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Google said to be in talks to invest in SpaceX at $10B valuation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jan, 2015 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has gone where most startups never have: to space. And it looks like Google may well want in on the excitement.

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.

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.

Planetary Resources explains how asteroid mining will open space for human colonization

Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2013 03:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Orbit raises to Lunar landings are near infinitely more achievable when access is fueled by the resources present on asteroids.

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.

Spacex to test reusable stage combustion raptor rocket engine in 2014

Posted in Hardware on 5th Dec, 2013 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
"reusable methane combustion engines that will power the next generation of SpaceX launch vehicles designed for the colonization of Mars.”

How many satellite launches does it take to get to Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 7th Dec, 2013 03:12 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's launch this week leaves a long road to getting humans to other planets.

Inmarsat begins Global Xpress roll-out

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2013 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The roll-out has begun for Britain's single biggest commercial space project.

SpaceX launches Thai satellite into orbit and is the second successful commercial launch in about 35 days

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2014 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Spacex is on run of successful commercial launches.

Golden Spike estimates that they could repeat Apollo manned mission to the moon

Posted in Business on 8th Jan, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Golden Spike has detailed plans for a lunar return using existing assets.

NASA plans to go fishing for asteroids with harpoon-like spacecraft

Posted in Hardware on 24th Feb, 2014 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Landing spacecraft on asteroids is a delicate, precise process. Harpooning, on the other hand, is the work of an instant.

Bacteria brews biofuel with potential to replace high-energy rocket fuel

Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2014 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
An engineered a bacterium that could yield a new source of high-energy hydrocarbon fuel for rocketry and other aerospace uses.

Escape dynamics aims to eliminate single use rockets in space flight

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2014 11:10 PM
by AlexMuller
There’s a lesser-known company quietly at work at a private airport in Broomfield, Colorado, with a bold aspiration.

Russia Loses $275M Satellite in Latest Rocket Failure

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2014 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian rocket carrying a $275 million satellite failed and burned up shortly after launch on Friday, the latest in a series of setbacks for Russia's once-pioneering space industry.

Tiny KickSat Sprite satellites hitch ride into orbit

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2014 11:33 PM
by PlanetTech
Exploring space has long been the sole diversion of governments, big business and academics.

SpaceX is about to unveil its 'alien' spacecraft, the Dragon

Posted in Hardware on 25th May, 2014 04:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Private spacecraft maker SpaceX has announced plans to show off its latest collaboration with NASA.

A US Senate Panel Just Set Aside £59.4 Million to Build a Putin-Free Rocket

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2014 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Could the budgetary shot in the arm the US space program so desperately needs come from rising tensions between Russia and the US?

SpaceX's first manned spacecraft can carry seven passengers to the ISS and back

Posted in Hardware on 30th May, 2014 07:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk thinks the vessel will be ready by 2016.

SpaceX targets hundreds of flights per year by 2030 and thousands per year by 2035

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk describes upgrades to the spacecraft that could allow Dragons to fly up to 10 times without significant refurbishment.

Airbus and Safran team up to compete with SpaceX

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2014 03:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Last year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX officially entered the commercial space race.

NASA scientists look ahead to Orion's maiden flight

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
With the launch date of the Orion next-generation spacecraft approaching fast, NASA scientists have set out what they hope to learn from its maiden launch.

NASA's deep-space craft readying for launch

Posted in Hardware on 28th Jun, 2014 03:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Three long years after the Space Shuttle's retirement, NASA's successor is almost ready to make an entrance.

NASA OK’s spending on a new rocket built for deep space exploration

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2014 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
The Space Launch System project will take us back to the moon, to mars, and even beyond.

Elon Musk's Futuristic Spaceport Is Coming to Texas

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2014 09:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk’s industrial empire continues it methodical expansion.

SpaceX has a successful launch and should have Expendable Launch Vehicle certification by the end of 2014

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jul, 2014 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX successfully carried a half-dozen Orbcomm satellites into space on Monday.

DARPA announces Phase 1 of its XS-1 spaceplane program

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
It takes a lot more money and preparation to launch a rocket than to have a plane take off.

ESA prepares IXV concept spaceplane for maiden flight

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2014 05:05 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency is preparing to test the atmospheric re-entry capabilities of its new early concept spaceplane.

Video shows SpaceX did soft land the Falcon 9 first stage last week

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jul, 2014 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Fully reusable rockets are widely considered the key to opening up the space frontier.

SpaceX is building on its rocket business revolution

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jul, 2014 01:13 AM
by AlexMuller
CEO Elon Musk believes the time is coming where there will be thousands of launches each year.

SpaceX to build its first commercial spaceport in Texas

Posted in Business on 6th Aug, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX expects to launch 12 orbital rockets per year.

Where Do You Draw the Line Between the Sky and Space?

Posted in Science on 13th Aug, 2014 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
It has been more than half a century since Gagarin's historic journey, but there is still no universally accepted definition of where space begins.

SpaceX raising $200M in funding at $10 billion valuation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Aug, 2014 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The company that Elon Musk hopes will carry him to Mars has been making big strides in recent months, winning contracts to provide the rockets that ferry satellites into space.

