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"The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"  
User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

Just ran across this the other day and thought it was interesting. I want to see comments on this, (TRUE OR FALSE? FASTEST WAY?)

"The A300-600ST Beluga routinely demonstrates its unique capabilities to transport high-value hardware for the world's space industry. Missions already performed include the airlift of satellites, space station modules and components for heavy-lift launchers.

Now, Airbus Transport International is raising its profile with an advertisement outlining the A300-600ST's availability with a special heating module that ensures precise temperature control for delicate spacecraft from the Beluga's takeoff to landing.

Entitled "The simplest way to get a satellite into space," the advertisement underscores the experience gained by Airbus Transport International in its years of service, and emphasizes the company's excellent reliability record in daily operations."


http://www.airbustransport.com/beluga_ad.pdf

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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3720 times:

A little misleading if I can say, I thought they were developing an airborne launch platform from the A306ST  Smile


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17068 posts, RR: 66
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3701 times:

Misleading indeed, but launching satellites from aircraft is quite feasible. NASA or the USAF (can't remember which) has a TriStar for the purpose.


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3692 times:

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 2):
NASA or the USAF (can't remember which) has a TriStar for the purpose.

Neither actually. Orbital has the TriStar launcher.


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3405 times:

From this picture I may argue that its career as a launch platform is over...


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3379 times:

Why looks like a pretty intact airframe to me.

I believe the company is based out of Mojave.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3377 times:

Oh just to confirm that Orbital Sciencies is still in buisness.

http://www.orbital.com/

That Tristar was the lauch plane for those NASA hypersonic flights a year or so ago.



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User currently offlineUAopsMGR From Croatia, joined Mar 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

From Spaceflightnow.com. Launch scheduled for April 15.

April 15 Pegasus XL • DART
Launch window: 1721:49-1728:49 GMT (1:21:49-1:28:49 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

An Orbital Sciences air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will carry NASA's Demonstration for Autonomous Rendezvous Technology spacecraft into orbit. The DART craft will perform its autonomous operations to locate and rendezvous with the existing MUBLCOM communications test satellite. Delayed from April 15, Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. Attempt on Oct. 26 scrubbed due to GPS problem on MUBLCOM. Delayed from Oct. 28 due to contamination found in rocket's nose cone. Delayed from Nov. 4 by Range scheduling conflicts. Delayed from Nov. 9 for launch loads analysis. Delayed from March 2. [March 18]



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3352 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 5):
Why looks like a pretty intact airframe to me.

I believe the company is based out of Mojave.

You're right. I didn't look at the picture carefully enough, infact I thought to see the engines duct-taped when instead they're just wearing a protection. Good to hear this nice machine's still working!



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3333 times:

To tell the truth, considering how little they fly it, I am a bit surprised the center one isn't pugged too.


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3283 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
That Tristar was the lauch plane for those NASA hypersonic flights a year or so ago.

Actually NASAs NB-52B did those flights. The NB-52B retired after the last hypersonic flight.


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