Rocket Report: Proton price cut, SpaceX HD launch video, SLS blowback

Ars Technica » Scientific Method 2019-03-29

The Electron launch vehicle is ready to soar.

Enlarge / The Electron launch vehicle is ready to soar. (credit: Rocket Lab)

Welcome to Edition 1.42 of the Rocket Report! This was another big week for boosters, with NASA's Space Launch System under the gun. Almost immediately after Vice President Mike Pence said NASA would look at alternatives if existing contractors couldn't get the job done, the White House and NASA's administrator were getting blowback from political supporters of the big rocket. That, and so much more, can be found below.

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Maiden launch of Chinese OS-M rocket fails. For the second time, an orbital launch attempt by a private Chinese company has failed. On Wednesday, OneSpace Tech's OS-M Chongqing launch vehicle took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and attempted to orbit the small Lingque-1B technology demonstration satellite, but it failed shortly after entering second stage flight, reports.

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