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Google Cloud Teams up With SpaceX in Satellite Internet Connectivity Deal

Google announced Thursday that it’s partnering with SpaceX to link Elon Musk’s ambitious satellite internet service Starlink with Google’s cloud infrastructure. The alliance marks a major win for Google in its competition with other tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft to dominate the fast-growing cloud computing…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Microsoft, Azure, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Outer Space, Urs Hölzle, Gwynne Shotwell, StarLink, Businesspeople, Azure Cloud Service, Kuiper Systems

Russia and Tom Cruise Are in a New Space Race to Shoot a Movie in Outer Space

It’s the space race for the new age: who will be the first to shoot a movie in outer space? Tom Cruise already put in his bid, but now Russia has announced its intention to shoot a movie this October. The funniest thing is, they both plan to shoot at the International Space Station. Echoes of the Cold War are reaching the cosmos — though it’s less a Cold War than it is a cinematic stand-off, mostly between Tom Cruise and Russia. A year after Tom Cruise declared that he is teaming up with NAS...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Movies, Russia, Sci-fi, Nasa, Challenge, Cruise, International Space Station, Tom Cruise, Roscosmos, Outer Space, Dmitry Rogozin, Foreign Language, Klim Shipenko

SpaceX’s inaugural Moon tour private astronaut is heading to the International Space Station first

SpaceX private spaceflight ambitions got a big boost in 2018 when Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced he’d be taking a trip aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon on a round-trip flight passing the Moon. Maezawa is still on track to make that trip by 2023 according to current schedules, but he’s so eager to get to space that he just announced he’ll make a visit to the International Space Station as a private astronaut this December. Maezawa will go as a client of Space Adventures...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Russia, Tech, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Kazakhstan, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Soyuz, Outer Space, Laliberté, Space Adventures, Guy Laliberté

SpaceX launches and lands a Falcon 9 rocket booster a record 10th time

SpaceX has launched another 60 Starlink satellites — making 180 delivered to orbit in under two weeks — but the launch early Sunday morning was more notable because it set a new, key record for Falcon 9 rocket reusability. This marked the 10th flight of the first-stage rocket booster used for the launch, which sets a record for re-use for SpaceX as the rocket booster with the most successful mission under its belt. The launch took place at 2:42 AM EDT, flying from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Spac...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Tech, Broadband, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Outer Space, StarLink

Elon Musk's SpaceX Is Reportedly Trying to Gobble Up This Small Texas Community

Residents of Boca Chica Village are facing pressure from SpaceX and local officials to sell their property, ostensibly so CEO Elon Musk can realize his dream of creating a modern-day company town around SpaceX’s launch facility nearby, according to the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Eddie, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Mary, Outer Space, Boca Chica, Businesspeople, Celia Johnson, Spacex Raptor, Boca Chica Village Texas, Boca Chica village, David Finlay, Harvey Bloomer

When Will We Know Where the Chinese Rocket Will Crash?

An out-of-control Chinese rocket is scheduled to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, but no one is sure exactly when or where the debris will land. Here’s why we don’t yet know and, more importantly, when we can expect to find out.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Flight, Satellite, Rocket, Spaceflight, Apollo, Outer Space, Apollo Program, Jonathan McDowell, The Aerospace Corporation, Aerospace Engineering, Atmospheric Entry

SpaceX might try to fly the first Starship prototype to successfully land a second time

SpaceX is fresh off a high for its Starship spacecraft development program, but according to CEO Elon Musk, it’s already looking ahead to potentially repeating its latest success with an unplanned early reusability experiment. Earlier this week, SpaceX flew the SN15 (i.e., 15th prototype) of its Starship from its development site near Brownsville, Texas, and succeeded in landing it upright for the first time. Now, Musk says they could fly the same prototype a second time, a first for the Starshi...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Tech, Earth, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Musk, Outer Space, Brownsville Texas, Starship

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne is returning to space in June

