Interorbital to Take Ramen to a Whole New Level

interorbital_ramen_noodlesMOJAVE, Calif. (Interorbital PR) — In its latest AD-venture, Interorbital Systems, partnering with Nissin/Ajinomoto, and F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, will engage in three progressively more difficult rocket and space-themed cooking challenges, which will culminate in the hardest way to cook Ramen: taking the popular noodles beyond the Karman Line—the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and Outer Space–and returning the dish hot and ready to eat—cooked by the heat of re-entry. Not only will this event be a culinary milestone, the technology created for the project will be applied directly to Interorbital’s future unmanned and manned reentry spacecraft development.

This Week on The Space Show

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This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Monday, April 7, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PDT(5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome back RANDA & ROD MILLIRON of Interorbital Systems to discuss their recent successful test launch.

2. Tuesday, April 8, 2014:, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome back ROBERT (BOB) ZIMMERMAN for space news updates and more.

3. Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT; 11:30 AM-1 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. CLAY MOLTZ to discuss his new book “Crowded Orbits: Conflict & Cooperation in Space.” .

4. Sunday, April 13, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). OPEN LINES. First time callers welcome. All STEM and space topics welcome.

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Interorbital Completes Successful Test Flight

Interorbital launch at FAR. (Credit: Interorbital Systems)
Interorbital launch at FAR. (Credit: Interorbital Systems)

MOJAVE, Calif. (Interorbital PR) — At 12:15 on March 29, 2014, Interorbital Systems’ Common Propulsion Module Test Vehicle (CPM TV) thundered off its mobile launch unit on its maiden flight. The rocket’s 7,500-lb thrust engine performed flawlessly propelling the 1200-lb rocket to Mach 1+ within seconds over the FAR Launch Area. The 30-foot long CPM TV rocket is a boiler-plate test version of the identical rocket units that will make up Interorbital’s modular orbital launch systems.

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Witt: 2014 Going to be a Great Year in Mojave

Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stu Witt (Credit: Bill Deaver)
Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stu Witt (Credit: Bill Deaver)

Mojave Air & Space Port New Year’s Greeting
By Stuart O. Witt

Happy New Year!

On January 1, 1914 America entered the commercial air service arena with a flight that lasted just a few minutes and carried one passenger sitting on a wood seat across a short distance in south Florida. Today millions of passengers will board commercial aircraft and statistically all will reach their destination safely, in large part because of the robust industry in which we are a central participant.

Things occurred in the first 100 years of commercial air travel that no one could have predicted 100, 80 or even 70 years ago. If you asked anyone in 1925, “Within the next 70 years will people board a pressurized aircraft powered by jet engines and be fed steak and lobster, watch the latest movies or television while talking via telephone to their home or office?” they would have laughed in your face. But it did happen and the quality of life for all people has grown exponentially with our industry.

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Interorbital Qualifies Rocket Engine

Interorbital engine qualification test. (Credit: Interorbital Systems)
Interorbital engine qualification test. (Credit: Interorbital Systems)

MOJAVE 10.21.13 (Interorbital PR) — At dawn on October 21, 2013, Interorbital Systems conducted a short-burn flight qualification run of its main rocket engine in a spectacular hot-firing at the Mojave Spaceport. An incandescent 24-foot beam of fire thundered from the engine’s ablative combustion chamber, generating 7,500-lbs of thrust.

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A Video Report on the Google Lunar X Prize

Video Caption: The Internet giant, Google, is sponsoring a contest in which several teams around the world are racing to land the first private robot on the moon. CCTV America correspondent shows how some of the teams are planning to win the multimillionaire-dollar grant prize.

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Interorbital Test Fires Rocket in Mojave

Interorbital Systems engine firing in Mojave. (Credit: IOS)
MOJAVE, Oct. 28, 2012 (IOS PR) —On a calm clear high-desert October evening, Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE rocket series’ main engine roared to life in its first hot-firing test.

The engine, the IOS GPRE 7.5KNTA (General Purpose Rocket Engine; 7,500lb-thrust; Nitric Acid; Turpentine; Ablative cooling), blasted a 22-foot (6.71-meter) plume of fire across Interorbital’s Mojave Spaceport test area, scorching the sand an additional 50 feet (15.24 meters) beyond the plume end.

