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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #160 on: 04/09/2017 03:08 AM »
I guess they are flight testing the aerodynamics of the Vector-R with this launch.

Some of us think it's really more about PR than about testing aerodynamics.
Or worse:  incapable of testing with full scale propulsion and simple "boiler plate" tanks.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #161 on: 04/20/2017 06:27 AM »
Vector close $4.5M funding bridging round:

http://www.bizjournals.com.ln.is/7k1id

Article says 'next' test flight is May.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #162 on: 04/20/2017 08:20 AM »
Vector close $4.5M funding bridging round:

http://www.bizjournals.com.ln.is/7k1id

Article says 'next' test flight is May.

Well, that's pretty good confirmation that the show they put on recently was never really about testing anything.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #163 on: 04/20/2017 06:59 PM »
Money is one of the best propellants around. Godspeed.
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #164 on: 04/22/2017 08:27 PM »
« Last Edit: 04/22/2017 08:28 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #165 on: 04/25/2017 06:37 AM »
Am I the only one who thinks it is a bit weird that @jamesncantrell tweets Vector updates and hashtags the tweets with #SpaceX? See https://twitter.com/jamesncantrell/status/849781206149341184

Hopefully we'll see a launch today.
Prescient tweet, predicting the fact that they were going to miss their launch date (a common complaint against #SpaceX)?   ;D 

Yeah.  That's weird.  Funny, but weird.
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #166 on: 04/27/2017 05:39 AM »
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T-minus 7 days..this is our first mission patch :) Plan is 100+ launches/yr & a patch each. Audience participation on future patch ideas?

https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/857405592855379968

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #167 on: 04/27/2017 06:30 AM »
Well, for a patch idea, this is what I think of when I hear "Vector" and "rocket" in the same sentence:



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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #168 on: 05/01/2017 07:08 PM »
PROPOSAL NUMBER:    171 Z9.01-9204
SUBTOPIC TITLE:    Small Launch Vehicle Technologies and Demonstrations
PROPOSAL TITLE:    Flight Demonstration of a Micropump-based Stage Pressurization System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vector Launch Inc.
824 E. 16th Street
Tucson, AZ 85719 - 6603
(520) 207-9734

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Christopher Bostwick
chris.bostwick@vector-launch.com
10539 Humbolt St.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720 - 5401
(661) 547-9779

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Carole Leon
carole.leon@vector-launch.com
824 E. 16th Street
Tucson, AZ 85719 - 6603
(888) 346-7778 Extension :27

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Small Launch Vehicle Technologies and Demonstrations is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Vector Launch, Inc. proposes to apply recent advances in micropump and additive manufacturing technologies to develop and demonstrate a micropump-based autogenous pressurization system for its commercial Vector-R first stage and mature the technology with multiple static-fire-tests leading to a demonstration flight test (TRL 6). The Vector-R is a 2-stage pressure-fed, LOX/subcooled propylene commercial small launch vehicle, designed to place up to 60 kg in low earth orbit. In the proposed concept, electrically-driven micropumps drive a small portion of each propellant over a heat exchanger at the engine to pressurize the tanks. Excess flow can be diverted to the engine as needed.

This approach reduces system mass, complexity and acquisition cost as well as operational costs. It eliminates the need for all high-pressure tanks and associated components. It can be used on any pressure-fed stage, for launch vehicle and in-space application when using high vapor pressure propellants such as LOX/methane or LOX/propane. As such, it is an enabler for missions targeted to use in-situ propellants since the need for a separate pressurant like helium is either greatly reduced or eliminated.

By leveraging Vector's ongoing Vector-R micro-launcher development, it is possible to reach TRL 6 with demonstration flight testing during Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The technology offers the means of drastically reducing the mass, complexity and cost of pressure-fed propulsion stages employing high vapor pressure propellants like LOX, methane, propylene and propane. The reductions in costs apply to both acquisition and operational costs of propulsive stages since the proposed system is simpler and lighter.

Applications include small launch vehicle stages where turbo-pumps are inefficient and cost-prohibitive. For Vector, the immediate application of the technology which could benefit NASA is the Vector-R launch vehicle. This vehicle is designed to provide dedicated launch services to nanosats up to 60 kg, with planned operations starting in 2018. Candidate small spacecraft which could benefit from dedicated launch services or reduced launch costs provided by the technology include numerous CubeSats and nanosats in development at NASA or funded by NASA, such as NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative and Educational Launch of Nanosatellites.

