Rocket Report: Rogozin’s crazy promise, SpaceX tests Mars engine, SLS slips

Cartoon rocket superimposed over real rocket launch.

Enlarge / The might Delta
IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies. (credit: Aurich
Lawson/United Launch Alliance
)

Welcome to Edition 1.35 of the Rocket Report! The leader of
Russia’s space program, Dmitry Rogozin, has promised his president
that the country can double its launch total this year. And if you
believe that, well, we’ve got a trampoline to sell you that will
allow your astronauts to reach orbit.

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ABL scales up vehicle performance. ABL Space
Systems said that it will offer a more powerful variant of its RS1
rocket—up from 900 to 1,200kg to LEO—to find its niche in the
crowded smallsat-launcher market. A launch will cost $12 million.
Company executives
told SpaceNews
that the increase in performance comes after a
year and a half of work to refine the design of the vehicle and
better understand what it would take to produce the rocket.

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Rocket Report: Rogozin’s crazy promise, SpaceX tests Mars engine, SLS slips