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SpaceX will launch private citizens into orbit

February 27th, 2020 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

SpaceX is planning to send up to four private citizens into space to take a trip around Earth sometime at the end of 2021 or in early 2022. The spaceflight company announced an agreement on Tuesday with Space Adventures, a space tourism business that has helped seven different private citizens take trips to (and from) […]



The sun is still a burning mystery. That may be about to change.

February 16th, 2020 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

The historic launch of the new European Solar Orbiter helps foster a golden age for understanding our nearest star. On Sunday evening, a rocket lit up Florida’s nighttime sky as it ferried a spacecraft toward a first-of-its-kind adventure to the sun. Even though our home star smolders every day in our skies, humans have only […]



Spin launch’s ginormous centrifuge plans to slingshot rockets into space

February 7th, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

One of the greatest obstacles in launching spacecraft off our planet is the tremendous volume and cost of fuel required to achieve escape velocity and break out of Earth’s gravity well into the vacuum of outer space. Aerospace firms have offered a number of novel solutions to this dilemma, but we’re still stuck with the […]



ESA opens oxygen plant, making air out of moondust

February 1st, 2020 at 1:57 pm » Comments Off

  Oxygen and metal from lunar regolith. Credit: Beth Lomax – University of Glasgow ESA’s technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust. A prototype oxygen plant has been set up in the Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory of the European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, based in Noordwijk in the […]



SpaceX is about to launch a historic mission with actual people on board Crew Dragon

January 31st, 2020 at 2:27 pm » Comments Off

SpaceX is poised to launch its first astronauts into space this spring: Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.  Their flight on the company’s Crew Dragon spaceship will mark the first time an American spacecraft has carried NASA astronauts since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011. Behnken and Hurley’s liftoff is expected to launch a new […]



China plans 39 million-mile race to Mars to catch up with NASA

January 23rd, 2020 at 1:16 pm » Comments Off

“Mars Base 1” is a Mars simulation center in the Gobi desert. China is taking its rivalry with the U.S. to another planet. The Chinese space agency is preparing a mid-year mission to Mars, marking the most ambitious project on an exploration checklist intended to achieve equal footing with NASA and transform the nation’s technological […]



China makes major breakthrough in space propulsion technology

January 20th, 2020 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

The 20-kW Hall thruster in operation at a laboratory of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation  China has made a major breakthrough in the development of the Hall-effect thruster (HET), an important space propulsion technology. Researchers from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) have developed the country’s first HET with an input […]



1,000 Starships and 20 years are needed to build sustainable city on Mars, says Elon Musk

November 20th, 2019 at 1:25 pm » Comments Off

  The CEO of SpaceX took to Twitter to share the news of how dangerous and arduous the task continues to be. Elon Musk shared more details about what will be needed to reach Mars and to build a sustainable city there. The SpaceX CEO and his company have been working hard at their long […]



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 […]



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