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Vulcan CERT-2: https://x.com/torybruno/status/1801604642729554190

Vulcan CERT-2 is loaded onto transport ship (video): https://x.com/torybruno/status/1801611616259117446

In the ship: https://x.com/torybruno/status/1801613893992690087

Ship departs Decatur, and the third Vulcan (supporting USSF-106) receives its engines!

Jeff is supplying Tory with engines!

Meanwhile, the remaining Atlas Vs are stacking up at the cape: https://x.com/torybruno/status/1801956166265643122

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The reverse split effectively increases the share price by a factor of 20 at a time when the share price had dipped below minimum levels set by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The company’s share price has been declining since peaks in 2021 where, on two occasions, Virgin Galactic shares traded at more than $50. The falling share price was one factor in the company’s decision last November to phase out operations of its existing suborbital spaceplane, VSS Unity, and lay off some staff in order to conserve its cash on hand, focusing on development of the new Delta-class spaceplanes that offer lower costs and higher flight rates.

At a June 5 conference by TD Cowen, Michael Colglazier, chief executive of Virgin Galactic, said the company was sticking to that plan. He noted the company had about $870 million of cash and equivalents in hand as of the end of the first quarter.

“That amount of money, we’ve said, is sufficient to move through and build our first two Delta ships and put them into commercial service,” he said. “And just those first two ships in service, we estimate, drives about a $450 million revenue business at great contribution margin and flow through, and that puts the company on a cash positive footing.”

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Indian space startup Agnikul used a 3-D printer from German company EOS to print an engine out of inconel, a high-performance nickel-chromium alloy, in one solid piece over the course of roughly 72 hours. While other companies like Relativity Space and Rocket Lab are using 3-D printers extensively, Agnikul's engine is unique in being printed in one go, rather than as multiple components that need to be stitched together. This approach significantly speeds up manufacturing time.

The single-engine technology demonstration rocket produced 6 kilonewtons of thrust and reached an altitude of 6.5 kilometers before splashing down into the ocean. The launch vehicle used was about 6 meters tall with a single engine, making it roughly equivalent to the second stage of the company's planned commercial product, Agnibaan. Agnibaan will be a two-stage rocket, 18 meters tall, featuring eight engines in total, and capable of carrying a 300-kilogram payload to an altitude of around 700 km. The company believes that their 3D printing approach opens the door to providing low-cost, "on-demand" launch services to operators of small satellites.

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Source: Tory Bruno

Bitter sweet. The final Atlas V is making its way through the factory. There are 16 AV missions to go. They will all be built this year, making more room for #Vulcan rate production

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On Tuesday, Stoke Space announced the firing of its first stage rocket engine for the first time earlier this month, briefly igniting it for about two seconds. The company declared the June 5 test a success because the engine performed nominally and will be fired up again soon.

Although it remains relatively new in the field of emerging launch companies, Stoke has gathered a lot of attention because of its bold ambitions. The company intends for the two-stage Nova rocket to be fully reusable, with both stages returning to Earth. To achieve a vertical landing, the second stage has a novel design. This oxygen-hydrogen engine is based on a ring of 30 thrusters and a regeneratively cooled heat shield.

Lapsa and Stoke, which now has 125 employees, have also gone for an ambitious design in the first-stage engine tested earlier this month. The engine, with a placeholder name of S1E, is based on full-flow, stage-combustion technology in which the liquid propellants are burned in the engine's pre-burners. Because of this, they arrive in the engine's combustion chamber in fully gaseous form, leading to a more efficient mixing.

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The engine uses a design called full-flow staged combustion, where both the engine’s fuel and oxidizer — liquified natural gas and liquid oxygen, respectively — go through separate preburners before going into the main combustion chamber.

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Infographic by u/jnpha in The Other Place, reposted with permission.

The Shuttles really loved December 2nd for some reason.

Falcon 9 version

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Even with Falcon 9's unprecedented flight rate, it still has a long way to go to catch Soyuz.

Falcon 9 version

Space Shuttle version

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