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Watch how DARPA plans to launch small rockets from jets

Posted in Science on 8th Feb, 2015 10:21 PM by AlexMuller

Small satellites are usually launched to space as secondary payloads aboard big rockets, but DARPA's Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program could change that. Folks under that project have been working on small rockets that can carry 100-pound satellites into orbit since 2011.


As you'll see in the video below those rockets have to be light, because they're designed to be carried by unmodified jets into the air, before they're released to make their way into space. Since the planes will serve as the "first stage," (hence, reusable) the government/military/companies with access to the technology will be able save money.

In fact, each launch will only cost $1 million (a SpaceX launch costs around $55 million, but that's already cheap for a big rocket), and rockets can be deployed within 24 hours of being commissioned. But enough about the project's details: you should seriously watch the video below to see how a jet-small rocket combo can take a satellite to space.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-02-09
With so many options being tested to reduce the cost of space explorations something is going to work! We have to wait and see what exactly this success is going to look like Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-29
they have no information on the mteers. Then the supervisor calls like 2 days later and says there is not opt out and to check the manufacture for information. He just says it is safe and does not have radiation.But I see a lot of different stories online. I also found that mteers may not be UL certified or FCC certified for the signal they put out. The last thing I am seeing is that I am finding that there is not federal Mandate to requite them. If this is so why are places going through all this trouble to remove them. Reply


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