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NASA and SpaceX confirm SpaceX’s first ever astronaut launch is a ‘go’

NASA and SpaceX are closer than ever to a moment both have been preparing for since the beginning of the Commercial Crew program in 2010. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft are now set to fly with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken onboard, making a trip to the International Space Station, and both the agency and SpaceX announced today that they have officially passed the final flight readiness review, meaning everything is now a ‘go’ for launch. According to NASA Commer...
Tags: TC, Post, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Atlantic, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Iss, Spaceflight


Virgin Orbit’s first orbital test flight cut short after rocket released from carrier aircraft

On Monday, Virgin Orbit attempted the first full flight of its orbital payload launch system, which includes a modified Boeing 747 called ‘Cosmic Girl’ that acts as a carrier aircraft for its air-launched rocket LauncherOne. While Virgin Orbit has flown Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne previously for different tests and demonstrations, this was the first end-to-end system test. Unfortunately, that test ended much earlier than planned – just shortly after the LauncherOne rocket was released from Co...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, California, Tech, Ceo, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Virgin Group, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Virgin Atlantic, Spaceport, Outer Space, Kelly Latimer


China set to launch Mars probe and rover mission in July

China’s space program will launch a Mars mission in July, according to its current plans. This will include deploying an orbital probe to study the red planet, and a robotic, remotely-controlled rover for surface exploration. The U.S. has also been planning another robotic rover mission for Mars, and it’s set to take off this summer, too – peak time for an optimal transit from Earth to Mars thanks to their relative orbits around the Sun. This will be the first rover mission to Mars for China’...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, China, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Space Exploration, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Mars Mission, Mars Rover


SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft launch is officially cleared to proceed for May 27 target

SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed a key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conducted by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch. This final stretch check, conducted over the past few days after the Crew Dragon spacecraft was mounted on top of the Falcon 9 rocket that will take it to the International Space Station (ISS), has officially concluded and the result is that everything is cleared to go forwar...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Hurley, Outer Space


SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft launch is officially cleared to proceed on May 27

SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed the final Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conduced by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch. This final check, conducted over the past few days after the Crew Dragon spacecraft was mounted on top of the Falcon 9 rocket that will take it to the International Space Station (ISS), has officially concluded and the result is that everything is cleared to go forward wit...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Hurley, Outer Space


Watch Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launch a milestone Space Station resupply mission live

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is launching a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIB rocket carrying the last of its H-II transfer vehicles. This cargo spaceship has enjoyed a long career of delivering supplies, payloads and experiments to the International Space Station, but MHI is working on a successor that will aim to begin flying in 2022, with advanced capabilities including automated docking. This vehicle will also be designed to make it all the way to NASA’s planned lunar...
Tags: TC, Space, Japan, Science, Tech, Nasa, Avatar, International Space Station, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Tanegashima Space Center, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, JAXA, MHI, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MHI


Xilinx launches a new reconfigurable space-grade chip optimized for local machine learning on orbit

Space-specific silicon company Xilinx has developed a new processor for in-space and satellite applications that records a number of firsts: It’s the first 20nm process that’s rated for use in space, offering power and efficiency benefits, and it’s the first to offer specific support for high performance machine learning through neural network-based inference acceleration. The processor is a field programmable gate array (FPGA), meaning that customers can tweak the hardware to suit their spec...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Technology, Tech, Earth, Satellite, Machine Learning, Radiation, Aerospace, Semiconductors, FPGA, Xilinx, Neural Network


Watch live as ULA launches a U.S. military spaceplane for its first Space Force mission

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is targeting a liftoff time of 9:14 AM EDT (6:14 AM PDT) today for an Atlas V rockets carrying the Boeing-built X-37B orbital test vehicle on behalf of the U.S. space force, which is an autonomous winged spaceplane that looks a little like a scaled down version of the Space Shuttle . This is the sixth mission for the X-37B, though it’s the first flown under the U.S. Space Force’s supervision, since the space plane was previously operated by the Air Force ...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, Tech, Earth, United States, Air Force, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Space Shuttle, Kennedy, Spacecraft, Outer Space


