Chinese YF-100 (Russian RD-120) to Power CZ-5

The YF-100 liquid rocket engine was a Chinese copy of the Russian RD-120, intended to power the new-generation CZ-5, CZ-6 and CZ-7 launch vehicles. The YF-100 development began in 2000 at the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology (AAPT, or the Sixth Academy) in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. The engine was certified by the State Administration […]

China to launch Change-3 in 2013 – Xinhua | English.news.cn

 

BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhuanet) — China will launch its third spacecraft to land on the moon next year as part of its ongoing Lunar Exploration Program. According to the government, the development of the moon craft is on target for next year’s launch.

The Chang’e-3, named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, […]

Countdown Mars Curiosity Rover to Landing on August 6th

Curiosity’s Daily Update: MSL Configured for Final Approach; Flight Team Takes a Breath

July 26: MSL Configured for Final Approach; Flight Team Takes a Breath With completion of nearly all work to configure the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft for entry, descent and landing, most of the flight team is getting some well-deserved rest today […]

Launch ILV “Soyuz-FG” with a cluster of spacecraft

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH6dHANKaww

Start a space rocket “Soyuz-FG” with a cluster of spacecraft (SC) – Russian “Kanopus-In” and MCA-FCI (“Zond-PP”), Belarus BKA, «TET-1″ (Germany) and «ADS- 1B »(Canada).

Credit: ROSCOSMOS

Russia’s Soyuz successfully launched from Baikonur

Russia’s Soyuz rocket carrying five satellites on board was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on July 22nd, 2012.

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Sally Ride, First U.S. Woman in Space, Dies

Sally Ride, the first U.S. women to enter space, died in Calif. at the age of 61 after a 17-month-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sally Ride Dead; First American Woman in Space Was 61

By NED POTTER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gSL4FHzq3Y Sally Ride Recalls ‘Spectacular View’ of Earth From Orbit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8vtDvbOMiY

The first American woman astronaut remembers […]

GenCorp Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne from United Technologies Corporation

United Technologies Corp. said Monday it is selling Canoga Park-based Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, which helped propel the nation’s exploration in space, to Sacramento-based GenCorp Inc. for $550 million. (Dean Musgrove/Staff Photographer)

Canoga Park-based Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne sold to GenCorp for $550M

By Gregory J. Wilcox, Staff Writer

ited Technologies Corp. said Monday […]

United Launch Alliance Completes Crucial Commercial Crew Development Milestone

ULA Completes Reviews which Establishes Atlas V Design and Certification Baseline for Human Spaceflight

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — United Launch Alliance (ULA) today announced the completion of a crucial milestone in its on-going development and certification of the Atlas V launch vehicle for human spaceflight. ULA successfully completed the fifth milestone of its Commercial […]

NASA Selects United Launch Alliance’s Workhouse Delta II Rocket for Three Future Missions

A ULA Delta II Rocket on SLC-2 Launch Pad, VAFB, CA

United Launch Alliance/ By United Launch Alliance Published: Monday, Jul. 16, 2012 – 6:02 pm

CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 16, 2012 — In the news release, NASA Selects United Launch Alliance’s Workhouse Delta II Rocket for Three Future Missions, issued 16-Jul-2012 by United Launch […]

NASA Selects Launch Services Contract For Jason-3 Mission

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lift off from Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Kevin O’Connell

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Jason-3 spacecraft […]

Asteroid miners to hitch a ride with Virgin Galactic

 

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson at Farnborough International Airshow (Image: Dave Stock)

12:30 13 July 2012 by Paul Marks

Billionaire-backed Planetary Resources, the company that in April announced ambitious plans to mine space rocks for minerals, will hitch a ride with space tourism company Virgin Galactic.

The new union is a sign that the nascent commercial space-flight […]