October 9: Using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, two teams independently found the universe's missing "visible" matter. Models predict the existence of twice as much visible matter (as opposed to dark matter) as had previously been detected. The newly detected matter exists in the hot, diffuse gas between galaxies. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey was conducted at the Very Large Array radiotelescope in New Mexico.

September 21
: Las Cruces-based ARCA Space Corp. announced that its innovatiave linear aerospike engine is ready to start ground tests. When those tests are completed, the engine will be integrated with the company's Demonstrator 3 rocket for a suborbital test flight at Spaceport America.

September 21:
New Mexico's three Representatives and two Senators are encouraging Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express development contract at Spaceport America (SPA) with support of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Phantom Express is an autonomous, experimental spaceplane designed to transform the future of rapid, reusable space launch for small satellites. It is also known as the US Military's XS-1 Space Plane.

September 7
: Virgin Galactic's George Whitesides said the company has two more SpaceShipTwo vehicles under construction. Meanwhile, the second ship, Unity, has at least one more unpowered flight test before beginning powered flight tests.

September 1
: Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque announced successful implementation of an environmentally friendly method of testing rocket parts' ability to withstand the shock from stage separation during flight. The new method uses a nitrogen-powered gas gun to shoot a steel projectile into a steel beam and then transfers the impact energy to the part being tested. It replaces the former method of using explosives encased in lead, which required significant environmental cleanup.



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October 9: Using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, two teams independently found the universe's missing "visible" matter. Models predict the existence of twice as much visible matter (as opposed to dark matter) as had previously been detected. The newly detected matter exists in the hot, diffuse gas between galaxies. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey was conducted at the Very Large Array radiotelescope in New Mexico.

September 21
: Las Cruces-based ARCA Space Corp. announced that its innovatiave linear aerospike engine is ready to start ground tests. When those tests are completed, the engine will be integrated with the company's Demonstrator 3 rocket for a suborbital test flight at Spaceport America.

September 21
: New Mexico's three Representatives and two Senators are encouraging Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express development contract at Spaceport America (SPA) with support of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Phantom Express is an autonomous, experimental spaceplane designed to transform the future of rapid, reusable space launch for small satellites. It is also known as the US Military's XS-1 Space Plane.

September 7
: Virgin Galactic's George Whitesides said the company has two more SpaceShipTwo vehicles under construction. Meanwhile, the second ship, Unity, has at least one more unpowered flight test before beginning powered flight tests.

September 1
: Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque announced successful implementation of an environmentally friendly method of testing rocket parts' ability to withstand the shock from stage separation during flight. The new method uses a nitrogen-powered gas gun to shoot a steel projectile into a steel beam and then transfers the impact energy to the part being tested. It replaces the former method of using explosives encased in lead, which required significant environmental cleanup.











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Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.

Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2017.
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