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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2160 on: 10/26/2022 10:10 am »
Two suborbital launches from the DoD scheduled to take place between 26 and 30 October at Wallops:

https://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops/status/1584941216499699716

https://twitter.com/SpaceAtWallops/status/1585138354496376833

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2161 on: 10/27/2022 05:32 pm »
Two suborbital rockets launched from the Outer Hebrides (UK.)

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6990610620903489536/

They claim to have launched a couple of Kingfisher rockets, but I can't find info about them anywhere in their website

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2162 on: 10/27/2022 10:21 pm »
Two suborbital launches from the DoD scheduled to take place between 26 and 30 October at Wallops:

https://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops/status/1584941216499699716

First launch occurred on 26 October, 18:30 UTC:

https://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops/status/1585375932247904276

Looks like the second launch did take place today, though no tweet yet:

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/wallops/2022/nasa-wallops-supports-department-of-defense-rocket-launches

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NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility supported the launch of two suborbital sounding rockets Oct. 26 and 27, 2022, for the Navy Strategic Systems Programs and the Army Hypersonic Program Office.


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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2163 on: 10/28/2022 12:59 am »
This is a current Hazardous Operations warning from the NGA:
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232350Z OCT 22
NAVAREA XII 794/22(18,19).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 251730Z TO 260042Z OCT,
   ALTERNATE 1730Z TO 0042Z DAILY 26 THRU 28 OCT
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 34-37.00N 121-24.00W, 34-40.00N 122-13.00W,
      34-02.00N 122-58.00W, 32-12.00N 125-14.00W,
      31-34.00N 125-29.00W, 31-04.00N 124-45.00W,
      31-26.00N 124-07.00W, 34-02.00N 121-13.00W.
   B. 23-17.00N 135-50.00W, 21-37.00N 137-03.00W,
      19-58.00N 133-59.00W, 22-07.00N 132-44.00W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA XII 778/22.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 290142Z OCT 22.

I speculate that this is a test of Firefly Aerospace under its new SSC VICTUS NOX contract, a.k.a. the Tactically Responsive Space (TacRS-3) Launch Service Task Order under the Orbital Services Program 4 (OSP-4) Contract. It calls for launching a payload to orbit with very short notice, perhaps only 24 hr.

The NGA warning by itself indicates a launch will occur between 10:30am and 5:42pm PDT any day this week, from Oct 25-Oct 28. Now this was already a busy week, with a SpaceX/Starlink launch expected on Oct 27, and a ULA launch on Nov 1. How could there be a third Vandenberg launch within the same week? If my speculation is correct, the launch would be performed by Firefly from SLC-2. Unfortunately, I can't be there to watch for it.

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Submarines are known to be in the area because of patrols keeping visitors out of the trajectory corridor (per a recorded Navy intercept posted on IG et al). Trident-II  testing is expected this quarter. Cruise and other missiles can also be tested in these zones as well
« Last Edit: 10/28/2022 01:00 am by russianhalo117 »

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2164 on: 10/28/2022 07:04 pm »
Two suborbital rockets launched from the Outer Hebrides (UK.)

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6990610620903489536/

They claim to have launched a couple of Kingfisher rockets, but I can't find info about them anywhere in their website

T-minus Engineering is developing multiple small solid suborbital rockets. A website is marketing, TME has a client base when their rockets function well. So they don't need marketing, they need their rockets to become operational.
TME is in testing phase for the Small T-minus dart. It is a relacement for the Viper III and/or Super Loki dart. It launches from a  helixcoil launch rail.
I think Kingfisher is the TME Dart XL. If this is the case, it uses the same motor as the  Baracuda rocket.


https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Performance-comparison-of-the-various-TME-rocket-motors-all-parameters-are-at-sea-level_tbl1_361602785
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2165 on: 10/29/2022 04:12 am »
This image of the launch on 26 October was posted by WFF. This looks like a Terrier Improved Malemute (TIM).

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/wallops/2022/nasa-wallops-supports-department-of-defense-rocket-launches

« Last Edit: 10/29/2022 04:13 am by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2166 on: 10/29/2022 04:18 am »
These rockets were launched as part of the High Operational Tempo for Hypersonics (H4H) program.

https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/News-Stories/Article/3200870/department-of-defense-continues-to-advance-hypersonic-capabilities/
« Last Edit: 10/29/2022 04:23 am by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2167 on: 11/05/2022 07:17 am »
REXUS 27 mission to be launched from Esrange today at 09:07 UTC:


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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2168 on: 11/05/2022 11:38 pm »
REXUS 27 mission to be launched from Esrange today at 09:07 UTC:

Launch occurred as scheduled.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2169 on: 11/07/2022 03:14 am »
REXUS-28 HCD:

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2170 on: 11/08/2022 05:01 am »
Rexus 28 launched.

"The hot countdown for #REXUS 28 started this morning at 03:00🕒. It was close with the launcher settings⚙but in the end we had a good launch opportunity and REXUS 28 took off at 07:43."

https://twitter.com/REXUSBEXUS/status/1589653906295951362
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2171 on: 11/10/2022 07:21 am »
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2172 on: 11/17/2022 02:20 pm »
Livestream fot VIKRAM-S  launch of PRARAMBH mission:


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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2173 on: 11/18/2022 05:09 am »
Livestream fot VIKRAM-S  launch of PRARAMBH mission:


Vikram-S flight declared successful (payloads will be known after recovery). 89.5 km apogee and 121km range. India by a law defines space starting at 89.0km mean sea level.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2174 on: 11/18/2022 05:14 am »
Livestream fot VIKRAM-S  launch of PRARAMBH mission:


Vikram-S flight declared successful (payloads will be known after recovery). 89.5 km apogee and 121km range. India by a law defines space starting at 89.0km mean sea level.
Glad it made it to space, but it appeared that there was a major anomaly onboard. The motor section tore itself off of the rocket over the course of quite some seconds. Definitely not a clean sep if sep was even intended at all.
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2176 on: 11/18/2022 10:56 am »
VIKRAM-S launch:


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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2177 on: 11/19/2022 05:06 am »
Vikram-S flight declared successful (payloads will be known after recovery). 89.5 km apogee and 121km range. India by a law defines space starting at 89.0km mean sea level.

The planned peak altitude was 89.5 km, but the actual peak was 88.8 km. In the screen grab below, the first line is measured data and changes with time, while the second line is fixed and presumably is the expected performance.
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2178 on: 11/20/2022 05:08 pm »
Livestream for NASA ACES II Launch Campaign:

Day 1 (Scrubbed for science conditions):


Day 2 (Scrubbed for science conditions):


Day 3 (Scrubbed for science conditions):


Day 4 (Scrubbed for science conditions):


Day 5 (launch 1 occurred at 17:20:00 UTC and launch 2 at 17:21:40 UTC):

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2179 on: 11/21/2022 08:12 pm »
Next from Esrange: SubOrbital Express-3/MASER-15 mission on a VSB-30 rocket, first launch window opening on 23 November at 07:00 UTC

https://twitter.com/SSCspace/status/1594726945924993024

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