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The race to get tourists to suborbital space is heating up

July 14th, 2018 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

SPACE: FINAL FRONTIER or ultimate tourist destination? Possibly both—provided you have the cash. Already, you can buy tickets for (as-yet-unscheduled) flights aboard SpaceShipTwo, the crew vehicle developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. And at a NewSpace conference in Seattle last month, Blue Origin—helmed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos—announced that it has plans to sell tickets […]



SpaceX is flying an artificially intelligent robot named CIMON to the International Space Station

July 5th, 2018 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Unlike HAL, it won’t be able to open the pod bay doors. Its programming is limited, capable of conversation and technical support but not much else, at least for now. And instead of the searing red eye of the super computer gone rogue in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi film, “2001: A […]



Jeff Bezos’Blue Origin will start selling tickets to space next year

June 29th, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Blue Origin, the space-tourism startup owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, says it will start selling passenger tickets for trips into space in 2019. The timeline came from Blue Origin senior vice president Rob Meyerson, whose comments at an Amazon Web Services event were reported by Space News. Meyerson did not say how much the tickets […]



NASA is learning the best way to grow food in space

June 21st, 2018 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

Can gardens help astronauts go farther? “Our plants aren’t looking too good,” astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted from the International Space Station on December 27, 2015. He was right: The attached picture showed four baby zinnias bathed in magenta light. Three of the four leafy stalks were discolored and curling in on themselves. The station’s garden […]



Majority of Americans believe it is essential that the U.S. remain a global leader in space

June 19th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Despite the increasing role of private companies in space exploration, most believe NASA’s role is still vital for future. Sixty years after the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), most Americans believe the United States should be at the forefront of global leadership in space exploration. Majorities say the International Space Station […]



Will we ever colonise an asteroid?

June 17th, 2018 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

The asteroid belt is rich with precious metals. There are already plans for asteroid mining but could we ever build a colony on one? The science-fiction series The Expanse is set 200 years in the future: humans have established colonies on the Moon and Mars, and have begun colonising the asteroid belt.



Prime delivery, straight from the moon? Bezos dreams of heavy industry in space

May 31st, 2018 at 9:12 am » Comments Off

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is convinced that one day “we are going to have to leave this planet.” And he believes that his Blue Origin space company can help make it happen. Outlining his ambitious vision at the Space Development Conference in Los Angeles during a recent on-stage chat with GeekWire‘s Alan Boyle, Bezos said […]



Rocket Lab readies its first commercial launch

April 11th, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

Rocket Lab’s Electron booster stands on the launchpad during testing Following a successful January test launch that saw its Electron booster reach orbit for the first time, Rocket Lab is now getting down to business. The US-based private space firm and its wholly owned New Zealand-based subsidiary have announced plans to go ahead with its […]



This data startup uses artificial intelligence to figure out if your roof is in decent shape

April 10th, 2018 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

When you first buy a house, your insurance company doesn’t know very much about it or how much insuring it will cost. That’s because it first has to send out an inspector to look at the exterior of your house, take measurements, and check out your roof to see what kind of shape it’s in. […]



FCC approves SpaceX plan for 4,425-satellite broadband network

March 31st, 2018 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

  SpaceX has a green light from the FCC to launch a network of thousands of satellites blanketing the globe with broadband. And you won’t have too long to wait — on a cosmic scale, anyway. Part of the agreement is that SpaceX launch half of its proposed satellites within six years. The approval of […]



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