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« Reply #20 on: 05/19/2016 12:29 PM »
Vector Space Systems Completes Successful Test of Second Stage Engine in Advance of First Sub-Orbital Test Flight

Sub-orbital test flights to begin Summer 2016; orbital launches planned for 2018

TUSCON, Ariz., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vector Space Systems, a Micro Satellite space platform enterprise comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today announced the successful test of its second stage engine, a major milestone in advance of the company's first sub-orbital test flight as Vector Space Systems this summer. The test, which took place in Mojave, California on May 14, featured the company's second stage high-performance engine for its launch vehicle. Employing 3D printed components, the engine produces 500 pounds of thrust with a high specific impulse for maximum fuel efficiency. This development test was one in a series of second-stage engine tests leading to flight qualification in 2017.

Officially announced in May 2016, Vector Space Systems builds upon 10 years of research and more than 30 sub-orbital launches, and was formed to connect space startups with affordable and reliable frequent launch-enabling platforms and vehicles at a cost point never before possible for accessing space. Featuring a roster of technology and aerospace veterans to provide industry insight, expertise and leadership, Vector Space Systems plans large-scale sub-orbital test flights by 2017, with orbital launches scheduled for 2018.

"Led by Vector CTO, John Garvey, the Vector propulsion team has made tremendous progress in a very rapid manner, building and successfully testing an engine using 3D printed components within two months of the company's founding," said Vector Space Systems co-founder and CEO Jim Cantrell. "The rapidity and success of this test sets the standard for the swift development of our launch vehicle and furthers our mission to revolutionize the way commerce accesses and utilizes space."

Vector Space Systems continues to aggressively conduct tests of their first and second-stage engines, the mobile launch platform, and is creating full-scale vehicle engineering models. In addition, smaller sub-orbital test launches are planned for Summer 2016 to continue demonstrating functionality and flight operations.

About Vector Space Systems

Vector Space Systems is a disruptive space innovator that connects space startups with affordable and reliable launch enabling platforms and vehicles at a cost point never before possible for accessing space. For more information, visit www.vectorspacesystems.com.

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« Reply #21 on: 05/19/2016 02:28 PM »
Mid air recovery of 1st stage by UAV. At approx 500kg maybe a bit heavy for current drones (250kg) but they are getting more powerful each day.
See http://vectorspacesystems.com/technology

These small LV are ideal for MAR as they don't need a large expensive helicopter.


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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #22 on: 07/20/2016 04:44 PM »
Vector Space Systems has formally acquired Garvey Space;
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TUSCON, Ariz., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today announced it has finalized the acquisition of Garvey Spacecraft Corporation. As part of the acquisition, Garvey Spacecraft Corporation Founder and CEO John Garvey joins Vector Space Systems as Chief Technology Officer.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vector-space-systems-completes-acquisition-of-garvey-spacecraft-corporation-to-enhance-micro-satellite-launch-capabilities-300301053.html

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #23 on: 07/20/2016 06:55 PM »
is that just a late announcement? The PR from mid May badged Garvey as the Vector CTO...
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #24 on: 07/21/2016 05:56 PM »
I also like the low-key mention of the optional electric, (SEP?) third stage.

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« Reply #25 on: 07/25/2016 11:14 AM »
http://spacenews.com/vector-space-systems-plans-2018-first-flight-of-small-launch-vehicle/

Article has excerpts from an interview with Steve Cantrell, Vector CEO, which gives  quite a lot of new info and clarification. The important points are;
- Garvey had already been hired, but the complete acquisition of Garvey Space wasn't complete until the July 20th release, it's not a late announcement.
- They have a suborbital launch planned from Mojave on July 30th (presumably the P-19 vehicle Garvey Space had already completed) and another from Kodiak in September.
- Suborbital tests of the full-scale Vector-1 are to start in 2017, and orbital tests in 2018
- They have one customer and are in negotiations with another, both wanting to launch constellations; about 30 launches between the two
- In the future, they plan to increase launch rate but not vehicle size
- Kodiak is the planned site for orbital launches, negotiation is ongoing with Space Florida for a second pad at the cape

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« Reply #26 on: 07/25/2016 02:57 PM »
- They have a suborbital launch planned from Mojave on July 30th
I would assume that Mojave refers to the Friends of Amateur Rocketry site, but there isn't anything on their calendar for this weekend. Does anyone know where they are launching from?
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #27 on: 07/25/2016 06:48 PM »
http://spacenews.com/vector-space-systems-plans-2018-first-flight-of-small-launch-vehicle/

Article has excerpts from an interview with Steve Cantrell, Vector CEO, which gives  quite a lot of new info and clarification. The important points are;
- Garvey had already been hired, but the complete acquisition of Garvey Space wasn't complete until the July 20th release, it's not a late announcement.
- They have a suborbital launch planned from Mojave on July 30th (presumably the P-19 vehicle Garvey Space had already completed) and another from Kodiak in September.
- Suborbital tests of the full-scale Vector-1 are to start in 2017, and orbital tests in 2018
- They have one customer and are in negotiations with another, both wanting to launch constellations; about 30 launches between the two
- In the future, they plan to increase launch rate but not vehicle size
- Kodiak is the planned site for orbital launches, negotiation is ongoing with Space Florida for a second pad at the cape
Orbital version is called Vector Wolverine
Source: http://vectorspacesystems.com/technology/
« Last Edit: 07/25/2016 07:16 PM by russianhalo117 »

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« Reply #28 on: 07/29/2016 04:50 PM »
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759065073289617408

First suborbital flight for Vector tomorrow testing 2nd stage engine on lox & propylene. 


