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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

Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) last week called for action to control the use of drones, citing several examples from the the latest UK Airprox Board report (PDF) of UAVs menacing airliners. The report contains details of seven such incidents, four of which fell into the most serious category A, "where a …
Lester Haines, 1 Feb 2016
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Watch: SpaceX Dragon capsule breathes fire during crucial hover test

Vid SpaceX has released video showing the hovering capabilities of its Dragon 2 crew capsule that could eventually eliminate the need for astronauts to land using parachutes. The test took place at SpaceX's engineering facility in McGregor, Texas and saw the 6,000-kg (13,228-lb) spacecraft suspended from a cable before the eight …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2016
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

SpaceX starts nine-day countdown to first flight of the new Falcon

SpaceX is back in the orbital delivery game, with the first launch since its explosive mishap in June. Aiming for Falcon rocket static fire at Cape Canaveral on the 16th and launch about three days later — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 10, 2015 It has been a rocky six months for Elon's Musketeers since the June explosion, …
Iain Thomson, 10 Dec 2015

Rocketeers aim for the Moon with first-stage £600k tin-rattle

A couple of lunar hopefuls have launched an audacious Kickstarter tin-rattle aiming to raise £600,000 towards sending a spacecraft to the Moon. The co-founder of amateur space outfit Copenhagen Suborbitals, Kristian von Bengtson, and "serial entrepreneur" Chris Larmour hope to raise the cash to get their audacious "Moonspike" …
Lester Haines, 1 Oct 2015
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Blighty's Bloodhound 1,000mph rocket car unveiled ahead of record attempt

The Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car (SSC) has been shown off to the public for the first time, ahead of its attempt to break the world land-speed record next year. Bloodhound SSC cover off Lifting the hood on Bloodhound SSC The 13.5m-long vehicle will use a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine normally found in a Eurofighter Typhoon …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2015
Artist's representation of the Skylon. Pic: Reaction Engines

EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

Their benevolent highnesses at the European Commission have seen fit to allow the UK to grant £50m towards the designing of the SABRE space launcher, after questioning whether the grant was in line with EU state aid rules. The Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) is a reusable engine for the Skylon single-stage-to- …
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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

Analysis SpaceX's perfect delivery record to the International Space Station ended on Sunday, 139 seconds into the flight of its Falcon 9 rocket. But there are good reasons why Elon's Musketeers will be back on schedule far faster than many are predicting. The accident itself was a disaster, and a very unfortunate birthday present for …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2015
Proton-M preps for take-off on 16 May 2015. Image credit: Roscosmos

KA-BOOM! Russian rocket EXPLODES over Siberia minutes after lift-off

Russia's Proton-M rocket burned up over Siberia this morning just minutes after blast-off, the country's federal space agency has confirmed. Roscosmos said in a statement that the rocket, which had been carrying Mexican satellite MexSat-1, suffered an "abnormal operation of the third stage engine booster" at around nine …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2015

SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

Pics and vid At 0900 EDT (1300 UTC) today, SpaceX launched a Dragon 2 capsule, capable of carrying a human crew, high into the sky, and gently landed it on the Atlantic ocean. It was a NASA-required experiment to test whether or not the craft can safely return to Earth without killing anyone onboard if a launch is aborted shortly after …
Iain Thomson, 6 May 2015
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Amazon boss Bezos' Blue Origins declares test flight 'flawless' ... if you overlook one snafu

Video Blue Origins, the rocket company started by Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos, has staged its first test flight – with mixed results. Youtube Video The New Shepard rocket launched from the firm's test site in Texas on Wednesday – although word of the blastoff emerged on Thursday afternoon. It reached its target altitude of 307,000 …
Iain Thomson, 1 May 2015
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CoreOS goes native on vSphere and vCloud Air

VMware has announced that CoreOS is now supported natively under vSphere 5.5. What's that you say? A minor Linux distro being supported on an old version of vSphere isn't a huge deal. Stick with us here, because CoreOS last year announced Rocket, a containerisation play that very deliberately offers an alternative to Docker. …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015

Laughing gas and rubber: A recipe for suborbital flight?

This summer, the skies above Nevada will thunder to the sound of a mighty hybrid rocket motor, as the Boston University Rocket Propulsion Group (BURPG) sends its Starscraper vehicle past the symbolic 100km Kármán line. BURPG group shot at motor test site BURPG: Laughing gas and rubber Having recently tin-rattled its way to …
Lester Haines, 26 Feb 2015

El Reg's plucky Playmonaut eyes suborbital rocket shot

Those of you who like your rockets liquid-fuelled and your altitudes suborbital might like to have a shufti at "Earendel", which promises to be "the first vehicle capable of reaching space, ie, greater than 100km, with an entirely open source design". Cutaway view of the Earendel rocket Earendel (left) - named for the Anglo- …
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2015
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HISTORIC HOVER-ROCKET takeoff held up by 'SLEDGEHAMMER' winds

Updated It's third time unlucky for SpaceX – today's launch of its reusable Falcon 9 rocket was scrubbed at the last minute due to bad weather. Winds in the upper atmosphere were ruled too strong, with gusts exceeding safety limits by 151 per cent. Elon Musk expressed concern about the conditions early on Tuesday but wind speeds …
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2015

The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

SpaceX has released a video animation of its Falcon Heavy, the mega-rocket of "scale and capability unequalled by any other currently flying". Falcon Heavy is still to make its maiden voyage, but when it does the lift off thrust will total nearly four million pounds, equal to fifteen Boeing 747 jet liners at full power, said …
Kat Hall, 28 Jan 2015
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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

Vid SpaceX boss Elon Musk has released video footage of the catastrophic attempt to land one of his multimillion-dollar Falcon 9 rockets on a floating ocean spaceport – revealing why the landing barge looked quite so toasted. This was the first attempt to land and secure the reusable stage of a Falcon 9 rocket after it had …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2015
India's GSLV Mk-III rocket clears the tower

India's heavy launch rocket passes flight test

India yesterday conducted a successful test of its new GSLV Mk-III X/CARE launch vehicle. The new rocket is a three-stage affair designed to haul 4,000kg payloads to geosynchronous orbit. The first stage offers uses two S200 Large Solid Booster (LSB) with 200 tonnes of solid propellant apiece. Those boosters straddle the …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2014

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