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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 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

Stratolaunch, World's Largest-Ever Plane by Wingspan, Successfully Takes Off on Maiden Flight

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan and the brainchild of late Silicon Valley billionaire Paul Allen, finally took off at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday for a two and a half hour inaugural flight, the Washington Post reported.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Paul Allen, Airplanes, Aviation, Rockets, Spaceflight, Northrop Grumman, Stratolaunch, Air Launch

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Capsule Successfully Docks With ISS, Without Use of Robotic Arm

A day after its launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX’s uncrewed Crew Dragon spacecraft has successfully docked with the International Space Station, CNN reported on Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Technology, Nasa, International Space Station, Falcon 9, Iss, Spaceflight, Falcon, Commercial Crew Program, Crew Dragon, International Space Station CNN

Elon Musk's SpaceX plans NASA test launch Saturday

The Washington Post's Christian Davenport is among journalists who are gathering at Kennedy Space Center's launchpad 39A in Florida to witness a planned SpaceX test launch that is destined for the International Space Station. The launch of an unmanned craft brings NASA closer to having astronauts depart U.S. soil for space, for the first time in almost eight years. A lot is riding on this launch, particularly as the long-held fraternal relationship between America and Russia on space matters...
Tags: Post, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, News, Washington Post, Russia, America, Tesla, Nasa, United States, SEC, Iss, Spaceflight

Watch the historic first private mission to the Moon launch Thursday night

For the first time later this week, a privately developed moon lander will launch aboard a privately built rocket, organized by a private launch coordinator. It’s an historic moment in space and the Israeli mission stands to make history again if it touches down on the Moon’s surface as planned on April 11. The Beresheet (“Genesis”) program was originally conceived as an entry into the ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful Google Lunar Xprize in 2010, which challenged people to accomplish a luna...
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, China, Israel, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Robotics, Seattle, Spaceflight, Cape Canaveral

China Successfully Touches Down Chang'e 4, First Soft-Landed Craft on the Far Side of the Moon

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has landed the Chang’e 4 lunar probe on the far side of the Moon, Chinese media reported on Wednesday night (Eastern Time)—marking the first time that any known spacecraft has made a soft landing on the Moon’s more distant half.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, Change, Moon, Spaceflight, Chang, China National Space Administration, China National Space Administration CNSA, CNSA, Change 4, Lunar Landing, Change 3, Far Side Of The Moon

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

Spaceflight’s 64-satellite rideshare launch takes off tomorrow on a Falcon 9

Seattle-based launch coordinator Spaceflight is gearing up for its biggest operation yet: Smallsat Express, deploying a staggering 64 separate satellites from 34 different clients — all from a single Falcon 9 rocket. It’s quite an endeavor, but the company believes that this kind of jam-packed “space bus” is the best way to make satellite deployment cheap and easy — relatively speaking, anyway. Spaceflight, started in 2011, has plenty of launches from a variety of providers under its belt. But d...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Seattle, Spaceflight, MPC, Falcon, Blake, Westlake, Curt Blake, SmallSat Express

NASA's InSight Lander Sends Back Stunning Image of the Martian Horizon

NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) probe successfully completed its soft landing on Mars on Monday after a six-month, 300 million mile journey. And it’s already sending back photos of the desolate Red Planet from its landing site on the Elysium Planitia,…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Nasa, Insight, Mars, Spaceflight, Mars Insight, Jpl, Red Planet, Heat Transport

Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch of Its Electron Rocket

U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including “six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator” into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, .Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Rockets, Spaceflight, Rocket Lab

First Private Chinese Attempt to Launch Satellite Into Orbit Suffers Unspecified Failure

The craft that would have been the first private Chinese rocket to deliver a satellite into orbit around the Earth failed on Saturday, the Guardian reported, with something going wrong with the Landspace Zhuque-1's third-stage deployment.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, China, Earth, Rockets, Spaceflight, Rocketry, OneSpace, Landspace, Landspace Zhuque

Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Successfully Deploys Landers to Asteroid Ryugu's Surface

