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, 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’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.


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 […]