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Moon Welcomes Chinese Module Into Orbit

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jan, 2015 02:43 PM
by AlexMuller
China may be more than six decades behind the United States and Russia when it comes to space exploration, but even so, that won't stop them from trying to catch up.

NASA powers up Orion spacecraft for the first time

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2013 04:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Orion will be able to take humans farther than we’ve ever been before, eventually even to Mars.

India launches spacecraft to Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2013 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
India has successfully launched a spacecraft to the Red Planet - with the aim of becoming the fourth space agency to reach Mars.

Construction of the SeaOrbiter slated for spring 2014

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2013 11:35 PM
by AlexMuller
It has been well over a decade since the SeaOrbiter was first dreamed up. Thirty years of research has gone into the project, and still it does not exist.

Nasa's Maven Mars mission launches

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2013 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The US space agency's (Nasa) Maven mission has set off for Mars.

NASA may use Spacex to fly astronauts within 4 years

Posted in Business on 19th Nov, 2013 11:24 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA and SpaceX met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low Earth orbit.

NASA launches student-built cubesats into space

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2013 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA’s cubesat Launch Initiative seeks to give college and high school students the chance to get hands-on development in satellite creation.

Indian probe begins journey to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2013 01:44 AM
by AlexMuller
India's mission to Mars has embarked on its 300-day journey to the Red Planet. The spacecraft is due to reach Mars on 24 September next year.

Spacex has 100% success on geostationary satellite launch

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2013 01:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission objectives.

Virgin to double the number who have been to space by 2016

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Dec, 2013 02:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Richard Branson also wants to get to 45 minute trips from USA to UK.

Cygnus cargo ship heads to space station

Posted in Science on 10th Jan, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
The American Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) has begun its first commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Japan’s Launching a Giant Net Into Orbit to Scoop Up Space Junk

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Something must be done to deal with the estimated 100 million bits of man made space junk circling the planet, and Japan is taking the lead.

NASA wants commercial lunar landers

Posted in Science on 30th Jan, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA understands that the future of space exploration now means partnering with private companies.

How to catch a derelict satellite

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA’s Clean Space initiative plans to control space debris to reduce the environmental impact of the space industry on Earth and space alike.

Futuristic sea vessel could explore indefinitely

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
SeaOrbiter: An underwater home, laboratory and observation hub.

The European Space Agency sets its sights on harpooning space debris

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
In 2021, as part of its Clean Space Initiative, ESA plans to launch the e.DeOrbit mission.

Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit

Posted in Science on 26th Aug, 2014 02:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (Esa) says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit.

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal with Australian firm

Posted in Hardware on 27th Aug, 2014 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
US defence giant Lockheed Martin has struck a deal with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage satellites.

DeOrbiter microsatellite could put wayard satellites back on track

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2014 12:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Effective Space Solutions says its DeOrbiter microsatellite could also be used to rescue renegade satellites.

3D printer to launch to the International Space Station

Posted in Hardware on 19th Sep, 2014 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The Zero-G is the first 3D printer designed to operate in zero gravity and that it has carried out over 30,000 hours of testing, including 400 microgravity parabola flights.

SkyOrbiter UAVs will fly for years at a time and provide global internet access

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Sep, 2014 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Quarkson wants to provide internet access to every person in the world using its SkyOrbiter UAVs.

The Quest to Build an Elevator to Space

Posted in Hardware on 5th Oct, 2014 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
It's a risky but well-considered plan to create a workable transit system between the ground and a set point outside the Earth's atmosphere.

Secret space plane finally lands after 663 days in space

Posted in Hardware on 13th Oct, 2014 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The US Air Force is preparing to land X-37B, a kind of robotic space plane that has spent a record 665 consecutive days in space.

The Space Station Is Getting A UPS-Style Shipping Service

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2014 08:21 PM
by AlexMuller
A new vehicle design could enable same-day shipping from the ISS to Earth, making science experiements in microgravity cheaper and easier.

Antares rocket explosion destroyed 26 satellites built by San Francisco’s Planet Labs

Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2014 08:43 PM
by AlexMuller
An unmanned supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded shortly after its launch from the US state of Virginia.

