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Suborbital Payload Launch


Suborbital Payload Launch

Suborbital launch activity continued throughout 2017. For many nations and a few organizations, suborbital launches are an excellent and relatively inexpensive way to gain... Suborbital launch activity continued throughout 2017.…

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2014 – Suborbital Payload Launch

Development of suborbital reusable launch vehicles and related technologies continued in 2014. The European Space Agency (ESA) conducted integration and qualification activities for all systems of its Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle…

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2011 – Suborbital Payload Launch

Blue Origin, a secretive company funded by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, revealed in September 2011 that in August it had suffered a failure of one of its New Shepard suborbital…

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2012 – Suborbital Payload Launch

Virgin Galactic announced at the 2012 Farnborough Air Show that, in addition to providing a passenger service, it would be developing a low-cost satellite launcher using the WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane.…

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2013 – Suborbital Payload Launch

One of the pioneers of commercial suborbital flights, Armadillo Aerospace, announced that it was suspending operations in early August 2013 due to funding issues. Founded by noted video game designer…

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2010 – Sounding Rockets

The category of uncrewed suborbital rockets is dominated by expendable sounding rockets. Suborbital sounding rockets are often a first step for a burgeoning space program. Payloads are almost exclusively scientific…

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2009 – Sounding Rockets

NASA and other civil space agencies use sounding rockets extensively to launch payloads briefly above the upper atmosphere for astronomy, atmospheric science, and microgravity science applications. NASA operates these programs…

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2008 – Sounding Rockets

The primary advantages of sounding rockets are their low cost, comparative ease of transport, ability to be launched from locations on land or sea, and relatively short turnaround times between…

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Sounding Rockets

Uncrewed suborbital vehicles, also called sounding rockets, come in diverse sizes and capabilities. They range from relatively small single-stage vehicles that carry payloads of a few dozen kilograms to altitudes…

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2010 – Suborbital Payload Launch

Several companies are developing reusable suborbital vehicles that are capable of both carrying payloads and safely returning them to Earth. While many of these vehicles were originally designed to serve…

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