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  • SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down with NASA’s Station Science Cargo

    08/27/2016 7:18:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    universe today ^ | 26 Aug , 2016 | Ken Kremer
    A SpaceX commercial Dragon cargo ship returned to Earth today, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, by splashing down safely in the Pacific Ocean – thus concluding more than a month long stay at the International Space Station (ISS). The vessel was jam packed with some 1.5 tons of NASA cargo and critical science samples for eagerly waiting researchers. The parachute assisted splashdown of the Dragon CRS-9 cargo freighter took place at 11:47 a.m. EDT today in the Pacific Ocean – located some 326 miles (520 kilometers) southwest of Baja California. Dragon departed after spending more than five weeks berthed at the...
  • Spacewalkers attach docking adapter to space station for commercial vehicles

    Attached to the station’s no-longer-needed shuttle port at the front of the station, the Boeing-built International Docking Adapter will allow spacecraft from both companies to bring crews to the outpost, ending NASA’s sole reliance on Russian Soyuz ferry ships. A second IDA is expected to be attached in 2018. “It is amazing that now we’ve opened up a new chapter in the story of the International Space Station, putting the front door on this for future commercial vehicles,” radioed station commander Jeff Williams, who worked with astronaut Kate Rubins to attach and outfit the IDA. “Congratulations to the entire team.”...
  • Live coverage: Falcon 9 rocket counting down to launch tonight (10:26pm PDT/1:26am EDT)

    08/13/2016 8:00:06 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 13AUG2016 | Stephen Clark
    For the second time this year, SpaceX is preparing to launch a commercial communications satellite for Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. early Sunday. A Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast off at 1:26 a.m. EDT (0526 GMT) from Cape Canaveral with the JCSAT 16 satellite to relay data and video across Japan and the Asia-Pacific. A first stage landing attempt will follow in the Atlantic Ocean a few minutes later. The launch window extends for two hours. On Saturday, ground crews at Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad plan to roll the Falcon 9 rocket out of its hangar...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Set for Post-Midnight Blastoff and Landing on Aug. 14 – Watch Live

    08/13/2016 8:22:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 13 Aug , 2016 | Ken Kremer
    Scarcely three weeks after the mesmerizing midnight launch and landing of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that delivered over two tons of science and critical hardware to the space station for NASA, the innovative firm is set to repeat the back to back space feats – with a few big twists – during a post midnight launch this Sunday, Aug.14 of a Japanese telecom satellite. In less than 24 hours, a freshly built SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to transform night into day and launch the JCSAT-16 communications satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station...
  • SpaceX Adopts Lessons Learned From Multiple Booster Landings – Test Fires Recovered 1st Stage...

    07/31/2016 8:50:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Updated: 31 Jul , 2016 | Ken Kremer
    On Thursday, July 28, SpaceX engineers successful conducted a full duration engine test firing of a recovered Falcon 9 first stage booster on a test stand at the company’s rocket development test facility in McGregor, Texas. The SpaceX team has been perfecting the landing techniques by adopting lessons learned after each landing campaign attempt. What are the lessons learned so far from the first stage landings and especially the hard landings? Are there any changes being made to the booster structure? How well did the landing burn scenario perform? During SpaceX’s recent CRS-9 launch campaign media briefings at NASA’s Kennedy...
  • CRS-9 Technical Webcast (While We Slept)

    07/18/2016 2:20:28 AM PDT · by knarf · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | July 17, 2016 | SP0ACE X
    start at the 16 minute mark
  • Weather looks favorable for Falcon 9 launch and landing (9:45pm PST/12:45am EST)

    07/17/2016 7:09:07 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 51 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 15JUL2016 | Stephen Clark
    Forecasters predict mostly clear skies and light winds at the surface and aloft for Monday’s launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station, favorable conditions for the booster’s liftoff and landing at Cape Canaveral. The official launch weather forecast released Friday by the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron calls for a 90 percent of acceptable conditions for liftoff at 12:45:29 a.m. EDT (0445:29 GMT) Monday. A weather axis draped over Central Florida will lift north over the weekend, setting up generally good weather Monday. “This will result in moderate temperatures and...
  • Nasa to put man on far side of moon

