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Champagne weekend for Blue Origin with third launch

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has released video of its third successful flight on April 2. Alongside Elon Musk's SpaceX, Blue Origin is one of the drivers behind more reusable rockets, and the Saturday test didn't disappoint: its New Shepherd rocket launched and made a successful vertical landing near Van Horn in Texas. Previous …
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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

If you're familiar with the Larry Niven / Jerry Pournelle novel The Mote in God's Eye, get ready for a dose of Déjà vu: a NASA scientist has posted a video on the agency's NASA 360 YouTube channel describing how lasers could send a spacecraft from Earth to Mars in three days. He's perfectly serious, it seems: instead of having …
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PRIME SPACE: Bezos in Cape Canaveral SPACE PODULE debut

Online stuff-hurling biz lord Jeff Bezos is to move into ORBITAL deliveries, it has been announced, setting up a mighty space podule-plex in a disused NASA facility on Florida's Cape Canaveral. Florida governor Rick Scott stood side by side with the Amazon bigcheese at the project's unveiling earlier today. In addition to …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2015
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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

Finally. Sir Richard Branson's long-delayed commercial spaceliner, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, has successfully completed its first rocket-powered test flight. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on successful April 29, 2013 test flight Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo during its first rocket-powered test flight (click to …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Apr 2013
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ESA seeks doctor for Antarctic spaceflight sim

The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to interview “doctors who are not afraid of the dark” for a spaceflight research gig at one of the coldest, darkest places on earth. The location in question is Concordia Station (location pictured below), a research facility perched at 3200m on the high Antarctic plateau. The station goes …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2012
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SpaceX Dragon bathes in the Pacific

The Dragon has landed. Multi-entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX Dragon capsule, launched Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket, splashed down successfuly in the Pacific after completing its two-orbit circumnavigation of Planet Earth. In a subtly understated tweet early Wednesday afternoon …
Rik Myslewski, 8 Dec 2010
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SpaceX Falcon 9 achieves orbit on maiden flight

The SpaceX Falcon 9 launched on its maiden flight on Friday at 11:45am Pacific Daylight Time, 15 minutes short of the end of its four-hour launch window. As live-blogged on the Space Exploration Technologies website: Posted June 04, 2010 11:45 Pacific Time T+ 00:00:06 Liftoff! Posted June 04, 2010 11:46 Pacific Time T+ 00: …
Rik Myslewski, 4 Jun 2010
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Ares I: What's the point?

The chairman of the committee tasked by president Barack Obama with reviewing the future of the US's human spaceflight programme has questioned the value of NASA's Ares I rocket, just days before its first test flight. The committee yesterday released its final report (pdf), offering pretty much the same options it suggested …
Lester Haines, 23 Oct 2009
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NASA panel: Human spaceflight in 'unsustainable trajectory'

NASA's human spaceflight program appears headed on an "unsustainable trajectory" under its current budget, according to a committee charged with reviewing the US space program for the Obama administration. While NASA has big plans to retire the Shuttle Program in 2011, de-orbit the ISS in 2016, and begin a fresh round of lunar …
Austin Modine, 8 Sep 2009
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The Moon? We're going nowhere, says NASA official

While this week saw NASA successfully launch its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions to the Moon - designed as an exploratory prelude to a human return to our satellite - a senior NASA official claimed on Wednesday that existing plans to venture beyond low-Earth orbit were …
Lester Haines, 19 Jun 2009
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US spaceflight review suffers attack of the Twitters

The US's Obama-prompted human spaceflight review has opened its doors to public participation. A dedicated website allows the unwashed masses to keep tabs on the independent committee's ruminations and chip in their two bits' worth. The site invites comments and suggestions which might help chairman Norman Augustine and his " …
Lester Haines, 8 Jun 2009
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NASA chief: Europe should have own astronaut ship

NASA chief Michael Griffin has urged Europe to build its own manned space vessels, saying that he is "worried" about the period from 2010 to 2015. During those five years, no Western nation will have technology able to carry people into space. "We welcome the development of independent European capabilities in space to provide …
Lewis Page, 6 Jun 2008
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European manned spaceship design unveiled in Berlin

Proposals for a European-built manned spacecraft have been formally unveiled in Berlin, with some backing from the German government. Backers of the plan hope to see the European Space Agency (ESA) using Euro technology to carry astronauts into orbit, rather than Russian Soyuz rockets. As reported previously, the mock-up now …
Lewis Page, 28 May 2008
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Dutch boffin, astronaut in space-sickness breakthrough

A Dutch PhD student believes she may have developed a ground-based method useful for identifying people who are subject to space sickness, following lengthy research during which she whirled astronauts around in a centrifuge. Suzanne Nooij defended her thesis yesterday at the Delft University of Technology. While Nooij herself …
Lewis Page, 22 May 2008

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