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Japan will participate in NASA’s Lunar Gateway project for the Artemis program

Japan has officially announced that it will participate with NASA’s Lunar Gateway project (via NHK), which will seek to establish an orbital research and staging station around the Moon. The Lunar Gateway is a key component of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to land the first American woman and the next American man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. Japan’s involvement was confirmed on Friday at a meeting of the country’s Strategic Headquarters for National Space Policy, at which Japan Prim...
Tags: TC, Asia, Space, Japan, Science, US, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, United States, Shinzo Abe, Moon, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft


Uh... The Army Just Contracted With Tom DeLonge's UFO Group to Study Those 'Alien Alloys'

To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences (TTSA)—the UFO research organization founded by former Blink 182 star Tom DeLonge—has struck a research deal with the U.S. Army filled with eye-popping references to exotic technologies.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Army, Tom Delonge, US Army, Aerospace, Ufo, US Air Force, U S Army, UFOs, Alien Alloys, Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences TTSA


Elon Musk says that NASA is free to share all SpaceX IP with “anyone it wants”

SpaceX CEO joined NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne today to provide an update on the commercial crew launch program that the company is working on with the agency. During the remarks, which detailed the current state of the program and next steps, Musk reiterated twice that the intellectual property it’s developing in working with the agency is free for NASA to share with whoever it should wish. Early on in the Q+A portion of the event, Musk said that the learnings...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Earth, Information Technology, Dragon, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft


The first spacecraft that can service satellites to extend their life launched today

Up until now, commercial satellites have essentially been disposable. Even the massive, multi-ton ones that can have service lives spanning a decade or more eventually just become so much space trash once they’re out of fuel, or they experience some kind fo terminal mechanical failure. A new spacecraft built by Northrop Grumman and launched aboard a Russian Soyuz today (via Space.com) could change all that, however. The MEV-1, as its known, is a satellite service spacecraft, which has the spe...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Space Debris, Northrop Grumman, Outer Space, Northrop, Intelsat, TC Disrupt, Orbit Fab


NASA calls for input on Moon spacesuits and plans to source them commercially in future

NASA issues a new formal request for info from industry specifically around spacesuits. The agency is hoping to gather information in order to help it figure out a future path for acquisition of spacesuit production and services from external industry sources. That doesn’t mean it’s outsourcing its spacesuit design and production immediately – NASA will build and certify its own spacesuits for use in the first Artemis missions, including Artemis III which is the one that’ll see the next Ameri...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Space Technology, Outer Space, RFI


SpaceX completes its last mission of 2018 with the launch of a military GPS satellite

SpaceX successfully launched the United States Air Force’s first Global Positioning System  (GPS) III satellite, nicknamed Vespucci, from Cape Canaveral, Florida this morning in what was the aerospace company’s first U.S. national security mission to date. The company had planned to complete the launch, its last of the year, earlier this week but heavy winds imposed delays. SpaceX won the National Security Space (NSS) contract with the Air Force in 2016 and intends to launch an additional ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, United States, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Global Positioning System, United States Air Force, Cape Canaveral Florida, StarLink


Tiangong-1 Is Now Predicted to Hit Earth at 7:30pm ET Sunday, Give or Take Up to Seven Hours [Updated]

Forecasts from the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office and the US-based Aerospace Corp. predict that China’s falling space station, the Tiangong-1, will most likely plummet to Earth on Sunday night at around 730pm ET. [See update below.]Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, US, Earth, Satellites, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Tiangong, Aerospace Corp, Tiangong 1, European Space Agency 's Space Debris Office


Tiangong-1 Is Now Predicted to Hit Earth at 7:30pm ET Sunday, Give or Take Up to Seven Hours

Forecasts from the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office and the US-based Aerospace Corp. predict that China’s falling space station, the Tiangong-1, will most likely plummet to Earth on Sunday night at around 730pm ET.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, US, Earth, Satellites, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Tiangong, Aerospace Corp, Tiangong 1, European Space Agency 's Space Debris Office


Russian An-148 Jet Crashes After Takeoff From Moscow, Killing At Least 71 People

A Russian An-148 regional jet airliner carrying at least 71 people crashed after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, with authorities saying everyone on board was killed, the Wall Street Journal reported.Read more...
Tags: Science, Russia, Planes, Plane Crashes, Airplanes, Moscow, Disasters, Airlines, Aerospace, Domodedovo Airport


Watch the Japanese Space Agency Set a Record for Smallest Rocket Used to Launch a Satellite

