The first X-43 aircraft had to be blown up in June 2001 over the ocean by a self-destruction mechanism when the Pegasus booster rocket
carrying it went out of control after its fins came off.
Originally looking to conduct the test this month, the X-43A team said the test will occur no earlier than late March or early April to allow time for autopilot improvements and to replace a damaged rudder actuator on the booster rocket
that will carry the experimental aircraft.
The first attempt at flying an X-43, in June 2001, ended with researchers intentionally destroying the craft when the Pegasus booster rocket
carrying it went out of control after the rocket's control fins broke off.
The military grade satellite, which was one of two that was sent into orbit, failed to separate from the booster rocket
after entering space, according to aAaAeAeA Monday (http://tass.
ASTANA (CyHAN)- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft was mated to its Soyuz booster rocket
March 24 as preparations continued for the launch of Expedition 43 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA Flight Engineer Scott Kelly on March 27 U.
SpaceX sent a supply ship soaring flawlessly toward the International Space Station on Saturday, but the booster rocket
ended up in pieces in the Atlantic following a failed attempt to land on a barge.
The failure of a booster rocket
on the launch vehicle had left the new satellite in an unintended orbit.
AUGUST 25 -- SpaceX files two petitions with the US Patent & Trademark Office challenging a patent awarded to Blue Origin covering a method for landing a booster rocket
During the coming week it is planned to check control systems of the spacecraft and booster rocket
Friday's unmanned mission went awry when the engine on the third stage of the Proton-M booster rocket
failed, Oleg Ostapenko, head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, told Russian news agencies.
SpaceX is testing a new kind of reusable booster rocket
State-run Rossiya-24 television showed footage of the Proton-M booster rocket
veering off course seconds after lift-off.
A booster rocket
launches the missile, which is 15ft long, before a jet powers it along at Mach 9, just under the speed of sound.
The craft will freefall for four seconds before its booster rocket
engine ignites and propels the aircraft for 30 seconds to about Mach 4.
The 5,600-kg satellite, launched by the Sea Launch corporation, was separated from the booster rocket
at 10:23 a.