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India’s first private space launch startup Skyroot succeeds with upper stage engine fire test

The private space launch industry has expanded significantly since the debut of SpaceX, but some markets, like India, are just now getting the regulatory support to clear the way for private players to participate. Now that those barriers are coming down, however, private launch startup Skyroot is leaping ahead on its way to becoming the first private space launch vehicle maker in the country, making significant technical progress with a new, successful upper stage engine burn test. Skyroo...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, India, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Science and Technology, Raman, Vikram, Indian Space Research Organization ISRO, Indian Space Research Organization, Skyroot, Pawan Kumar Chandana, Solar Industries


SpaceX reveals plans for a Texas spaceport resort in new job ad

SpaceX has big plans for its Boca Chica, Texas site – where it’s currently building and testing Starship, the company’s next-generation passenger and cargo spacecraft. A new job posting spotted by CNBC’s Micheal Sheetz seeks a “Resort Development Manager” to be based out of Brownsville, the nearest neighboring town to the small Boca Chica area where SpaceX has built out its existing test and development site. The job posting seeks a manger to “oversee the development of SpaceX’s first reso...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Commercial Spaceflight, New Mexico, Spaceflight, Aerospace


SpaceX takes a big hop forward in Starship development

Max Q is a weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. It wasn’t the busiest week in space tech news – much like a lot of the industry, it feels like we’re entering into a bit of a summer doldrums period where things slow down considerably. That’s probably especially true right now, with a lot of companies coming off some Herculean efforts and big successes. This down time will lead to big developments to come, including the first official Inter...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Broadband, Netflix, Mars, Hilary Swank, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Blue Origin, Outer Space, SpaceX SpaceX


Max Q: SpaceX takes a big hop forward in Starship development

Max Q is a weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. It wasn’t the busiest week in space tech news — much like a lot of the industry, it feels like we’re entering into a bit of a summer doldrums period, when things slow down considerably. That’s probably especially true right now, with a lot of companies coming off some Herculean efforts and big successes. This down time will lead to big developments to come, including the first official Inter...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Broadband, Netflix, Mars, Hilary Swank, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Blue Origin, Outer Space, SpaceX SpaceX, NDA


Watch the trailer for Netflix’s new family space drama about a mission to Mars

As deep space missions and Mars colonies continue to shift from science fiction to potential near future reality, it’s not surprising to see Hollywood think about different types of stories to tell about space exploration. Away, a new series from Netflix premiering on September 4, looks like that kind of story. The show stars Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, and is created by the people behind Parenthood and Friday Night Lights. It’s a show about an astronaut mission to Mars – but it’s clearly a...
Tags: TC, Science Fiction, Space, Hollywood, Tech, Netflix, Oscar, Mars, Hilary Swank, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Josh Charles


Watch SpaceX launch its tenth Starlink mission to build out its satellite internet constellation

SpaceX is getting ready for a third try at launching its tenth Starlink mission, after two prior attempts were scrubbed, first in June and then again in July. Meanwhile, SpaceX has accomplished a lot – including another launch of a GPS satellite, and returning astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to Earth from the International Space Station aboard the Crew Dragon. This Starlink mission attempt is scheduled for Friday, August 7 at 1:12 AM EDT (10:12 PM PDT on August 6) and will take off ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Earth, Broadband, Canada, United States, International Space Station, Satellite, Gps, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Kennedy Space Center


SpaceX successfully flies its Starship prototype to a height of around 500 feet

SpaceX has been developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft, at its site in Boca Chica, Texas. The company has built a number of different Starship prototypes to date, include one prior version called the Starhopper that was essentially just the bottom portion of the rocket. Today, the company flew its first full-scale prototype (minus the domed cap that will appear on the final version, and without the control fins that will appear lower down on its sides), achieving an initial fligh...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Texas, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Starship, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship


Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity by 660 lbs

Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, according to Rocket Lab. Electron is not battery-powered, of course – but the electric pumps that help feed its Rutherford engines are. That’s where they’re getting the...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rutherford, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab Electron


Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity to 660 lbs

Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, according to Rocket Lab. Electron is not battery-powered, of course — but the electric pumps that help feed its Rutherford engines are. That’s where they’re getting the bo...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rutherford, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab Electron


