- Team Assigned to Investigate Launch Failures
- Electrical Problem May Have Caused IKONOS Failure
- Warp Drive Becomes Theoretically Possible
- Globalstar Launch Delayed Again
TEAM ASSIGNED TO INVESTIGATE LAUNCH FAILURES
An independent team of experts are investigating Boeing's recent
launch failures, seperate from the government investigations. The
team will review the Delta, Sea Launch, and Upper Intertial Stage,
and provide their report by the fall.
ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MAY HAVE CAUSED IKONOS FAILURE
It seems that aerospace companies do nothing but post-mortems these
days. Lockheed Martin believes that the IKONOS 1 rocket launched from
an Athena II rocket never reached orbit because of an electrical problem,
which stopped a protective cover from being ejected at the proper time.
With the additional load of the cover, the rocket didn't have enough
energy to reach orbit.
WARP DRIVE BECOMES THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE
It's been quite a controversy: is a warp drive possible? Physicists
have taken both sides of this argument, with one stating that it'll
take more energy than available in the Universe, and now, and new
paper by Chris Van Den Broeck which states that it might require
much less energy.
GLOBALSTAR LAUNCH DELAYED AGAIN
As predicted, terrible weather in Florida has delayed the latest launch
of Globalstar satellites on a Boeing Delta II rocket. The launch has
been postponed until Thursday, with two launch windows to improve
their chances of actually launching.