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Permission denied for reentry of Varda’s orbiting capsule [updated - capsule has landed]


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Permission denied for reentry of Varda’s orbiting experiment capsule

The FAA says Varda launched its vehicle into space without a reentry license.

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A first-of-its-kind commercial spacecraft owned by an in-space manufacturing startup called Varda Space Industries has been in orbit two months longer than originally planned, waiting for government approval to return to Earth with a cache of pharmaceutical specimens.

Varda's satellite launched on June 12 for what was originally supposed to be a monthlong mission to demonstrate the company's technology for producing commercial materials, mainly pharmaceuticals, inside a recoverable capsule designed to return the products to Earth for laboratory analysis and eventual commercial exploitation.

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Varda partners with Australian range for capsule landings

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Varda Space Industries has signed an agreement to land spacecraft at an Australian range as it continues work to secure approvals to land its first spacecraft in Utah.

Varda announced Oct. 19 an agreement with Southern Launch, a spaceport operator based in Adelaide, Australia. Under the agreement, Varda’s spacecraft will land at the Koonibba Test Range northwest of Adelaide, a facility covering more than 23,000 square kilometers northwest of Adelaide design to host suborbital launches and spacecraft landings.

Varda is developing a series of spacecraft intended to test in-space manufacturing technologies, with an initial focus on pharmaceuticals. After the experiments are complete in orbit, a capsule will return the materials to Earth.

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Varda gets reentry license for space manufacturing capsule

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After months of effort and one rejected application, Varda Space Industries said Feb. 14 it has received a license from the Federal Aviation Administration to return a capsule from its first mission.

The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation issued a reentry license for Varda’s W-Series 1 spacecraft. The license will allow the company to land a capsule from that spacecraft at the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) and neighboring Dugway Proving Ground west of Salt Lake City. Varda said that reentry is scheduled for Feb. 21.

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So Varda is a capsule it deploys parachutes to land Waspie….

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7 minutes ago, Shadowsfall said:

So Varda is a capsule it deploys parachutes to land Waspie….

Yes, it's a prototype for future orbital manufacturing. It returns the finished product to Earth in a re-entry capsule. 

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4 minutes ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

Yes, it's a prototype for future orbital manufacturing. It returns the finished product to Earth in a re-entry capsule. 

What’s on board Waspie do we know …..or just a total trial run…

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2 minutes ago, Shadowsfall said:

What’s on board Waspie do we know …..or just a total trial run…

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W-Series 1 (Winnebago 1) was successfully launched on the Transporter-8 flight in June 2023. Varda announced it completed an experiment on June 30 to grow crystals of ritonavir, a drug commonly used to treat HIV, inside a miniature lab contained within a nearly 1-meter wide capsule mounted to the side of a satellite flying at an altitude of more than 300 miles (500 kilometers).

Source: Gunter's Space Page

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