Orbital Sciences set to retire suspect motor in rocket explosion

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2014 11:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Yes, that old soviet engine probably blew up Antares.

PlanetTech News interviews Made In Space:

Posted in Interviews on 10th Nov, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Made In Space have just sent a Zero-G 3D printer to the International Space Station. The sky is no longer the limit for 3D printing.

The First 3D Printer in Space 3D Printed its First Object

Posted in Hardware on 26th Nov, 2014 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Humans are now manufacturing things in space. This has never been done before.

With a blown up rocket, Orbital Sciences hitches a ride to space

Posted in Science on 13th Dec, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
The Atlas V has a greater lift capacity than that of the out-of-commission Antares, meaning the Cygnus can carry nearly 35 percent more cargo.

NASA is 3D printing things in space like crazy

Posted in Hardware on 25th Dec, 2014 02:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A month later, the printer has produced 20 objects based on 13 different blueprints.

We Found a New and Cheaper Way to Get to Mars

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 02:31 AM
by AlexMuller
There are reasons why getting from Earth to Mars is hard, among them are 1) the massive amount of fuel needed and 2) a launch window that is limited to every 26 months.

From runway to orbit and back

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jan, 2015 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
A spaceplane, a craft that can take off from a runway like an aeroplane, fly up into orbit to deliver a payload, and then glide back to Earth for a runway landing. Nothing has ever come of them. Even so, the dream persists.

Astronauts return to American section of ISS following suspected ammonia leak

Posted in Science on 15th Jan, 2015 07:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts took shelter in Russian compartments of the ISS as operators attempted to discern if the alarm was a toxic leak.

ESA spaceplane launch gets green light

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (ESA) has given the green light for the launch of its unmanned spaceplane, Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV).

ESA to host a workshop aimed at cleaning up the junk in low-Earth orbit

Posted in Science on 20th Jan, 2015 03:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Orbits frequented by communications satellites are becoming more hazardous, as man-made debris presents an increasing danger.

Watch how DARPA plans to launch small rockets from jets

Posted in Hardware on 8th Feb, 2015 10:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Small satellites are usually launched to space as secondary payloads aboard big rockets, but DARPA's Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program could change that.

How changes in the Earth's orbit can affect the Antarctic ice caps

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2015 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The Earth's orbit, while a concept that is light-years away, is hitting close to home, affecting the stability of Eastern Antarctic ice caps.

Superefficient cubesat propulsion that is also 10 times cheaper than alternatives

Posted in Hardware on 14th Mar, 2015 09:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Small satellites are becoming increasingly popular tools for Earth-imaging, communications, and other applications.

ESA tests the potential of grabbing derelict satellites using a simple net

Posted in Science on 31st Mar, 2015 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept that would allow satellites to net and de-orbit dangerous space debris in a safe and controlled manner.

Lasers could be used to zap hazardous orbital debris

Posted in Hardware on 18th Apr, 2015 05:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Orbital debris is becoming a hazard to satellites and other spacecraft, which is why various groups have proposed concepts such as gas clouds, nets and sails for collecting it.

Russia's lost cargo spacecraft will fall to Earth in 2 weeks and burn up in the atmosphere

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2015 07:10 PM
by AlexMuller
No one can establish a clear line of communication with the cargo ship.

LightSail Test Mission Declared Success

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jun, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission successfully completed its primary objective of deploying a solar sail in low-Earth orbit.

Reaction Engines UK will have new tests of their Skylon Single stage to orbit Spaceplane engine prototype

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jun, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The engine requires a novel design to allow operation in both air-breathing and rocket modes.

Germany to tackle space junk with GESTRA project

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Due for completion in 2018, the GESTRA project is designed to monitor and track objects in low-Earth orbit.

Skylon spaceplane developers reveal the antifreeze method for the sabre hypersonic engine

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jul, 2015 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The engine could enable a single stage to orbit vehicle.

PTN interviews Escape Dynamics on the future of space technology

Posted in Interviews on 31st Jul, 2015 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Escape Dynamics is developing Electromagnetically-powered single stage to orbit launch systems with the aim of dramatically reducing the cost of spaceflight.