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency has set a record for the smallest-ever rocket to launch a satellite into orbit, using a SS-520 sounding rocket modified to include a third stage carrying a 13.6-inch TRICOM-1R cubesat as its payload.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Japan, Science, Technology, Satellites, Rockets, Aerospace, Rocketry, JAXA, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, TRICOM


Rebuffed Flat Earth Rocketeer Says He Will Actually Launch Himself Into the Sky at 500 MPH This Time

When last we heard of “Mad Mike” Hughes, the 61-year-old limo driver and stuntman who planned on launching a $20,000 steam-fueled rocket with “RESEARCH FLAT EARTH” painted on the side some 1,800 feet into the air at 500 miles per hour, the gosh darn government had intervened to tell him he couldn’t conduct any such…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Diy, Rockets, Stunts, Flat Earth, Aerospace, Aeronautics, Rocketry, Mad Mike Hughes, Fool Me Once Shame On You, Mike '' Hughes


White House Unsure Whether Our Big Credulous President Believes in UFOs, Will Check Though

The White House isn’t sure whether President Donald Trump—a noted believer in every single conspiracy theory ever—has a firm stance on the existence of UFOs, despite recent revelations that the Pentagon secretively funded a $22 million program to investigate them from 2008 to 2012.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, White House, US military, Aliens, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Aerospace, UFOs, Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program


Uh, This Flat Earther's Homemade Manned Rocket Launch Does Not Sound Totally Advisable

61-year-old DIY enthusiast and stuntman “Mad” Mike Hughes is planning his first manned launch of a homemade, $20,000 steam-powered rocket with “RESEARCH FLAT EARTH” written on the side on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Diy, Rockets, Associated Press, Stunts, Aerospace, Aeronautics, Mike Hughes, Daredevils, Uhhh


Watch the US Military Launch a Super Secret Spy Satellite Into Space

The NROL-42 spy satellite was launched atop an Atlas V rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base early on Sunday morning, Eastern time. And while we don’t know anything about the tech specs or what it will be spying on, it’s a safe bet to say that it’s part of the most advanced spying apparatus the world has…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, California, US, Aerospace, Vandenberg Air Force Base, US Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, NROL, Nro, Spy Satellites, Nrol 42


Cool Guy Elon Musk Casually Drops New Animation of World's Most Powerful Rocket

The rollout for SpaceX’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, has been handled with a nearly concerning level of nonchalantness. On July 27th, Elon Musk announced on Twitter that its maiden voyage will be sometime this November. Now, the SpaceX founder and self-proclaimed Boring Person has released an animation…Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Rockets, Aerospace, Falcon Heavy, SpaceX Falcon Heavy, No Big Deal, Cool Guy Elon Musk Casually Drops New Animation


Cool Guy Elon Musk Casually Drops Animation of World's Most Powerful Rocket

The rollout for SpaceX’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, has been handled with a nearly concerning level of nonchalantness. On July 27th, Elon Musk announced on Twitter that its maiden voyage will be sometime this November. Now, the SpaceX founder and self-proclaimed Boring Person has released an animation…Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Rockets, Aerospace, Falcon Heavy, SpaceX Falcon Heavy, No Big Deal, Cool Guy Elon Musk Casually Drops Animation


Researchers Just Launched a Prototype of Humanity's First 'Interstellar Spacecraft'

Last year, extraterrestrial exploration venture Breakthrough Initiatives announced an ambitious plan to send tons of tiny spacecraft to our nearest neighboring star system, Alpha Centauri. The project, called Breakthrough Starshot, is focused on launching lightweight ‘nanocraft’ to the stars at rip-roaring speeds.…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Breakthrough Initiatives, Breakthrough Starshot, Bb Satellites


Your Favorite Childhood Lego Set Has Been Turned Into a Flying RC Toy

Kids and space ships go hand in hand, which is why so many of us fondly remember Lego set #1682, the Space Shuttle Launch, released 27 years ago. Last month Adam Woodworth created a tiny drone version of Lego’s shuttle that could fly indoors, but now he’s created a larger version that can soar through the sky like an…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Lego, Remote Control, Rc, Aerospace, Space Shuttle, Adam Woodworth


SpaceX Saved Its Fourth of July Rocket For National Hangover Day

If you spent the long weekend drinking enough rum to kill a pirate army, you’re not alone. Fifth of July, colloquially known as National Hangover Day, is a time for reflecting and repenting. Luckily for all our dumb asses, there’s a bright spot: Tonight, SpaceX will attempt to relaunch the rocket it was supposed to…Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Rocket, Aerospace, Yay, Spacex Launch Tonight, Fifth Of July


