Welcome to version 4.27 of Rocket Report! And two weeks later, Rocket Report is back. I want to say I’m stressed, relaxed, and ready, but hey, one in three isn’t bad. Anyway, there’s a ton of news to report after the holiday hiatus, so let’s jump right into it.
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Ukrainian investor asks Firefly for disinvestment, The US government has requested that Max Polyakov, a wealthy Ukrainian tech entrepreneur, sell his stake in rocket company Firefly Aerospace Inc. Bloomberg report, The military cited national security concerns in making the request. Polyakov backed Firefly for $200 million in 2017 after the company declared bankruptcy and is credited with turning the company around. Polyakov stepped down from the company’s board of directors just a year ago
alpha on hold … Government and aerospace industry officials, however, continue to object to Polyakov’s control of the company, amid fears that the valuable technology may be passed to Ukraine, Russia or other countries trying to develop rocket programs. can forge its own path. Polyakov has agreed to sell his 50 percent ownership stake in the company for the sake of Firefly. In the meantime, it appears that work toward the second launch of the company’s Alpha rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California has been put on hold. (Submitted by Ken the Bin)
The cited design flaw in the Korean rocket failure. The failed October launch of South Korea’s first domestically-built rocket, the KSLV-2, is being blamed on a helium tank improperly anchored inside the upper stage of the three-stage rocket, space news report, The kerosene and liquid oxygen-fueled rocket left its dummy payload in an unstable orbit when its upper-stage engine shut down 46 seconds earlier. A failure investigation led by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute found that improperly designed structures allowed the helium tanks inside the upper stage to loosen during flight, resulting in a leak that deprived the rocket’s engine of liquid oxygen. .
anchor the anchor … the defective anchored helium tanks were inside the upper stage’s oxidizer tank, which was filled with liquid oxygen needed for the rocket’s ignition. As the helium tank came loose, they obstructed pipelines within the oxidizer tank and caused liquid oxygen to leak out, resulting in an early cessation of ignition. The problem will be corrected by strengthening the anchors of the helium tank in KSLV-2. The second test flight of the KSLV rocket should come later this year. (Submitted by Ken the Bin)
The FAA approves the Georgia Spaceport, however. The long-running saga over whether proponents of a spaceport in coastal Georgia could go ahead came to a conclusion in December when the Federal Aviation Administration issued Spaceport Camden a site operator’s license on Dec. 20. But then the project hit another landfall. Conflict.
Will it come to the vote? current report That Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett issued a temporary restraining order preventing Camden County, for now, from closing the purchase of the 4,000-acre Union Carbide tract where the county intends to build a spaceport. Opponents requested the restraining order on behalf of themselves and about 4,000 other county voters, who signed a petition demanding a referendum on the purchase of the property. (Submitted by Ken the Bin)