NASA Signs $490 Million Contract With Russia to carry US astronauts to the International Space Station

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2015 03:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The US has been dependent on Russia for ISS access since it ended its space shuttle program in 2012.

ESA astronaut drives rover from low-Earth orbit

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
The technology has the potential to be used in a number of roles both in space and back on Earth, possibly taking human workers out of harms way.

Virgin Galactic boosts rocket capability

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2015 04:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim now is to lift payloads up to 200kg into standard orbits, instead of the previously stated 120kg, in 2016 or 2017 for a price of under $10m.

Trash-eating spacecraft turns orbital debris into fuel

Posted in Science on 6th Dec, 2015 01:30 PM
by AlexMuller
According to NASA, there are more than 500,000 pieces of debris in orbit that are being tracked by the space agency.

NASA picks SpaceX, Orbital, and Sierra Nevada to resupply the space station through 2024

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jan, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Both SpaceX and Orbital were awarded the first round of commercial resupply contracts back in 2008.

First node of Europe's space laser network launches into orbit

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 06:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe has begun to roll out a data superhighway in orbit. The first node in the network is a telecommunications satellite that was launched from Kazakhstan.

Solar sails to help keep pole-sitting satellites in their place

Posted in Science on 26th Feb, 2016 10:47 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA says that if it proves practical, pole-sitting satellites would allow for constant observation of the high latitudes for climate science and telecommunications.

China to launch second space lab

Posted in Hardware on 28th Feb, 2016 12:47 PM
by AlexMuller
China's multi-billion-dollar space programme aims to put a permanent manned space station into service around 2022.

ULA and Bigelow announce partnership for first commercial space stations

Posted in Hardware on 12th Apr, 2016 07:05 PM
by AlexMuller
The agreement unveiled on Monday will see Bigelow deliver two fully functional B330 modules to ULA for notional launches in 2020.

Psychologists study awe astronauts feel viewing Earth from space

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 03:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts who experience Earth from orbit often report feelings of awe and wonder, of being transformed. This is called the "overview effect".

SpaceVR raises $1.25M to send VR camera satellite into orbit

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2016 07:11 PM
by AlexMuller
At the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo in San Jose, California, Holmes said that he has raised more money to make “the world’s first virtual reality camera satellite.”

Proposal For New Space Station Orbiting The Moon

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2016 04:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The habitat components could be manufactured and launched about three years after getting a 'Go Ahead' contract from NASA.

RemoveDebris to launch space cleanup demonstrator

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2016 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
There are some 7,000 tonnes of space debris circling the Earth. Whizzing in orbit at tens of thousands of miles per hour, even a small fragment could destroy a satellite.

Business ideas sought to launch ISS marketplace

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2016 10:07 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has been signalling intentions to welcome more commercial partners aboard for a little while, and is now canvassing the private sector for ideas to increase business.

NASA Funds Plan to Turn Used Rocket Fuel Tanks Into Space Habitats

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2016 05:21 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has selected six partner companies to develop full-sized ground prototypes and concepts for deep space habitats.

ULA developing 'space trucks' to ferry cargo in an orbital economy

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2016 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
ULA thinks humans will begin building the infrastructure for space mining and exploration that will culminate with lunar colonies before 2050.

DNA sequenced in space for first time on the ISS

Posted in Science on 4th Sep, 2016 01:32 AM
by AlexMuller
The device, which was sent up to the space station in July, could help astronauts diagnose illness in space and allow them to identify disease-causing microbes on the ISS.

The 'impossible' EM Drive is to be tested in space

Posted in Science on 7th Sep, 2016 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists will finally figure out if it really is possible for a rocket engine to generate thrust without any kind of exhaust or propellant.

NASA Just Successfully Launched a Spacecraft to an Asteroid

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2016 12:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The first step in a seven-year journey that will eventually bring us back several spoonfuls worth of dirt from an asteroid.

