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  • NASA Picks Falcon 9 Rocket for Launch of Asteroid Mission from Vandenberg AFB

    04/14/2019 5:47:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | 04/12/2019 | Janene Scully,
    The spacecraft will demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed, a technique known as a kinetic impactor. By slamming the spacecraft into an asteroid at a high speed, scientists hope to push the space rock off course. DART, which will feature solar electric propulsion, has a date to intercept the asteroid Didymos’ small moon in October 2022. At that point, the asteroid — or what NASA called a moonlet — will be within 11 million kilometers, or 7 million miles, of Earth. To achieve the collision, DART will employ an onboard...
  • SpaceIL: Beresheet #2 is on its way to the moon

    04/13/2019 4:17:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/4/19 | Sarah Rubenstein
    Morris Khan, Beresheet's largest funder and president of SpaceIL, announced on Saturday night that he is establishing Beresheet 2 to complete the mission of an Israeli spacecraft landing on the moon. "In light of the wonderful messages of support and encouragement and excitement I received from all over the world, I decided that we're going to establish Beresheet 2," Khan said. "We're going to put a new spacecraft on the moon and we're going to complete the mission. Tomorrow [Sunday] morning - first thing- we have a task force - we're going to sit down and plan...
  • SpaceIL chief: ‘Beresheet 2 starts tomorrow; we’ll put our flag on the moon’

    04/13/2019 2:45:41 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 19 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 13 April 2019 | By TOI staff
    'We started something and we need to finish it' SpaceIL chief: ‘Beresheet 2 starts tomorrow; we’ll put our flag on the moon’ After crash on lunar surface, billionaire Morris Kahn announces new project on-air, says mission team will meet Sunday to begin work on successor to Israel’s first moon lander Photo taken by the Beresheet spacecraft in which an Israeli flag can be seen on a plaque with the inscription, "Am Israel Hai," or "The Jewish People Lives," and in English, "Small country, big dreams," taken 37,600 kilometers from Earth. (Courtesy SpaceIL/IAI) Following the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s failure to land...
  • The world's largest plane just flew for the first time

    04/13/2019 8:58:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 131 replies
    CNN ^ | Thom Patterson,
    [I]n the desert north of Los Angeles, a gigantic, six-engined megajet with the wingspan of an American football field flew Saturday morning for the first time. Stratolaunch Systems, the company founded in 2011 ... conducted the first test flight of the world's largest plane. Stratolaunch aircraft is a giant flying launch pad, designed to hurtle satellites into low Earth orbit. It aims to offer the military, private companies and even NASA itself a more economical way to get into space. The aircraft's wingspan measures 385 feet -- wider than any airplane on the planet. From tip to tail, it's 238...
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy, all 3 boosters landed! Successful launch of Arabsat 6A (4/11/2019)

    04/13/2019 11:22:22 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    SpaceX ^ | Aoril 11, 2019 | Raw Soace
    This is only the second launch of the SpaceX Falcon heavy design, with three reusable Falcon 9 cores for the first stage. During the first launch, the side boosters returned safely, but the middle core was lost. This time, only the second launch, all three are safely landed. SpaceX Falcon Heavy, all 3 boosters landed! Successful launch of Arabsat 6A (4/11/2019)
  • We Finally Learned What a Year in Space Did to Astronaut Scott Kelly's Body

    04/12/2019 9:29:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    Time ^ | April 11, 2019 | Jeffrey Kluger
    Traveling in space looks like all kinds of fun, and in a lot of respects, it is—provided you can overlook a few downsides. There’s the loss of muscle mass, for one thing. Then there’s the decalcification of bones and the stress on the heart and the damage to the eyes and the changes in the immune system and the disruption of the genome and an actual shortening of your overall life expectancy. It was, in part, to study all of those biological problems that astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days in space from 2015 to 2016 (chronicled in TIME’s Emmy-nominated...
  • Incredible moment SpaceX lands THREE boosters back on Earth after successfully completing [tr]

