The debut of Russia’s new light-class Angara rocket has been delayed for several weeks as engineers investigate a defect in the drainage valve of a liquid oxygen tank discovered during pre-launch checks.
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture of France’s Thales Group and Italy’s Finmeccanica, says initially a team of about 20 engineers will develop new avionics products and technologies for satellites and launch vehicles at the facility, which is located east of Brussels.
After a nearly one-year delay, the European Space Agency (ESA) has approved the system design of a service module being developed by Airbus Defense and Space to fly on NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) in 2017, the company announced May 19.
ESA’s approval green-lights hardware development of a structural model that will be used for static tests expected to start “in the next few months,” followed by dynamic tests simulating launch loads that will be conducted within the coming year.
The aerospace and defense groups of Orbital Sciences Corp. and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) will be combined in a stock transaction valued at $5 billion, the companies announced April 29.
The merger will form a space, defense and aviation systems development and manufacturing company of 13,000 workers that the companies said is worth about $4.5 billion.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of this year.
SpaceX Dragon expected to rendezvous with the International Space Station early Tuesday. Capture of the re-supply vehicle with the station's Canadian robot arm is scheduled for shortly after 7 a.m., EDT....More