China's Shenzhou 11 blasts off on space station mission

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2016 12:08 PM
by AlexMuller
China has launched two men into orbit in a project designed to develop its ability to explore space.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks space can be the new internet

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2016 03:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Bezos says that space is the next frontier, a new internet, that is desperately lacking in infrastructure to support new entrepreneurs.

Vector rocket will be second stage of DARPA spaceplane for cheap daily microsatellite launches

Posted in Hardware on 24th Oct, 2016 01:12 PM
by AlexMuller
DARPA is targeting turnaround times and consistency that would permit XS-1 to launch "10 times in 10 days."

Private Space Stations could start launching in 2020

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2016 02:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Large multi-module stations able to hold 100 or more people by 2030

Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2016 11:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Japan has launched a cargo ship which will use a half mile- (700m)-long tether to remove some of the vast amount of debris from Earth's orbit.

Emdrive: China claims success with this 'reactionless' engine for space travel

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2016 12:14 PM
by AlexMuller
It's a piece of space tech that sounds almost too good to be true.

SpaceX Falcon 9 cleared for flight after investigation

Posted in Science on 3rd Jan, 2017 04:28 PM
by AlexMuller
After four months of intensive investigation, SpaceX says its Falcon 9 booster has been cleared for flight and will return to service on January 8.

Spacex could nearly launch as many times in 2017 as they did from 2010 to 2016

Posted in Science on 7th Feb, 2017 05:28 PM
by Alex Muller
Spacex plans to launch its Falcon 9 rockets every two to three weeks.

SpaceX could relaunch a first stage booster in March

Posted in Science on 8th Feb, 2017 05:53 PM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX could relaunch a first stage booster in March and is working towards dozens of reuses to eventually lower costs by up to 50+ percent.

SpaceX plans worldwide satellite Internet with low latency, gigabit speed

Posted in Business on 13th Feb, 2017 10:08 AM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX designing low-Earth orbit satellites to dramatically reduce latency.

SpaceX rocket lifts off from launch pad, completes relanding

Posted in Hardware on 19th Feb, 2017 05:40 PM
by Alex Muller
A Falcon rocket blasted off from a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center, then succeeded in landing itself back on the ground nine minutes later.

Virgin Galactic spins off dedicated satellite launch company

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2017 08:05 PM
by Alex Muller
Virgin Orbit will launch satellites into orbit using the LauncherOne vehicle, which is released from a 747-400 aircraft.

Mission: ISS takes VR viewers into orbit to humanity’s greatest space station

Posted in Software on 13th Mar, 2017 12:02 PM
by Alex Muller
VR lets us experience fantastic worlds and wonders, but it’s also a portal into the real life wonders very few humans get to enjoy.

To the Moon! The Musk-Bezos Billionaire Space Rivalry Just Reached New Heights

Posted in Science on 14th Mar, 2017 03:56 PM
by Alex Muller
The rivalry between billionaire space entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos may soon reach all the way to the moon.

SpaceX is pushing hard to bring an internet satellite network to space

Posted in Hardware on 18th Mar, 2017 07:33 AM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX is seeking a license for a lucrative, globe-spanning satellite network that would bring terrestrial internet into space.

SpaceX to make history by re-flying orbital rocket

Posted in Science on 21st Mar, 2017 06:11 PM
by Alex Muller
Ars has confirmed that the reused Falcon 9 booster will attempt a drone ship landing.

No one knows what to do with the International Space Station

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2017 02:29 PM
by Alex Muller
Congress has only approved funding through 2024. What happens then?

Success for SpaceX 're-usable rocket'

Posted in Science on 31st Mar, 2017 01:12 AM
by Alex Muller
California's SpaceX company has successfully re-flown a segment from one of its Falcon 9 rockets.

With the booster relaunched, SpaceX has started the age of reusable rockets

Posted in Hardware on 31st Mar, 2017 08:10 AM
by Alex Muller
The Age of economical reusable rocket boosters has begun and to fully leverage it SpaceX must launch a lot.

SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch could attempt upper-stage recovery

Posted in Science on 1st Apr, 2017 07:57 AM
by Alex Muller
When SpaceX does its first demonstration flight of the Falcon Heavy later this year, it might also include an attempt to return the upper stage back to Earth.

