Subscribe Free
in Space

Virgin Galactic makes progress in LauncherOne project

Posted 29 September 2015 · Add Comment

Virgin Galactic, part-owned by Aabar Investments of Abu Dhabi, has announced it has made significant progress with LauncherOne rocket propulsion after test firings.

The Abu Dhabi based stock company owns a 37.8 per cent stake in Virgin Galactic, whose engineers and technicians have achieved longer duration, steady state firings of the small satellite launch vehicle’s gas generator in California.
 
“The Virgin Galactic propulsion team has made strong progress that keeps us on track for providing dedicated, responsive service for small satellite customers.  We’re proud that the team is now among a small group of organizations that have fired a pump-fed rocket engine in this thrust class. There is much work yet to be done, but the NewtonThree and NewtonFour test results are strongly encouraging,” said Virgin Galactic CEO George T. Whitesides.
 
The NewtonThree and the NewtonFour refer to a 73,500 lbf thrust main stage engine and a 5,000 lbf thrust upper stage engine that power LauncherOne’s orbital flights. 
 
The test firing showed NewtonThree’s engine running for more than 20 seconds, giving the team the opportunity to record data about the engine start-up, operation and safe shutdown.
 
NewtonFour recorded multiple test times all exceeding six minutes in duration.
 
 
* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Why the SANG will soon be on song

Building a 156-strong rotary-wing fleet is a part of the Saudi Arabian National Guard's modernisation effort, which fits into the country's 2030 modernisation plan. David Oliver reports.

Honeywell helps aircraft operators comply with upcoming mandates

Honeywell has met the performance standard for transponders required by the European Aviation Safety Agency to make air traffic management safer and more efficient.

Qatar Airways sees a strong investment opportunity in American Airlines

Qatar Airways sees a strong investment opportunity in American Airlines. Qatar Airways believes in American Airlines' fundamentals and intends to build a passive position in the company with no involvement in management, operations

AAR signs component support agreement with Wataniya Airways

AAR has won a multiyear contract to provide power-by-the-hour component support for Wataniya Airways, one of the national carriers for the state of Kuwait.

Busy traffic on RJ flights during Eid Al Fitr

Royal Jordanian (RJ) is seeing busy traffic during Al Fitr feast on both its inbound and outbound flights, particularly those between Amman and the Levant and the Arab Gulf regions.

Blazing a trail in flammability testing

UAE national carrier Etihad has teamed up with Swiss company Lantal Textiles to create what is believed to be the Middle East's first laboratory specialising in flammability testing of aircraft cabin fabrics and other materials. Alan

Honeywell ADSBSK2642607172
See us at
Aviation Africa BT18418RMIT BT1631817Global Aerospace BT28218DAS BT1105161117AIME BT1204240118DIAC BT1105121117