Russian Rocket Launch Ignites Killer Grass Fire

A large grass fire triggered by a Russian rocket launch on Wednesday has killed one Kazakh man and hospitalized another. According to the AFP, pieces of the rocket fell to Earth after it launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome—the site where Sputnik 1 took off in 1957. Incredibly, the debris set off a fire that spread…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Earth, Rockets, Aerospace, Afp, Rocket Deaths


Why the US Air Force Is Teaming Up With SpaceX

Over the last several months, SpaceX has been seriously diversifying its clientele: in May, it flew a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). On Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force announced that in August, it’ll be launching a reusable X-37B mini-space shuttle on board a Falcon 9 rocket. While some of the…Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Rockets, Air Force, Aerospace, US Air Force, Falcon, National Reconnaissance Office NRO, U S Air Force, Zoom zoom


India Just Launched Its Giant 'Monster' Rocket

It’s a big day for India and its very, very large rocket: Today, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched its 640 ton GSLV-Mk III rocket, carrying the GSAT-19 communications satellite on it. The GSLV-Mk III’s maiden voyage brought its satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit above…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, India, Rocket, Aerospace, ISRO, Indian Space Research Organization ISRO, GSLV, Zoom zoom


We Chatted With the World's Coolest Astronaut About Inspiring Kids and Sending Dogs to Space

Leland Melvin is a unicorn of a human being. He’s been drafted to the NFL, flown in the final frontier (twice), and now, written a book called Chasing Space. On the internet, the former NASA astronaut is best known for this unforgettable photo with his two dogs, Jake and Scout, who grace the cover of his new memoir.…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, NFL, Nasa, Astronaut, Aerospace, Jake, Leland Melvin


Rocket Lab's Adorable Rocket Just Blasted Into Space For the First Time

While rocket launches aren’t typically thought of as “cute,” watching the maiden voyage of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket is the closest we’ll get to seeing the Brave Little Toaster go to space. Today, the 56-foot (17 meter) carbon fiber rocket blasted off from New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula and made it to the edge of…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, New Zealand, Rockets, Aerospace, First Time, Mahia Peninsula, Electron, Rocket Lab, Ad Astra


SpaceX to Perform Its Most Heartwarming Mission Yet

The typical SpaceX payload might include a communications satellite, some ISS supplies, even the occasional spy network. But later this year, the aerospace company will embark on something quite a bit more endearing: a Falcon 9 rocket will carry the cremated remains of beloved family members into space.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Rockets, Aerospace, Falcon, Ad Astra


Adorable Carbon Fiber Rocket Is Finally Ready to Launch

Rockets are big, shiny hunks of metal that do extraordinary things—but you’d probably never call one “cute.” Kittens are cute. Capybaras? Definitely. But rockets, not so much—except for this little guy, from New Zealand-based startup Rocket Lab. Its name is Electron, and after years of preparation, its’s finally…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, New Zealand, Rocket, Awww, Aerospace, Electron, Rocket Lab


Why SpaceX Won't Be Landing Its Rocket Tonight

After a streak of successful launches, SpaceX is looking damn spiffy. While the best part of watching a SpaceX launch is arguably the last leg of the trip, when the Falcon 9 first stage attempts to land softly back on Earth, tonight, SpaceX will be doing something a little more complicated than its typical launch…Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Earth, Commercial Spaceflight, Rockets, Aerospace, Falcon


SpaceX Just Performed Its Most Mysterious Mission Yet

After a literal last-minute cancellation yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this morning in Cape Canaveral, Florida. While the details on most of SpaceX’s missions are very public, this one was purposely shrouded in mystery: the rocket was ferrying up a spy satellite, the…Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Aerospace, Spy, Falcon, Cape Canaveral Florida


People Are Already Opening Accounts to Save for Space

In the halcyon days of yore, people put away money with the hopes of retiring somewhere warm, where they could argue about chicken salad with other curmudgeons until they expired. But very soon, the new retirement hotspot might be on Mars. While billionaires like Elon Musk have long touted human settlement of the Red…Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Space Tourism, Finances, Aerospace, Blue Origin


An Aerospace Coder Drags a Stodgy Industry Toward Open Source

How one software engineer at a traditional space company convinced the bigwigs to share his command and control program. The post An Aerospace Coder Drags a Stodgy Industry Toward Open Source appeared first on WIRED.
Tags: Science, Tech, Software, Satellites, Aerospace, Open Source Hardware



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