The UK Space Agency is making £1.6M available in support of projects to further explore our neighbouring planet Mars and keep the UK at the forefront of ESA’s Aurora Programme – a European long-term plan for the robotic and human exploration of the solar system.
Earlier this year, the Planetary Science Decadal Survey recommended that NASA send a mission to the planet Uranus. The European Space Agency is also considering a trip to the solar system's seventh planet.
Les deux agences s'orientent, semble-t-il, vers une sonde qui se mettrait en orbite autour d'Uranus plutôt qu'un simple survol de la "planète penchée".
"Next week, for the first time ever, a Soyuz rocket will launch from a site outside the former Soviet Union. The Soyuz ST-B will carry Europe's first two Galileo navigation satellites into orbit. Assembly of the launch vehicle took place in September. ESA has put together this nifty 2-minute video showing the assembly process over a period of about a week.The launch is scheduled for 20 October."
Pour voyager vers de lointaines destinations, la future capsule Orion de la NASA a besoin d'un espace un peu plus grand où stocker du matériel et permettre à ses astronautes d'avoir un peu plus de place. Et à quoi l'agence américaine a-t-elle pensé pour ce rôle ? A l'ATV européen !
"In our Solar System, the four rocky planets dominate the inner portion, while the four gas giants dominate the outer Solar System. But out beyond Neptune, thousands of icy, rocky worlds -- including Pluto, the former ninth planet -- make up a vast, wide ring known as the Kuiper Belt."
During an appearance at the National Press Club today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that reusing the Falcon 9 rocket could lead to a 100-fold decrease in launch costs. The Falcon 9 costs $50 million to build, but the fuel is only $200,000 per flight. So, the more times SpaceX reuses the same rocket, the lower the per flight cost becomes.
SpaceX is working on a prototype for reusable stages, which it wants to test at its facility in McGregor, Texas. The development is expected to take 3 years.
Reusability is key to the dramatic cost savings that will enable advancements in human exploration of space. The Dragon spacecraft is a fully reusable and SpaceX is working toward the goal of delivering the world's first fully reusable launch vehicle. Check out the animation for a sneak peek at SpaceX's exciting plans for the future.
PARIS (AFP) - Une équipe néerlandaise a démontré comment une bactérie primitive a développé un cocktail de protéines capable de produire naturellement une substance utilisée comme carburant dans les fusées.
This lunar soil marks the last time humans visited another world. It was here in December 1972 that the final Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon. This image is a solemn reminder of our space explorations past and (hopefully) future.
Engineers with Boeing are studying ways to derive new spacecraft from the unmanned X-37B space plane design. The project includes concepts for a follow-up X-37C space plane that could carry astroanuts or cargo into orbit.
"In just over 3 weeks’ time, Russia plans to launch a bold mission to Mars whose objective, if successful , is to land on the Martian Moon Phobos and return a cargo of precious soil samples back to Earth..."
Le rapport du Centre d'Analyse Stratégique recommande notamment à la communauté internationale de "fixer les règles de la gouvernance d'un programme d'exploration de Mars (...) dans un partage des tâches alliant des interdépendances et évitant les redondances.
"Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson predicted a maiden passenger flight would take off in 2007. But while progress has been made, there is still no launch date for the company’s 450 ticket-holders."
Une amie travaillant chez un géant européen du spatial me disait il y a quelque mois que le projet de Branson était du vent. Apparemment...
With SpaceX’s announcement this week that the company would not only develop a reusable first stage for its Falcon 9 family of rockets but would make a completely reusable rocket system (I will use Clark Lindsey’s nomenclature: "rF9" for reusable Falcon 9), I have been wondering about the future of the young NewSpace companies developing reusable suborbital rockets. Will companies like Masten, Armadillo and to a lesser extent XCOR and Virgin Galactic, survive this incursion from a well-funded NewSpace Cousin?
There are some reasons to criticize Obama's space plans. But quoting the loss of US supremacy is just plain wrong. The future of space exploration is international and with all the respect due to Armstrong & Cernan, we just have to deal with it.
Le futur système de lancement de l'entreprise dirigée par Elon Musk sera entièrement réutilisable. Le vaisseau se posera en douceur, grâce à des fusées. Pas de parachute, donc. Si vous ne lisez l'article, la vidéo vaut au moins le coup d'oeil...
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