“It is the first mission to be launched with this system,” explained from the office of the US Air Force in Hawaii.
This is the ORS-4 Super Strypi mission, a rocket that will put several satellites into Earth orbit and will be launched from a platform rails. The original design dates back to 1960 when Sandia National Laboratories created the sounding rocket Strypi to conduct nuclear weapons tests in space.
Super Strypi is the answer to a joint effort of NASA and the Air Force to explore technologies and methods to reduce the cost and time of preparation of space launches.
The first shuttle engine is rated at 300,000 pounds of thrust, almost 10% more than an Airbus 380, with the difference that the Strypi is about 20 meters long and weighs 20 Airbus and 70 times at least (depending on load carrying rocket).
With this system it is possible to put satellites into orbit by about 3.5 million, a savings of 8 million in the regular budget of NASA.
The first launch was scheduled for this month, but due to a system failure, it has been delayed. The aim is to place eight satellites CubeSat about 400 kilometers.