Virgin Galactic uses space tech to create new supersonic jet

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic announces a partnership with Rolls Royce.The space tourism company will create a new supersonic jet for super-fast travel on Earth. The aircraft will travel at Mach 3 – three times the speed of sound. Virgin Galactic made the hearts of all speed enthusiasts beat faster by announcing a new agreement with Rolls-Royce to create a supersonic passenger jet.The space tourism company founded by billionaire Richard Branson revealed an enticing look at the aircraft's de...
Tags: Travel, Space, Technology, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Innovation, Virgin, Richard Branson, Invention, Airplane, Supersonic, Faa, Mach, Rolls Royce, Cosmos, George Whitesides


Virgin Orbit to fly 11 satellites for NASA on second orbital launch demo later this year

Virgin Orbit’s first attempt at an orbital launch demo may not have gone entirely to plan (the LauncherOne rocket released as planned but its flight was cut short just after that), but it has booked a payload for its next try – 11 science satellites selected by NASA and primarily designed and built by U.S. universities. Virgin says that it will fly this second launch demo, complete with its cargo, sometime “before the end of the year.” After the first attempt was cut short prior to the planne...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Tech, Nasa, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Aircraft, Virgin, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Virgin Orbit, LauncherOne


Virgin Galactic debuts design of future Mach 3 high-speed aircraft, signs deal with Rolls-Royce

Virgin Galactic is making strides towards its goal of creating high-speed commercial aircraft that operates a little closer to Earth than its existing passenger spacecraft. The company revealed the initial design of the commercial passenger airplane it’s creating that’s designed to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 3 – faster than the average cruising speed of around Mach 2 that the original Concorde achieved. This concept design comes alongside a new partnership for Virgin Galactic, by way ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Aircraft, Concorde, Virgin, Aviation, Rolls Royce, Aerospace, Mach, xB


The Perseverance rover is our best bet for finding life on Mars

Next spring is going to be a busy time for Mars. In close succession, three spacecraft will arrive at the planet, joining the dozen or so craft already circling Mars. Two of the spacecraft were launched in the past couple of weeks by newcomers to martian exploration: the United Arab Emirates’ Al-Amal (meaning Hope) and China’s Tianwen-1 (which means Question to Heaven). The third vessel will be NASA’s Mars 2020, containing the Perseverance rover, which just took off successfully from Florida. Wh...
Tags: Startups, Space, Florida, Science, China, Tech, Nasa, United Arab Emirates, Mars, Syndication, Al Amal, Tianwen


SpaceX and NASA successfully return Crew Dragon spacecraft to Earth with astronauts on board

SpaceX and NASA have made history once again, successfully completing the crucial final phase of their Demo-2 mission for the Crew Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX’s first spacecraft made for human flight. This marks the end of this last demonstration mission, which flew NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on May 30, where they remained for two months prior to making the return trip on Sunday. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon appears to have performed exactly as int...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, America, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Gulf of Mexico


Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon splash down in the Atlantic Ocean live as astronauts return to Earth

SpaceX and NASA are getting ready to complete their most important joint mission to date – Crew Dragon Demo-2, which is the culmination of the partners’ work on their Commercial Crew program designed to certify a SpaceX spacecraft for regular human spaceflight operations. NASA astronauts are already on board Crew Dragon making their way back to Earth during a multi-hour descent, and later on Sunday will be splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Behnken and Hurley un...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Gulf of Mexico, Spacecraft, Atlantic Ocean


Astronauts successfully depart the ISS aboard SpaceX Dragon, starting their trip home

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have successfully undocked from the International Space Station, which is the first crucial stage of their return to Earth. Next, they’ll travel on a coast phase that will take them on a descent course back through the atmosphere from space, shedding speed as they prepare to deploy the parachutes of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and drop into the Atlantic Ocean for recovery. The undocking, coast and splashdown phase are all meant to be perfor...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Astronaut, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Space Station, Atlantic Ocean, Hurley


Watch live as SpaceX brings NASA astronauts back from the Space Station aboard Crew Dragon

