Virgin Galactic has released a video showcasing yesterday’s SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity completing its first supersonic, rocket-powered flight. Once released from the carrier aircraft, Unity’s rocket motor was brought to life and the pilots aimed the spaceship upwards into an 80 degree climb, accelerating to Mach 1.87 during the 30 seconds of rocket burn. In VSS […]

  A major step forward is being declared by Virgin Galactic today as SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity safely and successfully completed its first supersonic, rocket-powered flight. The flight came after two years of extensive ground and atmospheric testing. The passing of this milestone, Virgin Galactic adds, marks the start of the final portion of Unity’s flight […]

A recent NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) award is focused on letting loose on Mars a swarm of flapping flyers. “Flying on Mars is challenging because of the ultra-low density in the Martian atmosphere. Our preliminary work shows that bioinspired aerodynamic mechanisms can help in generating sufficient lift to fly on Mars,” explains Chang-kwon Kang, […]

U.S. orbital launch provider Rocket Lab will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company’s first fully commercial launch. The mission is named “It’s Business Time” and includes manifested payloads for Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. Launch window The 14-day “It’s Business Time” launch window will open […]

    3D print-ready models for every Apollo landing spot have been created for education outreach, data visualization, and scientific research. Jacob Richardson, a planetary volcanologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has created the models.         Elevated fun “I primarily print elevation models that show the real shape […]

“After the weekend drive, the [Curiosity] rover ended up in a spot that was a little too unstable to pass the Slip Risk Assessment Process (SRAP),” reports Ryan Anderson, a planetary geologist at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona. Anderson adds that this means that there is a slight chance that the rover’s footing might shift […]

The core module of China’s space station — “Tianhe-1” — was unveiled at Tianjin Aerospace Town in north China last Saturday and spotlighted on the China Global Television Network, or CGTN. Tianhe-1 is the main control cabin of China’s space station and holds habitable living quarters and working space for a crew of three astronauts, […]

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos by Christian Davenport, PublicAffairs, New York 2018; 320 pages, hardcover, $28.00. Christian Davenport is a staff writer at the Washington Post covering the space and defense industries for the financial desk, joining the Post in 2000. You’ll find a very enjoyable, […]

    Robert Zubrin, president of Pioneer Astronautics and the Mars Society has scripted a “Moon Direct” master plan. The Moon is “now within reach.” Zubrin explains in an op-ed that appeared in the March 26, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. “We won’t just be getting a local outpost: we’ll be getting complete global access […]

  Round and round it goes – when and where it stops nobody knows. China’s Tiangong – 1 space lab is in its last laps around Earth.       The latest reentry forecast provided by European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany has issued a March 31 update. The space debris team […]

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