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« Reply #29 on: 07/29/2016 05:27 PM »
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759065073289617408

First suborbital flight for Vector tomorrow testing 2nd stage engine on lox & propylene.
Background on this photo is consistent with FAR's big Quonset hut, so looks like that is indeed the launch site.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #30 on: 07/30/2016 05:59 PM »
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759065073289617408

First suborbital flight for Vector tomorrow testing 2nd stage engine on lox & propylene. 


Follow the below link to watch the below mentioned video.

Vector Space ‏@vectorspacesys  23h23 hours ago
Vector CTO John Garvey discussing the purpose of our test launch tomorrow #startup
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759098434355814401


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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #31 on: 07/31/2016 06:38 PM »
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759065073289617408

First suborbital flight for Vector tomorrow testing 2nd stage engine on lox & propylene. 


Follow the below link to watch the below mentioned video.

Vector Space ‏@vectorspacesys  23h23 hours ago
Vector CTO John Garvey discussing the purpose of our test launch tomorrow #startup
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759098434355814401


Per their Facebook:
P20 leaving the launch rail. Another successful test!

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #32 on: 08/01/2016 05:20 PM »
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759065073289617408

First suborbital flight for Vector tomorrow testing 2nd stage engine on lox & propylene. 


Follow the below link to watch the below mentioned video.

Vector Space ‏@vectorspacesys  23h23 hours ago
Vector CTO John Garvey discussing the purpose of our test launch tomorrow #startup
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759098434355814401


Per their Facebook:
P20 leaving the launch rail. Another successful test!
And from their Twitter:
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/760136846441537536
2 hours ago.
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Photo from the July 30, 2016 launch of our P20 sub-scale test vehicle. Another successful launch!
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #33 on: 08/02/2016 07:39 AM »
Here's the photo that was posted. Anybody know how high the vehicle went?
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« Reply #34 on: 08/02/2016 01:42 PM »
A video of the launch is now on YouTube:
There are also a few more from different angles on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vectorlaunchinc. Looks like the rocket only went up a thousand feet or so.
I tried it at home

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« Reply #35 on: 08/02/2016 05:07 PM »
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Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today finalized an agreement with Finnish-based Iceye to conduct 21 launches for Iceye's commercial SAR (synthetic aperture radar) satellite constellation. The payload flights, Vector's first customer flights since it started operations in early 2016, will be conducted over a four-year span as part of a larger partnership with Iceye. 

The first test launch as part of this agreement was successfully completed July 30 in Mojave, which included hosting a prototype of Iceye's microsatellite's core computing and communications systems to test its electrical and mechanical resilience in a launch environment on Vector's P-20 sub-orbital launch vehicle.  Iceye and Vector continue to explore future elements of their partnership related to space flight hardware development and data resale agreements.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vector-space-systems-announces-21-launch-agreement-with-iceye-300307430.html?tc=eml_cleartime

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #36 on: 08/06/2016 11:16 AM »
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759065073289617408

First suborbital flight for Vector tomorrow testing 2nd stage engine on lox & propylene.
Background on this photo is consistent with FAR's big Quonset hut, so looks like that is indeed the launch site.

Just going by the size of that section, is this actually any bigger than sub-orb rockets launched by people like Copenhagen Suborbitals?

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #37 on: 08/07/2016 05:30 PM »
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759065073289617408

First suborbital flight for Vector tomorrow testing 2nd stage engine on lox & propylene.
Background on this photo is consistent with FAR's big Quonset hut, so looks like that is indeed the launch site.

Just going by the size of that section, is this actually any bigger than sub-orb rockets launched by people like Copenhagen Suborbitals?
Probably about the same as they launched before under "Garvey."
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #38 on: 08/07/2016 05:42 PM »
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/759065073289617408

First suborbital flight for Vector tomorrow testing 2nd stage engine on lox & propylene.
Background on this photo is consistent with FAR's big Quonset hut, so looks like that is indeed the launch site.

Just going by the size of that section, is this actually any bigger than sub-orb rockets launched by people like Copenhagen Suborbitals?
P-20 is a low altitude test rocket validating technologies and is not a stage that will fly on the Vector-1 (Vector Wolverine) rocket family.

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« Reply #39 on: 08/09/2016 02:00 PM »
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