Orbital launch company Virgin Orbit has scheduled its next mission to space. Virgin Orbit will be returning its LauncherOne rocket to orbit in June to deliver payloads for the U.S. Department of Defense Space Test Program, SatRevolution, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The manifest includes three CubeSat satellites as part of the DoD’s Rapid Agile Launch Initiative; a CubeSat satellite called BRIK II, Norway’s first military satellite to go to space; and two optical imaging satellites from ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, California, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Norway, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Rocketry, Outer Space, Mojave, Astra

You Can't Hear Them Bark in Outer Space

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Tags: Pets, Outer Space, PBurns, Terrierman

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Experiment Is About to Get More Interesting

It’s not wrong to want Ingenuity to crash. The Mars helicopter getting into a dramatic accident would mean that the NASA team pushed the craft to its limits—that there’s finally a ceiling on the accomplishments of the astonishingly successful chopper. So far, Ingenuity has completed four of its five scheduled test…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, United States, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Helicopter, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Aung, Mimi Aung, Havard Grip, Exploration Of Mars, Jennifer Trosper

FAA authorizes SpaceX’s next three Starship test launches

SpaceX is continuing its Starship spacecraft testing and development program apace, and as of this afternoon it has authorization from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct its next three test flights from its launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. Approvals for prior launch tests have been one-offs, but the FAA said in a statement that it’s approving these in a batch because “SpaceX is making few changes to the launch vehicle and relied on the FAA’s approved methodology to calcul...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Congress, Tech, Faa, Spaceflight, Federal Aviation Administration, Outer Space, Boca Chica, Starship, U S Federal Aviation Administration FAA, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX has launched another batch of Starlink satellites, adding 60 more to the constellation on orbit. This is the 24th Starlink launch in total, and means SpaceX has now sent up over 1,500 Starlink spacecraft, with around 1,438 of those still in operation. This is the first Starlink launch since April 7 — which, surprisingly, is the biggest gap between these launches in quite a while. This year, SpaceX’s overall launch calendar has been dominated by Starlink launches, as the company seeks to e...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Broadband, International Space Station, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Outer Space, StarLink

SpaceX successfully launches astronauts with a re-used Dragon spacecraft for the first time

SpaceX has another successful human space launch to its credit, after a good takeoff and orbital delivery of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on Friday morning. The Dragon took off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 5:49 AM EDT (2:49 AM EDT). On board were four astronauts, including NASA’s Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, as well as JAXA’s Akihiko Hoshide and the ESA’s Thomas Pesquet. This was Spacex’s second official astronaut delivery mission for NASA, after its Crew-1 ope...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Tech, Nasa, Esa, United States, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Artemis, Spacecraft, Falcon, Peter Diamandis

Watch SpaceX launch its second crew of Space Station astronauts on a flight-proven Falcon 9 live

SpaceX is set to launch its second operational commercial crew mission to the International Space Station for NASA, with a liftoff time of 5:49 AM EDT (2:49 AM PDT) on Friday morning. The flight will carry four astronauts, including two from NASA, one from JAXA (the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and one from the ESA (European Space Agency), to the station, where they will begin a regular tour of duty conducting science experiments, and maintaining and upgrading the orbital platform. Thi...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Esa, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon, Space Station

NASA Generates Oxygen on Mars, Setting Stage for Crewed Missions

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has captured much of the world’s attention, but an amazing new experiment, in which the Perseverance rover produced a tiny amount of oxygen, is equally deserving of praise.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Nasa, United States, Mars, Oxygen, Spaceflight, Carbon Monoxide, Outer Space, Abigail Allwood, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Michael Hecht, Technology Internet, Exploration Of Mars, Tianwen 1

See New Footage of Ingenuity’s Remarkable Rise and Successful Landing

Ten vertical feet and 40 seconds. Those are the two numbers that signify a horizon-bending shift in human ambition on Mars and beyond. With Ingenuity’s first hover on Mars early Monday morning, the proof-of-concept for future craft like it has been a resounding success.Read more...
Tags: Science, United States, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Grip, Wright, Outer Space, Michael Watkins, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Aung, Mars rovers, Mimi Aung, Bob Balaram, Havard Grip