    03/18/2006 4:10:56 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 157 replies · 3,453+ views
    The Sunday Times March 19, 2006 Nasa to put man on far side of moon Jonathan Leake , Science Editor NASA, the American space agency, has unveiled plans for one of the largest rockets ever built to take a manned mission to the far side of the moon. It will ferry a mother ship and lunar lander into Earth orbit to link up with a smaller rocket carrying the crew. Once united they will head for the moon where the larger ship will remain in orbit after launching the lunar lander and crew. The design emerged during a space science...
  • Hype the Loop

    06/11/2016 7:16:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Dream on you loopians, just don't expect me to fund your crazy ideas! There is a new company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) that intends to revolutionize high speed continental travel. It’s CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, recently announced an agreement with the Slovakian government to build Hyperloops from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia, and from Bratislava to Budapest, Hungary. Its competitor, Hyperloop One, recently tested an open air propulsion test of a vehicle with its “Blade Runner” test rig. The Japanese “bullet trains” going at 200 mph are like snails in comparison. The new hyper-things are envisaged to do about 760 mph....
  • It’s not only rich South Africans who are leaving the country – young educated ones are too

    06/11/2016 10:44:47 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 47 replies
    BusinessTech ^ | June 9, 2016
    A new report suggests that young educated South Africans plan to leave the country to work abroad, rather than plough their knowledge back into the local economy. The report comes from PPS, an insurance, investment, healthcare and financial planning specialist for graduate professionals. The company’s latest Student Confidence Index (SCI), conducted among over 1,500 South African students, revealed that 54% of the respondents plan to move abroad for work purposes in the next five years following their graduation. It follows a report published by New World Wealth, which showed that white millionaire numbers have decreased dramatically in SA – from...
  • U.S. Set to Approve Moon Mission by Commercial Space Venture

    06/08/2016 8:56:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2016 | Andy Pasztor
    U.S. officials appear poised to make history by approving the first private space mission to go beyond Earth's orbit, according to people familiar with the details. The government's endorsement would eliminate the largest regulatory hurdle to plans by Moon Express, a relatively obscure space startup, to land a roughly 20-pound package of scientific hardware on the Moon sometime next year. It also would provide the biggest federal boost yet for unmanned commercial space exploration and, potentially, the first in an array of for-profit ventures throughout the solar system. The expected decision, said the people familiar with the details, is expected...
  • US NATIONAL SECURITY AT STAKE IN ROCKET ENGINE DEBATE

    06/07/2016 10:09:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/07/16 | Megan Barth
    The nation cannot afford to simply put all of that critical intelligence gathering “on hold” for several years No matter which party wins the White House in November our next Commander in Chief will inherit a world far more unstable than at any point in recent history. From the rapid expansion of ISIS, to recent nuclear tests in North Korea, to the many problems in Afghanistan and Iraq, the very real threats to America and its allies have never been more evident. Roughly 150,000 U.S. troops are stationed in more than 150 countries around the world and they are the...
  • SpaceX to Boeing: Thanks for All the Free Money!

    06/06/2016 3:35:03 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 6/4/2016 | Rich Smith
    Delays in prepping the CST-100 crew capsule could cost Boeing millions -- or more. "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." -- attributed to Mark Twain And over at Boeing (NYSE:BA), "history" looks like it's about to rhyme with "misery" for the one-time space monopolist. As you may recall, Boeing (in the form of United Launch Alliance, its joint venture with Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)) was forced to bow out of an Air Force competition to launch a GPS III satellite into orbit last year. ULA's withdrawal was partly Congress' fault, inasmuch as Congress had briefly enacted a law forbidding...
  • Huffington Post: At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump

