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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1800 on: 10/12/2018 07:59 pm »
Something from Kodiak:

!CARF 10/073 (KZAK A3966/18) ZAK AIRSPACE DCC PSCA MISSION P124 BACKUP STNR ALT RESERVATION WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 5045N15605W TO 5033N15500W TO 5730N15142W TO 5739N15245W TO 5045N15605W TO POINT OF ORIGIN SFC-UNL 1810132000-1810132359

!CARF 10/081 (KZAK A3976/18) ZAK AIRSPACE DCC PSCA MISSION P124 BACKUP STNR ALT RESERVATION WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 5045N15605W TO 5033N15500W TO 5730N15142W TO 5739N15245W TO 5045N15605W TO POINT OF ORIGIN SFC-UNL 1810142000-1810142359

!CARF 10/084 (KZAK A3992/18) ZAK AIRSPACE DCC PSCA MISSION P124 BACKUP STNR ALT RESERVATION WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 5045N15605W TO 5033N15500W TO 5730N15142W TO 5739N15245W TO 5045N15605W TO POINT OF ORIGIN SFC-UNL 1810152000-1810152359
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1801 on: 10/12/2018 08:46 pm »
Something from Kodiak:

!CARF 10/073 (KZAK A3966/18) ZAK AIRSPACE DCC PSCA MISSION P124 BACKUP STNR ALT RESERVATION WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 5045N15605W TO 5033N15500W TO 5730N15142W TO 5739N15245W TO 5045N15605W TO POINT OF ORIGIN SFC-UNL 1810132000-1810132359

!CARF 10/081 (KZAK A3976/18) ZAK AIRSPACE DCC PSCA MISSION P124 BACKUP STNR ALT RESERVATION WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 5045N15605W TO 5033N15500W TO 5730N15142W TO 5739N15245W TO 5045N15605W TO POINT OF ORIGIN SFC-UNL 1810142000-1810142359

!CARF 10/084 (KZAK A3992/18) ZAK AIRSPACE DCC PSCA MISSION P124 BACKUP STNR ALT RESERVATION WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 5045N15605W TO 5033N15500W TO 5730N15142W TO 5739N15245W TO 5045N15605W TO POINT OF ORIGIN SFC-UNL 1810152000-1810152359
P124 has connection to ASTRA in FAA documentation.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1802 on: 10/13/2018 06:06 am »
http://russianforces.org/blog/2018/10/annual_exercise_of_the_strateg.shtml
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On October 11, 2018 the Russian strategic forces conducted an annual exercise that involved launches of SLBMs and launches of weapons carried by long-range bombers.

The SLBM launches were conducted from one of the Project 667BDRM submarines of the Northern Fleet from the Barents Sea to the Kura test range and one of the submarines of the Pacific Fleet, probably Project 667BDR class Ryazan, from the Sea of Okhotsk to the Chizha test range. It appears that in both cases it was a salvo launch, but there is no official information about the number of missiles that were involved.

Update: apparently, no (successful) launch took place.
See: http://russianforces.org/blog/2018/10/what_happened_to_the_icbm_part.shtml

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1803 on: 10/17/2018 07:02 am »
Woomera airspace has been closed since 1 October and will remain so until 10 November. Can anyone help find out if there are any public sources of any launches that have have or will take place? Amber Zone 2 (corridor) airspace is closed, which indicates a sounding rocket launch could be planned.

http://www.defence.gov.au/woomera/exclusionperiods.htm
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1804 on: 10/26/2018 11:42 pm »
Finally found the launch date for HIFiRE 4 from Woomera last year. It was 30 June. Thanks Boeing!

http://www.boeing.com/features/2017/08/hifire-08-17.page

"The June 30 test of the HIFiRE 4 vehicle in Woomera, South Australia, was conducted by Boeing and the Defence Science Technology Group, and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, along with partners University of Queensland and BAE Systems, as part of the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation program. The successful flight test exceeded expectations in flight control performance, program officials said."
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1805 on: 11/16/2018 04:29 am »
Woomera airspace has been closed since 1 October and will remain so until 10 November. Can anyone help find out if there are any public sources of any launches that have have or will take place? Amber Zone 2 (corridor) airspace is closed, which indicates a sounding rocket launch could be planned.

