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"The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:47 pm

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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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:56 pm

A little misleading if I can say, I thought they were developing an airborne launch platform from the A306ST  Smile
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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:08 pm

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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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:11 pm

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.
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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Wed Mar 23, 2005 6:50 pm

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


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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Wed Mar 23, 2005 11:43 pm

Why looks like a pretty intact airframe to me.

I believe the company is based out of Mojave.
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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Thu Mar 24, 2005 12:00 am

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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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Thu Mar 24, 2005 1:51 am

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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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Thu Mar 24, 2005 4:46 am

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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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:12 am

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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RE: "The Simplest Way To Get A Satellite Into Space"

Fri Mar 25, 2005 8:32 pm

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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