The lower rocket stage
has a maximum speed of around 2km/s, thus staying below the thermal barrier--rocket surface heating due to air friction.
The important flight events, namely, burn out of booster rocket stage
, ignition of second stage solid rocket, functioning of Scramjet engines for 5 seconds followed by burn out of the second stage took place exactly as planned.
The empty rocket stage
from SpaceLiner would return to Earth after launch so that it could be reused.
A parachute deployed, and then the rover and rocket stage
dropped away from the parachute and began a powered descent toward the surface.
10) Although this object was a possible contender for 2010 KQ, correspondence on the Yahoo groups Minor Planet Mailing List led to a note from Joshua Hopkins in which he pointed out that the extended mission testing actually reduced its velocity leaving it in a solidly Earth-bound orbit such that its orbit decayed, and that it reentered Earth's atmosphere in 1979, (11,12) thereby ruling out the TC2 rocket stage
Cryogenic denotes a rocket stage
that is much more efficient, providing more thrust for every kg of propellant compared to stages that run on solid and liquid propellants.
Drawing heavily from NASA books, reports, mission transcripts, and other official documents, the authors flesh out the incredible story of how engineers transformed a spent Saturn V rocket stage
into America's first space station.
30 BST, a 2,200 kg Centaur rocket stage
slammed into the Moon in a flurry of lunar dust, followed shortly after by a second unmanned spacecraft containing an array of sensors including a Thermoteknix Miricle TB2-30 infrared camera to record the impact.
The General Staff of the Korean People's Army on Wednesday released a report that called a bid by Japan to recover a North Korean rocket stage
from the sea a ''military provocative act,'' according to the Korean Central News Agency.
Before this spring, the rocket stage
had probably spent three decades orbiting the sun.
On March 28, the spacecraft and third rocket stage
will be hauled over the East NASA Causeway to launch complex 17, where Odyssey will be rocketed from Earth.
In the experiment, NASA scientists will use a tether to slow down a spent rocket stage
and lower its orbit.