Here’s what SpaceX and NASA’s crucial Crew Dragon mission should look like on May 27

SpaceX and NASA are planning a triumphant return to American human spaceflight on May 27, with the SpaceX Demo-2 mission for its Crew Dragon spacecraft. This is the final step required for Crew Dragon to become certified for human flight, after which it’ll enter into regular operational service ferrying people (and some cargo) to the International Space Station on behalf of the U.S. and some of its allies. The animation above shows how SpaceX and NASA envision the mission going, from th...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Animation, International Space Station, Dragon, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon


Xona Space Systems raises $1 million to improve satellite-based navigation services

San Mateo-based startup Xona Space Systems has raised a $1 million “pre-seed” round led by 1517, and including participation from Seraphim Capital, Trucks Venture Capital and Stellar Solutions. The company is focused on developing a Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) satellite service that it believes can supersede Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), providing big benefits in terms of security, precision and accuracy. Xona contends that GNSS, which is essentially the backbone of al...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Science, Technology, Articles, Tech, Encryption, Navigation, Aerospace, Global Positioning System, San Mateo, Seraphim Capital, Trucks Venture Capital, Recent Funding, Global Navigation Satellite Systems


Momentus set to deploy satellites for a free 4K space-based Earth live-streaming service

Space bus company Momentus has signed a new contract that will see it provide in-space transportation and deployment for Sen, the UK company that’s building a 4K real-time video streaming service providing live, high-quality views of Earth, both free for individuals and via an ope source data platform for developers and service creators. Santa Clara-based Momentus is an in-space transportation startup that provides services to satellite companies looking to move payloads after launch. They can d...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Science, Tech, Smartphone, Earth, United Kingdom, Satellite, Falcon 9, Santa Clara, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop


RocketLab tests new hyperCurie engine that will power its deep space delivery vehicle

Rocket Lab is already in the testing phase for a new engine it’s building to propel its forthcoming Photon Lunar spacecraft, according to CEO and founder Peter Beck . Beck shared an image of the engine, called hyperCurie, undergoing tests conducted by the company’s propellant team. HyperCurie, as its name implies, is an evolution of the Curie engine that currently powers the third stage of the Electron rocket that Rocket Lab uses for its missions, as well as the Photon satellite bus. The...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Beck, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Moon Landing, Outer Space, Curie, Electron, Rocket Lab


SpaceX simulator shows you what it’s actually like to dock Crew Dragon with the Space Station

SpaceX has launched a new browser-based simulator that provides an idea of what it would be like to manually control the docking process of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, the first human-carrying spaceship the company has made. Crew Dragon actually docks with the International Space Station (ISS) fully autonomously, but astronauts are able to take over manual control, should that prove necessary, and this simulator provides what SpaceX says is the “actual interface” that astronauts would use in ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Air Force, Aerospace, Crew Dragon, International Space Station ISS, Jim Bridenstine


Air Force gives a rare look at the research going to orbit in its X-37B spaceplane

The X-37B spaceplane sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, and its mysterious past is equally evocative. What does the military put in this long-term orbital vehicle? Turns out it’s exactly the kind of neat, but not mind-blowing, science you’d expect to find in such a thing — though solar-powered masers do sound pretty cool. Also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, the Boeing -designed X-37B has performed five prior missions, amounting to a total of nearly eight years in orbit; the last ...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Government, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Military, Air Force, Aerospace, Boeing, Defense Department, US Air Force, NRL


China launches next-gen crew capsule for demo flight via new Long March 5B rocket

China has launched a demonstration mission of its next-generation crew spacecraft, using the Long March 5B rocket. This is the first launch for that new rocket, an iteration of China’s Long March launcher that will also be used to take up the sections and components of the country’s forthcoming national orbital space station. This launch flew the crew spacecraft without anyone on board, taking off from Wengchang in China, which is the country’s newest spacecraft launch site. The Long March 5B is...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, China, Tech, Nasa, Dragon, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Space Station, Outer Space, Shenzhou, Wengchang