    03/07/2016 8:21:06 PM PST · by GeaugaRepublican · 333 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 03/07/2016 | Ryan Grim,
    "Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering. The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory...
  • Russia Keeps Profiting from U.S. Reliance on RD-180 Rocket Engine

    05/29/2016 7:58:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/27/2016 | Bridget Johnson
    The outcome of dueling versions of the National Defense Authorization Act could determine how much the U.S. lines Russia's pockets before what some lawmakers hope is a speedy transition to a domestically produced rocket engine. The RD-180 engine is built by NPO Energomash, a manufacturer mostly owned by the Russian Federation. It's used in the Atlas V rocket, built by Lockheed Martin and Boeing's United Launch Alliance. The House version of the NDAA approves all of the 18 requested engines. In the Senate, where there has been a lengthy battle over buying from Russia, the NDAA authorizes nine engines. Either...
  • NASA inflates spare room in space

    05/28/2016 2:53:43 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 13 replies
    NASA on Saturday successfully expanded and pressurized an add-on room at the International Space Station two days after aborting the first attempt when it ran into problems.
  • SpaceX Targets Thursday May 26 for Thai Comsat Launch and Tough Sea Landing – Watch Live

    05/25/2016 5:43:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 05/25/2016
    SpaceX is rapidly picking up the pace of rocket launches for their wide ranging base of commercial, government and military customers that is continuously expanding and reaping contracts and profits for the Hawthorne, Calif. based company. This commercial mission involves lofting Thaicom-8 to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) for Thaicom PLC, a leading satellite operator in Asia. This also counts as the second straight GTO launch and the second straight attempt to land a rocket on a sea based platform from the highly demanding GTO launch trajectory. Will this mission make for 3 successful Falcon 9 1st stage booster landings...
  • India's Mini-Shuttle Blasts Into Elon Musk's Race For Space

    05/23/2016 6:14:59 AM PDT · by Republic_Venom · 21 replies
    www.ndtv.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Anurag Kotoky, Ganesh Nagarajan, Bloomberg
    India successfully launched a scale model of a reusable spacecraft on Monday, a project that in time could pit the nation against billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the race to make access to space cheaper and easier. The winged vessel -- one-fifth of full size -- blasted off on a rocket from Sriharikota base on the southeastern coast, the Indian Space Research Organisation said. The spacecraft reached an altitude of 65 kilometers (40 miles) and glided back at supersonic speeds for a splashdown in the Bay of Bengal. The test took about 13 minutes.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Falcon 9 and Milky Way

    05/14/2016 1:08:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | Saturday, May 14, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: On May 6, the after midnight launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit up dark skies over Merritt Island, planet Earth. Its second stage bound for Earth orbit, the rocket's arc seems to be on course for the center of the Milky Way in this pleasing composite image looking toward the southeast. Two consecutive exposures made with camera fixed to a tripod were combined to follow rocket and home galaxy. A 3 minute long exposure at low sensitivity allowed the rocket's first stage burn to trace the bright orange arc and a 30 second exposure at high sensitivity...
  • SpaceX Dragon Space Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

    05/11/2016 3:29:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 11, 2016 05:50pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    SpaceX personnel will recover Dragon by ship and then haul the spacecraft to Long Beach for processing. Dragon is the only robotic cargo vessel currently flying that's capable of bringing material safely from the ISS down to the ground. The other freighters — Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, Russia's Progress vessel and Japan's H-II Transfer Vehicle — are all designed to burn up in Earth's atmosphere and therefore are packed with garbage, not cargo, when they depart the orbiting lab.
  • Photos:SpaceX Launches JCSAT-14 Satellite,Lands Rocket at Sea.