SpaceX Rocket explodes after launch

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Aug, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk: "Three engine F9R Dev1 vehicle auto-terminated during test flight. No injuries or near injuries. Rockets are tricky"

NASA Approves Construction of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

Posted in Hardware on 29th Aug, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
For all the otherworldly space vehicle concepts that NASA engineers dream up, only a small percentage of them ever make it off the drawing board and onto the production line.

For SpaceX, the biggest challenges lie ahead

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2014 01:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has enjoyed an enviable 2014, but the real tests for the private space industry darling are still on the horizon.

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft prepares for orbital insertion

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 02:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Achieving a stable orbit around the Red Planet would be the culmination of a 10-month voyage, during which the robotic explorer traveled 442 million miles.

Bigger Than The Saturn V, Bound for Deep Space

Posted in Hardware on 19th Oct, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Part space shuttle, part Apollo era rocket, the Space Launch System will be the most powerful rocket ever built. Will it be the best?

NASA looks to SpaceX for Mars landing tips

Posted in Science on 22nd Oct, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The powered landing capability of SpaceX's Falcon 9 makes it a good test bed for studying how to land on Mars

China Launches First Privately Funded Moon Mission Today

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2014 07:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The main purpose is to try out tech that could get moon dirt and rocks to Earth.

SpaceX Plans to Start Reusing Rockets Next Year

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2014 08:54 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX is building an ocean-based landing pad so that it can reuse its launch vehicles.

SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9 booster December 9th on a floating platform and then reuse it

Posted in Hardware on 28th Oct, 2014 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Being able to reuse all the hardware for multiple flights could potentially slash the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 10 or much more.

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.

Background light suggests many stars 'outside galaxies'

Posted in Science on 10th Nov, 2014 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study of the universe's background light has suggested that as many as half its stars might be hidden in the space between galaxies.

Elon Musk teases new fins for reusable rockets, autonomous spaceport ships

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Nov, 2014 09:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Eon Musk is probably the most interesting person in private space technology right now.

NASA Wants To Launch Tiny Moon Satellites On Its Next-Generation Rocket

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Atop the SLS rocket will be a suite of CubeSats that will explore the Moon as Orion makes its journey to our closest celestial neighbor.

Ministers to chart Ariane rocket's future

Posted in Business on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Key decisions on Europe's capability and activity in space will be taken by research ministers on Tuesday.

The other reusable rocket company, Blue Origin says it should be flying to orbit in 2019

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2014 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says his vision is he wants to see millions of people living and working in space.

Orion 'Mars ship' launch postponed

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 02:53 AM
by AlexMuller
The first test flight of the US space agency's Orion "Mars ship" has been postponed, amid technical issues.

Orion splashes down

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 10:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Another chapter in the history of spaceflight was written today as the EFT-1 mission ended with the splashdown of the Orion capsule off the coast of California.

SpaceX to Try to Land Rocket on Floating Platform Next Week

Posted in Hardware on 9th Dec, 2014 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
This is important. Elon Musk says the technology could cut the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 100.

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.

SpaceX’s resupply mission gets postponed (again)

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2014 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
The fifth ISS commercial resupply mission has been delayed to no earlier than January 6th.

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.

NASA approves first SpaceX milestone for Crew Dragon

Posted in Hardware on 26th Dec, 2014 04:26 PM
by AlexMuller
If you want to fly to the International Space Station, you're only option is to hitch a lift on Russia's 1970s-vintage Soyuz space capsules. That may not be the case for much longer.

Starscraper aims for a cheap suborbital rocket to take payloads to the edge of space

Posted in Hardware on 30th Dec, 2014 10:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The International Space Station (ISS) may get all the glory, but suborbital rocket flights still play a vital part in space research.

Another Russian Company Wants to Build a Base on the Moon

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2015 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian company says that it is capable of constructing an exploration base on the moon, which will cost in the region of £6 billion.

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.

SpaceX has to wait until mid-2015 to bid on Air Force rocket launches

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2015 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
By mid-2015, SpaceX might finally be able to compete for some of the 36 or so rocket launches the US Air Force is planning.

Spacex first stage reaches the barge but landing was too hard; ISS mission was success

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jan, 2015 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk tweets: Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho.

SpaceX capsule docks with the International Space Station

Posted in Business on 13th Jan, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
The privately built Dragon capsule has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) carrying a much needed cargo of supplies.

SpaceX: game-changing rocket reusability seems likely within months

Posted in Hardware on 14th Jan, 2015 04:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX understands that the key to massively reducing launch costs is to minimize the degree to which hardware is thrown way.

Elon Musk Eyes Seattle HQ for Mars Planning

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2015 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The SpaceX boss promised details about a Mars transport system towards the end of this year.

NASA Rockets Set to Explore the Aurora Borealis

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2015 07:36 PM
by AlexMuller
The northern lights are caused when particles flowing from the sun are caught up in the Earth's magnetic field.

SpaceX closes the deal to get $1bn from Google and Fidelity

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2015 06:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The firms together own just under 10% of SpaceX, valued at $10bn. It said the money would go towards innovation in space transport and satellite manufacturing.

China planning enormous new rocket for its space program

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2015 06:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The diameter of the Long March-9 should be 8 to 10 meters, and its weight at launch should be at least 3,000 metric tons.

SpaceX and U.S. Air Force reach settlement on rocket program

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jan, 2015 07:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The settlement, SpaceX said, improves the competitive landscape and achieves mission assurance for national security space launches.