SpaceX and NASA are now in the final stages of preparation for the conclusion of its Demo-2 Crew Dragon mission, which will see astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley depart the International Space Station and return to Earth. Behnken and Hurley launched aboard the Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s first human spacecraft, on May 30 and have been working as part of the Station’s crew since then. The Crew Dragon is set to depart from the ISS at 7:34 PM EDT (4:34 PM PDT) tonight, but NASA is planning a day ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Atlantic Ocean, Hurley, Outer Space, Behnken


WATCH: Astronauts prepare for rare splashdown in SpaceX capsule, target is 7:34 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 1

WATCH THE SPLASHDOWN EVENT LIVE HERE, the SpaceX video embed in this post will go live with pre-event content sometime before 7pm EDT on Saturday August 1. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are about to make the first splashdown return in 45 years. “SpaceX and NASA are targeting 7:34 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 1 for Crew Dragon and the two astronauts to depart the orbiting laboratory and return to Earth,” tweeted SpaceX late Friday evening. From SpaceX, here is the timeline for...
Tags: Post, Business, Video, Space, Spacex, Florida, Technology, News, US, US news, Ap, Nasa, Earth, United States, Dragon, Space Flight


Rocket Lab clear to launch again after first mission failure attributed to electrical fault

Rocket Lab has received clearance to launch from the FAA following the and the loss of the half-dozen satellites on board. “This was a very, very sneaky and tricky issue,” said CEO Peter Beck. “However, the issue is well understood by the team. We’re really looking forward to getting back on the pad.” The failure, Beck explained on a call with press, was nowhere near as catastrophic as many such incidents are. While the payloads were lost in the vehicle’s uncontrolled descent, the rocket di...
Tags: TC, Space, Beck, Tech, New Zealand, Faa, Aerospace, Launches, Electron, AIB, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck, Launch Complex, FAA Rocket Lab


The dangers SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will face during its return to Earth

The Crew Dragon spacecraft, produced by private company SpaceX, is scheduled to return from the International Space Station (ISS) and splash down in the Atlantic ocean on August 2. Contingent on a favorable weather forecast and a successful final week at the ISS, NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will begin the undocking procedure on August 1, and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere the next day – a total of 64 days since liftoff. The historic launch took place on May 30 from NASA’s Kenn...
Tags: Startups, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Nasa, Earth, World, Atlantic, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, ISS NASA, Douglas Hurley, Syndication, Robert Behnken


Amazon gains FCC approval for Kuiper internet satellite constellation and commits $10 billion to the project

Amazon has received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch and operate a planned constellation of 3,236 internet satellites. That’s the backbone of Amazon’s Project Kuiper, an initiative to create a satellite-based broadband internet service designed to provide high-speed, low latency connections to U.S.-based households that currently don’t have great access to a high-speed connection. Alongside the key regulatory approval, Amazon also announced that it woul...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Space, Spacex, Fcc, Washington, Tech, Broadband, United States, Satellite, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Blue Origin, Bezos


Starship SN5 completes engine test – short, low-altitude flight test to follow ‘soon’ says Elon Musk

The sixth full-scale testing prototype of SpaceX’s Starship has successfully completed a key static fire test of its Raptor engines, according to SpaceX founders and CEO Elon Musk . The so-called ‘SN5’ Starship prototype is now ready to move on to a 150m (nearly 500 feet) short duration flight test, which would mark the furthest yet that one of these testing spacecraft has made it through SpaceX’s planned development program. SpaceX has been building and testing Starship prototypes (whic...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Mars, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


Rocket launch startup Astra readies for orbital test flight as early as Sunday

Rocket launch startup Astra is readying for its first orbital flight test, set to take place either this weekend or next week, weather permitting. The company will launch its ‘Rocket 3.1’ from Kodiak, Alaska – and while these are technically classified as orbital test flights, the company was quick to caution journalists on a press call on Thursday that it doesn’t necessarily believe each the three initial launches it has planned will make it all the way to orbit proper. “We don’t intend to get ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, California, Tech, Flight, Alaska, Darpa, Oakland, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Kodiak, Kemp, Sunda, Astra


Boom Supersonic enlists Rolls-Royce to help build the engines for world’s fastest commercial aircraft

