National Security After the SpaceX Explosion

Congress’s demand to cease using Russian engines may leave the military dependent on unproven rockets.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket breaks apart after launch from Cape Canaveral, June 28. PHOTO: RED HUBER/ZUMA PRESS

By WILLIAM SHELTON Wall Street Journal June 29, 2015 7:07 p.m. ET 149 COMMENTS

The explosion of an unmanned SpaceX rocket after […]

Rocket Financed by Amazon Founder Crashes in Test

By KENNETH CHANG – Published: September 2, 2011

Mario Tama/Getty Images Jeffrey P. Bezos

A spacecraft financed by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the billionaire chief executive of Amazon.com, crashed during a test flight in West Texas, Mr. Bezos said on Friday.

No one was on board for the flight, and no one on the ground was injured when […]

From Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos – Successful Short Hop, Setback, and Next Vehicle

Three months ago, we successfully flew our second test vehicle in a short hop mission, and then last week we lost the vehicle during a developmental test at Mach 1.2 and an altitude of 45,000 feet. A flight instability drove an angle of attack that triggered our range safety system to terminate thrust on the […]

Blue Origin Failure Causes Reality Check for Commercial Space Flight

Mark Whittington – Sat Sep 3, 4:50 pm ET

Blue Origin Blue Origin's development vehicle is shown rising to 45,000 feet, just before the activation of its termination system.

An unmanned rocket launched by Blue Origin, a private rocket company owned by Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, had to be destroyed in flight during a test flight at that company’s Texas launch facility. […]

Russia to prevent unsuccessful spacecraft launches

Those responsible for the unsuccessful launches of the Express AM-4 satellite and the Progress cargo spaceship will be fired, deputy head of the RosCosmos, the Russian Space Agency, Vitaly Davydov has declared.

Photo: EPA

He said that so as to avoid accidents in the future, space launches will be controlled by special expert groups.

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Gas generator failure blamed for Progress transport ship accident

MOSCOW, August 29 (Itar-Tass) —— The Progress M-12M transport ship accident on August 24 was caused by a malfunction in the gas generator in the Soyuz carrier rocket’s third stage engine, Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov told Itar-Tass on Monday, August 29.

“Members of the emergency commission have determined the cause of the […]

The work of the emergency committee to launch THC “Progress M-12M”

:: 08/29/2011    Russian Space Agency and the leadership of enterprises aerospace industry deals with the transfer at a later date landing of manned spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-21” from September 8, 2011 and start of manned spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-22”, scheduled earlier on September 22, as well as continuation of service the International Space Station (ISS).

Progress space freighter destroyed in atmosphere – source / RIA Novosti commentator Alina Chernoivanova

14:17 29/08/2011 MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti)

Large pieces of the Progress M-12M space freighter have not been discovered because the ship most likely burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere or the third stage of the Soyuz-U carrier rocket exploded, a source in the space industry said on Monday.

“Large pieces of the space freighter have not […]

Briz-M upper-stage fault behind Proton-M launch failure

14:30 30/08/2011 MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti)

A malfunction of the Briz-M upper-stage rocket reportedly caused the failure of a Proton-M rocket launch two weeks ago, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday.

On August 18, a Russian Proton-M rocket lost the prized Express-AM4 satellite that was designed to provide digital television and secure government communications for […]

Accumulation of Russian Space Failures

by Charles P. Vick, Global Security. Org

The difference between the Progress/Soyuz-U verses the Soyuz-FG for Soyuz-TMA is difference mods but it appears to be the basic same system except the Progress/Soyuz-U booster uses the much older 11D55 known as the RD-0110 engine on the third stage as does the Soyuz-FG that uses the same […]