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image source: www.DARPA.mil

image source: http://www.DARPA.mil

DARPA has a concept program called ALASA(Airborne Launch Assist Space Access) that uses small jets to assist in launching small payloads into orbit.

“DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) seeks to propel 100-pound satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) within 24 hours of call-up, all for less than $1 million per launch. The current ALASA design envisions launching a low-cost, expendable launch vehicle from conventional aircraft. Serving as a reusable first stage, the plane would fly to high altitude and release the launch vehicle, which would carry the payload to the desired location. The program is moving ahead with rigorous testing of new technologies that one day could enable revolutionary satellite launch systems that provide more affordable, routine and reliable access to space.” – DARPA

Looks like Semroc kits will be available again.

News Release

January 31, 2015

“eRockets is proud to announce the acquisition of Semroc Astronautics Corporation.

eRockets will relocate Semroc to their facility in Dayton, Ohio, and resume full production of  Semroc flying model rocket kits.

Semroc was originally founded in the 1960’s by Carl McLawhorn to enhance the options for flying model rocket enthusiast.  The remaining family members decided it was going to be impossible to continue the company without Carl and ceased production.

eRockets was founded by Randy Boadway in 2009.  eRockets sells model rocket kits via the internet and ships to customers around the world.  eRockets boast the world’s largest selection of flying model rocket kits with over 700 kits in stock.  eRockets entered an agreement to take over Totally Tubular in 2010 and purchased A2Z Hobbies in 2013.

Randy Boadway will remain at the helm of eRockets and launch them into the next phase by enhancing the experiences of model rocketeers around the world by operating Semroc as a manufacturer.  Semroc will continue to produce some of the highest quality model rocket kit in the marketplace under the Semroc name.  eRockets will continue as an internet retailer while sharing resources like space, administration and shipping facilities with Semroc.

The plan is to have production restart sometime in February with flying model rocket kit re-releases beginning shortly after start up.  Boadway indicated that the first kits produced will be the popular kits where we can get parts through the pipeline quickly.  In its prime Semroc produced over 150 different kits.

We have a good team of people that will be an important part of producing parts and kitting the models at Semroc.   Every member of this new team has a lot of experience building and flying rockets.  Each has already been an inspirational help to the hobby and will provide great incite towards making the Semroc kits even better.

The facility in Dayton, Ohio will provide more space and efficiency that could be provided in North Carolina.  This will also allow for better buying and storage opportunities.

Our thanks goes out to Bruce McLawhorn, Sheryl McLawhorn and the late Carl McLawhorn for creating such an exceptional company and product of Semroc.

eRockets can be found at www.eRockets.biz

Semroc will soon be available again at www.semroc.com

Questions may be addressed to erockets@rocketmail.com

Posted by: Randy Boadway <erockets@rocketmail.com>”

Like WOW!

This is a great collection on spacecraft and planes technically and beautifully illustrated by Giuseppe De Chiara.

illustration by Giuseppe De Chiara

illustration by Giuseppe De Chiara

Link to Collection on Wikipedia

Link to Google+ page

Link to Source: https://vine.co/v/OjqeYWWpVWK


Gif made of images released by Elon Musk of F9 crashing on landing barge. GIF assembled by FredFS456 at Reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/2sm3q7/anglecorrected_gif_for_barge_crashlanding/)


Hopefully the video equipment on the barge survived and was working. Let’s hope video will be released…stay tuned.

UPDATE: Musk has added that “they didn’t get good video of the landing attempt” and  “Ship itself is fine. Some of the support equipment on the deck will need to be replaced.”

UPDATE 2: Musk tweeted about the Grid Fins – “worked extremely well from hypersonic velocity to subsonic, but ran out of hydraulic fluid right before landing.”

If you missed the great launch

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