    04/12/2019 3:42:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 11, 2019 | Annie Palmer and Cheyenne Macdonald
    paceX's Falcon Heavy rocket successfully took its second flight ever on Thursday afternoon, when it lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying Lockheed Martin's Arabsat 6A communications satellite. As if that weren't exciting enough, SpaceX also managed to make history by landing three boosters back on Earth for the first time. Just minutes into the launch, the giant rocket's central core landed safely on SpaceX's offshore barge in the Atlantic Ocean, dubbed 'Of Course I Still Love You,' while the two side boosters landed back on pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1 and...
  • Lockheed Martin unveils lunar lander design to get humans to the Moon by 2024

    04/11/2019 12:41:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    The Verge ^ | Apr 10, 2019, 3:42pm EDT | Loren Grush
    Lockheed Martin is unveiling new designs for a human lunar lander concept that can take people to and from the lunar surface. And the company says it can be ready within the next five years.... The vehicle consists of two elements: a lander portion that can travel down to the ground, and an ascent vehicle that can lift astronauts off the Moon’s surface. The lander is meant to travel to and from a new space station that NASA wants to build around the Moon called the Gateway. If all of these elements are created, astronauts would travel to the Gateway...
  • Watch live: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch set again for Thursday

    04/11/2019 1:11:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | 04-11-2019 | By Paul Brinkmann
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 11 (UPI) -- SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is once again scheduled to launch Thursday evening from Cape Canaveral, Fla., after several delays A Wednesday evening attempt was postponed when upper-level winds failed to subside in the evening despite company hopes. The new launch windows opens at 6:35 p.m. for two hours at Kennedy Space Center. Weather forecasts are 90 percent favorable for the latest attempt. But delays or postponements can happen because of weather, technical problems or other issues. Crowds of onlookers had crammed the Titusville waterfront, beaches and causeways headed to the Space Center on...
  • Watch SpaceX Attempt a Triple Rocket Landing During Falcon Heavy Launch Today

    04/10/2019 4:42:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | 04/10/2019 | Tariq Malik
    SpaceX will attempt to pull off the world's first successful triple rocket landing during the company's first commercial Falcon Heavy flight mission today (April 10), and you can watch it all live online. The Falcon Heavy megarocket, the most powerful booster currently in use, is set to launch the Arabsat-6A communications satelliteinto orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 6:35 p.m. EDT (2235 GMT). After liftoff, the huge rocket's two side boosters and central core stage are expected to return to Earth for the triple landing. You can watch the Falcon Heavy launch live here and on...
  • Astronauts on the Moon in 2024? US Can't Do It Alone, NASA Chief Says

    04/09/2019 8:06:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies ^ | Hanneke Weitering
    "Putting humans on the moon in 2024 is not an America-alone effort," Bridenstine told a jampacked room of space industry officials. "We need all of our international partners. In fact, none of us can do what we want to achieve alone." "The plans that we laid out for 2028 are the same plans that we're going to use to get to the moon in 2024. We're just going to have to move forward some of our investments, but it's all achievable," Bridenstine said, adding that a sufficient budget is still "key." NASA is currently working on an amendment to its...
  • Is The Last Call Bell About To Toll For Tesla?

    04/09/2019 7:02:45 AM PDT · by KevinB · 48 replies ^ | April 9, 2019 | Seeking Alpha
    Summary: 1. Terrible first-quarter deliveries data was reported. 2. Cash and cash equivalents are shrinking. 3. The CEO's eccentric and whimsical behavior (and SEC scrutiny) taking focus off of running the business. 4. How long has Tesla really been in trouble? Investment Thesis: Despite producing and selling approximately 600,000 vehicles (including in 1Q19), Tesla (TSLA) has been unable to secure a path to financial safety. Using a relatively simple methodology, The Altman Z-score, plotted quarterly since 2010, shows us just how perilous the company's situation is.
  • Beresheet spacecraft succeeds in latest maneuver, bringing it closer to moon

    04/08/2019 10:30:08 AM PDT · by Ezekiel · 24 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, April 8, 2019 | By TOI staff and Melanie Lidman
    Three days before landing attempt on April 11 in the Sea of Serenity, Israeli vessel executes move to tighten its orbit The Beresheet spacecraft snapped this picture of the moon's surface at a height of just 440 kilometersduring the lunar capture maneuver on April 4, 2019. (Courtesy Beresheet) After entering lunar orbit last week, Israeli spacecraft Beresheet on Monday morning successfully performed another maneuver as it entered ever-tighter orbits around the moon, before attempting to land on April 11 in the Sea of Serenity. The maneuver reduced the maximum distance of the spacecraft’s elliptical path around the moon from 750...
  • NASA Shuts the Door on 'Dumb and Dumber' Policies

