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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’s Crew Dragon is having trouble — and that’s okay

We may be poised on the precipice of a new era of spaceflight, but leaping prematurely off it would be a costly mistake — which is why the delays and failures of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, the new spacecraft that will likely be soonest to take humans to space, are a matter for concern but not worry. In space, you expect the unexpected. The sudden explosion of a Crew Dragon test capsule is frightening and frankly embarrassing to a company so heavily focused on an image of futurity and reliability. ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Opinion, Russia, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Boeing, Spacecraft, Commercial Crew Program, Crew Dragon, PSI, Commercial Crew


Strong Texas Winds Hit Elon Musk's Starship Prototype and Down It Goes

Elon Musk’s prototype of the Starship spacecraft—the payload of a system formerly known as the Big “Falcon” Rocket, and the vessel that may one day shuttle SpaceX colonists to their likely deaths on Mars—fell over in strong winds at its facility in Boca Chica, Texas on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Rockets, Mars, Spacecraft, Whoops, Starship, Bfr, Big Falcon Rocket, Boca Chica Texas, Super Heavy, Strong Texas Winds Hit Elon Musk


The Fastest Spacecraft Ever, NASA’s Parker Space Probe

The fastest manmade object ever, NASA’s Parker Space Probe, hurtled toward our Sun at 700,000 kilometers per hour. Its mission: to learn about particle and solar wind acceleration in the Sun’s corona, its shifting outer layer of plasma. It was launched in August 2018 and had to overcome many obstacles even before takeoff—including weight, size, and preparation for radiation and acute variation in temperature. Watch the “Science …
Tags: Videos, Science, Design, Tech, Nasa, Speed, Space Exploration, Spaceships, Spacecraft, Linkaboutit, Cosmos, Parker Space Probe


NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Captures Stunning View of Asteroid Bennu Ahead of Arrival

More than two years after its launch, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has beamed back what the space agency is calling a “super-resolution” view of the asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx is NASA’s exciting mission to near-Earth asteroid 101955 Bennu, which the spacecraft is set to reach in about a month, to collect and bring…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Spacecraft, Bennu, Osiris Rex


NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Just Smashed Two Records in a Single Day

NASA’s historic mission to “touch the Sun” just reached two important milestones: It now holds the record for the closest approach to the Sun by a human-built object—and also the record for the fastest spacecraft ever sent into space.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Spacecraft, Parker Solar Probe


SpaceX Reboots Plan to Send Tourists Around the Moon—and It's About to Name the First Passenger

In a tweet posted late yesterday, SpaceX said it has signed a passenger to fly around the Moon aboard its next-generation launch system. Details are scarce, but the announcement suggests the Elon Musk-led rocket company is still intent on delivering private individuals, rather than just cargo and professional…Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Space Exploration, Spacecraft, Lunar Exploration, Bfr, Big Falcon Rocket, Bfr Launch Vehicle


Hayabusa2's First Practice Attempt to Land on Ryugu Asteroid Didn’t Go So Well

Japan’s Hayabusa2 project experienced a (hopefully) minor setback yesterday when the spacecraft failed to complete a practice session during preparations for its much-anticipated touchdown on the Ryugu asteroid.Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Space Exploration, Asteroids, Spacecraft, JAXA, Ryugu, Hayabusa2, Dont Panic


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


SpaceX successfully launches Iridium-5 Falcon 9 mission

SpaceX has successfully launched its Iridium -5 mission, which carries 10 satellites to add to Iridium’s NEXT global communications constellation. This is the fifth set of 10, out of a total of 75 that SpaceX is launching for client Iridium, and today’s launch used a first stage Falcon 9 booster originally employed last October for the third Iridium NEXT satellite launch. The launch included reuse of a flight proven rocket, but it did not include a recovery attempt for the first stage bo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Ceo, International Space Station, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Outer Space, Iridium


Watch this Falcon Heavy reel by Westworld co-creator, including core landing miss

 If you couldn’t be at the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch that happened earlier this year, the next best thing might be watching this highlight reel of the launch, the voyage of Elon’s Tesla-driving Starman and the landing/landing attempt of the three Falcon Heavy booster cores. Set to David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars?’, the nearly two-minute clip has plenty of footage of… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Tesla, Space Tourism, David Bowie, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Elon


Watch SpaceX launch a record-sized satellite on its 50th Falcon 9 live

 SpaceX is setting up to launch its 50th Falcon 9 rocket, with a payload that also represents a new milestone. The two-hour launch window is set to begin at 12:33 AM EST (9:33 PM PST) so it’s a late one, but if you’re a fan of watching SpaceX make history, this is one to watch. The Falcon 9 launching tonight is carrying Hispasat 30W-6, a satellite destined for Geostationary… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Space Tourism, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Falcon, Outer Space


SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 carrying Starlink demo satellites

 SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 from SLC-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base today, its first launch since its successful Falcon Heavy test earlier this month. The launch took off early Wednesday morning, after being rescheduled a couple of times from an initial target of this past weekend. The launch was primarily designed to bring the PAZ satellite to orbit (which was deployed as… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Space Tourism, Spaceflight, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Falcon, SLC, Outer Space, StarLink


Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 carrying its first internet demo satellites live here

