You like this Delta II Heavy model?Good, because you can have one just like it on your table. Go here. Download the AR target and print it out. Download the Android or iOS app and run it. Navigate Select Spacecraft > Launch > Delta II Heavy, point your phone at the target, and there you…
Good news for scale modelers: ISRO launched a rocket with fins at the back! Bad news: Fins forward too. They’re the wings and tail of their reusable launch vehicle test article.
SpaceX has some new photos of their Falcon 9 landing; this is my favorite but you can browse the others from there too. Wallpaper!
Why do I have this vision of an 808 keychain camera taped to the side of the Dragon? Probably not, huh. It does remind me of a lot of amateur rocketry videos, though. Except for the part about landing in the ocean.
Pad abort test of the Crew Dragon Crew Dragon test… pulled, not pushed, off the pad by its own builtin SuperDraco thrusters. Edit: Or was it pushed? I suppose that depends where the center of mass was. Behind the SuperDraco nozzles, I suspect, but I don’t know for sure.
First development flight of New Shepard launch vehicle and spacecraft.
Thanks to The Rocketry Blog for the link to this video from today’s QM-1 static test: Peak thrust is 3.6 million pounds. I think average thrust would be about 2.9 million pounds, or 13 MN (meganewtons). Two minutes firing time gives a total impulse of about 1.6 GN-s (giganewton-seconds). Coincidentally, Rocketry Victoria has been getting headlines about…
ISRO has redesigned its web site http://www.isro.gov.in. It looks great, and in particular there’s a nice page about the LVM3 launch vehicle they tested with the CARE module last week: http://www.isro.gov.in/launchers/lvm3. Looks like an excellent reference with numbers and a detailed picture if anyone is thinking of doing a scale model.
XKCD gives us a great infographic (large version) on spacecraft masses and launch vehicle capacities, measured in horses.