    04/08/2019 8:28:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | April 8, 2019 | David Wallace
    “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”This famous line, spoken by Jim Carrey’s famous Lloyd Christmas character, has become bigger than the quirky, outgoing limousine driver who once traveled the world with an abandoned suitcase full of money to pursue a girl that had no interest in him.Over the last several days, Carrey’s line has essentially been said over and over by many starry-eyed space geeks, who are pushing NASA to use inappropriate, flashy technology for President Trump's long-anticipated Moon mission. The insistence and persistence of these Star Trekkies is putting personal curiosity over America’s mission success, timeliness, and cost...
  • Can Robots Build a Moon Base for Astronauts? Japan Hopes to Find Out.

    04/07/2019 1:48:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | 04/07/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
    Japan's space agency wants to create a moon base with the help of robots that can work autonomously, with little human supervision. The project, which has racked up three years of research so far, is a collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the construction company Kajima Corp., and three Japanese universities: Shibaura Institute of Technology, The University of Electro-Communications and Kyoto University. Recently, the collaboration did an experiment on automated construction at the Kajima Seisho Experiment Site in Odawara (central Japan). A 7-ton autonomous backhoe went through its paces at the site, going through procedures such as driving...
  • Tesla makes deal with Fiat Chrysler to pool fleet for EU emission requirement

    04/07/2019 2:22:29 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    Electrek ^ | 7 April 2019 | Fred Lambert
    Tesla sent out an invite to automakers who could use its important zero-emission fleet in Europe and according to an update on the European Commission’s website, Fiat Chrysler took them up on the offer. It also comes at a great time as Tesla is believed to be under a significant cash crunch following a lackluster first quarter in 2019. That said, Tesla shouldn’t expect it to last for too long because automakers don’t like to send money to their competitors.
  • Boeing delays Starliner test flights (again, and again, and again...)

    04/03/2019 11:11:57 AM PDT · by Yossarian · 21 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | 4/3/19 | Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON — Boeing confirmed April 2 it will delay the uncrewed test flight of its commercial crew vehicle, citing a tight schedule and conflicts with another launch. In a statement to SpaceNews, Boeing said the first flight of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, called the Orbital Flight Test, is now scheduled for August on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. That launch had been scheduled for this spring. In the statement, Boeing said it had entered the “final phases of production” of the Starliner that will fly that uncrewed test flight. “Our Starliner team continues to press...
  • Turns Out India’s ASAT Shot Created A Space Junkyard After All

    04/02/2019 12:13:08 PM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 2, 2019 | Jazz Shaw
    Last week, when I wrote about India’s recently proven ASAT technology that took down one of their own satellites, it appears I gave them a bit too much benefit of the doubt. Among the various concerns raised by this show of force was the fear that they might generate a new cluster of orbital debris, posing even more of a risk to rockets, other satellites, and the International Space Station. At the time, India claimed there was nothing to worry about because they had intentionally put their satellite in a very low orbit and the remains would soon fall and...
  • Next Stop, Triton? Here's Two Wild Ideas to Explore Neptune's Weirdest Moon

    04/01/2019 4:20:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | Meghan Bartels
    It's a large moon, the seventh largest in our solar system, and scientists think it was born in the Kuiper Belt before falling into its current location in orbit around the most distant planet. ...Procktor and her colleagues believe they can photograph the moon's entire surface in a single pass. ...On its way past Triton, the spacecraft's flight would be timed in order to see in sunlight the 60 percent or so of its surface that Voyager 2 couldn't see. After the initial approach, the spacecraft would turn its camera back to recapture the 40 percent of the surface Voyager...
  • US to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024, VP Pence Says

    03/26/2019 1:19:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | 03/26/2019 | Mike Wall
    The United States plans to land astronauts on the moon within the next five years, Vice President Mike Pence announced today (March 26). The nation had been shooting for a 2028 lunar touchdown, but "that's just not good enough," Pence said during the fifth meeting of the National Space Council (NSC), which he chairs. "We're better than that." So, it is now the official policy of the United States to return astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024, the vice president stressed, invoking a 21st-century space race with China and Russia. "Urgency must be our watchword," Pence said...