An expert from the China National Space Administration's Lunar Exploration Program Center has allegedly told the Beijing Times that the country is planning on installing a lunar military base by 2050, in a highly unusual and poorly sourced report on the eve of the nation's first lunar landing vehicle making orbit of the moon.
MOJAVE, CALIF. — The air is so clear the mountains in the distance look almost fake, as if added digitally. The desert floor is runway-flat, with a few Joshua trees popping up randomly, like lost cowboys. The dominant feature is the sky, preposterously vast, beckoning test pilots, rocketeers and would-be space travelers.
Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier near here in 1947. Neil Armstrong flew rocket planes. Tom Wolfe immortalized the Antelope Valley’s hard-drinking, sky-shattering aviation pioneers in his book “The Right Stuff.” The place is chockablock with history — and yet it’s the future that everyone’s buzzing about.
To hear the dreamers tell it, this is the next Silicon Valley. The Mojave Air and Space Port is the spiritual heart of the industry that people call “New Space.”
Move over NASA, Silicon Valley is joining the space race. Entrepreneurs from the nation's high-tech hub are designing lunar landers, making plans to mine the moon and gearing up to blast off into commercial space flight.
Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide (pdf) running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and...
Nous vous parlions en 2011 du plan de l'entreprise d'architecture et d'ingénierie japonaise Shimizu pour résoudre le problème du réchauffement climatique: construire une bande de 400 kilomètres de large de panneaux solaires le long de l'équateur de...
Ready to test the commercial mettle of the Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX engineers are preparing to loft a television broadcasting satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral on Monday in a mission that could usher in a new paradigm in the global launch services industry.
With a 6,918-pound communications satellite nestled in its nose, the Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off at 5:37 p.m. EST (2237 GMT) Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
The SES 8 spacecraft, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. and owned by SES of Luxembourg, will be deployed from the Falcon 9 upper stage about a half-hour later on a 15-year mission to broadcast high-definition television to homes in India, Vietnam, Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Inspiration Mars PR) – Dennis Tito, founder and chairman of theInspiration Mars Foundation, testified today before the House Science Subcommittee on Space during a hearing on commercial space.
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Nov 19, 2013 On the 25th anniversary of the historic flight of the Soviet space shuttle Buran, Russia's Roscosmos space agency has formed a working group to prepare "within weeks" a roadmap for the revival of the Energia...
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federation's Roscosmos space agency will be exploring an opportunity for European selenologists to participate in the planned Luna-25 (Luna-Glob lander in 2016), 26 (Luna-Resurs orbiter in 2018) and 27 (Luna-Resurs lander in 2019) missions to the Moon.
Aller dans l’espace ne sert à rien ! L’argent alloué à la conquête spatiale serait plus utile sur Terre pour créer de l’emploi ! En cette période de crise, ce genre de commentaires est de plus en plus fréquent.
NSS urges that the European Union (EU) allow Space Solar Power to be given equal treatment with other sources of renewable energy as part of the European system of feed-in tariffs, which have worked for ground-based solar power to create a viable new market for energy. Feed-in tariffs are a guaranteed offer of a price and a market to generators of renewable electricity and not a tax on imported goods.
Among the numerous groups now emerging with an eye toward space exploration, SpaceGAMBIT has been the one I knew the least about. It was a pleasure, then, to hear from Alex Cureton-Griffiths, who is UK Project Lead for SpaceGAMBIT.
The good news is that the proposed private manned mission to Mars instigated by space tourist Dennis Tito actually has a plan. The bad news is that the mission is also now dependent on NASA to make it happen.
As promised, NASA issued the formal invitation on Tuesday for a competition leading to new types of commercial spaceships that could carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
Three of the invitees have a multimillion-dollar head start.
NASA expects the final phase of the competition — known as the Commercial Crew Transport Capability program, or CCtCAP — to result in a fleet of commercial spacecraft that are certified to transport crew by 2017. The space agency would prefer to have more than one provider for those transport services, but that might depend on how much funding is available.