Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Space1 Rocket Launch Update 2016

Left: rocket faring with telescope  Right: planetary lander
The weather for rocket launches in the USA has held up fifteen rockets. During June and July, high winds of gale forces exceeding 65-100 miles per hour were common day after day, followed by torrential rains every other day. The Safety Rocket was kept inside and launches were canceled for safety reasons.

During August, rain every other day produced mud and soil wet conditions, and great heat and humidity. Again, rocket launches were canceled for safety reasons.

At the end of August, undisclosed complications resulted at the USA Spaceport, concluding with the inability to launch rockets at that facility. Work began on an idea for a new kind of spaceport that would have greater longevity, and avoid any land seasonal or usage anomalies. Rockets are trucked to the site, launched, recovered, and returned to Space1 home base for refurbishing. The new USA spaceport has a target date to become fully operational in 2017.

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