Rocket Report: Russia’s nuclear rocket, airspace wars, BFR changes explained

Rocket Report: Russia’s nuclear rocket, airspace wars, BFR changes explained

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Welcome to Edition 1.27 of the Rocket Report! After a week off
for Thanksgiving break, we’re chock full of news about rockets and
engines from around the world—some of which seem fanciful, and
some of which are real developments.

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Virgin flies its rocket for the first time. No,
it wasn’t a powered flight, but Virgin Orbit did perform a
“captive-carry” test flight on November 18 in Victorville, located
to the northeast of Los Angeles. The company strapped its 21-meter
LauncherOne rocket to a modified 747 aircraft and took to the
skies. “The vehicles flew like a dream today,” Virgin Orbit Chief
Pilot Kelly Latimer
said
. “Everyone on the flight crew and all of our colleagues on
the ground were extremely happy with the data we saw from the
instruments on-board the aircraft, in the pylon, and on the rocket
itself. From my perspective in the cockpit, the vehicles handled
incredibly well, and perfectly matched what we’ve trained for in
the simulators.”

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Rocket Report: Russia’s nuclear rocket, airspace wars, BFR changes explained