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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

UK rocket botherer Reaction Engines Limited (REL) has raised £26.5m from backers in the finance and aerospace fields towards development of its Synergetic Air Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE). SABRE has stubbornly refused to leave the lab bench and, with ground testing of the engine core due to start in 2020, the cash injection …
Richard Speed, 12 Apr 2018
Mike Hughes

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

Video An American bloke, who reckons Earth is flat as a frisbee, is on a quest to send himself into space to verify his theory. And on Sunday, he failed to even launch a rocket to a few hundred feet. Limousine driver, self-taught rocket maker, and headline generator "Mad" Mike Hughes hoped to blast off his homemade rocket from …
Iain Thomson, 5 Feb 2018
shutdown

US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy maiden launch, pencilled in for the end of this month, is set to be delayed due to the ongoing US government shutdown. Since Friday night, all federal agencies have suspended non-essential work as congressfolk bicker over budget cuts, increases, and allocations. The Senate today inched closer to passing a …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2018
Falcon Heavy

Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

SpaceX fans this morning celebrated their favorite rocketry upstart's latest boringly successful launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. Amid that depressingly uneventful blastoff, a visitor to the launch site spotted evidence of a Falcon Heavy being set up for test firing, signaling the hardware may finally be ready to …
Iain Thomson, 8 Jan 2018
Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin has successfully tested its main engine for the first time. The BE-4 engine is, as the name suggests, Blue Origin's fourth generation rocket. B-1 was a wee thing that boasted 2,200 pounds of thrust. B-2 hit 31,000 pounds and B-3 reached 110,000. The BE-4 cranks things up …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017
Elon Musk. Picture by Dan Taylor / Heisenberg Media, licensed under CC 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

Video Elon Musk is succeeding in his ambition to make space launches boringly reliable, but it still understands that people like to watch things blowing up. To that end, SpaceX has released a video entitled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster," showing footage of all the times its rockets didn't quite make the grade. …
Iain Thomson, 14 Sep 2017
Soyuz

50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

On 28 November 1966, Soviet engineers cheered as the first Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Motherland and made it into space. 50 years later, the Soyuz family is still delivering the goods. For the past five years, the rockets have been our only means to resupply the International Space Station. Not bad for a rocket design …
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2016
Long March

Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off

Pic China has successfully launched its first Long March-5 rocket, a heavy lifter that is going to be pivotal to the Middle Kingdom's ambitions for a space industry of its own. The rocket lifted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province at 2043 local time, Thursday, and delivered its payload into …
Iain Thomson, 4 Nov 2016
capsule

Amazon supremo Bezos' Blue Origin blows its top over Texas desert

Vid + pic The fifth flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket saw a successful blast-off for the crew capsule, as the company simulated an emergency escape for future crews. That is one hell of a booster. #InFlightEscape #GradatimFerociter https://t.co/7ZRRe2HnMO — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) October 5, 2016 The rocket rose up over the …
Iain Thomson, 5 Oct 2016

After baffling Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX screams: Hands off our probe!

The quest to discover exactly why a SpaceX rocket exploded on the pad last month is getting complicated – with politicians fighting over who will control the investigation. On Thursday, a group of ten Republican congresscritters sent a letter [PDF] to NASA administrator Charles Boden, Federal Aviation Administration boss …
Iain Thomson, 4 Oct 2016

Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin has revealed designs for its first orbit-and-beyond-capable boosters. The “New Glenn” rocket is named in honour of first United States astronaut to orbit the Earth, John Glenn. The 82m-tall, two-stage craft will pack 3.85 million pounds of thrust. If it lifted today, that would …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016

Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

Updated Elon Musk has confirmed that today's SpaceX rocket explosion – which destroyed a $200m satellite – was caused by a cockup during fueling. Footage of the disastrous static firing test shows an inferno breaking out at the top of the Falcon 9 rocket, close to the fueling point for the liquid oxygen reservoir. After the initial …
Iain Thomson, 1 Sep 2016

Orbital ATK fires up revamped Antares rocket

Orbital ATK yesterday took a significant step towards getting its Antares lifter back in the air with a successful test fire of the rocket's revamped first stage propulsion system. The Anatares' new RD-181 main engines were subjected to a 30-second full-power burn on the pad at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport …
Lester Haines, 1 Jun 2016
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

It's almost routine now. After previous thrills and spills, Elon Musk and his team now don't just make rocket science look easy – they make it look like a quick trip to the corner store. On Friday, SpaceX successfully launched another Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and then landed it successfully at sea, …
Iain Thomson, 27 May 2016
The Soyuz blasts off from Baikonur

Sick to death of mighty rocket launches? Avoid these dates

It's a sad fact that mighty rocket launches have become so run-of-the-mill - the occasional entertaining fireworks display excepted - that the public hardly give them a second glance. For those of us who haven't yet succumbed to space ennui, here's a list of forthcoming missions for the diary. Non-interested parties are …
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2016

ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

The European Space Agency's ExoMars probe is on its way to the Red Planet – although the spacecraft may not complete its mission intact. The craft, carrying the Trace Gas Orbiter atmosphere sniffer and the Schiaparelli lander, took off on March 14 aboard a Russian Proton rocket and began circling Earth. The fourth stage of the …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2016
launch

Astronaut trio blast off to space station with ... er, rearview mirror toy?

Vid + pics The three latest additions to the International Space Station crew have blasted off successfully from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Youtube Video Cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka, along with US astronaut Jeff Williams, lifted off aboard the Soyuz TMA-20M rocket at 1428 PT (2128 UTC) and are now on their …
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2016
Red rocket toy

NASA seeks rocketeers for annual RockOn! shindig

Registration is open for the ninth annual NASA-hosted RockOn! workshop, which runs from 18-23 June at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The event is aimed at "university and community college participants interested in building science payloads for space flight". Working in teams of three, participants "will learn the …
Lester Haines, 4 Feb 2016

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