    05/06/2016 7:25:31 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    Space.com ^ | 5/6/2016 | SPACE.com Staff
    SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket rises off the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying the JCSAT-14 communications satellite on May 6, 2016. Photos on site.
  • SpaceX releases 360-degree footage of the Falcon 9 sea landing

    04/29/2016 8:50:49 PM PDT · by Rabin · 27 replies
    theverge.com ^ | April 29, 2016 | By Sean O'Kane
    SpaceX has just published a 360-degree video of landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on an at sea, barge.
  • SpaceX planning to be first private company to land on Mars by 2018

    04/27/2016 12:05:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated 19:23, 27 Apr 2016 | By David Raven
    The company said it is planning to send their Dragon spacecraft to the red planet as early as 2018 SpaceX is planning to be the first private company to land on Mars within the next two years. The company said it is planning to send its Dragon spaceraft to the red planet as early as 2018. Bosses announced their intentions in a statement on Twitter this afternoon. A spokesperson tweeted: "Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018. Red Dragons will inform overall Mars architecture, details to come." Earlier this month the US aerospace company successfully landed a...
  • CRS8 Comes Home - SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster 04-19-2016

    04/25/2016 11:15:45 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 13 replies
    USLaunchReport ^ | 4/19/2016 | USLaunchReport
    Links: SpaceX - CRS8 Booster at Port Canaveral 04-12-2016 CRS8 Comes Home - SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster 04-19-2016
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The International Space Station over Earth

    04/18/2016 1:11:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    NASA ^ | Monday, April 18, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The International Space Station is the largest object ever constructed by humans in space. The station perimeter extends over roughly the area of a football field, although only a small fraction of this is composed of modules habitable by humans. The station is so large that it could not be launched all at once -- it continues to be built piecemeal. To function, the ISS needs huge trusses, some over 15 meters long and with masses over 10,000 kilograms, to keep it rigid and to route electricity and liquid coolants. Pictured above, the immense space station was photographed from...
  • WATCH: History Made as SpaceX Lands Rocket on Drone Ship at Sea

    04/08/2016 6:34:02 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    gCaptain ^ | April 8, 2016 | Mike Schuler
    Elon Musk’s private space company SpaceX made history on Friday finally landing its reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • SPACEX DOES IT!! SAFE LANDING ON THE BARGE

    04/08/2016 1:55:46 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 75 replies
    SpaceX ^ | 4/8/16
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  • Blue Origin releases video from third launch and landing of New Shepard

    04/03/2016 6:04:26 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 38 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 4/2/2016 | Emily Calandrelli
    Remember when Blue Origin made history by vertically landing a rocket after launching it into space? Remember when they reused that same rocket and then landed it again? Well, today Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, once again, launched that very same New Shepard rocket and successfully landed it for a third time. At 11:28 AM EST, Bezos announced the successful landing of the New Shepard suborbital rocket as well as the crew capsule that it was carrying into space. While the rocket will eventually be used for crewed missions, there were no humans on this flight. Unlike previous launches where the...
  • SpaceX Aborts Rocket Launch Just Before Liftoff [During Ignition]

    02/28/2016 7:42:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Space.com ^ | 02/28/2016 | Mike Wall
    SpaceX aborted the launch of a commercial communications satellite less than a second before liftoff this evening (Feb. 28), delaying the mission yet again. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch the SES-9 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:46 p.m. EST (2346 GMT) today, but that initial liftoff time was pushed back 35 minutes because a boat wandered into the mission's "keep-out zone," launch controllers said. At 7:21 p.m. EST (0021 GMT on Monday, Feb. 29), the Falcon 9's engines began firing up, but they shut down just as the countdown clock was reaching...
  • LIVE THREAD: SpaceX Launch of SES-9 6:47pm EST

    02/25/2016 3:29:02 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 26 replies
    SpaceX website ^ | 1/25/16 | SpaceX
    Today is the 2nd attempt to launch the Falcon 9/SES-9 satellite into geosynchronous orbit. The launch was postponed from yesterday due to weather. At this time, there is an 80% chance of favorable weather. If all goes well, the Falcon 9 first stage will also attempt to land on one of SpaceX's robotic barges out in the Atlantic. If successful, this will be the first time the first stage lands on the barge.
  • The Moon or Mars? NASA Must Pick 1 Goal for Astronauts, Experts Tell Congress