Summer launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy could land all three first stage boosters, second stage and payload faring

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Apr, 2017 12:10 PM
by Alex Muller
The Falcon Heavy launch is planned for the late summer.

Satellite swarms could increase space junk risk by 50 per cent

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2017 05:15 PM
by Alex Muller
Swarms of cheap “CubeSats” are currently being planned by companies who want to bring wireless internet access to every corner of the globe.

SpaceX has tenth successful rocket stage landing and first military mission

Posted in Business on 2nd May, 2017 06:52 PM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground again.

SpaceX set for a second booster relaunch in June

Posted in Business on 8th May, 2017 05:32 PM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX’s second re-launch of a previously used Falcon 9 rocket booster is targeted for next month, for a mission launching a Bulgarian communications satellite.

SpaceX is building the world’s most powerful rocket, and it is nearly ready to fly

Posted in Science on 11th May, 2017 05:39 PM
by Alex Muller
A rocket bigger than anything else currently in operation, only outstripped by the moon rockets of the Apollo program.

Inmarsat rides SpaceX Falcon into orbit, booster falls into Atlantic

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2017 03:37 PM
by Alex Muller
Inmarsat, the UK's biggest space company, has boosted its global broadband network with the launch of a fourth high-frequency satellite.

Rocket Lab may try to launch its Electron rocket for the first time this weekend

Posted in Hardware on 20th May, 2017 04:22 PM
by Alex Muller
Electron could become a powerful system for putting small satellites into space for cheap.

BEAM's first year on ISS expands potential of inflatable space habitats

Posted in Hardware on 29th May, 2017 01:44 PM
by Alex Muller
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a prototype inflatable space station module, has now been attached to the ISS for a year.

SpaceX successfully launches reused Dragon spacecraft for ISS resupply

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jun, 2017 04:09 PM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX’s CRS-11 launch on Saturday was a success.

The US Air Force Is Teaming Up With SpaceX

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2017 05:04 AM
by Alex Muller
Over the last several months, SpaceX has been seriously diversifying its clientele

Elon Musk tweets that Falcon Heavy Should launch in Four Months

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jun, 2017 04:16 AM
by Alex Muller
The Spacex Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket in the world that will be currently flying.

So SpaceX is having quite a year

Posted in Business on 13th Jun, 2017 12:33 PM
by Alex Muller
A review of SpaceX's progress toward key goals this year.

NASA Is Sending a Robotic Fueling Station to Space

Posted in Science on 14th Jun, 2017 04:25 PM
by Alex Muller
How do you save a billion-dollar satellite? Send another robot up there after it.

Elon Musk: Launching a Satellite with SpaceX is $300 Million Cheaper

Posted in Business on 17th Jun, 2017 09:24 AM
by Alex Muller
The U.S. Air Force's recently released budget reveals that the cost of a SpaceX launch is dramatically lower than that of ULA.

SpaceX shoots for two rocket launches in 48 hours

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2017 04:34 AM
by Alex Muller
Elon Musk's company will have a chance to prove it can handle the pressure of rapid launches, which will be needed for its most ambitious plans.

SpaceX successfully launches and lands a used rocket for the second time

Posted in Business on 24th Jun, 2017 02:31 PM
by Alex Muller
The seventh at sea, and the 12th successful landing overall

SpaceX Pulls Off Two Droneship Landings in Three Days

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2017 02:17 PM
by Alex Muller
The successful launch and landing marked a momentous weekend for SpaceX.

Oneweb building Satellite Facility

Posted in Hardware on 28th Jun, 2017 03:34 PM
by Alex Muller
'This facility is a pivotal step toward our mission to build a new global knowledge infrastructure, accessible to everyone,'

Spacex robotics will help drive down costs and increase launch frequency

Posted in Science on 11th Jul, 2017 03:49 PM
by Alex Muller
Two weeks ago, Spacex successfully launched and recovered two Falcon 9 first stage boosters in the space of 49 hours.

Could Tiny Fusion Rockets Revolutionize Spaceflight?

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2017 04:12 PM
by Alex Muller
A small NASA-funded company is slimming down nuclear fusion reactors for space science.

