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NASA’s Jim Bridenstine says 2035 is doable for human landing on Mars – provided budget is there

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine took part in a joint presentation by the chiefs of a number of International space agencies at the annual International Astronautical Conference on Monday. At the end of the event, A question was put to the entire group – when do we get to Mars? After a joke answer of “Tuesday” by ESA Director General Jan Wörner, Bridenstine followed with a serious answer that he believes – provided everyone can get their governments to actually back them and provided the...
Tags: Aerospace, Science, Space, TC, Astronomy, Esa, Jim Bridenstine, Mars, Moon, NASA, Outer Space


Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond

Rocket Lab kicked off the International Astronautical Congress with the that it’ll begin offering small satellite delivery service to orbits beyond low Earth orbit, where it currently operates – including delivering payloads all the way to the Moon. The longer-range service will be provided via its Photon spacecraft, which it’ll pair with a new additional stage to add range to the vehicle. The company expects to be able to begin serving customers with this new combined, longer range spacecr...
Tags: Aerospace, Science, Space, TC, Ceo, Congress, Electron, Flight, International Space Station, NASA, Outer Space, Peter Beck, Rocket Lab, Satellite, Spacecraft, Spaceflight


Nation-State Cyber Theft May Cause US Aerospace Downfall

Nation-State Cybertheft May Cause US Aerospace Downfall   Our government leaders have known for years about the industrial espionage conducted by China. It is at the expense of our American companies. They know of China’s goal to develop a colossal aerospace industry that can go head to head with o...
Tags: Security, Transportation, Business, Politics, Technology, Marketplace, Government, China, Uncategorized, US, Sem, Cybercrime, Hacking, Hacks, Patents, Hackers


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


Alphabet’s Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the US

Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly Collver, who will get a “cough and cold pack,” which includes Tylenol, cough drops, facial tissues, Emergen-C and bottled water (do people who have colds need bottled water?). The Collvers are re...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Technology, Virginia, US, UPS, Walgreens, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drone, United States, Faa, Aerospace, Fedex, Michael, Alphabet


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


NASA’s first-ever all-woman spacewalk was a success

NASA astronauts Christina H. Koch and Jessica Meir made history this, taking part in the first-ever spacewalk in the agency’s history featuring only women. The two astronauts ventured outside of the International Space Station in order to effect a repair on a failed power controller for the station, during a spacewalk that began at around 7:50 AM ET Friday morning and that ended at around 2:55 PM ET Friday afternoon. This historic event happened seven months after its original intended target...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Koch, Outer Space, Anne McClain, McClain, Jessica Meir, Christina H Koch


Watch NASA’s first ever all-woman spacewalk live

NASA astronauts Christina H Koch and Jessica Meir will make history this morning, as they take part in the first ever spacewalk in the agency’s history featuring only women. The two astronauts will be venturing outside of the International Space Station in order to effect a repair on a failed power controller for the station, with coverage beginning at 6:30 AM ET (3:30 AM PT) via the livestream above, and Koch and Meir set to leave the station’s airlock at 7:50 AM ET (4:50 AM PT). This his...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Koch, Outer Space, Meir, Anne McClain, McClain, Jessica Meir, Christina H Koch


Bosch’s new ‘ear’ for the Space Station’s Astrobee robot will let it ‘hear’ potential mechanical issues

Bosch is set to launch a new AI-based sensor system to the International Space Station that could change the way astronauts and ground crew monitor the ISS’s continued healthy operation. The so-called “SoundSee” module will be roughly the size of a lunch box, and will make its way to the ISS via Northrop Grumman’s forthcoming CRS-12 resupply mission, which is currently set for a November 2 launch. The SoundSee module combines microphones with machine learning to perform analysis of sounds it ...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Artificial Intelligence, International Space Station, Machine Learning, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Bosch, Space Station, Northrop Grumman


Rocket Lab successfully launches fifth Electron rocket this year

Rocket Lab has added another successful commercial launch to its track record: The rocket startup’s ‘As The Crow Flies’ mission took off today from its LC-1 launch site in New Zealand as planned. The rocket took off at 9:22 PM ET (6:22 PM PT), during its second launch opportunity of the day after the first window was pushed due to high altitude winds. This is the ninth Electron launch for the company thus far, and the eighth mission for a commercial customer (the first was a test mission i...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Tech, New Zealand, Aerospace, Palisade, Electron, Rocket Lab, Astro Digital, Commercial Space, Peter Beck, ninth Electron


Watch Rocket Lab’s next Electron rocket launch live

Rocket Lab is launching its ninth Electron rocket today, with the launch set for 00:41 UTC (8:41 PM ET/5:41 PM PT) [Update: They’re now targeting 01:22 UTC (9:22 PM ET/6:22 PM PT)]. The mission, called “As The Crow Flies,” will be taking off from the company’s LC-1 launchpad in New Zealand, carrying a payload from Astro Digital to orbit. The launch was actually supposed to take a different spacecraft up to low Earth Orbit, but the payload was swapped late last month – an unusual move for a...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, New Zealand, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Imaging, Astro Digital