    02/04/2016 2:57:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    space.com ^ | 02/04/2016 | Calla Cofield,
    NASA can't afford to put humans on Mars while also pursuing missions to put astronauts back on the moon, according to a panel of experts who testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space yesterday (Feb. 3). "Today the future of NASA's human spaceflight program is far from clear," said Tom Young, former director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "There has been continual debate about should we go to the moon or Mars or both ... It is clear, again, that we cannot do both. And there is a need to focus our attention, capability and resources...
  • Mysterious Wire-Feed, Powderless Metal 3D Printer to Be Unveiled Sometime This Year

    01/31/2016 8:34:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    3D Print ^ | January 30, 2016 | Clare Scott
    If you've been keeping up with 3D printing news at all, you're probably pretty familiar with metal 3D printing by now. It's one of the fastest-growing sectors in the industry; just about every major 3D printer manufacturer is scrambling to keep up with the rapidly developing metal technology. Not only is it becoming less expensive and more accessible, but material capabilities keep expanding, with new metals and alloys being introduced on what seems like a weekly basis by certain companies. Even if you have only a basic knowledge of metal 3D printing, you probably know that it's done with powder...
  • Former commercial astronaut says NASA must lead the way in space exploration

    01/23/2016 4:31:17 AM PST · by Marcus · 6 replies
    Blasting News ^ | Jan 23, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    Charles D. Walker (a former commercial astronaut), kicked up something of a fuss recently when he opined in the pages of the Arizona Daily Star that NASA should lead the way in space exploration and not leave everything to the private sector. The reasons he cites are risk and lack of a clear profit motive, particularly related to going to Mars. The commercial space sector should be encouraged to bring down the cost of space travel, particularly by operating a space taxi service to the International Space Station, in his view. But NASA must lead the way in exploration, particularly...
  • SpaceX rocket stage fails to land on drone ship

    01/17/2016 4:14:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/17/2016 | Geoffrey Mohan
    Elon Musk's SpaceX managed to launch a satellite into orbit Sunday, but suffered another setback in its attempt to retrieve a rocket stage by landing it on a sea-going platform. SpaceX officials said the Falcon 9 rocket first stage experienced a "hard landing" and broke one of its stabilizer arms designed to hold it upright. The fate of the rocket stage was not immediately known, and there was no video footage of the landing immediately available, those officials said. This was the third time the Hawthorne-based company failed to accomplish a clean sea landing, although the company brought a Falcon...
  • Recovered Falcon 9 booster fires again at Cape Canaveral

    01/16/2016 8:32:03 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 30 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 16JAN2016 | Stephen Clark
    The Falcon 9 booster that dramatically flew back to Earth last month following a commercial satellite launch ignited again Friday in a hold-down test at SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral launch pad, days before the company is due to launch its next mission from California, officials said. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk tweeted that the “data looks good overall” but one of the Merlin engines — Engine No. 9 — showed thrust fluctuations during the test firing. Officials did not say how long the nine-engine first stage fired at the Complex 40 launch pad at Cape Canaveral, where the Falcon 9 took...
  • 3 Private Spaceflight Companies Will Ferry Cargo to Space Station

    01/14/2016 7:23:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 14, 2016 07:17pm ET | Calla Cofield,
    NASA has selected SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Sierra Nevada Corp. to fly cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2019, the agency announced today (Jan 14). Between 2019 and 2024, NASA will purchase a minimum of six uncrewed cargo missions from each of the three companies, agency officials said in a media briefing today. The space agency has the option to purchase additional re-supply missions from any of the three providers, and will likely do so, said Kirk Shireman, program manager for the ISS. SpaceX and Orbital ATK were selected as cargo providers in NASA's first round of...
  • Russia Enters 'Space Race' To Build Moon Base

    08/31/2007 3:09:55 PM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 1,679+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-31-2007 | Graeme Baker
    Russia enters 'space race' to build moon base By Graeme Baker Last Updated: 5:57pm BST 31/08/2007 Russia has revived another Cold War rivalry by entering a new “space race” with America to build a permanent base on the Moon. The moon from Moscow's Novodevichy Monastery Anatoly Perminov, the head of the space agency Roskosmos, said Russia would organise a manned lunar mission by 2025 and would be ready to build an “inhabited station” between 2027 and 2032. From there, cosmonauts could strike out on a long-planned mission to Mars as early as 2035. “According to our estimates we will be...
  • 3-D Printed Ceramics Could Build Next-Gen Spaceships

    01/02/2016 9:20:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    discovery.com ^ | 12/31/2015 | Eric Niiler
    Schaedler and colleagues at HRL invented a resin formulation that can be 3-D printed into parts of virtually any shape and size. The printed resin can then be fired, converting it into a high strength, fully dense ceramic. The resulting material can withstand ultrahigh temperatures in excess of 1,700 degrees Celsius (3,092 Fahrenheit) and is 10 times stronger than similar materials. Ceramics are much more difficult to work with than plastics or metals because they cannot be cast or machined easily, according to Schaedler, who is an author on the new study appearing today in the journal Science. But Schaedler's...
  • WILL 2016 BE THE YEAR ELON MUSK REVEALS HIS MARS COLONIAL TRANSPORTER PLANS?

    01/01/2016 9:05:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    Universe Today ^ | January 1, 2016 | Nancy Atkinson
    There are several space stories we’re anticipating for 2016 but one story might appear — to some — to belong in the realm of science fiction: sometime in the coming year Elon Musk will likely reveal his plans for colonizing Mars. Early in 2015, Musk hinted that he would be publicly disclosing his strategies for the Mars Colonial Transport system sometime in late 2015, but then later said the announcement would come in 2016.
  • Reusability is revolutionizing the economics of spaceflight

    12/31/2015 11:48:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    wtexas.com ^ | Molly Solana
    Space X's Elon Musk predicts that the reusable rocket will reduce the cost of accessing space by at least hundredfold. SpaceX and Blue Origin, both have succeeded in landing rocket back on earth, but in different zones. On December 21, SpaceX has returned its 15-storey booster rocket upright and in intact form to a landing pad at a Cape Canaveral. It was big feat and one of the factors was a $60 million worth machinery was recovered. Blue Origin, a privately owned company created by Jeff Bezos, has launched and landed its own booster rocket for a suborbital flight. Indeed,...
  • ORNL achieves milestone with plutonium-238 sample

    12/25/2015 12:08:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/22/2015 | Ron Walli
    With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions. ... Researchers will analyze the sample for chemical purity and plutonium-238 content, then verify production efficiency models and determine whether adjustments need to be made before scaling up the process. ... There are currently only 35 kilograms, or about 77 pounds, of plutonium-238 set aside for NASA missions, and only about half of this supply meets power specifications. This is...
  • A Challenge to Get to Mars and Back

    12/25/2015 6:31:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25 | Suzanne Fields
    Measure it any way you like, but this hasn't been that championship season of the "can do" spirit of America. Most of the presidential campaigners spend their allotted minutes criticizing what's wrong with the country, how others have made a mess of things and why voters should put them in charge of changing things. It's difficult to find the formula through the haze of confusion and fog of rhetoric. There's far more blowhard nastiness than creative eloquence. That's what politics is about, of course, but it gets tiresome in the holiday season when we're craving inspiration from our better angels,...
  • SpaceX Falcon rocket nails safe landing in pivotal space feat

    12/22/2015 2:46:25 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:08am EST | Joe Skipper
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Monday with a payload of communications satellites before the reusable main-stage booster turned around, soared back to Cape Canaveral and landed safely near its launch pad in a dramatic spaceflight first. The successful mission, capped by delivery of all 11 satellites to orbit for launch customer ORBCOMM Inc (ORBC.O), unfolded in just over 30 minutes and marked a pivotal reversal of fortunes for privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, founded by high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.
  • Wow! SpaceX Lands Orbital Rocket Successfully in Historic First