Max Q: Countdown to a return to US astronaut launches

Last week was a fairly busy week in space news, but the dominating story was preparation for the first-ever Commercial Crew launch that will actually carry human astronauts to space. This is, in many ways, the culmination of years of work and billions of dollars spent by partners NASA and SpaceX on their part of the Commercial Crew Program. On May 27, SpaceX will launch two NASA astronauts on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station, and this week saw a flurry of activity to...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Space Tourism, Animation, International Space Station, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Iss


SpaceX and NASA break down what their historic first astronaut mission will look like

NASA and SpaceX’s most defining moment of our current space era is coming up at the end of this month, with its Demo-2 mission on May 27. The mission will be the first ever launch for SpaceX with humans on board, and for NASA, it’ll mark the first return to U.S.-based astronaut launches since the Shuttle program flew its last flight in 2011. On Friday, representatives from both SpaceX and NASA briefed the media on the mission and the specifics of what it will involve when astronauts Bob...
Tags: TC, Space, Japan, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Iss, Demo


Here’s how Blue Origin’s human lander system will carry astronauts to the lunar surface

Blue Origin was among the companies selected by NASA to develop and build a human lander system for its Artemis missions, which include delivering the next man and first woman to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The Jeff Bezos -founded space company chose to deliver a bid that included a space industry “dream team” of subcontractors, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, and its Artemis Human Landing System will use the expertise of all three. The Blue Origin bid was on...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Animation, Orion, IAC, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace, United Launch Alliance


SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics will build human lunar landers for NASA’s next trip back to the Moon

NASA has selected the companies that will provide them with the human landing system for their Artemis Moon missions, including a lander vehicle which will carry astronauts from space to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972. Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics were picked from a larger field of competitors to develop and build human landing systems (HLS) to carry the first woman and the next man to the Moon, a goal which NASA still hopes to accomplish by 2024. SpaceX’s Starship was...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Congress, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Moon, Orion, Mars, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Here’s what NASA’s Mars helicopter will look like when it makes history with the first extraterrestrial powered flight

NASA is getting ready to send its next Mars rover to the red planet later this year, and that mission will also carry Ingenuity, a brand new helicopter robot that will attempt to make history by becoming the first vehicle to perform a powered atmospheric flight on another planet. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) created a trailer of sorts to show you approximately what that flight will look like, when it takes place sometime after the targeted February 18, 2021 arrival date for the M...
Tags: Travel, TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Jpl, Outer Space, Jim Bridenstine


NASA will test a new spacecraft solar sail using a NanoAvionics satellite

NASA is going to test a new solar sail system to determine if it’s a viable alternative to propellant-based thrusters for maneuvering small satellites, and potentially for low-cost transportation of spacecraft set on deep-space missions. The agency has selected Illinois-based NanoAvionics to provide the spacecraft that will be used to test the solar sail system, the company announced today. The mission, called NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System or ACS3, is headed by NASA’s Ames Research...
Tags: Energy, TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Illinois, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Solar Sail, Spacecraft, Emerging-technologies, Outer Space, LightSail, Planetary Society, Cubesats


Elon Musk provides more details about SpaceX’s plan to reduce Starlink satellite visibility

During a virtual conference briefing this week, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk provided more details about a new plan that his company has to mitigate the impact of their Starlink satellite constellation on night sky observation. Musk first revealed the intent to build a “sun visor” to lower their visibility on Twitter, but we didn’t know much about how it would work or how it compared to the test dark paint job that SpaceX tried previously. As reported by Space News, SpaceX’s new “VisorSat...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Earth, Broadband, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Musk, StarLink


Virgin Orbit’s ventilators gain FDA authorization, deliveries to hospitals will start within days

Virgin Orbit has secured an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ventilator, which the small satellite launch company designed and prototyped within the past few weeks in response to growing need for ventilator hardware to address the most severe cases of COVID-19 infection. Virgin Orbit anticipates deliveries of the ventilator hardware to start “within the next few days” now that it has secured the agency’s authorization. Virgin Orbit des...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Medicine, California, Tech, Fda, Health Care, Aerospace, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, EUA, Virgin Orbit, LauncherOne, Ventilator, Coronavirus, COVID-19