SpaceX's Big New Rocket May Crash on 1st Flight, Elon Musk Says

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2017 06:07 PM
by Alex Muller
Elon Musk is tamping down expectations about the maiden launch of SpaceX's huge new Falcon Heavy rocket.

Elon Musk names yet another launch date for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket

Posted in Science on 28th Jul, 2017 04:30 PM
by Alex Muller
It’s a new launch date for a vehicle that has had many tentative launch dates before, none of which have actually panned out just yet.

SpaceX’s next launch will send an HPE supercomputer to the ISS

Posted in Science on 14th Aug, 2017 03:07 PM
by Alex Muller
Because the ISS sits outside the majority of Earth’s protective atmosphere, it’s exposed to more radiation, from solar flares and cosmic rays.

NASA completes space communications network

Posted in Science on 20th Aug, 2017 04:46 PM
by Alex Muller
NASA's next-generation orbital tracking and communications network has been completed.

$30 billion Small Satellite market from 2017 to 2026

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Aug, 2017 06:31 PM
by Alex Muller
More than 6,200 smallsats are to be launched in the next 10 years, with the market value expected to reach up to $30.1 billion.

SpaceX successfully launches its 12th Falcon 9 rocket of 2017

Posted in Business on 25th Aug, 2017 07:35 PM
by Alex Muller
Twelve launches in one year puts SpaceX ahead of its closes competitor in 2017, the Russian state space agency.

Spacex Falcon 9 Block 5 targets 24 hour turnaround, no refurbishment reuse and relaunch a dozen times

Posted in Business on 30th Aug, 2017 03:16 AM
by Alex Muller
The Falcon 9 Block 5 is expected to be far more reusable than the Block 3. Shotwell said a Block 5 booster could relaunch 'a dozen or so times.'

SpaceX will have a decades of commercial launch dominance

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2017 03:39 PM
by Alex Muller
In 2018, SpaceX could fully master reusable rockets that require no refurbishment for relaunch after landing.

SpaceX to launch US spaceplane next week

Posted in Science on 2nd Sep, 2017 04:37 PM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX has recently moved from civilian launches to include military contracts in its portfolio.

LinkSpace is a Chinese startup that will try to make reusable rockets like Spacex

Posted in Hardware on 19th Sep, 2017 06:00 PM
by Alex Muller
The Linkspace New Line 1 rocket will be a Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) designed for microsatellite and nanosatellite launches.

SpaceX will call global internet satellite network Starlink

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2017 08:04 AM
by Alex Muller
Low-latency, gigabit network inches closer to commercialisation.

Australia joins UK space radar mission

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2017 11:05 PM
by Alex Muller
Australia is to be a launch partner on the UK's innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR.

Up to 200 pound pieces of China’s Space Station could hit the Earth’s Surface

Posted in Hardware on 21st Oct, 2017 01:52 AM
by Alex Muller
Pieces weighing up to 200 pounds of China’s space station could make it to the surface when the 8.5-tonne laboratory breaks up.

China aims to launch a reusable spaceplane in 2020

Posted in Science on 7th Nov, 2017 08:30 AM
by Alex Muller
China plans to launch its reusable spaceplane in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Planetary Resources Arkyd-6 launched and deployed

Posted in Hardware on 13th Jan, 2018 09:13 AM
by Alex Muller
The Planetary Resources Arkyd-6 spacecraft was launched and deployed in space. This 6U cubesat is packed with power including 17 computing elements.

RocketLab reaches orbit and will charge less than $5 million per launch

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jan, 2018 05:37 AM
by Alex Muller
Following successful first and second stage burns, Electron reached orbit and deployed customer payloads.

Trump administration reportedly moving to privatise the International Space Station

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2018 11:23 PM
by Alex Muller
The Trump administration is planning to privatise the ISS instead of simply decommissioning the orbiting international experiment in 2024.

Humanity's Biggest Machines Will Be Built in Space

Posted in Hardware on 19th Feb, 2018 05:47 AM
by Alex Muller
When rockets can no longer hold oversize payloads, building in space might be the best way to go.

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