COUNTDOWN TO HISTORIC LAUNCH OF ASGARDIA’S SATELLITE 1 - cubesat - is going through last checks. ELSEWHERE THE space race heats up! ASHURBEYLI, MUSK, BRANSON & BEZOS - 4 NAMES TO REMEMBER -
The Asgardia-1 satellite, is set to blast into space this month.
Carrying a hard disk containing the space nation’s Constitution, flag, coat-of-arms and data from the first citizens of Asgardia.
Enjoy pre-launch pictures of the Asgardia-1 satellite final assembly and checking process prior to its integration into the Cygnus cargo vehicle at the link below in the ‘’reference’’ section.
Four names repeatedly mentioned, in the media, over the past few weeks are: Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and newcomer Jeff Bezos.
‘’ SpaceX is to get an additional financial boost to help develop its Raptor rocket engine, as the U.S. Air Force has awarded a further $40.8 million to the company under its Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.’’
‘’The Raptor prototype is powered by densified liquid methane and liquid oxygen, and it will have over three times the thrust of the Merlin 1D engine that powers the current Falcon 9. It is also earmarked to power the spaceship that Elon Musk is developing to send people to Mars. Work on the prototype is expected to be completed by 30 April 2018.’’
‘’Meanwhile, Blue Origins enormous BE-4 engine achieved a breakthrough recently when it was fired at half of its power for three seconds, as part of a hot-fire test conducted by the company last week.’’
‘’The BE-4 was unveiled by Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, earlier this year and at present his aerospace company is largely self-funded. The engine test has been seen by many in the industry that Blue Origin is one step closer to making space tourism a reality and that the BE-4 will be ready to fly the first space tourists into sub-orbital space by April 2019.’’
‘’However, it is not just space tourism that Bezos has an interest in. Like Musk, Bezos has already successfully landed a reusable rocket and this key engine test could be a sign that Bezos is ready to compete with Musk in securing both governmental and commercial launches. Indeed, there have been reports that United Launch Alliance is considering the BE-4 engine to power its new Vulcan rocket.’’
‘’ Richard Branson has claimed he will be able to go into sp ace within the next six months. The billionaire entrepreneur said he expects to make his first voyage with his Virgin Galactic space programme. He added that the company is still on target to send tourists into space by the end of next year.’’
Asgardia Space Nation has different goals to the other space racers. Hoping to see what the results of this race are going to be, come the end of 2018.
Excited about all those images and information entering low orbit soon!
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by Kerry Hebden
4. Picture - copyright - SHARM.T.P. - MARS TROJAN - ELON - THE SHROUD (5517)DIGITAL REWORK - ON ASGARDIA SATELLITE - 1 - GOING TO SPACE SOON.