Two landers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have successfully touched down on the Ryugu asteroid after separating from the Hayabusa2 probe in orbit, and have begun transmitting images from the space rock’s surface.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Japan, Science, Technology, Asteroids, Spaceflight, Solar System, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, JAXA, Ryugu, Hayabusa 2

Jeff Bezos Details Plan to Make Blue Origin the Amazon of the Moon

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ plans to splurge some of his jaw-dropping wealth pushing his private spaceflight company Blue Origin towards the business of moon colonization—think Elon Musk’s dreams of a SpaceX-backed colony on Mars, but much less likely to get everyone involved killed—dropped last year.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Blue Origin

China's First Private Space Rocket Launch Ever Was This Week

OneSpace Technologies conducted the first private rocket launch in Chinese history this week, firing off the 30-foot (9 meter) OS-X from a platform in northwest China on Thursday, according to CNN.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, Rockets, Spaceflight, Rocketry, Private Spaceflight, OneSpace, CNSA, OneSpace Technologies

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 misses catching Falcon 9 rocket fairing with a giant net on a big ship

 SpaceX nearly succeeded in catching the fairing used in its PAZ Falcon 9 mission on Thursday, using a barge called ‘Mr. Steven’ that uses four giant arms with a net strung between them to secure the used nosecone once it floats back from space. The fairing missed the boat by just a few hundred meters, but did land intact in the water, at least. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk noted that… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Space Tourism, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Falcon, Steven, Outer Space

Watch SpaceX launch its first broadband internet satellites to space live here

 SpaceX is making a second attempt to launch its PAZ mission today, which includes the PAZ satellite from client Hisdesat, and is set for launch during an instantaneous window at 6:17 AM PST, or 9:17 AM EST. The mission was scrubbed on Wednesday due to high upper level winds, and reset for this morning. The Hisdesat payload is a satellite with radar instrumentation on board, with a planned… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, California, Tech, Space Tourism, Satellite, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Outer Space, StarLink, Paz

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 to use a net boat called ‘Mr. Steven’ to recover next rocket fairing

 SpaceX is all about reducing the cost of launching things into space, and right now one of those costs it think it can eliminate is having to use a new fairing every time it launches a rocket. The fairing is basically the shell at the top of the rocket that protects whatever cargo’s being launched (for instance, it housed the Tesla Roadster and SpaceX’s Starman mannequin during… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Space Tourism, Transport, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Falcon, Tesla Roadster, Steven, Starman, Outer Space

SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9 Launch, Said to Carry Starlink Prototypes, to At Least February 21st

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has delayed the next scheduled launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to at least Wednesday, February 21st for further testing of the rocket’s fairing, the $5 million section at its tip that deploys the rocket’s payload, reported.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Rockets, Spaceflight, Falcon, Rocketry, StarLink, SpaceX Delays Next Falcon

Today Was the NASA Opportunity Rover's 5,000th Martian Dawn

Saturday, February 17th marks the 5,000th local day (sol) of operations for NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, which was originally designed to last for just 90 sols after its January 2004 landing date, but has instead continued to set milestones like completing a marathon-length tour of its surroundings and taking huge…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Technology, Nasa, Mars, Spaceflight, Opportunity Rover

Donald Trump Reportedly Wants to Privatize the International Space Station

It’s been known for some time that the White House has been considering cutting off funding to the International Space Station by 2025 to free up resources for NASA, an agency President Donald Trump wants to send astronauts back to the moon but has also proposed should make do with a shoestring budget. Per the …Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, White House, Nasa, International Space Station, Space Exploration, Iss, Donald Trump, Spaceflight

Here’s what it was like to be there when SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy

 SpaceX made history earlier this week with its Falcon Heavy launch: The Falcon Heavy is now the largest active rocket in terms of cargo capacity, and is able to propel over 140,000 lbs of cargo to lower Earth orbit, or smaller loads all the way to Mars and beyond. The launch was incredible to witness live, and watching the feed is cool enough, but we were actually there on site as it took… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Earth, Space Tourism, Mars, Spaceflight, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Outer Space

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