To the moon!!! – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome to Max Q. T-minus 1 week until Artemis I liftoff. are you going I’ll be there! In this issue:

  • NASA’s Mega Moon rocket rolls off the launch pad
  • Skyrora’s test milestone on Scottish soil
  • News from Astrobotic, Blue Origin and more

NASA engineers completed final testing of the Space Launch System (SLS), clearing the way for the Mega Moon rocket to roll out days before it was scheduled.

The space agency was able to advance the rollout date — when the SLS was moved from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center — as it completed testing of the flight termination system (FTS). The FTS is a critical series of components that ensure that the rocket can be safely dismantled after take-off. The agency said testing the FTS was the “last major activity” on NASA’s pre-launch to-do list.

That means NASA is on track to target Aug. 29 for the first launch of the 322-foot Mega rocket and Orion spacecraft. With the expansion from Space Launch Delta 45, NASA will have additional launch opportunities on Sept. 2 and Sept. 5.

image credit: Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images

UK based launch company skyrora The development of its Skyrora XL rocket hit a new milestone with the completion of the second stage static fire test. The single engine, designed and built by Skyrora, completed a nominal 20-second burn, bringing the company one step closer to its first orbital launch in late 2023.

Skyora is one of several smaller launch companies based in the United Kingdom and Europe, each hoping to compete in these countries’ growing commercial space sectors. According to Skyora’s COO Lee Rosen, whose career includes a 23-year stint with the U.S. Air Force and an 11-year stint at SpaceX, this test sets Skyora apart from its competitors.

“Others like to have a good run of their factory or maybe an engine test or things like that, but I think it’s the fact that [we’ve] Got an integrated system solutions test, it says a lot about where we are,” he said.

“It’s not about bragging about what you can go on,” Rosen said. “It’s about doing it. That’s a great way to test and show the second phase.”

Skyora XL 2nd Stage

image credit: skyrora

More news from TC and beyond

  • astrobotic bid $4.5 million to the assets of Masten Space Systems, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.
  • astrobotic peregrine lunar lander Communications Tested Successfully With the Deep Space Network and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory ahead of the lander’s mission to the Moon.
  • blue origin Rocket Recovery Ship, “Jacqueline,” is headed to a junkyard, The company appears to be reconsidering its recovery plans, although it is unclear what method it may use instead.
  • d-orbit canceled its plans of merger With special purpose acquisition company Breeze Holdings Acquisition Corp., a transaction that was expected to inject D-Orbit up to $185 million.
  • european space agency Is soliciting initial ideas For a reusable heavy-lift rocket la Starship, “to accommodate large space infrastructure (such as space-based solar power, space data centers, etc.) and deep space missions.”
  • european space agency Also launched a new Startup Accelerator, called Nordic Launch For startups focused on space technology.
  • Firefly Aerospace announced Alpha rocket’s next launch attempt Following the completion of a successful static fire test, it is scheduled for September 11.
  • Hawkeye 360 in the fourth and fifth satellite groups started operating, doubling the constellation’s data and imaging capability. There are three satellites in each cluster.
  • redwire said it would develop first commercial greenhouse into space, to launch before spring 2023. The greenhouse to be installed on the International Space Station is being funded through an award from the ISS National Lab.
  • Sky Perfect JSATA Japanese company has commissioned SpaceX’s Starship will launch its Superbird-9 communication satellite. according to the press releaseLaunch is scheduled for 2024.
  • space in africa Estimated in a new report The African space economy is projected to grow by 16.16% by 2021-2026, growing from $19.49 billion to $22.64 billion.
  • SpaceX want to increase its launch cadence “More than double” from the West Coast, and it’s hiring as a result. “We’ll train you,” Falcon 9 operations manager Steven Cameron said on LinkedIn.

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