Amazon taps ULA as first launch provider for Project Kuiper satellite constellation

Amazon’s Project Kuiper satellite constellation is one step closer to actually making it to space: The company announced it has secured an agreement with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to fly its satellites on nine Atlas V rocket launches. Amazon intends to use multiple launch providers and spacecraft to ultimately get the full complement of 3,236 Kuiper satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), but ULA is the first launch provider that Amazon has signed or announced. ULA’s Atlas V is a proven wo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Space, Tech, Nasa, Atlas, Federal Communications Commission, Lockheed Martin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, United, Spacecraft, Outer Space, SVP, Redmond

NASA makes history by flying a helicopter on Mars for the first time

NASA has marked a major milestone in its extraterrestrial exploration program, with the first powered flight of an aircraft on Mars. The flight occurred very early this morning, and NASA received telemetry confirming that the ‘Ingenuity’ helicopter it sent to Mars with its Perseverance rover. This is a major achievement, in no small part because the atmosphere is so thin on Mars that creating a rotor-powered craft like Ingenuity that can actually use it to produce lift is a huge challenge. This ...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Rover, Mars, Simulation, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Perseverance, Ingenuity

SpaceX wins NASA contract to develop human landing system for returning to the moon

The winner of NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS) contract award is SpaceX, which bid $2.9 billion for the privilege of developing the means by which NASA astronauts will return to the lunar surface for the first time since the Apollo program. SpaceX was in the running alongside Blue Origin and Dynetics, but reportedly undercut both those prospective suppliers considerably with its bid, according to The Washington Post. SpaceX proposed using its Starship spacecraft, currently under development, as...
Tags: TC, Post, Space, Spacex, Texas, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Commercial Spaceflight, Lockheed Martin, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, The Washington Post

Blue Origin launches and lands New Shepard rocket in key prep flight for human passengers

Blue Origin has launched its New Shepard rocket for the second time this year, and the 15th time overall. The mission profile saw the reusable spacecraft fly to suborbital space, and then return for a parachute-assisted landing at Blue Origin’s launch facility in West Texas. This flight was a little different than its usual missions, because it included a rehearsal component with people standing in for what will eventually be Blue Origin’s paying private astronaut customers. What that means is t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Blue Origin, Outer Space, West Texas, New Shepard, Blue Moon

Astranis raises $250M at a $1.4B valuation for smaller, cheaper geostationary communications satellites

Space startup Astranis has raised a $250 million Series C round to provide it with a capital injection to help scale manufacturing of its unique MicroGEO satellites — geostationary communications satellites that are much smaller than the typical massive, expensive spacecraft used in that orbital band to provide communications and connectivity to specific points on Earth. The Astranis Series C was led by BlackRock-managed funds, and includes participation from a host of new investors including Ba...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Funding, Tech, Earth, Satellite, Andreessen Horowitz, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Blackrock, Startup Funding, Venrock, Outer Space, Astra, Astranis

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to deliver an Astrobotic lander and NASA water-hunting rover to the Moon in 2023

SpaceX is set to send a payload to the Moon in 2023, using its larger (and infrequently used) Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. The mission will fly a lander built by space startup Astrobotic, which itself will be carrying NASA’s VIPER, or Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (this is the agency that loves torturing language to come up with fun acronyms, after all). The launch is currently set for later in the year, and this would be Falcon Heavy’s first Moon mission if all goes to plan. I...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Griffin, Artemis, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Viper, Outer Space, Peregrine, Masten

From the deep sea to outer space, this real estate exec is going places

From rafting in the Himalayas to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Connor Group Managing Partner Larry Connor has never been afraid of a challenge. Now he's going to space.
Tags: Spacex, Interviews, Adventure, Entrepreneur, Nasa, Radio, Ocean, Agent, Himalayas, Pilot, Outer Space, Johnson Space Center, Select, Larry Connor, Mt Kilimanjaro Connor Group

