Rocket Report: Kazakhstan picks SpaceX, SLS cost savings, Minuteman test

A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX)

Welcome to Edition 1.25 of the Rocket Report! There is some really interesting news from Russia this week, with a potential revival of the Sea Launch platform, concerns about sloppy work at Russian aerospace companies, and Kazakhstan opting for a Falcon 9 launch.

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Stratolaunch test fires PGA engine pre-burner. For the first time, on Nov. 2, the company fired the pre-burner for its PGA engine at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, Space News reports. The pre-burner serves as the smaller of two combustion chambers in a staged combustion engine. “This is the first step in proving the performance and highly-efficient design of the PGA engine,” Jeff Thornburg, vice president of propulsion at Stratolaunch, said.

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