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Rocket Lab’s 20th Electron launch ends in failure with the loss of its payload

Rocket Lab flew its 20th Electron mission on Saturday morning, but the launch ran into a significant issue just after its second stage engine ignited. The engine appeared to shut down just after the ignition, which is not what it’s supposed to do, and which is likely the result of an automated emergency shutdown process that would trigger in case of a system failure. Rocket Lab confirmed that the issue happened shortly after the ignition of the second stage and resulted in the loss of the vehicl...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Earth, Commercial Spaceflight, Rocket, Spaceflight, Electron, Rocket Lab, Reusable Rocket


China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time, delivering a water-hunting rover to the red planet

An illustration of China's Zhurong rover leaving the lander to explore the Martian surface. Chinese State Administration of Science/Xinhua China's Mars lander and rover touched down on the Martian surface on Friday evening. China is the third nation to land on Mars, and the first to deploy an orbiter, lander, and rover. The Zhurong rover aims to study water ice on Mars - a valuable resource for future astronauts. See more stories on Insider's business page. China has landed its...
Tags: Science, News, China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, National Geographic, Spacecraft, Soviet Union, National Museum, Beijing China, China University of Geosciences, Andrew Jones


China’s ‘Zhurong’ Rover Is About to Land on Mars

Later today, China will attempt to become just the second country to successfully deploy a probe on Mars. Here’s what we know about this historic mission and how China will attempt to overcome its own “seven minutes of terror.”Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Environment, Lander, Insight, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Rosalind Franklin, Perseverance, Mars rovers, Ye Peijian, Tianwen 1, Uncrewed Spacecraft, Schiaparelli Edm


China plans to attempt an ambitious Mars landing as early as Friday, dropping both a lander and a rover to the red planet

The first image of Mars taken by China's Tianwen-1 probe, released by the China National Space Administration on February 5, 2021. China says it will attempt its first Mars landing sometime between Friday and Tuesday. If successful, the Tianwen-1 mission will be the first to deploy an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. China's Zhurong rover aims to study water ice on Mars - a valuable resource for future astronauts. See more stories on Insider's business page. China is about to ...
Tags: Science, News, China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Beijing, Space Exploration, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Soviet Union, National Museum, Beijing China


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


China is expected to attempt an ambitious Mars landing on Friday, dropping both a lander and a rover to the red planet

The first image of Mars taken by China's Tianwen-1 probe, released by the China National Space Administration on February 5, 2021. China may attempt to land its Mars lander and rover on the red planet on Friday. If successful, the Tianwen-1 mission will be the first to deploy an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. China's Zhurong rover aims to study water ice on Mars - a valuable resource for future astronauts. See more stories on Insider's business page. China is about to attemp...
Tags: Science, News, China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Exploration, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Soviet Union, National Museum, Beijing China, Hebei


Google Cloud teams up with SpaceX’s Starlink for enterprise connectivity at network’s edge

SpaceX’s bourgeoning Starlink satellite-based broadband internet service just got a big boost from a significant new partner: Google Cloud. Thanks to a new partnership between the two, SpaceX will now be locating Starlink ground stations right within Google’s existing data centers, providing the Starlink network with direct access to ground-based network infrastructure to help facilitate network connections for customers who are on the edges of the footprint of existing network access. Starlink’...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Artificial Intelligence, Broadband, Telecommunications, Internet Access, Machine Learning, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, StarLink, Google Cloud


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


With Ingenuity Out of the Way, Perseverance Rover Gets Cracking on Real Martian Science

As NASA’s little helicopter whirred off to its new airfield on Mars, one could practically hear the sigh of relief from Perseverance from 183 million miles away; it was an exhale of “thank god they’ve gone” that comes with the departure of an attention hog. A patient rover, Perseverance has been getting all its…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, United States, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Abigail Allwood, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Jezero, Ken Farley, Discovery And Exploration Of The Solar System, Mastcam Z, Planetary Instrument For X Ray Lithochemistry


