On May 29th two SM-6 Dual II interceptors were launched from an unidentified US vessel to test the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System but failed to intercept a medium range ballistic missile target (probably an ICBM-T2 launched from Kwajalein).https://navalpost.com/us-fails-to-intercept-mid-range-ballistic-missile-target-with-sm-6/
Quote from: Fmedici on 05/31/2021 09:44 amOn May 29th two SM-6 Dual II interceptors were launched from an unidentified US vessel to test the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System but failed to intercept a medium range ballistic missile target (probably an ICBM-T2 launched from Kwajalein).https://navalpost.com/us-fails-to-intercept-mid-range-ballistic-missile-target-with-sm-6/This is FTM-31 E1."The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, conducted Flight Test Aegis Weapon System 31 Event 1 on May 29, 2021."As reported inhttps://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-19-387.pdfthe target for FTM-31 E1 is an MRBM T3c2."The first flight test with the MRBM T3c2 target is FTM-31, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019."
Black Brant IX carrying the CIBER-2 payload scheduled for launch tomorrow June 6th from White Sands. No time window released so far.https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2021/rocket-team-to-discern-if-our-star-count-should-go-way-up
BOLT Mission IntroductionThe objective of the BOLT (Boundary Layer Transition) project is to experimentally investigate the hypersonic boundary layer transition mechanisms from laminar to turbulent flow on a low-curvature concave surface with highly swept leading edges. This shall be achieved during a captive-carry flight experiment on a sounding rocket at speeds between Mach 5 to 7 in two experiment windows on upleg and downleg trajectory of the rocket. The vehicle configuration is therefore selected and adapted in a way to provide the necessary measurement conditions, especially also on the ascent flight path.
Successful new engine experiment JAXA launches sounding rocketThe Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) installed a new engine under development at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture on the 27th, which uses shock waves generated by the explosive reaction of a mixed gas of fuel and oxygen. , Launched sounding rocket "S-520" No. 31. According to JAXA, the experiment was successful with the aim of demonstrating engine performance in outer space.The launch was at 5:30 am on the same day. The rocket rushed through the almost cloudless sunrise sky with a dazzling light, and about 20 seconds later, it reached a high sky that was invisible to the naked eye. Applause came from the JAXA staff who witnessed.If a technology that uses shock waves as a propulsion force is put into practical use, it can be expected that energy efficiency will be improved by reducing the weight of the engine. JAXA is working on development as a core technology for exploring distant space.