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This Week on The Space Show


This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston…

1. Monday, May 7, 2012 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): No show today as I am attending the Reinventing Space Conference (Responsive Space).

2. Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): There will be a live Space Show at the Reinventing Space Conference. It will be archived for Space Show listeners as soon as possible after our special conference program ends. When you see it on the website, it is ready for play.

3. Friday, May 11, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT) : Our program today will consist of recorded interviews with those attending the Reinventing Space Conference (Responsive Space).

4. Sunday, May 13, 2012, 12-1:30 PM (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome back RANDA and ROD MILLIRON OF Interorbital Systems for news and updates. Visit their website at www.interorbital.com.

Interorbital Systems Selected for NASA SBIR Award

Interorbital Systems of Mojave has been selected for NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award. The company will use the funding to help develop its Common Propulsion Module (CPM) for the Neptune rocket, which is aimed at bringing down the cost of launching nanosats. No amount is mentioned, but SBIR agreements are typically made for six months for amounts as high as $125,000. The award is contingent upon successful contract negotiations.

Read a description of the work after the break.

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Commercial Space Bright Spot in Decaying U.S. Space Industrial Base

National Defense Magazine sees the emerging commercial spaceflight sector as one of the bright spots in the decaying U.S. national space industrial base, which is beset by an aging workforce, a shortage of replacement workers, restrictive export regulations, and the downsizing caused by the retirement of the space shuttle fleet.

Robert Rice, airport operations director at the Mojave Air and Space Port, drove down a runway and pointed to the steel skeleton of a 68,000-square-foot building where spaceships designed to send tourists into sub-orbit will be constructed.

“We call this our field of dreams — build it and they will come. Well, finally they did,” he said.

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Interorbital Planning Launch Facility in Tonga

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Matangi Tonga has an update on the latest efforts by Interobital Systems, the Mojave-based rocket company run by the Roderick Milliron and his wife Randa:

Pursuing a dream to develop a private space port in Tonga, a couple of space entrepreneurs have the blessing of Tonga’s king to build a small rocket launch site on the king’s estate on the southern tip of ‘Eua this year, with the aim of launching a rocket before the end of 2010.
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Interorbital Plans Orbital Launch in December 2010

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An update on Interorbital’s plans, courtesy of the company’s website:

Interorbital currently has 7 TubeSats and 1 CubeSat on its launch manifest for the December 2010 orbital mission, with 20 additional sales pending. Customers include

  • University of California, Irvine (CubeSat)
  • InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico
  • The Aslan Academy
  • Project Calliope
  • Morehead State University
  • Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

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Q&A Interview with Interorbital Systems CEO

H+ Magazine has a Q&A interview with Randa Milliron, CEO of Interorbital Systems:

h+: Let’s start with the basic question: What are you guys doing?

RANDA MILLIRON: We’re building a low-cost transportation system from Earth to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and beyond, principally with the Moon as the next logical destination. Let me stress that this is actually a low-cost system — our rocket is not a rehash of a Delta or a kluge of leftover military missile hardware that the manufacturers say will be cheaper just because they want it to be. In reality, the other rockets are still the same intricate and expensive launchers that — by their very complex nature — will never be able to meet our price. We are building an entirely new launch vehicle — one that is the result of a philosophy of radical systems simplification. One that really is low-cost.

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GLXP: Interorbital Plans to Launch out of Tonga

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California-based Interorbital Systems plans to launch its Neptune 1000 rocket from the island of ‘Eua at the southeast end of the Tonga island chain in the South Pacific.

“Over the past few days, I’ve been corresponding with our friend and fellow space enthusiast, King George V of Tonga, about our status of being quite near to beginning our flight test program. He has again stated that Interorbital has the Kingdom’s full support for setting up our private spaceport,” CEO Randa Milliron writes in a post on the Google Lunar X Prize website.

Interorbital is a member of Team Synergy Moon, which is one of 19 groups vying for a $30 million prize to land a rover on the moon.