Hi Steven,

Whatever they're planning it's got to be military, right? From how I understand it the Abbott Government closed Woomera to any sounding rocket launches. To fly from Woomera these days you've got to be military. NASA's SRPO can't even get access to launch there anymore iirc.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1806 on: 11/16/2018 06:31 am »
Woomera airspace has been closed since 1 October and will remain so until 10 November. Can anyone help find out if there are any public sources of any launches that have have or will take place? Amber Zone 2 (corridor) airspace is closed, which indicates a sounding rocket launch could be planned.

Hi Steven,

Whatever they're planning it's got to be military, right? From how I understand it the Abbott Government closed Woomera to any sounding rocket launches. To fly from Woomera these days you've got to be military. NASA's SRPO can't even get access to launch there anymore iirc.

Could be another flight campaign for the Taranis UAV.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-taranis-developers-reveal-test-flight-spec-425347/

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1807 on: 11/17/2018 01:16 am »
Whatever they're planning it's got to be military, right? From how I understand it the Abbott Government closed Woomera to any sounding rocket launches. To fly from Woomera these days you've got to be military. NASA's SRPO can't even get access to launch there anymore iirc.

Yes, since the RAAF took over Woomera from the previous organisation they've unfortunately treated Woomera as their little sandbox that no-one else can play in. They'll keep doing that until someone high up in the government tells them otherwise.

I've heard rumours from multiple sources that a launch did indeed take place in October with a hypersonics payload.
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1808 on: 11/19/2018 12:25 pm »

I've heard rumours from multiple sources that a launch did indeed take place in October with a hypersonics payload.

I heard it too .
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1809 on: 11/21/2018 05:05 am »
Black Sky Aerospace (who I never heard of before today) are launching a suborbital rocket today (21 November) from Roger Mulckey's FunnyFarm in Queensland.

https://www.facebook.com/bsaerospace/posts/919511008251092
http://funnyfarmaustralia.com/

Here's their website, which shows a high power rocket launch on 27 May 2017.

https://bsaero.space/

Their web page says they have a range of sounding rockets up to 300 km. Photos below are from a previous launch.
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1810 on: 11/22/2018 04:35 am »
Here's a press release on yesterday's Black Sky launch. Altitude was only 5.18 km, so this was more high powered rocketry, but its a good first step. The launch is being promoted as Australia's first commercial launch, since it carried payloads for three different customers.

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2018/11/21/queensland-shoots-and-scores-with-successful-rocket-test-launch

"Queensland has taken a giant leap in establishing itself as a key Australian launching state after leading aerospace company Black Sky Aerospace successfully tested their Sighter190 rocket today in Westmar, five hours west of Brisbane"

"The four-metre long rocket blasted to an altitude of around 17,000 feet and reached 1.2 times the speed of sound at top speed.

Mr Dick said the rocket was carrying a sensor suite from Hypersonix, another leading Queensland aerospace venture which has grown out of the world-leading scramjet work being undertaken at The University of Queensland."

"Sensor packages from the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research and DEKUNU Technologies were also on board Black Sky Aerospace’s rocket.

“Today’s launch is about testing the g-force load on these sensors and whether these sensors can withstand the impact and pressures of a rocket launch,” Mr Dick said."
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1812 on: 12/08/2018 12:13 am »
The NASA Black Brant 10 rockets VISIONS-2 nos. 1 and 2 launched from Svalbard on Dec 7.

https://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/2018/12/07/sounding-rockets-nasa-norway/2239584002/
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1813 on: 12/08/2018 02:10 am »
NASA press release.

https://www.nasa.gov/2018/Wallops/feature/visions-2-provides-a-look-at-earth-s-escaping-atmosphere

Dec. 8, 2018
VISIONS-2 Provides a Look at Earth’s Escaping Atmosphere

Two NASA sounding rockets were successfully launched Dec. 7 from Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, in Norway providing scientist a look at the process of Earth’s atmosphere escaping into space.

The Visualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral Atom Sensing-2 or VISIONS-2 rockets were launched at 6:06 and 6:08 a.m. EST from the launch site operated by Norway’s Andoya Space Center.

