50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

World Spaceplanes news

Spaceplanes related aviation news

Virgin Galactic to Hurl Rockets to Space from Boeing 747 Jet

Richard Branson is finding a new use for an old Virgin Atlantic jumbo jetliner: to fling rockets to orbit. Virgin Galactic, the commercial space company founded by the billionaire, plans to send small rockets inflight from the Boeing 747-400 nicknamed "Cosmic Girl" that it purchased from Branson's airline. Branson is among the entrepreneurs vying to shake up the US$6 billion co...

Vega light rocket makes sixth successful launch

The European Space Agency’s Vega light rocket has made its sixth successful launch, from Kourou, French Guiana with a payload to test high-precision measurement technologies scientists hope will pave the way for the detection of so-far undiscovered gravitational waves. The 1h 45min flight VV06 put the Airbus Defence & Space-built LISA Pathfinder into an elliptic Earth orbit, from whic...

Turkish Airlines Extends Sharm El-Sheikh Flight Ban Until January 1

Turkish Airlines has extended the suspension of its flights to and from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh until January 1, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. “Because of security issues over the airfield of Sharm El Sheikh our flights has been mutually canceled till 1st January 2016,” the statement reads. The company suspende...

Historic touchdown for Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle

Commercial spaceflight start-up Blue Origin has achieved a historic first by vertically landing and recovering the launcher stage of the New Shepard suborbital system after delivering a payload to space. The successful recovery mission comes seven months after the maiden flight of the rocket, which led to an unsuccessful recovery of the vertical launcher. Several attempts by Elon Musk’...

Russian Earth remote sensing satellite constellation will comprise 15 spacecraft by 2020

Russian Earth remote sensing satellite constellation will be expanded to 15 spacecraft by 2020; it will help strengthen the country’s position at the global market in the geo-information products and services segment. It was stated at the plenary session of the XIII All-Russian open conference “Contemporary issues in the area of Earth remote sensing”, which was held on November 2...

NASA orders first manned SpaceX flight to ISS

NASA has placed an order with private spaceflight company SpaceX for a manned mission to the International Space Station in 2017. The Dragon spacecraft can carry up to seven people in lower Earth orbit. "The authority to proceed with Dragon's first operational crew mission is a significant milestone in the Commercial Crew Program and a great source of pride for the entire SpaceX team,&...

Russia's ILS signs contract with Intelsat on five Proton-M launches until 2023

International Launch Services (ILS), a subsidiary of the Russian Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre, has signed a contract with the international satellite communications organisation Intelsat on five launches of the Proton-M carrier rockets until 2023 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Khrunichev Centre’s press service reported on Wednesday. "International Launch Servi...

ANALYSIS: British spaceplane engine concept gets cash boost

British newspaper readers last week could be excused for believing that humankind is poised on the cusp of a new Concorde era – indeed, an era of Concorde on steroids. As the Daily Mail put it with typically breathless excitement: “Could we soon fly London to Sydney in FOUR HOURS? BAE invests in 4,000mph hybrid rocket jet engine firm”. And, the Mail went on: “Flights fro...

Jet Aborts Takeoff When Car Makes Wrong Turn onto Runway

Federal officials say a plane carrying 78 people was forced to abort a takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport when a car made a wrong turn onto a runway. The Federal Aviation Administration says the incident shortly before noon Tuesday involved a Compass Airlines twin-engine jet bound for Kansas City. The Los Angeles Times reports an alarm sounded in the control tower when a...

Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo approaching maiden flight

Construction of Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo is progressing quickly but cautiously with technicians fitting the main oxidiser tank into the suborbital spaceplane in preparation for its maiden flight, which is expected “soon”. This second vehicle carries the hopes of Richard Branson’s space tourism venture after the disintegration of the first spacecraft almost o...

Spaceport Colorado submitting FAA license application this month

Spaceport Colorado intends to submit its application for a commercial spaceport license by the end of the month with the aim of securing approval in the second quarter of 2016, says air and spaceport director David Ruppel. If successful, Spaceport Colorado can begin offering horizontal launch services in what is becoming an increasingly crowded market, with 10 US sites already approved by the F...

Sergey Karutin was appointed General Designer of GLONASS navigation system

Sergey Karutin was appointed General Designer of GLONASS global navigation system, Non-commercial partnership GLONASS President Alexander Gurko told Interfax-AVN. “Sergey Karutin, employee of TsNIIMASH was appointed General Designer of GLONASS system,” A.Gurko said. It was reported earlier that an institution of General Designers of weapons and military equipment is being establi...