Marc Boucher: October 2018 Archives

First Mate: Virgin Takes Step Forward with First Mating of LauncherOne Rocket and Cosmic Girl 747, Virgin Orbit

"Today at Long Beach Airport stands a 747 aircraft with a rocket under its wing. For the first time ever, Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket has been integrated with its carrier aircraft, marking a major milestone on the path to the innovative small satellite launch service's first space shot. The successful operation capped off a banner day of firsts on Wednesday for the company at its Long Beach, Calif. base."

Marc's note: As NASA has a contract with Virgin Orbit this is good news. There soon should be another option to launch small satellites.

First Moonwalker Neil Armstrong's Private Collection to be Sold at Heritage Auctions, Heritage Auctions

"The vast personal collection of Neil Armstrong, who as the first man to walk on the moon changed the course of human history, will be presented in a series of auctions beginning November 1-2, 2018 by Heritage Auctions. The Armstrong Family CollectionTM will offer never-before-seen artifacts from his momentous lunar landing to private mementos -- including pieces of a wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers flight that Armstrong took with him to the moon, a gold pin from Gemini VIII, Armstrong's first mission, and historic correspondence about the planning that went into the moon mission. The auctions will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission."

Bridenstine Reiterates December Launch to ISS on Track, and Other Space Council Tidbits Space Policy Online

Bridenstine: "'We have a really, really good idea of what the issue is' and there will be a 'number of Soyuz launches in the next month and a half' before a launch with a crew. He called it the 'most successful failed launch we could have imagined.'"

Marc's note: Are the Russians about to pull a rabbit out of their hat and make a human return to flight in December? Between now and then there will be two Soyuz launches, one cargo resupply to the space station and the other a satellite.

Successful Launch of the Soyuz-2 Launch Vehicle From the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, ROSCOSMOS

"On Thursday, October 25, at 0315 hours Moscow time, the State Space Test Center Plesetsk in the Arkhangelsk Region was successfully launched by the Soyuz-2.1b medium-class launch vehicle with a spacecraft in the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry."



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