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Rocket Report: Blue nears flight, India to double up, Musk’s Starship love

  Cartoon rocket superimposed on the launch of real rockets.

Welcome to the 1.31 edition of the Rocket report! This week we have all kinds of spaceport news, ranging from the Azores to Hawaii. As we return with the first report of 2019, there is also a lot of news on the development of super-heavy envelopes.

As always, we welcome the readers' presentations, and if you do not want to miss a problem, please sign up using the box below (the form will not appear in the site's AMP-enabled versions). Each report will include information on small, medium and heavy rockets and a quick look at the next three launches on the calendar.

Alaska Aerospace looking at the Hawaii-based launch site. The company, which already operates the Pacific Space Space complex in the island of Kodiak in Alaska, wants to build its next site for launches closer to the equator, reports Hawaii Tribune -Herald . The proposed site is close to Hilo, on the Big Island, and would be used to launch small payloads of 50 to 100 kg.

Local opposition is expected … "Do not think about what you see at Cape Canaveral," said Mark Lester, president of the Alaska-based company. "This really is a couple of concrete blocks with very little permanent infrastructure." The report quotes several skeptical Hawaiian residents worried about noise and other impacts. (presented by Ken the Bin)

LandSpace opens a rocket production plant in China . It is said that the factory, located in the eastern province of Zhejiang, China, is the first private production of satellites for the launch of satellites, reports Spacewatch. "Having a production base is the first step in the large-scale commercial production of carrier rockets and engines, and it is expected to dramatically accelerate the research and development of our products," said Zhang Changwu, CEO of LandSpace.

Ready to scale … Reportedly, the company's Tianjin rocket engine and the Zhuque-2 fuel-firing vehicle will begin production at the plant in 2019. The ZQ-2 will be launched in 2020. The structure will be able to produce about 15 Zhuque-2 rockets and 200 engines starting from 2022, the company said. (presented by Ken the Bin).

Blue Origin aims to make people fly in the "first" 2019 . In a panel discussion this week at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech Forum, the head of the astronaut and sales strategy at Blue Origin said the company is eager to start flying people on New Shepard but that poses greater emphasis on planned security.

No ticket sales yet … "We aim to make people fly at the beginning of 2019, but we are very clear – we have already said this before – only when we are ready" Ariane Cornell he said, according to SpaceNews . "We're so focused right now to test New Shepard all the way." The company has not yet started selling tickets or has set a price for the suborbital flight.

Stratolaunch pushes the taxi test 136 miles at the time . The company's six-aircraft twin-engine aircraft raced at a speed of 136 miles per hour along the California Mojave Air and Space Port track today during its latest taxi test. This is almost the biggest take-off speed in the world, designed to act as a flying launch pad for orbital-class rockets, reports GeekWire.

May be the last ground test … Officials with the company said earlier that it is the maximum speed that could test the plane on the ground, which could be an indication that the behemoth will soon take flight. Certainly it is something we can not see now in the new year. (presented by Ken the Bin)

The Azores launch site was selected for five missile companies . A proposed launch site in the Azores, supported by Portugal, has reduced the number of companies it collaborates with from 14 to 5 to develop a small launcher that will serve as an anchor tenant. The companies are: AVIO, AZUL Consortium, Isar Aerospace Technologies GmbH, PLD Space and Rocket Factory Augsburg. Negotiations for the final contract could start by this spring.

Surrounded by water … The Azores are located in the Atlantic Ocean at a latitude between 35 and 40 degrees north. A committee that studies industry proposals is also engaged in negotiations with the Portuguese authorities, subsystem suppliers and finally the Ariane Group, which has expressed an interest in managing and managing the spaceport. (presented by claudiocsilva)

The mission of the commercial crew was delayed until February . SpaceX is about a month after the launch of its first commercial crew mission, the founder of the company, Elon Musk, tweeted at the beginning of January. This will be a demonstration flight, without humans on board. NASA has confirmed the delay until "February" on January 10

One month late … Officially, NASA was held on a launch date of January 17, but has become unsustainable because of the ongoing work to solve technical problems, two sources said, as well as the partial arrest of the government. More than 90 percent of space agency employees are currently in isolation during the arrest, which is affecting the agency's ability to make final approvals for launch. Some key government officials are continuing to work on the program without paying. (sent by george moromisato)

India has planned up to 14 launches in 2019 . The president of the Indian Space Research Organization has announced that the country has plans for up to 14 launches this year, including 17 satellites and a technology demonstration mission. ISRO leader, Kailasavadivoo Sivan, said that this would be a "challenging" goal for the country to be reached, reports The Times of India . India launched seven orbital rockets in 2018.

Other work well … Among other activities of launching this year, Sivan said that the work will continue on a launch vehicle dedicated to small satellites, as well as work to support an imminent human space flight mission (set for 2022), the first in the country. The main objective for the launches of this year seems to reflect the growing aspirations in the space of India. (sent by Fleisher)

Vostochny Cosmodrome opens for business . At the end of December, after years of delays, constructive disasters and corruption scandals, the Russian cosmodrome Vostochny saw the first successful commercial cargo flight aboard a Soyuz 2.1a rocket, SpaceNews . "We are flying!" The head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

A semi-commercial launch … The main load consisted of two Russian Earth observation satellites, Kanopus-V 5 and 6. However, a secondary payload of 26 small satellites they were sold by a new Roscosmos sales subsidiary, GK Launch Services. It is not clear when the next commercial launch entirely run by GK will take place in the new space port in the far east of Russia. The next two launches of the company are scheduled to fly out of Baikonur in 2020. (presented by Ken the Bin)

Despite the arrest, the work on the SLS continues . Based on a NASASpaceFlight.com report, work continues on the SLS rocket during the partial closure of the government. Several missile-related activities, including Pegasus barge operations and contractor work on the central stage of Michoud Assembly Facility, are exempt from shutdown.

Certainly this will not help … The government's arrest is terrible for NASA in many different ways, but it probably will not have too big a effect on the activities related to the development of its rocket . However, if the inaugural launch of the SLS were to slip in 2021, this will offer an excuse (both convenient and plausible) for why. (presented by Ken the Bin)

Because Elon Musk is tweeting so much on the starship . Since December 22nd, Musk has tweeted on the spaceship vehicle more than two dozen times. Starship is the superior level spacecraft that will be launched from the "Super Heavy" booster previously known as Big Falcon Rocket. A myriad of details on a trial version of Starship can be found in Musk's Twitter feed.

So why are you sharing so much? … In sharing all these nuggets on the spaceship, Musk is telling the world that it really is ( really ) crazy excited for the starship. This, after almost two decades of work to get to this point with SpaceX, is his Mars spacecraft, and he wants everyone to know it.

Roscosmos selects the concept of super-enhancer . The Russian space society has chosen the variant proposed by the Progress Rocket and Space Center, which is said to have six side-mounted boosters and a central core based on the RD-180 rocket engine, reports Space Daily. It will have a capacity of 103 tons with low earth orbit.

Will not be launched for a long time … This decision follows a decree by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the beginning of 2018 to create a "super-heavy rocket." Say we are skeptical This is a euphemism about this business.It is not clear where Roscosmos will get the funds for such an ambitious project, which is not expected to fly before 2028. (presented by Biceps)

The next three launches

Jan. 11 : Falcon 9 | Mission Iridium 8 | Vandenberg Air Force Base, California | 15:31 UTC

Jan. 17 : Epsilon | Rapis-1 Demonstration Satellite | Uchinoura Space Center, Japan | 00: 50 UTC

Jan. 21 : Long March 11 | Jilin-1 commercial remote sensing satellites | Jiuquan, China | TBD

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