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Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years

November 15th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went into a bit more detail about the timelines and vehicle requirements to not only reach Mars, but to set up a sustainable base on the Red Planet that can serve as an actual city, supporting a local population. That’s the long-term vision for Musk and his space technology company, after […]



SpaceX wants to land Starship on the Moon before 2022, then do cargo runs for 2024 human landing

November 3rd, 2019 at 3:20 am » Comments Off

Speaking at a quick series of interviews with commercial space companies at this year’s annual International Astronautical Congress, SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell shed a little more light on her company’s current thinking with regards to the mission timelines for its forthcoming Starship spacefaring vehicle. Starship, currently in parallel development at SpaceX’s South Texas […]



The biggest barrier to future space exploration is in our heads

October 30th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

With enough time, the technological challenges of sending humans to Mars and beyond are solvable. But psychologically, we’re not ready to leave our home. In 1945 British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke—now best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey—correctly predicted the invention of satellites, the first of which launched into space in 1958. Then […]



Massive, AI-powered robots are 3D-printing entire rockets

October 27th, 2019 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

To make a 3D-printable rocket, Relativity Space simplified the design of many components, including the engine.PHOTOGRAPH: RELATIVITY Relativity Space may have the biggest metal 3D printers in the world, and they’re cranking out parts to reinvent the rocket industry here—and on Mars. For a factory where robots toil around the clock to build a rocket […]



The next big leap in space travel will use hypersonic planes

October 18th, 2019 at 12:13 am » Comments Off

Scramjets capable of flying at Mach 15 will make it easier and cheaper to send spacecraft and people into orbit, says hypersonics expert Michael Smart. Sending satellites, spacecraft and humans into space is an expensive business. If humanity wants to venture further across the Solar System, we need ways of reducing the cost. Perhaps the […]



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