Rocket Lab to recover the booster from its next Electron launch as it pursue reusability

Rocket Lab is preparing for its next launch, currently set to take place in May from its launch facility in New Zealand. The payload for the flight are two satellites to join BlackSky’s Earth observation constellation, but Rocket Lab has a secondary goal crucial to its aim of adding reusability to its Electron launch vehicle: Recovering the booster stage after its return from space. This isn’t the first time Rocket Lab has done a booster recovery; last December, it fished one out of the sea foll...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Beck, Tech, Ceo, Earth, New Zealand, Rocket, Aerospace, Booster, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck, Rocket Propulsion

Rocket Lab to recover the booster from its next Electron launch as it pursues reusability

Rocket Lab is preparing for its next launch, currently set to take place in May from its launch facility in New Zealand. The payload for the flight are two satellites to join BlackSky’s Earth observation constellation, but Rocket Lab has a secondary goal crucial to its aim of adding reusability to its Electron launch vehicle: recovering the booster stage after its return from space. This isn’t the first time Rocket Lab has done a booster recovery; last November, it fished one out of the sea foll...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Beck, Tech, Earth, New Zealand, Rocket, Aerospace, Booster, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck, Rocket Propulsion, Space launch

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, now at 300 launched in just over one month

SpaceX has launched another batch of Starlink satellites, keeping up its rapid pace of launches for the broadband constellation it’s deploying in low Earth orbit. This now makes 300 Starlink satellites launched since March 4, with 60 on each of five flights between then and now. The most recent launch before this one happened on March 24, with prior flights on March 14, March 11 and March 4 , respectively. That pace is intentionally fast, since SpaceX has said it aims to launch a total of 1,500 ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Fcc, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Broadband, Federal Communications Commission, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean, Outer Space

The Moon Actually Has A Tail Made Of Sodium That Wraps Around The Earth Like A Laser

From The New York Times: The moon, lacking an atmosphere to shield it, is constantly under attack. When meteorites bombard its volcanic surface, sodium atoms fly high into orbit. The sun's photons collide with the sodium atoms, effectively pushing them away from the sun and creating a tail-like structure flowing downstream from the moon. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, New York Times, Moon, Comets, Space Exploration, The moon, Meteors, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Outer Space, Cosmos, The Cosmos

Watch Live: NASA Drops an Orion Spacecraft Into a Giant Pool

NASA is getting ready to drop a 14,000-pound mock-up of the Orion spacecraft into a large pool in Virginia, the latest in a series of drop tests leading up to the eventual Artemis II lunar mission. The test is set for 1:45 p.m. ET and will be viewable live on the NASA TV (see stream below). Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Virginia, Nasa, Orion, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Space Launch System, Splashdown, Lunar Gateway, Artemis program, Artemis Iii, Artemis 3, Technology Internet, Artemis 2

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Has Successfully Landed on the Surface of Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is one step closer to taking its first flight on Mars. On Saturday, the space agency announced that the helicopter had been successfully dropped off on the surface of the planet by the Perseverance rover, which has essentially served as the Ingenuity’s space taxi, charging station, and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Nasa, United States, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Outer Space, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Mimi Aung, Bob Balaram, Technology Internet

SpaceX is outfitting its Dragon spacecraft with an observation down for space tourists

SpaceX is set to make a change to its Crew Dragon spacecraft for its forthcoming history-making all-civilian launch, currently set for September 15. That Dragon will replace its International Space Station docking mechanism with a transparent dome, through which passengers will be able to take in an awe-inspiring surround panorama of space and the Earth from an orbital perspective. The glass dome will be at the ‘nose’ of the Dragon capsule, or its topmost point when it’s loaded upright on top of...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Ceo, Esa, International Space Station, Commercial Spaceflight, European Space Agency, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon