Japan and Canada are making significant changes to how their national space agencies operate, while Australia is examining whether there is a need for national space agency at all. Speakers from each had time to dig deeper into their respective countries’ space industry plans during the 33rd Space Symposium last week in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Luxembourg’s royal heir and its top economic official got the grand tour of the Seattle area today, deepening a business relationship that could someday turn far-flung asteroids into the next commercial frontier.
“The exciting field of space technology could enable many more partnerships and economic success stories between Luxembourg and Seattle,” Prince Guillaume told a VIP gathering at Seattle’s Space Needle.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - The ‘SS John Glenn’ cargo freighter stands proudly poised for launch at pad 41 from the Florida Space Coast on Tuesday April 18, loaded with a stash of nearly 4 tons of science investigations and essential supplies atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket destined for the multinational crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS)...
The new rocket, which will be built entirely in Las Cruces, is currently undergoing the FAA licensing process. Developers are collaborating with NASA's Kennedy, Ames, Wallops, Marshall, Stennis, and Johnson Space Centers as part of the Cooperative Opportunity Program, aiming to increase the flight readiness of the vehicle. The first flight is scheduled to launch from Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's eastern shore in 2018...
As far as I know, SpaceX has not yet approached the Canadian and N.S. governments. However, Marc Garneau will see the potential. The federal Transport Minister is in charge of infrastructure development, including ports of all kinds.Elon Musk’s SpaceX is rapidly reshaping the global economy, and Canada would be wise to get on board
In what is anticipated to be the first of many such occasions, SpaceX is preparing for the all-important static fire on Monday of the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that will be tasked with lofting the SES-10 mission to orbit next week. Of historic importance is the fact that this first stage has already launched a mission – marking the first time that SpaceX will refly the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket...
SpaceX chief Elon Musk said last week he is “fairly confident” his company’s Falcon rockets can be made fully reusable within a couple of years, suggesting a renewed emphasis on outfitting upper stages for a scorching re-entry after engineers shelved the idea to focus on landing the launcher’s bigger booster stage.
The launch firm revealed a concept to recover and reuse both stages of the Falcon 9 rocket in 2011, but visible technical progress has been limited to the first stage in the last few years. Landing and relaunching the Falcon 9’s first stage presented a lesser challenge to SpaceX’s engineers, and the booster is the most valuable part of the rocket, representing about 70 percent of its total cost...
By Chad Anderson and Kelsey Tollefson | Executive Editor John Lenker This is the third article in a three-part series about the prospects and future of space mining. Part one, “Asteroid Prospects: The Facts and Future of Space Mining” can be found here. “Asteroid Prospects II: Between a Rock and a Hard Place” can be...Read More
NASA is preparing for a future that could include soft robotic spacecraft with flexible surfaces that can anchor to an asteroid, and an artificial gravity device for long-duration, deep space missions, along with other technologies that so far has been limited to the realm of science fiction.
United Launch Alliance has dropped the price of its workhorse Atlas 5 rocket flights by about one-third in response to mounting competition from rival SpaceX and others, the company’s chief executive said on Tuesday...
We've achieved amazing things by using chemical rockets to place satellites in orbit, land people on the moon, and place rovers on the surface of Mars. We've even used ion drives to reach destinations further afield in our solar system. But reaching other stars, or reducing our travel time to Mars or other planets, will require another method of travel. One that can approach relativistic speeds.
NASA appears to have been spared a major cut to its budget according to the NASA 2018 Fiscal Year (FY) Budget Blueprint.
The Trump Administration’s FY2018 budget blueprint would see less than a 1% cut to NASA’s budget and is proposing it be set at $19.1 billion. However, NASA’s Budget Blueprint includes a line item related to the RESTORE-L mission that would see the budget for this mission reduced by US$88 million.
Specifically the NASA Budget Blueprint states that it “Restructures a duplicative robotic satellite refueling demonstration mission to reduce its cost and better position it to support a nascent commercial satellite servicing industry, resulting in a savings of $88 million from the 2017 annualized CR (Continuing Resolution) level...
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