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June 13, 2024 Quick space links

Courtesy of BtB’s stringer Jay. This post is also an open thread. I welcome my readers to post any comments or additional links relating to any space issues, even if unrelated to the links below.








  • Soviet cosmonaut Vyacheslav Zudov dies at 82
  • He commanded Soyuz 23 in 1976, which because of a failed antenna was unable to dock with Salyut-5 and returned to Earth after only two days in space, crashing through the ice on Lake Tengiz and thus becoming the USSR’s first and only manned splashdown.

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  • wayne

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  • mkent

    ”ULA accepts delivery on what appears to be the fifth BE-4 engine provided by Blue Origin.”

    This is the seventh flight BE-4 engine delivered to ULA by Blue Origin. It is planned to be used on the fourth Vulcan to launch the GPS 3-7 satellite into orbit.

    ”It took two months for this new engine to arrive after delivery of the last two.”

    No, it didn’t. Engine 5 (for the third Vulcan (to be used to launch the USSF-106 satellite for the Space Force)) was delivered in mid-May and engine 6 (also for the third Vulcan) was delivered in late May. Tory Bruno says Blue is delivering BE-4s on a two-week cadence, and for the last two months they have been.

  • mkent: I am disagreeing or doubting you, but could you give your sources for this information? I searched BtB and found earlier references for determining the count as I reported it. I could have missed some reports, but if so I’d like to have links.

  • mkent


    My source is the same one you used: Tory Bruno’s Twitter feed. Engine 5 was announced on 14 May and engine 6 on 29 May.

    Note also that he has shared a picture of Vulcan s/n 2 (for the Cert-2 DreamChaser flight) with its engines installed along with its Centaur V on the Delta Mariner on their way to the Cape.

  • mkent: Thank you. This is helpful. I don’t do X. I depend on Jay and the quick links, but he was on business trips those weeks so those Bruno May 14 and May 29 tweets never got posted here.

  • BE-4 production is so low, they could employ The Count:

    “Six! Six engines! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

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