These are the Under Armour-designed suits for Virgin Galactic’s space tourists

A day after NASA debuted the space suits set to be worn by the first woman on the moon, Virgin Galactic showed of its own gear at an event in New York. Created in collaboration with fitness wear company, Under Armour, the gear is designed for wear by Virgin’s private astronauts. The getup includes a limited edition jacket, base layer, training suit, footwear and space suit. The elements were created with “input” for a wide range of different people, including doctors, pilots, clothing design...
Tags: TC, Wearables, Space, Tech, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Richard Branson, Aerospace, Branson, Under Armour, Armour, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, moon Virgin Galactic, New York Created


SpaceX files paperwork to launch up to 30,000 more Starlink global internet satellites

SpaceX has filed documents with the International Telecommunication Union, which governs international use of global bandwidth, to launch up to 30,000 more satellites for its Starlink global broadband constellation, SpaceNews reports. That’s on top of the 12,000 it already has permission to launch. Why so many? SpaceX says that it’s about ensuring its network can meet anticipated demand “responsibly.” “As demand escalates for fast, reliable internet around the world, especially for those wher...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Earth, Broadband, Canada, United States, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, ITU, International Telecommunication Union, StarLink


NASA’s new Artemis spacesuits make it easier for astronauts of all sizes to move on the Moon

NASA revealed new spacesuits, specifically created for the Artemis generation of missions, which aim to get the first American woman and the next American man to the surface of the Moon by 2024. The new design’s toppling feature is greater mobility and flexibility, in basically every respect. NASA unveiled both a full suit designed for use in extra-vehicular activities on the surface of the Moon, and a flight suit for use while in transit to lunar orbit. Guided by NASA Administrator Jim Br...
Tags: TC, Space, Clothing, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Moon, Orion, Mars, Astronaut, Astronauts, Iss, Radiation, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Leo Labs and its high-fidelity space radar track orbital debris better than ever — from New Zealand

Ask anyone in the space business and they’ll tell you that orbital debris is a serious problem that will only get worse, but dealing with it is as much an opportunity as it is a problem. Leo Labs is building a global network of radar arrays that can track smaller debris than we can today, and with better precision — and the first of its new installations is about to start operations in New Zealand. There are some 12,000 known debris objects in low Earth orbit, many of which are tracked by the U....
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Texas, Hardware, Tech, Earth, New Zealand, Sri, Leo, Aerospace, Space Debris, U S Air Force, Dan Ceperley, Peter Beck, Air Force Research Lab, Orbital Debris


NASA Administrator “very confident” SpaceX crew launch could happen in early 2020

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was at SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, California on Thursday, delivering an address alongside NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who will launch aboard SpaceX’s commercial Crew Dragon capsule, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Bridenstine kicked off  with some brief remarks about the importance and priority of the crew launch mission, which he said both he and Musk are in agreement that the commercial launch of American astronauts is “the highest priority” of ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, Musk, Mark, Crew Dragon, Hawthorne California, Starship, Commercial Space, Jim Bridenstine, Bob Behnken, Bridenstine, SpaceX HQ


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


NASA’s new Moon-bound spacesuit is safer, smarter, and much more comfortable

The next Americans to set foot on the Moon will do so in a brand new spacesuit that’s based on, but hugely improved from, the original Apollo suits that last went up there in the ’70s. With easier entry, better mobility, and improved communications, these won’t be nearly as clumsy or restrictive — though you still wouldn’t want to wear one around the house. The new spacesuit, known as the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit or xEMU, is still deep in development, but its features have been m...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Hardware, Government, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, Spacesuit, Eva, Artemis, Xemu


Rocket Lab’s new 5-year FAA license will help it streamline its rocket launch process

Rocket Lab has received a new 5-year Launch Operator License from the Federal Aviation Administration, which grants it permission to do multiple launches of its Electron rocket from its LC-1 launch site in New Zealand without having to seek individual clearance for each one. While not the only limiting factor, this should help Rocket Lab increase the frequency of its launches form LC-1, servicing more customers more often for commercial small satellite customers. Until now, Rocket Lab has had...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Ceo, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, New Zealand, Faa, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Federal Aviation Administration, Spaceport, Outer Space


Porsche and Boeing are partnering to develop “premium” electric flying cars

The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) industry is heating up, with a lot of companies finding dancing partners for what looks like it could be a boom industry – provided the significant technical and regulatory hurdles still standing in the way of viable commercial consumer air travel are overcome. Now, automaker Porsche is throwing its hat in the ring through a new partnership with Boeing, with the two singing a new memorandum of understanding to work together on developing a co...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Tech, Porsche, Transport, Automotive Industry, Aerospace, Boeing, Volkswagen Group, Air Taxi, Air Mobility


