and we continue to move towards that,” said Tim Ellis, co-founder and CEO of Relativity Space, in an interview with Ars.

There is always a but … Ellis continued, “But there are a few external factors as we approach the end of the year that could impact the schedule for us. It’s not a guarantee, but it could.” These external factors include other spaceport users in Florida, including the uncertainty surrounding the mid-November launch of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and blackout periods under the spaceport release plan. vacation airspace. This effectively prevents launches around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years due to the high volume of airline flights.

Canadian Rocket Race Tracker. Much, and more, has been written in this newsletter about the development of commercial launch in the United States, China, Europe and India. But what about Canada? It turns out that at least five Canadian-based companies are working to develop a native commercial launch capability. These companies are summarized in a new article from SpaceQ, which is (unfortunately) behind a paywall. Most companies are working toward the goal of launching from Spaceport Nova Scotia, which remains under development.

Big ideas, small payloads … The five companies are based in Calgary (AVRO Aerospace), Toronto (C6 Launch Systems, Nordspace and SpaceRyde) and Montreal (Reaction Dynamics). All envision a variation on a small satellite launcher, with some ideas more radical than others – SpaceRyde’s balloon-based launch concept, for example. I’m not knowledgeable enough to comment on the viability of any of these businesses, but a small launch is a tough business. However, if the Canadian Space Agency started offering and awarding contracts, it would help us to discern who is legitimate and who is not.

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Orbex raises $45.8 million in new funding. Scottish company Orbex announced earlier this month that it had raised £40.4m ($45.8m) in a Series C funding round led by the Scottish National Investment Bank , a new investor in the company, reports Space News. Orbex is developing Prime, a small launch vehicle designed to place up to 180 kilograms into low Earth orbit. The vehicle, built by the company at a factory in Forres, Scotland, will initially launch from Space Hub Sutherland, a new launch site under development in northern Scotland.

Primetime in 2023? … Orbex previously raised $24 million in December 2020 and $39 million in July 2018. The company also won €7.45 million from the European Space Agency in March 2021 under the program Boost! support program for the development of new launchers. The company said it is aiming for the first launch of its Prime rocket next year and is working towards its “long-term goal of establishing a reliable, economically successful and sustainable European space launch business.” environmentally”. (submitted by Ken the Bin and EllPeaTea)

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