NASA successfully launches SMAP satellite

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2015 06:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The maps generated will grant us an improved ability to forecast droughts, floods, and even aid agricultural workers in crop planning and rotation.

Incredible video shows how SpaceX plans to land largest rocket in the world

Posted in Science on 2nd Feb, 2015 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has released a new video this week demonstrating just what it plans to do with its upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket.

Shackleton Energy Company aims to mine the moon

Posted in Business on 3rd Feb, 2015 02:08 PM
by AlexMuller
There are billions of tons of ice on the poles of the Moon. Shackleton Energy plans to extract lunar water ice, turn it into rocket fuel and create fuel stations in Earth's orbit.

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.

SpaceX launches DSCOVR 'space weather' satellite

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2015 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
The landing of the rocket's first stage on the drone ship did not go ahead due to stormy seas.

Might a resource 'Gold Rush' on the Moon Trigger the Next Epic Space Race?

Posted in Business on 12th Feb, 2015 07:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Shackleton Energy Company says it aims to mine lunar water. Why? To stock low-Earth orbit gas stations with Moon-made rocket fuel.

Rocket flown through northern lights to help unlock space weather mysteries

Posted in Science on 20th Feb, 2015 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The northern lights are an electromagnetic phenomena that can adversely affect power grids and communications systems.

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying two satellites

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Mar, 2015 08:15 PM
by AlexMuller
The rockets are designed to be recoverable, but they have had trouble landing the craft successfully.

NASA Has Launched a Satellite Mission Into the Magnetosphere

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2015 02:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The Atlas V rocket carries with it four Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft that will spend two years studying the magnetic fields between the Earth and the Sun.

SpaceX will more than double rocket engine production in two years

Posted in Hardware on 17th Mar, 2015 11:33 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX expects to produce at least 180 rocket engines this year, with that number set to increase to 240 next year, and 400 in 2017.

NASA Selects Companies to Develop Super-Fast Engine

Posted in Hardware on 4th Apr, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA announced it will partner with companies to create more advanced space technology, including a new engine that could get humans to Mars in less than 40 days.

For 50 Years Now, the US Has Had a Nuclear Reactor Orbiting the Planet

Posted in Hardware on 5th Apr, 2015 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Half a century ago, a rocket carried the US’s only (known) space nuclear reactor, SNAP-10A, which has been circling the Earth ever since.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket company will test reusable spacecraft later this year

Posted in Hardware on 10th Apr, 2015 02:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Blue Origin announced that it is planning unmanned test flights of its new engine and cargo capsule later this year.

United Launch Alliance developing reusable rocket called Vulcan

Posted in Science on 14th Apr, 2015 01:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The rocket could launch as soon as 2019. Its a response to competition from SpaceX and pressure to phase out the Russian engine powering its Atlas V rocket.

SpaceX's CRS-6 mission launched successfully

Posted in Hardware on 14th Apr, 2015 10:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk: 'Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.'

JAXA plans Japan’s first moon shot in 2018

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2015 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
JAXA has said it will use probes to study the possible use of materials on the moon as well as its environment, which could pave the way for future manned missions.

The first 3D printed rocket will launch soon

Posted in Hardware on 24th Apr, 2015 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Parts of the rocket engine are made with 3D printers, using a specific method which includes electron beam melting. This method massively decreases the rocket's construction time.

Russian spacecraft Progress M-27M 'out of control'

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2015 06:24 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station is out of control and is now likely to break up on re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

Is NASA one step closer to electromagnetic drive?

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2015 08:41 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA is reportedly working on technology that could take us to the moon faster than a cross-country flight.

Blue Origin's rocket flies 58 miles high in test flight

Posted in Hardware on 1st May, 2015 05:22 PM
by AlexMuller
New Shepard; the primary rocket from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight venture, Blue Origin, flew a successful test flight.

SpaceX tests launch abort system

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2015 07:06 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has put its Dragon astronaut capsule through a practice abort. The demonstration simulated what would happen to the crewship in the event of a rocket failure.

Out of control Russian spacecraft burns up in Earth's atmosphere

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2015 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The Russian space agency says that its out-of-control spacecraft has burnt up as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.

US Air Force should certify SpaceX Falcon 9 by June 2015 and nearly halve the cost of launches

Posted in Hardware on 14th May, 2015 07:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Once certified, SpaceX can compete for national security space launches against United Launch Alliance that has a monopoly.

NASA's Space Launch System enters its critical design review phase

Posted in Hardware on 14th May, 2015 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
SLS has entered its critical design review, which will see the rocket given the go-ahead for full-scale construction.

Russian rocket carrying satellite burns up over Siberia

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2015 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia's space programme has experienced a series of mishaps in recent months.

SpaceX Falcon 9 certified for medium risk NASA launches

Posted in Hardware on 18th May, 2015 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has been certified by NASA for Falcon 9 rockets to carryout Category 2 space missions. These are 'medium risk' launches such as satellites and less expensive space probes.

SpaceX Gets Certified For National Security Launches

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2015 06:12 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has certification from Space and Missile Systems Center. This is important for the launch industry, Pentagon, Air Force and the Intelligence Community.

NASA Chief Wants to Cut Mars Travel Time in Half

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Getting astronauts to Mars will take all the expertise the US can muster, including advanced propulsion technologies such as solar electric engines and perhaps even nuclear rockets.

