Welcome to Rocket Report 4.46! This report will come to you early because I will be on vacation for a while – long enough until there is no news release next week. we will see. In terms of events I might miss, look to the FAA to finally decide on SpaceX’s Starship launch site in South Texas by next Monday.
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France chose two small companies to launch. As part of France’s 2030 Economic Development Plan, the European country is seeking to provide technical and financial support for the development of an emerging small launch industry. More than a dozen companies applied for a competitive bidding process, and last Friday, two companies were selected. According to the challengesHyPrSpace and Sirius Space Services won. Amazingly, the first HyPrSpace rocket will be named Baguette-one. They are instantly my favorite rocket company ever.
No half-baked plans … The value of the prizes was not disclosed, but in the call for projects, the government said it would provide €400,000 to €1.2 million in the start-up phase, and then €1.2 to €5 million for the development phase. The French government also said it would provide payloads for these companies’ first launches. In Europe, France lags behind Germany and Great Britain in developing a new commercial space launch industry.
Terran 1 missile arrives in Florida. Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis Tweet on Sunday The first stage of the company’s Terran 1 missile has arrived at its integration and launch facilities in Florida. The Relativity plans to conduct a Phase 1 test in Florida, which will take place over the next few months. After assembling the first and second stages, along with the missile’s nose cone, the teams at Launch Complex-16 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Base will complete appropriate checks to ensure that the cushion hardware properly accommodates the missile, Florida reports today.
Having fun in the sun …a launch is unlikely before fall, but Ellis said he’s confident Terran 1 will fly this year. Terran 1 is designed to transfer 1.25 tons into low Earth orbit for $12 million. To focus solely on getting to orbit, Relativity Space has not placed an operational payload on top of Terran 1. The company has also shown some deception in naming the mission, calling it “Good luck, have fun.” We hope they have luck and fun. (Provided by Ken Ben)
Vega-C إطلاق launch date set. The European Space Agency has set a July 7 target for the launch of the new Vega-C rocket. The launch is currently scheduled to take off from the European Spaceport in French Guiana, at 11:13 UTC, The space agency said. The 35-meter-long single-body solid rocket can lift 2.2 metric tons into a 700-kilometre polar orbit.
More bang for the buck …the Vega-C replaces the Vega, offering 50 percent more performance for a similar price tag of $37 million. For this first flight, Vega-C will carry its main payload from the LARES-2 satellite, a science mission for the Italian Space Agency. Six CubeSats built by European universities and research institutions will fly as secondary payloads. (Provided by Ken Ben)
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