    12/21/2015 8:08:25 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 78 replies
    Space.com ^ | 21DEC2015 | Mike Wall
    The third attempt at a historic reusable-rocket milestone was the charm for SpaceX. The private spaceflight company brought the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a soft touchdown tonight (Dec. 21), pulling off history's first-ever rocket landing during an orbital launch. (Blue Origin, the company led by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, landed its New Shepard booster successfully last month, but that occurred during a suborbital test.) The Falcon 9 blasted off at 8:29 p.m. EST today (0129 GMT on Dec. 22) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, tasked with delivering to orbit 11 spacecraft...
  • Congrats to Space X on a successful launch tonight!

    12/21/2015 5:37:27 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 64 replies
    Vanity | 12-21-2015 | Truebackman
    The Falcon 9 Rocket cleared the tower at 8:29 EST and the rocket seem on point to deliver its payload into space as the first stage is on point to return for a landing tonight with the landing burn coming up
  • Watch live: SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral

    12/21/2015 9:06:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    orlandosentinel ^ | 12/21/2015
    SpaceX is scheduled to launch its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a payload of 11 ORBCOMM-2 satellites at 8:33 p.m. ... Watch the live video above starting at 8 p.m. or at www.spacex.com/webcast.
  • Rocket landing at Cape Canaveral planned after SpaceX launch (liftoff TODAY 5:29pm PST/8:29pm EST)

    12/20/2015 12:13:01 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 55 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 19DEC2015 | Stephen Clark
    Artist's concept of a Falcon 9 booster stage descending to a landing site at Cape Canaveral. Credit: SpaceX Assuming SpaceX's plans come to fruition, a Falcon 9 flight from Cape Canaveral on Sunday will end with a vertical rocket-assisted landing at an abandoned Cold War-era launch facility a few miles away. SpaceX confirmed the rocket's first stage, a slender cylindrical kerosene-fed rocket body standing 156 feet tall, will aim for a controlled touchdown at a landing pad the company rented from the U.S. Air Force less than six miles south of the Falco 9's Complex 40 launch pad. Liftoff...
  • SpaceX plans to return Falcon 9 rocket to flight Sunday

    12/19/2015 6:54:54 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 19DEC2015 | Stepehen Clark
    SpaceX says Sunday is the target launch date for the first launch of a remodeled version of its Falcon 9 rocket, and the launcher’s first mission since a June failure, after completing a practice countdown and engine ignition test Friday. The mission’s firsts, including a possible landing attempt for the Falcon 9’s first stage, make it a critical launch for SpaceX as the company simultaneously resumes flying its fully-booked manifest, debuts a new generation Falcon booster, and continues a lengthy research and development initiative into rocket reusability. Sunday’s launch attempt is timed for 8:29 p.m. EST (0129 GMT Monday) from...
  • SpaceX's next rocket launch is on schedule for Sunday

    12/18/2015 6:00:02 PM PST · by impactplayer · 36 replies
    engadget | Richard Lawler
    We're eagerly awaiting SpaceX's next launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, and CEO Elon Musk tweeted tonight that it "will aim to launch Sunday." This is also the company's first attempt since a rocket exploded shortly after takeoff in June, and another failed to land on an ocean barge in April. A static fire test that took place earlier today "looks good," so if all the data checks out then this could be SpaceX's time to take the reusable rocket crown back from Blue Origin with a ground landing (or at least launch eleven OG2 satellites).
  • NASA Orders First Commercial Crew Mission to Space Station from SpaceX

    11/22/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 21, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    Restoring America’s ability to once again launch US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from US soil on US rockets took another significant step forward when NASA ordered the first the agency’s first commercial crew rotation mission from the Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX. NASA and SpaceX hope that the blastoff with a crew of up to four astronauts will take place by late 2017. The new Nov. 20 award from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) office to launch the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule follows up on an earlier commercial crew rotation mission award this past May to the Boeing...