Airbus unveils 'Adeline' re-usable rocket concept

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2015 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Airbus, which leads the production of Europe's Ariane rocket, has developed a concept that could make future vehicles partially re-usable.

SpaceX reportedly files with the FCC to offer Web access worldwide via satellite

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jun, 2015 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX’s tests will determine if its antenna technology can deliver high-speed internet access to devices on the ground.

China develops its plans to become the leader in space technology

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jun, 2015 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
While NASA and private corporations such as SpaceX get much of the attention in the US, China is showing off its plans to become the leading space power.

OneWeb satellite operator eyes huge rocket campaign

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2015 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The biggest commercial rocket campaign in history has been announced by OneWeb. The company has acquired more than 60 launchers to put up its satellite broadband network.

SpaceX recounts past mistakes before next barge test landing

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has published a post explaining how its Falcon 9 is designed to be able to fly back home, and also revisiting its failed barge landings in January and in April.

Unmanned SpaceX rocket explodes after Florida launch

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jun, 2015 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded because of 'an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank'

The Air Force sent a self destruct command to the faulty SpaceX rocket

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jul, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The Air Force has just announced that its safety officers sent the command for the rocket to destroy itself after it started to malfunction.

After the SpaceX rocket failure, supplies are finally on their way to the ISS

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The previous three missions to the ISS have ended in disaster.

New Zealand is Joining the Private Space Race

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
A company called Rocket Lab is to build a new facility near Christchurch which will launch a payload into orbit before the year is out.

Buzz Aldrin: SpaceX Failure Shows We Need More Commercial Space Travel, Not Less

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The recent failure of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is a near-term setback.

India set to launch five UK satellites

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 05:46 PM
by AlexMuller
India is set to put in orbit five foreign satellites, built in Britain, to observe the earth.

SpaceX reveals the cause of last month's Falcon 9 explosion

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jul, 2015 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
A failed steel strut holding down a canister of helium probably caused SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to explode shortly after liftoff last month, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said.

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.

Startups are rocketing to the front of the space race

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2015 08:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Capitalizing on the falling cost of launches and the miniaturization of satellites, startups are gearing up for the new space race under the moniker of NewSpace.

'Lunar Icecube' spacecraft could help NASA build a mine on the moon

Posted in Hardware on 4th Aug, 2015 11:28 PM
by AlexMuller
By turning water into rocket fuel, colonizing the moon could practically pay for itself.

The SpaceX expolsion has delayed the Falcon Heavy

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has said it's Falcon Heavy rocket, which might be the most powerful on Earth when it comes into service, has been grounded by further delays.

NASA Successfully Tests Engine For Future Mars Mission

Posted in Science on 14th Aug, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA completed one of the last tests of an engine that will help to propel its Orion crew capsule on future deep-space missions

Launch date for Inmarsat's delayed Global Xpress spacecraft

Posted in Science on 17th Aug, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The new £1bn GX network is the biggest commercial UK space project in the process of being rolled out right now.

Key Inmarsat Proton rocket flight under way

Posted in Hardware on 28th Aug, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket has launched from Kazakhstan carrying a hugely important spacecraft for London-based Inmarsat.

Key Inmarsat rocket flight from Kazakhstan 'a success'

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket mission to put a new spacecraft in orbit for London-based Inmarsat has been declared a success.

After delays, SpaceX's massive Falcon Heavy rocket set to launch in spring 2016

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 02:08 AM
by AlexMuller
'It’s going to be a great day when we launch the Falcon Heavy, some time in the late April to early May timeframe'

SpaceX Dragon capsule could bring back soil samples from Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2015 03:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Life on Mars, now or in the past, is still up for debate, and the best way to settle it is by getting samples into the hands of scientists.

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.

Jeff Bezos' Space Company, Blue Origin, now has a Florida launchpad

Posted in Hardware on 16th Sep, 2015 09:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced that his space company Blue Origin will be taking over a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida that hasn’t been used in a decade.

Orion astronaut flight faces delay to 2023

Posted in Science on 18th Sep, 2015 02:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The Space Launch System (SLS) is more powerful than the Apollo program's Saturn V, and is due to make its debut with the Orion vehicle in an uncrewed configuration, in late 2018.

China successfully launches the new Long March 6 rocket and looks forward to next generation Long March 5 in 2016

Posted in Science on 20th Sep, 2015 09:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The rocket carried 20 micro-satellites into the space for tests.

Elon Musk says his new rocket could get us to an icy moon where life may exist

Posted in Science on 24th Sep, 2015 06:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Below Europa's icy crust, a warm, salty ocean may exist containing more than twice as much water as all of Earth's reserves combined.

Moon Express and Rocket Lab team up for 2017 lunar mission

Posted in Science on 6th Oct, 2015 01:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The first private contract between two companies to carry out a lunar landing as part of Moon Express's attempt win the Google Lunar Xprize.

NASA completes successful heat shield testing for future Mars exploration vehicles

Posted in Hardware on 8th Oct, 2015 11:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Rockets have limited space to accommodate spacecraft and their heat shields. However, NASA has a solution to accommodate that.

Within 80 days Elon Musk should reveal a detailed design for the Mars Colonial Transport vehicle

Posted in Hardware on 13th Oct, 2015 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
"It's going to put over 100 tons of cargo on Mars." We are expecting something absolutely enormous.