Orbite offers a five-star ‘space camp’ for would-be space travelers

As private companies like Axiom Space, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX prepare to ferry private customers to the stars, a whole new market is opening up to train affluent would-be travelers for their future missions. Case in point: space training company Orbite, whose goal is to combine aeronautics and five-star hospitality in its inaugural astronaut training program. “We’re going to have hundreds, if not thousands of people this decade of the 2020s, who will go to space, but you just do...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, France, Tech, International Space Station, Commercial Spaceflight, Michelin, Spaceflight, Orlando Florida, Pyla, Andrews, Jason Andrews, Private Spaceflight, Gaume, Axiom Space Blue Origin Virgin Galactic


Rocket Lab prepares to recover second booster at sea after May 15 launch

Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck shared more details on the company’s next launch, which is set to take off from its New Zealand facility on May 15. The Electron vehicle will be carrying satellites from BlackSky, but delivering that payload is only half of the mission: the other half will be recovering the booster stage after an ocean splashdown. This is the second of three planned booster recovery missions, part of Rocket Lab’s long-term plan to reach reusability for its launch vehicle, an achievement...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Beck, Tech, Earth, Atlantic, New Zealand, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Electron, Rocket Lab, BlackSky, Peter Beck, Ocean Recovery


Axiom Space and NASA detail first fully private human launch to the Space Station, set for January 2022

Houston-based startup Axiom Space and NASA unveiled more details Monday about the forthcoming Axiom Mission 1 (AX-1), the first fully private human mission to the International Space Station. The Axiom Mission 1 (AX-1) spaceflight mission will ferry four private astronauts to the International Space Station in January 2022. The eight-day mission will be launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida using a SpaceX Crew Dragon. While in space, the crew will be living and working in the U.S....
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Washington Post, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Commercial Spaceflight, Connor, Houston, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Mayo Clinic, Blue Origin


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


NASA Admin Scolds China After Out-of-Control Rocket Lands in Indian Ocean

After days of fretting over when and where an out-of-control Chinese rocket would land as it fell back to Earth, China announced early Sunday that the rocket had landed in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives. Although it was unclear whether the debris had caused any damage, NASA sharply scolded China for failing to be…Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Environment, Articles, Nasa, Flight, Pollution, Spaceflight, Maldives, Indian Ocean, Space Debris, Bill Nelson, Jonathan McDowell, Hazards, Tiangong 1, Earth China


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


NASA's Ingenuity helicopter just flew to a new Martian airfield to start a new mission

Left: NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, photographed on Mars by the Perseverance rover on April 4, 2021. Right: An illustration of Ingenuity flying on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survived its first one-way flight, landing in a new airfield on Mars. Ingenuity's most ambitious, risky maneuver yet took it to a record height of 33 feet. Now Ingenuity begins a new mission: helping NASA practice for future Mars helicopters. See more stories on Insider's business...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Mars, Lanl, Spaceflight, Helicopter, Ingenuity, Aung, Tech Insider, Mimi Aung, Ken Farley, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Caltech NASA, Perseverance Mars Rover


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


Listen to the Incredible Sound of NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Flying on Mars

A microphone on NASA’s Perseverance rover has managed to capture the sounds made by Ingenuity during the helicopter’s fourth flight on Mars. It marks the first time that a machine on another planet has captured the sounds made by another vehicle. Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Nasa, United States, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Perseverance, Ingenuity, SuperCam, Technology Internet, Exploration Of Mars, Mars Exploration Program, In Spaceflight, David Mimoun


For the first time, you can hear the sound of NASA's Ingenuity helicopter flying on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter (left) and Perseverance rover (right). NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Perseverance rover recorded the hum of the Ingenuity helicopter flying on Mars. For the first time, you can hear the sound of controlled flight on another planet. Ingenuity is about to fly to a new airfield to carry out more experimental flights. See more stories on Insider's business page. A ghostly hum has been echoing across the plains of Mars' Jezero Crater. It's the soun...
Tags: Science, News, Audio, Trends, Nasa, Mars, Sound, Spaceflight, Helicopter, Mount Everest, Ingenuity, Tech Insider, Ken Farley, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Perseverance Mars Rover, NASA JPL Caltech Ingenuity


