Future extraterrestrial romps by humans on the Moon can get a lunar leg up by training on Lanzarote, part of the Canary Islands. A European Space Agency (ESA) test campaign combines geology and space exploration with high-tech equipment. The Pangaea geology field course is called Pangaea-X. Moon-targeted experiments For example, the week-long dry-run includes […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2237 tasks. “Curiosity is planning a smorgasbord of science over the next few days as it awaits results from digesting the ‘Highfield’ drill target material,” reports Fred Calef, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Also on tap is continuing change detection observations […]

A new deep dive report on China’s space industry has been completed by Euroconsult. The report — China Space Industry 2018 – notes that the China space value chain had an estimated size of more than $16 billion in 2017, with the downstream market accounting for just over 85%. Satellite Navigation, one of the key […]

A new analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. focuses on the cost of creating a new military service for space, known as the Space Force. Doing so is likely to be a hotly debated issue in the FY 2020 legislative cycle. According to the CSIS report, one of […]

Even for technical experts in one of the many scientific and engineering disciplines central to space activity, it can be hard to make sense of how underlying policy direction is fundamentally shaping the art of the possible. That’s the premise behind a newly issued primer that concisely identifies key concepts, issues, and organizational actors involved […]

  An innovative deep-space concept that relies on a solar gravity lens (SGL) to enable enhanced viewing of exoplanets is under study by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and The Aerospace Corporation. The SGL would provide 100-billion optical magnification, allowing it to show details as small as 10 kilometers across – similar to being able to […]

  The Moon is a Disneyland of Dust. Its pervasive nature was characterized by the last man on Moon, Gene Cernan. He reported after his 1972 Apollo 17 mission: “we can overcome other physiological or physical or mechanical problems except dust”. Dust adhered ‘to everything, no matter what kind of material” with “restrictive, friction-like action,” […]

    Sky flying over Southern California, Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne, mated to a specially modified 747-400, made its first captive carry test flight. Sir Richard Branson’s small satellite launch company completed a test jaunt, proving that its carbon-fiber two-stage rocket can be paired with Cosmic Girl, the customized former passenger aircraft that serves as the […]

NASA and the Departments of State and Commerce have submitted a report to the National Space Council outlining future opportunities and challenges for human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit (LEO), and its potential economic contributions to the broader field of exploration. The National Space Council requested NASA lead an interagency effort to produce the report, entitled […]

  Update: From 30th Space Wing (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.) SpaceX Falcon 9 SSO-A launch delayed SpaceX is standing down from Monday’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional pre-flight inspections.   A red flag continues to be raised by orbital debris specialists regarding the upcoming launch of SSO-A, currently scheduled […]

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