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The X-37B will launch again on May 6th.The launch has been named AFSPC 5 for the Air Force Space Command flight No. 5.

Scheduled Liftoff: window between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT (1300-1700 GMT)

Location: Cape Canaveral

Launch Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket

image credit: G. De Chiara

image credit: G. De Chiara

Read more here

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New release of OpenRocket 15.03 . Tube Fin aficionados rejoice because it includes experimental support for tube fins.

Changes include:

Support for scripting in simulation extensions
Experimental support for tube fins
Custom default mach number
Improved preferences UI
Fin fillet masses (no aero effects though)
Custom icons for different mass types (altimeter, hardware, etc)
Mass in the tool tip on the component tree.
And numerous little bugs and annoyances fixed

Get OpenRocket at: http://openrocket.sourceforge.net/

A world record setting full scale V2 model launched at Thunda Downunder in Australia. It was a spectacular Low and Slow launch.

image source: World Record Rocket

image source: World Record Rocket

Height  – 14.04 metres. That’s over 46 feet high!

Mass at lift off – 280kg or 617 lbs.

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Video of Launch on Facebook

You can read more about this rocket at:
World Record Rocket

Nice!

photo credit: SpaceX

photo credit: SpaceX

Today’s test. Turn it up loud!

It’s nice to see a spacecraft in the “not in low earth orbit” context again. Great photo of second stage delivering the spacecraft to it’s parking orbit for a spectacular view of the whole earth.

image credit: SpaceX from  DSCOVR website

image credit: SpaceX from DSCOVR website

Soft Landing at sea.

Elon Musk tweeted:
“Rocket soft landed in the ocean within 10m of target & nicely vertical! High probability of good droneship landing in non-stormy weather.”

photo credit: SpaceX

photo credit: SpaceX

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