Sources: Lilium is looking to raise up to $500M for its electric flying taxis

“Flying cars” — airborne vehicles designed for urban and other short-distance commutes to replace conventional private automobiles — are (at best) still years away from being a reality, with significant safety, technology and business model hurdles to clear before they ever hit the sky. Now, sources tell us that one of more promising startups in the field, the German startup Lilium, wants to put itself into pole position, by ramping up its financial position. Lilium has been talking to invest...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Twitter, Europe, London, Germany, San Francisco, Tech, Banking, Intel, Aircraft, Transport, Tencent, Peter Thiel, Aviation


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


Boeing backs Virgin Galactic with strategic $20M investment

Virgin Galactic has $20 million more to pursue its goal of space tourism with a new investment from Boeing announced this morning. The two companies are both deeply involved in human spaceflight, but in different ways — and Boeing seems to feel that it’s better to join Virgin than try to beat them at this particular game. VG is well on its way to its goal of being the first company to offer “routine, consistent and affordable” space tourism, though obviously the last item is relative. Its spa...
Tags: Space, Funding, Tech, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Richard Branson, New Mexico, Aerospace, Boeing, Branson, Chamath Palihapitiya, Spaceport America, Saudia Arabia, George Whitesides, Accion Systems, Khashoggi


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


NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane is ready for testing

NASA will fly a crewed X-plane, one of the experimental aircraft it creates to test various technologies, for the first time in two decades in the near future. This X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell to be exact, is significant for another reason, too: It’s the first fully electric experimental plane that NASA will fly. The delivery of the X-57 Maxwell to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California means that they can begin ground testing, which will then be followed by flight testing once t...
Tags: TC, California, Tech, Nasa, Vehicles, Aircraft, Maxwell, Aviation, Airplane, Aerospace, GreenTech, Armstrong Flight Research Center, Electric Aircraft


We’ll have self-flying cars before self-driving cars, Thrun says

Once you get up high enough, you don’t have to worry about a lot of the obstacles like pedestrians and traffic jams that plague autonomous cars. That’s why Sebastian Thrun, Google’s self-driving team founder turned CEO of flying vehicle startup Kitty Hawk, said onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF today that we should expect true autonomy to succeed in the air before the road. “I believe we’re going to be done with self-flying vehicles before we’re done with self-driving cars,” Thrun told Tech...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Flying Cars, Logistics, Faa, Aerospace, Vtol, Sebastian Thrun, Kitty Hawk, Napa Calif, Thrun


Flying Cars & Urban Air Mobility

It’s tempting to forge a synonymous connection between flying cars and urban air mobility (UAM). That would be unfair because, for a number of reasons, the latter has a viable future where entrepreneurs have unsuccessfully been developing, promoting, and trying to sell the former for more than 70 years. Many of them have appeared and disappeared from aviation’s grand stage in Oshkosh over the past half century. Certainly, each new iteration of flying car promised improvements over those that pr...
Tags: Airports, Nasa, Drones, Aviation, Airbus, Flying Cars, Faa, Aerospace, Boeing, ATC, EAA, Oshkosh, Flight Training, UAM, Aviation Marketing, Vahana


#BlueMoon: Jeff Bezos says Blue Origin will land on Moon by 2024

Jeff Bezos gathered press, government officials, and aerospace execs in Washington, DC today to showcase the details of Blue Origin's plan to place a lander on the Moon by 2024. “My generation’s job is to build the infrastructure,” said the Amazon founder and CEO. “We’re going to build the road to space.” TechCrunch: Blue Origin is going to send humans to space on New Shepard later this year and has unveiled a lunar lander, called “Blue Moon,” to access the resource-rich lunar surface, Bezo...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, Space, Technology, News, Nasa, Washington Dc, Moon, Space Exploration, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Neil Armstrong, Blue Origin, Bezos


HyperSciences wants to ‘gamechange’ spaceflight with hypersonic drilling tech

It’s no coincidence that Elon Musk wants to both tunnel down into and soar above the Earth. If you ask the team at HyperSciences, the best way to get to space is to flip drilling technology upside down and point it at the sky. In the process, that would mean ditching the large, expensive fuel stages that propel what we generally think of as a rocket — massive cylindrical thing, tiny payload at the tip — into space. This month, the company hit a major milestone on its quest to get to suborbita...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Washington Post, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mining, Rocket, Pentagon, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Geothermal Energy, Blue Origin


Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching a space industry accelerator in Los Angeles

With the help of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC and the Israel Aerospace Industries company, Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching an accelerator focused on the space industry in Los Angeles. Already a major hub for the space and aerospace startup industry, with companies like SpaceX, Relativity Space, Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab, Phase Four, and others calling Los Angeles home, the new accelerator will provide another ...
Tags: TC, Accelerator, Spacex, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Companies, David Cohen, Lockheed Martin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, TechStars, Mentorships, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, SAIC



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