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Aerojet tiny satellite launcher fails the initial flight


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Nov 4 An experimental
rocket built by Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc failed
its entrance flight, a reversal for a U.S. troops beginning to
develop a low-cost, on-demand tiny satellite launcher,
officials pronounced on Wednesday.

The 67-foot-tall (21 meter) Super Strypi rocket shot off
from a Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii during 5:45 p.m.
local time on Tuesday (0345 GMT Wednesday). The fin-guided
rocket, that launches off a steerable rail, unsuccessful reduction than a
minute after liftoff, a Air Force said.

The goal was partial of a broader U.S. troops initiative
to rise low-cost, quick-turnaround launch services for small
satellites.

The three-stage, solid-fuel Super Strypi was grown in
partnership by a U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National
Laboratory in New Mexico, a University of Hawaii and Aerojet.

It was designed to launch payloads weighing as most as 660
pounds (300 kg) into orbits as high as 295 miles (475 km) above
Earth. The Air Force hoped prolongation costs would be reduction than
$15 million per vehicle.

A U.S. Government Accountability Office news expelled last
week found that nothing of a military’s programs to demonstrate
launch-on-need services is prepared to pierce from growth and
testing into production.

Several blurb companies also are operative on low-cost
small launchers, with an eye toward drifting and replenishing
planned networks of remote sensing, communications and weather
forecasting satellites underneath growth by Planet Labs, OneWeb,
SpaceX, BlackSky Global, UrtheCast, Spire, Google’s Skybox
Imaging and other firms.

Companies operative on tiny satellite launchers include
Virgin Group’s Virgin Galactic, Firefly Space Systems, Rocket
Labs, a Paul Allen-backed Stratolaunch Systems and Spain’s
zero2infinity.

The accident, that will be rigourously investigated, destroyed
a 122-pound (55 kg) Earth regard investigate satellite built
by a University of Hawaii and 12 shoebox-sized experimental
satellites famous as CubeSats that were corroborated by NASA and
several universities.

(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Joseph White and Leslie
Adler)

Article source: http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/11/04/space-military-launch-idINL1N12Z30120151104

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