Boom Supersonic, the Colorado -based startup working on creating a supersonic passenger jet to continue and dramatically advance the legacy of the original Concorde, has signed on Rolls-Royce to build the propulsion system for its Overture commercial aircraft. Boom is getting very close to actually beginning to fly its XB-1, a subscale demonstrator aircraft that will test and prove out many of the technologies that will be used to bring Overture to life. This isn’t the first time Boom and R...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, New York, London, Colorado, Tech, Aircraft, Concorde, Aviation, Olympus, Rolls-royce, Engines, Aerospace, Royce, Boom Supersonic


ispace reveals the final design of its lunar lander ahead of its first mission to the Moon in 2022

Japanese new space startup ispace has revealed the final design of its HAKUTO-R lunar lander, a spacecraft set to make its first touchdown on the Moon in 2022 if all goes to the updated plan (it had been set to fly in October 2021 until today). ispace is part of a team led by Draper selected by NASA for its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to deliver various payloads to the Moon ahead of NASA planned human mission to the lunar surface in 2024. The lander is just a bit taller than...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, SpaceX Falcon, Draper, Astrobotic Technology, Private Spaceflight, Google Lunar X Prize, Ispace, Hakuto, Lunar Lander


Watch NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover launch live

NASA is set to launch its newest rover to Mars later this morning. The liftoff is set for 7:50 AM EDT (4:50 AM PDT), with a broadcast beginning at 7:00 AM EDT (4:00 AM PDT). This mission will launch a ULA Atlas V rocket to carry the Perseverance rover to Mars with a trip that will last several months, arriving in February 2021. The 2,260-lb rover is equipped with a range of sensors to help it search for signs of past micro organic life on Mars, as well as study the planet’s amtospheric and...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, European Space Agency, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, ExoMars, Outer Space, Perseverance


NASA successfully launches its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover using an Atlas V rocket

NASA has launched one of its most crucial science missions to date, the Mars 2020 mission that carries its Perseverance robotic rover. This rover, a successor to the Curiosity robotic explorer, is equipped with sensors specifically designed to help it hopefully fund evidence of ancient, microbiotic life on Mars. Mars 2020 departed from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 7:50 AM EDT (4:50 PM PDT). Perseverance was loaded atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, which had a good liftoff an...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Esa, European Space Agency, Rover, Mars, Robotics, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Cape Canaveral


ESA's 'interplanetary cargo ship' to carry Mars rocks to Earth in 2031

On July 30, NASA is set to launch the Perseverance rover toward Mars on a mission to search for biosignatures of ancient life within the planet's Jerezo Crater.The soil samples collected by the rover would then be launched from the Martian surface into orbit, where a European-made "cargo ship" will intercept the container.The cargo ship — a satellite called the Earth Return Orbiter — could return the samples to Earth for further study by 2031. Was Mars ever home to alien life? If so, scientists...
Tags: Space, Technology, France, Nasa, Earth, Flight, Innovation, Airbus, Mars, North America, California Institute of Technology, European Space Agency ESA, Farley, Ero, David Parker, Jezero Crater


NASA reveals the astronauts who will fly on SpaceX’s second operational Crew Dragon spacecraft mission

NASA and SpaceX are looking to finish up the final demonstration mission of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut spacecraft at the end of this week, but it’s already looking ahead to Crew-2 – the second operational flight of Crew Dragon, currently set for sometime next spring. The agency revealed the four people that will fly aboard that launch, including two NASA astronauts, as well as one from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and one from the European Space Agency (ESA). NASA astr...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Esa, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Astronaut, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Space Shuttle, Spacecraft


SpaceX offers an inside look at how it created its futuristic Dragon space suits

When SpaceX set out to fly humans on board its spacecraft, it decided to create its own spacesuit in-house. That’s a very different approach from most spacesuit projects, including those at NASA, which typically involve tapping in outside specialist contractors with a long history of experience to help with the work. In a new video, SpaceX provides a look at why they took on that task themselves, and how their unique and modern-looking spacesuits are designed to be the perfect complement t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacesuit, Atlantic Ocean, Outer Space, Trigg, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Chris Trigg



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