SpaceX engine issue on last Starlink mission caused by cleaning fluid according to Elon Musk

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said on Twitter on Wednesday that the cause of the failure of a single Merlin engine during the most recent Starlink launch (which didn’t prevent the launch from ultimately succeeding at its mission) was the result of an undetected, “small amount” of a learning fluid that ignited during the flight. The SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle uses nine Merlin engines on its first-stage, and can still operate successfully in case one stops working. One did stop working durin...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Merlin, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Musk, Falcon, Outer Space


Elon Musk details some SpaceX efforts to reduce nighttime visibility of Starlink satellites

It’s launch day for yet another batch of Starlink satellites, which will bring the total launched by SpaceX to 422. With each launch, there’s renewed discussion around the impact the growing constellation of low Earth orbit small satellites has on night-sky visibility and scientific research, and SpaceX has said it’s making changes to attempt to address those concerns. Now, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has provided some more detail about some of the latest measures his company is taking to minimize Star...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Earth, Broadband, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Musk, StarLink


Watch SpaceX launch its next batch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites live

SpaceX is launching another batch of 60 of its broadband internet satellites today – its fourth Starlink launch of 2020, and its seventh launch of a large batch of the satellites in total. This will put its total operational constellation size at 418, extending its lead as the world’s largest private satellite operator. The launch is set to take place at 3:37 PM EDT (12:37 PM PDT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and the live stream above should kick off at around 15 minutes prior to that t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Fcc, Tech, Broadband, Atlantic, United States, International Space Station, Federal Communications Commission, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace


NASA and SpaceX set historic first astronaut launch for May 27

NASA and SpaceX have set a specific date and time target for their historic first astronaut launch aboard a private spacecraft from U.S. soil, with a planned date of May 27 and a target liftoff time of 4:32 PM EDT (1:32 PM PDT) from Kennedy Space Center, at SpaceX’s Launch Complex 39A (LC-39). The mission had been previously announced to be tracking toward a mid to late-May launch time frame, but now we know exactly when the agency and SpaceX hope to launch astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug ...
Tags: TC, Space, Japan, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, United States, Dragon, Falcon 9, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing


In-space satellite servicing proves successful in record-breaking orbital spacecraft operation

A demonstration mission of Northrop Grumman’s first-ever Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1) has proven successful, extending the life of an Intelsat satellite by five years. The mission involved Northrop’s MEV docking with Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite in orbit on February 25, after which it altered the orbit of the Intelsat spacecraft to bury it more operating time. While the original docking occurred in late February, the MEV has spent the intervening time altering the orbit of IS-901, and ...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Private Equity, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Northrop Grumman, Northrop, Intelsat, Orbital


NASA and Planet expand imagery partnership to all NASA-funded Earth science research

NASA and Planet have deemed their pilot partnership a success, and the result is that NASA will extend its contract with Planet to provide the company’s satellite imagery of Earth to all research programs funded by the agency. NASA had signed an initial contract last April with Planet, to provide Planet imagery to a team of 35 researchers working on tracking what are known as ‘Essential Climate Variables’ or ECVs. The ECV trial showed that Planet’s imagery was useful in tracking and providing...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Satellite, Satellite Imagery, Aerospace, GreenTech, Planet, Google-earth, Outer Space, Satellite Constellation


Intuitive Machines picks a launch date and landing site for 2021 Moon cargo delivery mission

The first private company scheduled to make a delivery of scientific cargo on behalf of NASA has specified a landing site, and a target date  for its mission. Intuitive Machines will seek to land its Nova-C lunar lander to a site called the ‘Vallis Schröteri,’ which is the largest valley fond on the Moon, and a fairly flat area that gets plenty of sunlight and doesn’t have any large craters or rocks to trip things up. Intuitive Machines will be looking to launch on October 21, 2021, with subs...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Robotics, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Partner, Outer Space, Kennedy Space Center, Intuitive Machines, Jim Bridenstine, Lunar Lander



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