Enlarge /. Integrated second stage hot fire test for ABL Space System's RS1 missile.
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Welcome to Issue 3.21 of the Missile Report. From Friday morning there are only 70 days left until January 1st. If your rocket company plans to launch in 2020, you only have 10 weeks left. No pressure!
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China unveils five-year commercial land plan. China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. Outlined plans for the development of launch services, satellite constellations and a reusable spaceplane at the 6th China International Commercial Aerospace Forum, which opened in Wuhan, Hubei province Monday, SpaceNews reports. The group plans to double the number of launches of its Kuaizhou series rockets (which put small satellites into orbit) by 2023 and to be the world leader in solid rocket technology by 2025.
Also a spaceplane … The group will also test a reusable spaceplane system with two stages to orbit by 2025. This Tengyun project aims to develop a reusable spaceplane with two stages to orbit, consisting of aircraft for both stages. The Tengyun horizontal launch and landing spacecraft demonstration and verification is expected to be completed by 2025. Tengyun does not appear to have anything to do with an apparent September "reusable experimental spacecraft" test launched from a Long March 2F. (submitted by Unrulycow, Ken the Bin and JohnCarter17)
Theory of relativity at the start of the Lockheed Martin cryo mission. Recently, NASA selected a Lockheed Martin liquid hydrogen experiment as part of its 2020 tipping point programs. Lockheed will test more than a dozen cryogenic liquid management technologies for space applications. Now we know how these experiments get into space.
A star-studded start … theinformationsuperhighway reports that Relativity Space will launch the mission for Lockheed in 2023, a pretty big coup for the company that has not yet launched its 3D-printed Terran 1 rocket. "While the mission is three years to go, there will always be last-minute changes as you near launch and we can accommodate that," Tim Ellis, CEO of Relativity, told the release. "Otherwise you'd have to lock the design now." (submitted by Ken the Bin)
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ABL Space completes the second level test. The El Segundo-based launcher that has held back announced Thursday that it has completed integrated testing of the second stage of its RS1 launcher. The tests were conducted at the Area 1-56 test site at Edwards Air Force Base. Next up: Completing and testing the first stage for the rocket, which can lift up to 1.35 tons into orbit.
A small team with big results … "People who know orbital launch know that integrated stage tests are the first real proof of their capabilities," said Dan Piemont, founder and president of ABL. Coming here in just three years with fewer than 75 employees confirms the advantages of our approach. "The company is targeting the first quarter of 2021 for the first launch of its RS1 vehicle (submitted by Ken the Bin).
Isar Aerospace takes off from French Guiana. The company has signed an agreement with the French space agency to prepare for the launch of its orbital missiles from Center Spatial Guyanais (CSG) in French Guiana, Spacewatch Global reports. The German launch company also announced that it has hired Alexandre Dalloneau as Head of Mission and Launch Operations. He's from Arianespace.
Leverage experience … "We are very pleased to be taking the next decisive steps on the way to Europe's most powerful privately financed launcher," said Daniel Metzler, CEO of Isar Aerospace. "CSG offers perfect conditions for our mission to provide Europe with independent and inexpensive access to space. We are also very pleased to welcome Alexandre to our team. With the technical responsibility for ten launches, he brings a unique profile and in-depth experience with him launching orbital rockets. "(submitted by Ken the Bin)
The FAA publishes new rules for commercial launch. Last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration released the final version of the updated commercial launch and re-entry regulations, SpaceNews reports. The Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements (SLR2) take effect 90 days after they are posted on the Federal Register.
There is still work to be done … Launch industry officials say the regulatory reform process is far from complete. "We recognize the tremendous effort involved in developing and reviewing updates to this complex regulation, and look forward to our continued collaboration with the FAA to ensure a robust and safe commercial launch industry," said Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and executive director of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, said. It remains to be seen how rational the rules will actually be, but it is hoped that the process has resulted in improvements. (submitted by platykurtic)
The bank doubles its rating of SpaceX. In a new report released this week, investment bank Morgan Stanley says it is increasing its "base enterprise value" of SpaceX from $ 52 billion to $ 101 billion. "The parts come together for SpaceX to create an economical and technological flywheel," the report said, citing Starship, Starlink, and reuse. (The report is not online as far as we can tell).
Take winners the most? … In part, the report states, "Investors and industry observers understand that SpaceX is using the startup cost benefits to accelerate the deployment of its LEO broadband network. As the company takes pole position in LEO, many believe it will this is one. " Winners take most (if not winners take all) arena. "
Lockheed Martin confirms the rise of SpaceX. With the release of its third quarter results this week, Lockheed Martin now sees leading future revenue growth in the space business. However, the big aerospace entrepreneur also admitted that SpaceX has grown as a threat, reports Investor's Business Daily. Lockheed's space division grew 6 percent in the most recent quarter.
More than a distant threat … Lockheed CFO Ken Possenriede said SpaceX is "more than an emerging threat right now." United Launch Alliance, Lockheed's rocket joint venture with Boeing, was "satisfied with the result, where we ended up compared to SpaceX" in competitions. It's worth thinking about how quickly SpaceX has grown from a young upstart a decade ago to the establishment today. (submitted by JohnCarter17)