Latest Spacecraft propulsion Stories
PHOENIX, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of KinetX's technical staff are advancing the state-of-the-art of mission design and navigation for deep space missions by participating in the upcoming Astrodynamics Specialist Conference (July 31-August 4, 2011) in Girdwood, Alaska, which is organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Space Flight Mechanics Committee and co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Astrodynamics Technical Committee....
NASA conducted a combined chill test and short ignition test July 14 of the next-generation J-2X rocket engine that could help carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit to deep space.
PARIS, Le Bourget and SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, QinetiQ, (LSE: QQ.L) and EADS Astrium Crisa, an EADS (PAR:EAD) company, announced today that the companies have entered into a joint agreement to supply the XENITH(TM) (Xenon Ion Thruster) ion propulsion system to the worldwide commercial spacecraft market.
NASA issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking proposals for mission concept studies of a solar electric propulsion system demonstration to test and validate key capabilities and technologies for future exploration missions.
NASA's new J-2X rocket engine, which could power the upper stage of the nation's future heavy-lift launch vehicle, is ready for its first round of testing.
NASA is seeking proposals for services from commercial suborbital flight providers and payload integrators to support the agency's Flight Opportunities Program, which is part of NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has concluded its review of the UK spaceplane concept and found nothing keeping it from continuing on.
NASA has selected 16 payloads for flights on the commercial Zero-G parabolic aircraft and two suborbital reusable launch vehicles as part of the agency's Flight Opportunities Program.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today demonstrated its ongoing commitment to national defense by boosting into orbit the U.S. military's first Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 1) for early-warning missile detection.
MINNEAPOLIS, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received an $80 million order from General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products for production of the MK90 propellant grain. "We are pleased to have this opportunity to continue our longstanding tradition of production excellence on the MK90 propellant grain," said Kent Holiday, ATK Energetic Systems Vice President and General Manager.
Escape Velocity -- An escape velocity is the minimum speed at which an object without propulsion can move away from a source of a gravitational field indefinitely if there is no friction. This definition may need modification for the practical problem of two or more sources in some cases. In any case, the object is assumed to be a point with a mass that is negligible compared with that of the source of the field, usually an excellent approximation. It is commonly described as the speed...