Quote from: FutureSpaceTourist on 07/29/2023 10:06 amhttps://twitter.com/esa/status/1685228793286324224Doesn't look like the future to me .
Doesn't look like the future to me .
An update on ESA’s Space Rider program, which has now begun its validation and testing phase ahead of an expected launch in 2025. Space Rider's Program Manager spoke with NSF's Bella (@bellaa_richards) to update on the program’s status:
Teams from Telespazio, ALTEC, and Thales Alenia Space have successfully completed the first ground segment tests for the European Space Agency’s reusable Space Rider spacecraft.
Space Rider was initially scheduled to complete its maiden flight in 2023, however, several delays have pushed the date back. According to Galli, the new target date is now the third quarter of 2025.
The new version of the Space Rider user guide collects all the updates since the project passed its critical design review last year, the final step before moving to production.
The Space Rider manual provides an overview of the vehicle, its services and various mission scenarios. The manual gives users high-level knowledge and allows potential future users to plan for commercial mission opportunities. It is available to download, print and archive for anyone who wants to use the spacecraft in the future, or even if you just want to say you’ve read a spacecraft manual.The document ends with details on the vehicle and technical aspects for the payloads.