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September 27, 2022 Quick space links

Courtesy of BtB’s stringer Jay, who trolls Twitter so I don’t have to.

I will believe it when it actually happens.

Just a cool image.

More specifically, the “Crimean Federal District which will include Crimea and the occupied territories of Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions.” If so, Rogozin’s head is essentially being put on the block. Ukrainian partisan forces have been very successful at killing such leaders.

I guess this is a reward by Putin for Rogozin’s skill at losing Russia billions in commercial satellite sales.

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  • Ray Van Dune

    Rumor has it Putin had convinced Bezos to put Rogozin in charge of getting the BE-4 into high-rate production. But when he saw the design, Putin relented and put him in charge of occupied Ukraine instead. Putin reportedly said “Sure, I’m a stone-cold killer, but I just couldn’t do it to the poor guy!”

  • Jeff Wright

    Ha! In lighter news-it looks like a book is in the works on AMT’s best seller:
    Do a search on “Shaw’s AMT model drawings” and you will find a great drawing of it-Jay Chaldek has a good write-up.

    The Kerr/Casimiro drawings of the 11 foot filming model are top notch.

  • Agenor

    I don’t really get the “Where are my engine, Jeff?” thing that is somewhat going on. Yes, there were delays, but it happens. New Glenn was announced in 2016, same year as Starship.
    Up to this day, none of them reached an Orbit. But that is also true for Ariane 6 and H3, all rockets “from” 2016 with a NET-launch in 2020.
    In late 2018 BO was making it clear that New Glenn won’t fly in 2020. One year later (end of September 2019) E Musk was still talking of doing Orbital Test with the MK-series in half a year (April 2020). Again, none of them were able to reach an Orbit until now. But BO was way more realistic and open about their delays, which is striking because they don’t talk much compared to SpaceX.
    The other point is that normally rockets fly for several decades. The Atlas 5, Delta 4, Ariane 6, H-II, Proton… so another 3 months of delays are bad, but not the end of the world. Probably they will still be used for quite some time.
    I see it this way. If SpaceX for some reason would fall apart (or Starship is nowhere near as an all-rounder as hoped), we would still get a Vulcan that is partially reusable and has some advantages over a falcon 9 (not in every category but they exist). And we get an overall better version of a Falcon Heavy with New Glenn. The expensive days of Atlas 5 and Delta 4 are gone.

    I’m looking forward to all “paper” rockets, knowing very well that some companies will fail, and some won’t have a big impact on the field.
    Every month with get new delays, it is unavoidable. So let’s celebrate the good news. I’m mean, the good news (progress) are the one keeping use interested and exited for this.

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