Other longer term potential applications include future missions to Mars and other bodies which use pressure-fed systems, whether directly or in conjunction with pump-fed engines. For Mars ascent, this technology is particularly attractive when using in-situ propellants since it eliminates the need for a pressurant like helium. The application of this technology for Mars missions is likely to be years away.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
With the Vector-R micro-launcher, Vector is positioning itself to provide responsive, dedicated launch to the micro- and nanosat market expected to burgeon in the next few years. Candidate small spacecraft which could benefit from dedicated services or reduced launch costs provided by the technology include commercial entities operating constellations, such Planets (formerly known as Planet Labs) and Google's Terra Bella (formerly known as Skybox Imaging), as well as numerous other CubeSats and nanosats development efforts funded NSF, the Air Force, ORS and SMDC. Aggregators such as Spaceflight Industries would also benefit of the availability of dedicated, responsive launch for their numerous customers, particularly those targeting specific orbits or mission timelines.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Conversion
Fuels/Propellants
Heat Exchange
Launch Engine/Booster
Spacecraft Main Engine

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #169 on: 05/01/2017 11:03 PM »
Wonder where they'd put a heat exchanger in their ablative composite engine.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #170 on: 05/02/2017 05:46 AM »
Approximate time for tomorrow's launch (I assume local time?):

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Tminus soon... (wed ~10am)...

https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/859273833324331008

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #171 on: 05/02/2017 08:10 PM »
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Vector and Citrix to Bring Virtualization Software Technology to Micro Satellites
Vector and Citrix will work together to enable Vector GalacticSky virtualization platform for space entrepreneurs, innovators

TUCSON, Ariz., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vector, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Sea Launch and VMware, today announced that it will join forces with Citrix to bring advanced datacenter and cloud virtualization technology into space for the first time through the development of a software defined satellite platform with Vector's GalacticSky solution.  Citrix and Vector will work together to enhance Citrix XenServer for space use and validate Vector's GalacticOS, a purpose built satellite app operating system that enables entrepreneurs to easily develop space based applications.

"The commercial space industry is booming and with so many new opportunities and capabilities available to entrepreneurs, our GalacticSky solution is well positioned to help innovators achieve their dreams of reaching the Final Frontier," said Shaun Coleman, General Manager & Senior VP, GalacticSky of Vector. "Integrating payload software into a completely virtualized satellites alongside Citrix, allows us to cut down mission implementation from years to days, and furthers Vector's vision of lowering the barriers of space access."

The GalacticSky software defined satellite solution from Vector will enable space application developers to build, test and simulate their applications without the need to build or launch a satellite. Using on orbit resources that can be dynamically configured, space entrepreneurs can test out ideas in near real-time without the cost or time required to launch a satellite. Utilizing Citrix XenServer, a comprehensive cloud proven server virtualization platform, GalacticSky will reduce the burden of developing and launching space hardware by removing this component altogether, revolutionizing the way innovators and entrepreneurs develop solutions for space.

"At Citrix, we believe in transformation through innovation, and through this collaboration with Vector we see our technology paving the way for future entrepreneurs in space for years to come. This is an example of how Citrix continues to help developers embrace the future of work, and reimagine how work gets done," said Calvin Hsu, vice president, product marketing, Citrix.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vector-and-citrix-to-bring-virtualization-software-technology-to-micro-satellites-300448497.html

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #172 on: 05/03/2017 04:15 PM »
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VECTOR‏ @vectorspacesys 5m5 minutes ago

Tminus 1hr

https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/859802016243007489

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #173 on: 05/03/2017 05:01 PM »
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Launch control ready to go... tminus ~45mins

https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/859813478390837250

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #174 on: 05/03/2017 05:27 PM »
About 13 mins ago:

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LOX loading... tminus ~20-30min

https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/859818403682426880

Another tweet confirms no livestream for this launch.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #175 on: 05/03/2017 05:29 PM »

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #176 on: 05/03/2017 05:36 PM »
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T minus 15 minutes for @vectorspacesys Vector-R block 0.1 launch.  Stay tuned

https://twitter.com/jamesncantrell/status/859823681924550656
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #177 on: 05/03/2017 05:42 PM »
So this appears to be a 1 engine version of the Vector R with a boiler plate upper stage?

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #178 on: 05/03/2017 05:43 PM »

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #179 on: 05/03/2017 05:48 PM »
So this appears to be a 1 engine version of the Vector R with a boiler plate upper stage?

Yes.  It's not really very representative of their actual launch vehicle design.  They seem to be in a hurry to fly something -- anything.

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