Lunar detour could lighten the launch load for manned missions to Mars

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
A detour to the Moon could make repeated trips to Mars sustainable, reducing the mass of launch from Earth by 68%.

Review gives NASA's Space Launch System the tick of approval

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The final review paves the way for full-scale fabrication of the first exploration-class rocket since the Saturn V and the most powerful rocket ever built.

Quietly, the new space race between SpaceX and Boeing burns hot

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2015 07:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Whichever company flies astronauts first in 2017 gains serious bragging rights.

Congress Says Yes to Space Mining, No to Rocket Regulations

Posted in Business on 18th Nov, 2015 05:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The bill protects private spaceflight from regulatory oversight, and lets entrepreneurs keep whatever nonliving treasures they find out there.

SpaceX will fly astronauts to the space station in 2017

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 09:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Boeing, another company that aspires to carry astronauts to and from the space station, received a similar order in May. No word on who will go first.

Jeff Bezos launches suborbital rocket into space and lands it back on Earth

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2015 05:03 AM
by AlexMuller
New Shepard reached a height of 100.5 km, qualifying it as having traveled to space, though it was only a sub-orbital spaceflight.

First commercial launch for Japan's H-IIA rocket platform

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 07:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Although it is the first commercial launch for the launch system, the H-IIA first flew in 2001 and has been used to launch numerous satellites.

Darpa abandons plan to launch satellites from fighter jets

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2015 05:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The scheme was launching small satellites from the belly of fighter jets already high in the atmosphere. And after a second explosion, that plan is no more.

SpaceX will attempt next rocket landing at cape canaveral instead of on an ocean platform

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2015 07:15 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's previous booster landing attempts were made on giant floating platforms in the ocean (which just missed).

Lisa Pathfinder launches to test space 'ripples' technology

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The satellite will test the technologies needed to detect gravitational waves, the warping of space-time produced by cataclysmic events in the cosmos.

Orbital heads back to International Space Station on cargo run

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2015 10:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The upgraded capsule, due to arrive on Wednesday, is loaded with more than 3,500 kg of food, clothing, computer gear, spacewalk equipment and science experiments.

The Heat Is On To Reach the $30 Million Lunar XPRIZE Finish Line

Posted in Science on 8th Dec, 2015 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Israeli team SpaceIL has already booked a ride to the moon with SpaceX, and now the American team Moon Express has reserved its own rocket. The private moon race is on.

The New Space Race Is Heating Up: Asteroid Mining, Reusable Rockets, and Water on Mars

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2015 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
With growing access to large sums of private risk capital, and powerful exponential technologies, the pace of progress is accelerating.

SpaceX Will Soon Launch Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
On Sunday, SpaceX is tentatively scheduled to launch a new Falcon 9 rocket to ferry 11 satellites into orbit for telecommunications company Orbcomm Inc.

SpaceX successfully lands first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket for the first time

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Dec, 2015 02:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Having tried and failed to land a falcon 9 first stage multiple times before, today is a huge success for SpaceX.

Here's Why the SpaceX Rocket Landing Is Such a Big Deal

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
'The cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred,' Musk said.

Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 stage SpaceX successfully landed is 'ready to fire again'

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2016 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk says the rocket is ready for another mission.

Recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 is ready for a static fire test

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2016 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
To confirm that everything still works, SpaceX plans to perform a static test which would involve firing up the rocket again without actually launching it.

SpaceX upgraded the Merlin Rocket Engines

Posted in Science on 6th Jan, 2016 09:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A principal objective of the new design was to facilitate booster reusability for a larger range of missions, including delivery of large satellites to geosynchronous orbit.

NASA's heavy lift rocket is running into problems

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2016 11:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Short on budget, the Space Launch System reportedly doesn't have a game plan.

SpaceX Launch: satellite mission success, booster landing failed

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jan, 2016 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Today's mission was successful in sending NASA's Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite into orbit. However, SpaceX failed to land its rocket stage on the autonomous drone ship.

Blue Origin launches and lands sub-orbital rocket for second time

Posted in Science on 24th Jan, 2016 02:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The space venture set up by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is among a handful of companies working to develop reusable rockets.

Elon Musk to unveil Mars plans this year, wants to go to space by 2020

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2016 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Rumors have been swirling about how SpaceX will soon unveil an ambitious architecture that will allow it to begin human missions to Mars within a decade.

NASA details CubeSats to launch aboard SLS

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2016 03:56 PM
by AlexMuller
13 CubeSats will be loaded onto the most powerful rocket ever, some of which will be deployed to inspect asteroids, while others will gather data on the Moon.

SpaceX Is Gearing Up To Build Lots and Lots of New Rockets

Posted in Business on 7th Feb, 2016 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
'Now we’re in this factory transformation to go from building six or eight a year to about 18 cores a year. By the end of this year we should be at over 30 cores per year'

Newcomer Rocket Lab Secures Spire As Their Next Customer

Posted in Business on 13th Feb, 2016 10:10 AM
by AlexMuller
More companies have been able to design and build their own small satellites and are looking for launches to get their products into orbit on the cheap.

The Case for an International Moon Base

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2016 10:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Toward the end of 2015, Russia’s space program announced plans to begin a series of lunar missions that would culminate in the creation of a manned moon base by 2030.

