Rocket Report: Chinese tourism, launch by centrifuge, SLS the “right” rocket

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Welcome to Edition 1.05 of the Rocket Report! This collaborative effort with readers of Ars Technica seeks to diversify our coverage of the launch industry. The Rocket Report publishes as a newsletter on Thursday and on this website every Friday morning.

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Company plans to launch rockets from drone plane. An Alabama-based startup called Aevum is developing plans to launch small payloads from an autonomous air-launch system that it is calling Ravn. The aircraft could launch rockets every three hours, according to the company. Per Space.com, Aevum is working toward beginning flight testing in 2019. If the entire flight test campaign goes according to plan, Aevum has three launches planned for the fourth quarter of 2019.

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