 SpaceX is launching a Falcon 9 with client Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite on board today, provided weather remains favorable and everything else goes according to plan. The satellite, an imaging and radar instrument with a planned lifespan of five and a half years, will serve Spanish government and commercial needs, and will also work as part of a constellation together with TerraSAR-X and… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Space Tourism, Airbus, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Falcon, Outer Space, Falcon 1


SpaceX’s spacesuited Starman mannequin serves a real purpose

 SpaceX put a “Starman” into space today, on a path to a potential wide looping orbit of Mars and Earth – it was actually a mannequin wearing an official SpaceX crew flight suit, but it was more than just a fun payload for a rocket that stood every chance of exploding mid-flight, it turns out. Elon Musk revealed on a press call following the Falcon Heavy launch on Tuesday that… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Space Tourism, Mars, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Outer Space


Behind the scenes of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch day prep

 SpaceX is launching its Falcon Heavy rocket tomorrow, and if it’s successful, it’ll be twice as powerful in terms of cargo capacity as its next closest active rival. That will help give SpaceX an edge in the growing private space race, and open up new opportunities in terms of potential clients, as well as set the stage for traveling to Mars. The launch itself is happening on… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Space Tourism, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Outer Space


SpaceX successfully launches GovSat-1 on a flight proven Falcon 9

 SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with a geocommunications satellite commissioned by the Government of Luxembourg. The satellite, created by Orbital STK and to be operated by SES, will support humanitarian and military operations for Luxembourg, among other communications functions. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, a day after its initial planned launch. The… Read More
Tags: Travel, TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Ses, Space Tourism, Luxembourg, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Outer Space


Watch SpaceX re-use a Falcon 9 first stage for today’s GovSat-1 launch

 SpaceX is launching a rocket today – no, not the Falcon Heavy, that’s still targeting February 6, but a Falcon 9 carrying a satellite bound for Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). The mission, GovSat-1, is set to take place during a launch window which opens today at 4:25 PM EST (1:25 PM PST) and closes at 6:46 PM EST (3:46 PM PST). The payload is a government satellite comissioned… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon, Outer Space


SpaceX’s Dragon capsule returns from the International Space Station

 SpaceX’s Dragon capsule has returned from the International Space Station as planned, after spending around a month docked at the orbital facility. This Dragon spacecraft was previously flown on an ISS resupply mission, meaning it’s done the round trip successfully twice in its lifetime now. Dragon decoupled and departed from the space station around six hours ago, and finished… Read More
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, International Space Station, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Outer Space


SpaceX apparently lost the classified Zuma payload from latest launch

 SpaceX’s latest rocket may have launched successfully – but the mission didn’t end as a win. The Zuma payload it was carrying, a mysterious classified piece of cargo for the U.S. government believed to be a spy satellite, was lost after it failed to separate from the second stage of the rocket after the first stage of the Falcon 9 separated as planned and returned to Earth.… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Earth, United States, Space Tourism, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Falcon, Zuma


Watch SpaceX launch the mysterious Zuma spacecraft live here

 SpaceX will attempt its first launch of 2018 later today, with a two-hour launch window opening at 8 PM EST (5 PM PST), with a backup launch window set for tomorrow at the same time. The launch was originally planned for late last year, but was pushed due to SpaceX wanted to review data related to fairing used in the launch. The payload for the launch is the ‘Zuma’ spacecraft, a… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Space Tourism, Dragon, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Zuma, Outer Space


SpaceX shows off its Falcon Heavy rocket vertical on the launchpad

 SpaceX is getting ready for its first ever test flight of the Falcon Heavy, it’s heavy-duty rocket aimed at propelling large cargo loads into low Earth orbit. The rocket uses three Falcon 9 boosters combined for maximum load capacity when leaving Earth’s atmosphere, and it’s looking to do its first test launch within the next few weeks from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Space Tourism, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Cape Canaveral


SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket sets up at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

 SpaceX won’t hit its 2017 target for a test flight of its new, huge Falcon Heavy rocket – but the massive launch craft is now in place at Cape Canaveral in Florida, where it will undergo testing including a full static test fire, as well as final assembly, before attempting its inaugural launch early next year. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared images of the Falcon Heavy set up in a… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Cape Canaveral


The Last Jedi's Coolest Moment Shares The Same Problem With A Lot Of Other Movies

The latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, has quickly proven itself to be one of the most trailblazing and divisive entries of the series. Ultimately, its few problems can’t overshadow its best moments, but one of the coolest moments in the movie brings up a common issue seen in many movies.
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Movies, Spacecraft, The Last Jedi


The isolated Pacific graveyard where spaceships go to die

In one of the most remote corners of the Earth below the Pacific Ocean lies the remains of spaceships. This extremely isolated location, about 2,250 km (about 1,400 miles) from land, goes by several names, including Point Nemo (Latin for “no one) and the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility. Still, it’s hard to beat “Spaceship Graveyard,” for the location that has served as the final resting place for many NASA ships over the years. “It’s a great place you can put things down without hitting anythin...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Science, Design, News, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, Spaceships, Iss, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Spacecraft


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


Saturn's Moon Titan May Have the Perfect Landing Spot For Spacecraft

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is a giant nightmare beach. While its electrically charged sand wouldn’t make for a relaxing vacation, new research suggests the planet might not be as hostile to robotic visitors as we think. Although its lakes are full of ultra-cold liquid methane and ethane, they could be placid enough…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Nice, Saturn, Titan, Spacecraft, Cassini



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