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


Astronomers Capture Wild Image of China’s Out-of-Control Rocket

A glistening image of China’s wayward Long March 5B rocket, which is expected to make an uncontrolled reentry into Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, has been captured by astronomers with the Virtual Telescope Project.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Articles, Earth, Pollution, Spaceflight, Telescope, Space Debris, Jonathan McDowell, Imaging, Gianluca Masi, Observational Astronomy, Technology Internet, Astronomical Imaging, Long March 5, Charge Coupled Device


U.S. Military Doesn't Know Where Chinese Space Debris Might Land

The U.S. military is tracking an enormous piece of Chinese space debris which is expected to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere sometime around May 8, according to a press release from U.S. Space Command. But as the Pentagon points out, no one knows quite where it will land yet.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Articles, Earth, Flight, Pollution, US military, Pentagon, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Space Debris, Kessler syndrome, 18th Space Control Squadron, Disaster Accident, Atmospheric Entry, Reentry Capsule


SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, claims over 500,000 service pre-orders so far

SpaceX has launched 60 more of its Starlink internet broadband satellites — on ‘Star Wars Day,’ no less, and only five days after it launched the last batch. The company has now delivered 420 Starlink satellites since the beginning of March, a sum that SpaceX CEO and founder must not be aware of because he definitely would’ve tweeted about it by now if he was. This launch took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 3:01 PM ET (12:01 PM PT), and used a re-used Falcon 9 booster that had flown 8 tim...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Broadband, Canada, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, StarLink, Australia New Zealand Mexico, 115th Falcon


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


NASA is giving its Ingenuity helicopter a surprise second mission on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter (left) and its Perseverance rover (right). NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA is giving its Ingenuity Mars helicopter a second mission: to scout out new terrain. While the Perseverance rover searches for signs of alien life, Ingenuity will fly to a new airfield. NASA will use data from this secondary mission to inform future interplanetary helicopters. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA's pioneering Mars helicopter has exceeded expectations so...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Mars, Spaceflight, Helicopter, Farley, NASA JPL Caltech, Ingenuity, Aung, Tech Insider, Mimi Aung, Ken Farley, Lori Glaze, Morgan McFall Johnsen


NASA's Mars helicopter shattered previous records in its fourth aerial adventure

Left: Ingenuity on the surface of Mars. Right: An illustration of Ingenuity flying. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully executed a fourth flight over Mars on Friday. The excursion took the helicopter farther and faster than the prior three. NASA engineers have given Ingenuity a surprise second mission to scout new Martian territory. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA's Mars helicopter keeps exceeding expectations: Ingenuity completed it...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Mars, Spaceflight, Helicopter, NASA JPL Caltech, Ingenuity, Tech Insider, Mimi Aung, Ken Farley, Coronavirus, McFall Johnsen, Perseverance Mars Rover, NASA JPL Caltech ASU NASA


NASA's Ingenuity helicopter just failed to lift off from the Martian surface, but it will try again on Friday

Left: NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars, photographed by the Perseverance rover. Right: An illustration of Ingenuity flying. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU NASA's Ingenuity helicopter failed to lift off for its fourth Mars flight, but it will try again Friday. A software issue may have prevented its flight computer from transitioning to flight mode. Ingenuity has just a week left for the two final flights that would push it to the limit. See more stories on Insider's bus...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Software, Mars, Spaceflight, Helicopter, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ingenuity, Tech Insider, Thomas Zurbuchen, Mimi Aung, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Perseverance Mars Rover, NASA JPL Caltech ASU


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


NASA's Ingenuity helicopter failed to lift off from the Martian surface on Thursday for its planned 4th flight

Left: NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars, photographed by the Perseverance rover. Right: An illustration of Ingenuity flying. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU NASA's Ingenuity helicopter failed to lift off of Mars for its fourth flight on Thursday. A software issue may have prevented the helicopter's flight computer from transitioning to flight mode. Ingenuity has just a week left for the two final flights that will push it to the limit. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Software, Mars, Spaceflight, Helicopter, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ingenuity, Tech Insider, Thomas Zurbuchen, Mimi Aung, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Perseverance Mars Rover, NASA JPL Caltech ASU