NASA’s Mega-Rocket Will Launch Craft to Mars and Carry 13 CubeSats

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the enormous SLS, will carry 13 CubeSats and a spacecraft bound for the Red Planet.

Turborockets combining rocket and jet engines could be next step after reusable rockets

Posted in Hardware on 15th Feb, 2016 06:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A type of engine combines the speed of rockets with the gas mileage of jets in a single package.

Boeing on the track to make satellite launches cheaper than ever

Posted in Hardware on 27th Feb, 2016 03:14 PM
by AlexMuller
A cost-effective configuration with SpaceX reusable rockets will make satellite launching cheaper than ever.

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.

SpaceX has at last managed to launch its latest mission; first stage landing failed as predicted

Posted in Hardware on 5th Mar, 2016 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The Falcon has placed a telecoms satellite in orbit for the Luxembourg operator SES.

Blue Origin hopes to send tourists into space in 2018

Posted in Science on 10th Mar, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Amazon CEO and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos said he hopes to begin launching crewed test flights in 2017.

SpaceX to launch mission to ISS, with inflatable habitat in tow

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2016 08:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The Dragon capsule will carry up supplies and science experiments, including, notably, a test version of Bigelow's inflatable space habitat.

SpaceX's Big Plan To Launch Rockets Every Few Weeks

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has long talked about launching payloads into orbit as often as once per week. Now, that dream may be slowly becoming a reality.

China to launch Tiangong 2 laboratory this year and complete the space station by 2020

Posted in Hardware on 24th Mar, 2016 07:40 PM
by AlexMuller
China plans for 20 space missions this year including the testing of its most sophisticated rocket and the launch of a space habitat.

Blue Origin just launched and landed its reusable rocket for the third time

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2016 10:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Bezos said the first crewed test flights of the New Shepard will begin in 2017, with the first tourists going up in 2018.

SpaceX reusable rocket lands on ocean platform for the first time

Posted in Hardware on 9th Apr, 2016 03:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon musk hopes to launch landed rocket booster again in May or June. Bigelow inflatable habitat to be delivered to the ISS.

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft arrives at the ISS

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2016 06:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Tim Peake has successfully berthed the latest cargo ship to visit the ISS. Using the robotic arm, he grabbed the Dragon freighter on Sunday, pulling it into the Harmony module.

3d printing rocket parts and liquified natural gas could also dramatically lower launch costs

Posted in Hardware on 19th Apr, 2016 11:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Reusable rockets could greatly lower launch costs but other significant technologies are 3D printing and natural gas rocket fuel.

An engine for Mars: Aerojet wins $67M NASA contract for solar electric propulsion

Posted in Business on 22nd Apr, 2016 02:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Electric propulsion systems are expected to send astronauts to Mars and its moons starting in the 2030s.

Watch out SpaceX: China's space start up industry takes flight

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Apr, 2016 09:35 AM
by AlexMuller
A new generation of Chinese start ups are entering the space race, backed by universities and hedge funds.

Former SpaceX founding member is starting a new small rockets company

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2016 01:40 PM
by AlexMuller
While SpaceX is looking forward to launching its biggest, baddest rocket yet later this year, other companies are scaling down.

SpaceX plans to ramp up to weekly launches by 2019 and twice a week by 2021

Posted in Hardware on 1st May, 2016 08:31 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX is ramping up to two launches per month through 2016.

SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2016 05:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Now, SpaceX has both demonstrated that it can land the Falcon 9 at sea, and that the company can repeat the process.

European Space Agency races to meet the Orion spacecraft deadline

Posted in Hardware on 21st May, 2016 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The plan is for Orion and its service module launch atop the Space Launch System rocket in 2018.

SpaceX launches satellite and makes an ocean landing

Posted in Hardware on 28th May, 2016 07:52 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has for the fourth time landed the Falcon 9’s first stage after a challenging orbital launch. Its the third time that they landed a rocket on a moving robotic barge at sea.

SpaceX could drive launch costs to low earth orbit below $1000 per pound this year and down to $10 per pound by 2025

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jun, 2016 02:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Full reusability can result in "a two order of magnitude reduction in the cost of spaceflight.

SpaceX Set to Reuse Rocket Stage For the First Time

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2016 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Though a seven-month turnaround isn’t bad, the company eventually hopes that it can cut down the time to a matter of weeks.

SpaceX is disrupting the space industry so all future launch systems must be reusable, use additive manufacturing

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jun, 2016 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Launch providers including in China and India now have to rethink how to drive down cost.

First Mars crew be pioneers who build up Mars facilities for colonization

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2016 06:35 PM
by AlexMuller
"having an architecture that would enable the creation of a self-sustaining city on Mars with the objective of being a multiplanet species"

SpaceX launches two communications satellites, but crash lands booster on drone ship

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jun, 2016 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX successfully deployed both satellites, marking on all accounts a successful mission for today’s launch.

New rocket to revolutionize China's space program

Posted in Hardware on 18th Jun, 2016 02:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Long March 7’s maiden flight will not only test the rocket and next-generation human-rated spacecraft. It will also mark the first use of an island spaceport in the South China Sea.

Blue Origin finds success in parachute failure and fourth rocket landing

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2016 01:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Like rivals SpaceX, Blue Origin's aim is to develop reusable rockets as a means of making space travel cheap and more accessible.

China successfully launched new Long March 7, to be used to launch upgraded space stations

Posted in Hardware on 28th Jun, 2016 02:45 PM
by AlexMuller
The Long March 7 rocket is the second in a trio of new boosters China will use to launch and supply a space station.

NASA’s Mars-Bound Rocket Just Passed a Major Test

Posted in Science on 29th Jun, 2016 04:27 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA successfully fired-up one of those 77-tonne rocket boosters by lighting it up at full power, all while never leaving the ground.

SpaceX launching 30% more each launch and increasing launch frequency to once every two weeks

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jul, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A 30% gain in power and the ability to launch more mass to orbit, 22.8 tons now compared to 13.2 with the older rocket.

SpaceX successfully brings a rocket back to the land for the second time

Posted in Hardware on 18th Jul, 2016 09:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The landing marks the second time SpaceX recovered a rocket on land and their fifth recovered first stage in all.

SpaceX will try to land three rocket boosters at once

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jul, 2016 08:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Falcon Heavy rocket is slated to launch later this year. And if all goes as planned, all three boosters could come down for nearly simultaneous landings.

NASA books nuclear-certified Atlas 5 rocket for Mars 2020 rover launch

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jul, 2016 04:43 PM
by AlexMuller
ULA’s Atlas 5 and Delta 4-Heavy and SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy were studied as possible launch vehicles.

First Launch of NASA's New Megarocket On Track for 2018

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 01:21 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA said it will adjust the flow of work to prepare for the launch of Exploration Mission 1, the first Space Launch System flight, to keep it on schedule for the fall of 2018.

SpaceX receives order for second manned mission

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA says that the new contract will put the United States back into the manned spaceflight game and free US crews to spend more time on scientific research.

A next big thing in the space business could be tiny rockets

Posted in Hardware on 6th Aug, 2016 03:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Instead of dozens of small satellites launched annually, analysts are now forecasting hundreds of small satellites heading to orbit each year.

SpaceX successfully lands its sixth Falcon 9 rocket after launch

Posted in Science on 14th Aug, 2016 05:02 PM
by AlexMuller
And the fourth drone ship landing.

SpaceX plans to use more carbon fiber for lighter rockets as reusing stages justifies higher expenses

Posted in Hardware on 19th Aug, 2016 08:33 PM
by PlanetTech
Originally, the company made rockets mostly out of aluminum to keep costs low.

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.

SpaceX Dragon home from ISS

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2016 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The mission was SpaceX's ninth of 20 planned under a NASA resupply contract worth up to $3.1 billion.

SES company first to launch satellite on a 'second-hand' SpaceX rocket

Posted in Hardware on 31st Aug, 2016 10:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Luxembourg-based SES says it is going to be the first commercial satellite operator to launch a spacecraft on a "second-hand" rocket.

SpaceX rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

Posted in Science on 2nd Sep, 2016 02:14 AM
by AlexMuller
A rocket operated by the aerospace company SpaceX has exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired ahead of a launch.

SpaceX says it can continue launching rockets from two other launch pads

Posted in Hardware on 5th Sep, 2016 06:06 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX says it can continue launching vehicles from its two other launch sites, one in California and another one in Cape Canaveral.

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.

Jeff Bezos has designs for larger reusable rockets than the SpaceX Falcon Heavy

Posted in Hardware on 13th Sep, 2016 10:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Amazon boss has revealed details of the big, reusable rocket he has been developing inside Blue Origin space company.

SpaceX Will Start Launching Rockets Again in November

Posted in Business on 15th Sep, 2016 10:03 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX had both the first flight of its massive Falcon Heavy and the first re-flight of a Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to go up this fall. Both of those flights were pushed back.

Musk outlines his vision for Mars colony and the future of space

Posted in Hardware on 28th Sep, 2016 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has outlined his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.

Why India's commercial space programme is thriving

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2016 05:26 PM
by AlexMuller
In June India launched 20 satellites in a single mission, the most in the history of the country's ambitious space program. Seventeen of those were foreign.

SpaceX sets a date to return to orbit following the Falcon 9 launchpad explosion

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2016 02:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The company appears ready to get back on the orbital horse with plans for its next launch set for as soon as November.

SpaceX will invest $1 billion towards advanced engine systems

Posted in Business on 5th Oct, 2016 08:55 AM
by AlexMuller
Musk is spending tens of millions per year on developing his Mars colonization plans and the hardware for it. This will scale up to $200-300 million per year by 2018 or so.

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.

Orbital ATK Antares successfully launches with a return to flight after 2014 rocket failure

Posted in Hardware on 19th Oct, 2016 11:10 AM
by AlexMuller
2 years ago a rocket failure was blamed on a pump in one of the engines, left over from the Soviet manned lunar program of the 70s.

China successfully launched the new Long March 5 rocket

Posted in Science on 5th Nov, 2016 12:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The new Long March 5 rocket launched successfully on Thursday. The rocket could be used to support a Chinese space station and send an uncrewed mission to Mars.

Full Ariane 6 rocket funding is unlocked by ESA

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2016 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The final tranche of R&D funding needed to introduce a new rocket for Europe was committed on Wednesday.

Should we be worried about SpaceX's plan to fuel the falcon 9 with astronauts on board?

Posted in Hardware on 13th Nov, 2016 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Why would SpaceX want to board astronauts it this way, what are the risks, and is there any way to mitigate those risks?

Satellite to help planes avoid turbulence

Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2016 02:12 PM
by AlexMuller
A new weather satellite that could help pilots avoid turbulence has launched into space.

Moon Express targets trips to the moon at $10,000 per person by 2026

Posted in Business on 5th Dec, 2016 03:35 PM
by AlexMuller
If all goes well in the space tourism economy, tourists will be able to book a flight to the moon within the next decade.

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.

Japanese cargo ship en route to space station

Posted in Science on 11th Dec, 2016 02:18 PM
by AlexMuller
It's bringing six new lithium-ion batteries, which will replace the old nickel-hydrogen batteries used to store energy from the station's solar arrays.

Moon and Mars in China's five-year space plan

Posted in Science on 29th Dec, 2016 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars and the far side of the Moon are on the itinerary for China's National Space Administration (CNSA), according to a new white paper released this week.

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's comeback launch and landing was a success

Posted in Science on 15th Jan, 2017 10:33 AM
by AlexMuller
It's back to business for the private spaceflight company.

Mars in Three Days: Here's the Tech That Could Make It Happen

Posted in Science on 16th Jan, 2017 12:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The vast distances between us and other points of particular interest in space are vast, and the speed limitations of our technology are a significant barrier to exploration.

UAE Mars mission on track for a 2020 launch

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2017 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Hope spacecraft to inspire Arab region to generate knowledge, mission specialist says.

Rocket problems may delay SpaceX's first crewed launches

Posted in Science on 4th Feb, 2017 11:18 PM
by Alex Muller
If confirmed, cracks in the falcon 9's fuel pumps could pose a threat to astronauts.

Will the Trump Administration fund the SpaceX Mars Colonization plan?

Posted in Science on 4th Feb, 2017 11:22 PM
by Alex Muller
Trump seems to be cozying up to Elon Musk and is entertaining the idea of financing Musk’s Mars colonization project.

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.

NASA wants to put astronauts on the very first launch of its new mega-rocket

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2017 03:30 PM
by Alex Muller
The Space Launch System could carry astronauts as soon as 2019.

India lofts a record 104 satellites into orbit on a single rocket

Posted in Hardware on 18th Feb, 2017 02:51 PM
by Alex Muller
An Indian rocket deployed 104 spacecraft into orbit 300 miles above Earth on Tuesday, the largest pack of satellites ever launched on a single booster.

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.

NASA's next Orion flight could be manned

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2017 01:52 AM
by Alex Muller
The first manned Orion mission was planned for 2021, but could now take place in 2019.

NASA Studying Manned Trip Around the Moon After Prod From Trump

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2017 02:01 AM
by Alex Muller
The U.S. hasn’t sent astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit since 1970s.

US Government Issues NASA Demand, 'Get Humans to Mars By 2033'

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2017 08:01 PM
by Alex Muller
Both chambers of Congress just passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2017.

China developing rocket for manned missions to the moon

Posted in Hardware on 10th Mar, 2017 07:31 PM
by Alex Muller
China is developing an advanced new rocket, expected to be able to be operable both in the lower orbit of Earth, as well as capable of landing humans on the moon.

China aims to Send People to the Moon by 2020

Posted in Science on 12th Mar, 2017 11:14 PM
by Alex Muller
China is working to develop a new spaceship that can both fly in low-Earth orbit and land on the moon.

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.

China working on reusing rocket stages and will try to use parachutes and airbags to recover stages

Posted in Hardware on 24th Mar, 2017 07:07 PM
by Alex Muller
China is developing a rocket stage and engine recovery system.

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.

Billionaries and funding Moon and Mars exploration

Posted in Science on 1st Apr, 2017 07:46 AM
by Alex Muller
NASA has so far been unwilling to divert the $4 billion per year going to the Space Launch System into SpaceX Mars mission plans.

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.

Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion a Year in Amazon Stock to Finance the Race to Space

Posted in Hardware on 7th Apr, 2017 11:48 AM
by Alex Muller
Like Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla, Mr. Bezos has identified reusable rockets as key to lowering the price.

China has successful Long March 7 launch and mission

Posted in Science on 25th Apr, 2017 08:58 AM
by Alex Muller
The 174-foot-tall (53-meter) kerosene-fueled launcher blasted off from the Wenchang space center.

SpaceX looks to break into national security launch market on Sunday

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2017 01:18 PM
by Alex Muller
It is expected that SpaceX will offer coverage of the first stage landing attempt, about nine minutes after the launch.

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.

Jeff Bezos lays out his vision for building a city on the moon, complete with robots

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2017 07:18 PM
by Alex Muller
'I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon'

New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2017 02:46 PM
by Alex Muller
The two-stage rocket did not quite make it to orbit, but the team was very happy with the test flight.

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.

India launches 'monster' rocket

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2017 05:28 PM
by Alex Muller
India's space agency has successfully launched its heaviest rocket.

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.

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 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.

China’s moon programme takes a hit due to Long March rocket failure

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2017 03:59 PM
by Alex Muller
Causes are still being investigated, but the second Long March mishap in two weeks was probably due more to bad luck than incompetence.

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.

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