Preliminary information shows that the flights of the two Black Brant X rockets were successful and good data was received.

VISIONS-2 is looking at atmospheric escape, the process whereby Earth is slowly leaking its atmosphere into space. Understanding atmospheric escape on Earth has applications all over the Universe — from predicting which far off planets might be habitable, to piecing together how Mars became the desolate, exposed landscape it is today.

VISIONS-2 flew two rockets into the northern polar cusp, where it used an imaging technique to map oxygen outflow from the aurora. Using this technique, VISIONS-2 takes a different approach from many other missions, which attempt to combine data from many outflow events. Instead, VISIONS-2 hopes to acquire a great deal of data about a single oxygen outflow event. Not all outflow events are the same, but understanding one in great detail would provide significant scientific value.

VISIONS-2 was the first of nine sounding rocket missions launching over the next 14 months as part of the Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI) — Cusp. Drawing researchers from the United States, Canada, Norway, the UK and Japan, the Grand Challenge is an international collaboration to explore the northern polar cusp, hopefully cracking the code of this unusual portal between Earth and space.

The next GCI mission, the Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics-2 or TRICE-2, is on the launch pad at the Andoya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. The launch window for the mission and its two Black Brant XII rockets runs through Dec. 19.

VISIONS-2 is supported through NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. NASA’s Heliophysics Division manages the sounding rocket program.
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1815 on: 12/09/2018 01:10 am »
NASA press release.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/Wallops/2018/nasa-sounding-rockets-carry-trice-2-over-norwegian-sea


Dec. 9, 2018
NASA Sounding Rockets Carry TRICE-2 over Norwegian Sea

Two NASA sounding rockets successfully flew over the Norwegian Sea early in the morning December 8 carrying an experiment to study the electrodynamics of the polar cusp.

The Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics or TRICE-2 were launched at 3:26 and 3:28 a.m. EST from the Andoya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. The first rocket flew to an altitude 646 miles and the second flew to 469 miles.

Preliminary data show that the two four-stage Black Brant XII rockets performed nominally and good science data was received from both flights.

TRICE-2, from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, is exploring magnetic reconnection, the explosive process that allows charged particles from space to stream into Earth’s atmosphere. The results promise to shed light on the fundamental process of magnetic reconnection and, in the long run, help us better predict how and when Earth’s magnetic shield can suddenly become porous and let outside particles in.

TRICE-2 was the second of nine sounding rocket missions launching over the next 14 months as part of the Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI) — Cusp. Drawing researchers from the United States, Canada, Norway, the UK and Japan, the Grand Challenge is an international collaboration to explore the northern polar cusp, hopefully cracking the code of this unusual portal between Earth and space.

The next two missions in the GCI will be the Cusp Alfvén and Plasma Electrodynamics Rocket, or CAPER-2, mission from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, between Jan. 1 – 14, 2019 and G-Chaser between Jan. 10 – 14, 2019.  G-Chaser is an educational mission carrying experiments developed by university students from the United States, Norway and Japan. Both missions will be conducted from the Andoya Space Center.
TRICE-2 is supported through NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. NASA’s Heliophysics Division manages the sounding rocket program.

Keith Koehler
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1816 on: 12/11/2018 11:37 am »
Videos of the launches of the Visions-2 and TRICE-2 sounding rockets.

VISIONS:


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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1817 on: 12/11/2018 04:13 pm »
Brazil launches the suborbital mission VS-30/V14 on the 'Mutiti Operation' from the Alcantara Space Center on December 9.

More at http://www.orbita.zenite.nu/brasil-realiza-missao-sub-orbital/ (in Portuguese)
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1818 on: 12/12/2018 09:29 pm »
Looks like an Topol-E exploded over Kapustin Yar on December 10th.

http://russianforces.org/blog/2018/12/looks_like_a_topol-e_failure_i.shtml


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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1819 on: 12/13/2018 03:42 am »
Rocket Prototype Makes Long Range Flight


White Sands Missile Range
Published on Dec 12, 2018

An experimental version of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System made a long-range flight Sept. 13.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QnrziJVads?t=001

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