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Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus rocket launches military satellite

Early this morning Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus rocket successfully launched a military satellite under a program aimed at demonstrating a quick launch capability.

This was the first Pegasus launch since 2019, and only the fifth in the past twelve years. According to the article, Northrop Grumman significantly lowered its price for this launch, charging the Space Force $28.1 million, about half of what it charged NASA for that 2019 flight. Whether this is an effort to make the rocket more competitive, or is simply Northrop Grumman selling off its inventory, will remain to be seen.

The leaders in the 2021 launch race:

18 SpaceX
16 China
8 Russia
2 Rocket Lab
2 ULA
2 Northrop Grumman

The U.S. now leads China 25 to 16 in the national rankings.

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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

 
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2 comments

  • Skunk Bucket

    The article states that “Pegasus uses Orion 50 solid rocket motors for its first and second stages, with an Orion-38 third stage.” I’d bet that the folks at Lockheed would protest and say that the actual first stage is their L1011 TriStar mothership.

  • David M. Cook

    Considering that the L-1011 only adds 600 MPH to the total of 17,000 MPH needed for orbit, its not much of a first stage!

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