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Oct 18, 2019

Aerial video shows SpaceX beginning construction of another Starship rocket in Florida

Posted by in categories: drones, space travel

SpaceX now has three of its next-generation Starship rockets under construction, as aerial video shows the latest developments at the company’s facility in Florida.

The first bands of stainless steel for another Starship rocket were put on a stand Thursday, and were captured in a video taken from a flying drone. Former commercial pilot John Winkopp took the video and gave CNBC permission to use his footage.

Starship is a massive rocket that SpaceX is developing to eventually launch cargo and people to the moon and Mars. The rocket is designed to be reusable so SpaceX can launch and land it multiple times, like a commercial airplane.

Oct 16, 2019

Virgin Galactic Partners with Under Armour to Unveil the World’s First Exclusive Spacewear System for Private Astronauts

Posted by in category: space travel

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2019 – In January 2019, Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson and Under Armour CEO and Founder Kevin Plank announced a collaboration which saw Under Armour become Virgin Galactic’s Technical Spacewear Partner. Today, the companies unveiled the collaboratively designed spacewear system for Virgin Galactic astronauts comprising of a base layer, spacesuit, footwear, training suit and Limited Edition astronaut jacket. It is the first such collection ever created specifically for private astronauts.

The design of astronaut apparel is a unique combination of the requirement for comfort and utility matched by the ultimate focus on customer experience. Every element of the Virgin Galactic customer journey is designed to enrich the profound and transformative qualities of the human spaceflight experience. For Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts, that life-changing, personal experience is eagerly anticipated and the newly unveiled spacewear has been specifically designed to support it.

Oct 16, 2019

We’re going forward to the Moon, together

Posted by in category: space travel

Who is going with us? NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew answers the question in our latest #AskNASA episode. Find out about the international partnerships that will contribute to our #Artemis lunar exploration plans. Watch: https://go.nasa.gov/2VIoMr6

Oct 15, 2019

Plans for first British rover Moon mission

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

The US, Russia and China are the only three nations which have successfully managed to get a rover onto the Moon. The UK will be next, say Spacebit.


CEO and Founder of UK startup Spacebit Pavlo Tanasyuk has announced the first commercial UK mission to the Moon.

Spacebit say it will send the smallest robotic moon rover in the world, with legs and not wheels.

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Oct 15, 2019

Amazing New Rocket Engine Sucks up Atmospheric Oxygen for Fuel

Posted by in categories: engineering, space travel

“The positive conclusion of our preliminary design review marks a major milestone in SABRE development,” Mark Ford, heading ESA’s Propulsion Engineering section, said in a statement. “It confirms the test version of this revolutionary new class of engine is ready for implementation.”

READ MORE: Air-Breathing Rocket Engine Gets Green Light for Major Tests [Space.com]

More on Reaction Engines: New Rocket Engine Could Whip You From London to Sydney in 4 Hours.

Oct 14, 2019

NASA Engineer Says New Thruster Could Reach 99% Speed of Light

Posted by in category: space travel

There’s just one problem. Well, okay, several.

Oct 13, 2019

SpaceX gives South Texas homeowners more time to consider buyout offers

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SpaceX is giving Boca Chica Village homeowners more time to consider its buyout offer and is agreeing to reappraise the properties after complaints that the original appraisals were too low.

Last month, the Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company sent property owners a letter dated Sept. 12, offering them three times the value of their homes based on appraisals SpaceX had commissioned. The deadline for accepting the offer was two weeks from the date of the letter and the offer was non-negotiable.

SpaceX said it wants to buy the properties due to a greater-than-anticipated disruption to residents and property owners as development of the company’s Mars rocket, Starship, gains steam.

Oct 12, 2019

NASA shows interest in SpaceX’s Starship orbital refueling ambitions

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

If SpaceX wants its massive next-generation spacecraft to reach the moon and planets beyond, CEO Elon Musk says it’ll need to be refueled in orbit around Earth – and NASA wants to know more.

Now in the prototype and early test flight phase, Starship is a stainless steel crewed craft that will launch atop a Super Heavy booster. But because of its size and potentially heavy payloads – like dozens or hundreds of astronauts – in the future, it will need to be refueled in orbit around Earth before it begins longer voyages.

SpaceX, Musk said, is developing the technologies necessary to dock two Starships together in orbit – one without much in the way of crew or payloads – and transfer fuel to the one venturing beyond low-Earth orbit.

Oct 8, 2019

Blue Origin is outpacing SpaceX in hiring as NASA contracts roll in, but not for long

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, government, space travel

When Elon Musk announced the launch of SpaceX ($SPACEX) in 2002, comparisons to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin ($BLUEORIGIN) surfaced seemingly within seconds, and a private space war was born. As both companies engage in their own space race, and compete for private and government launch contracts, they’ve both been on hiring sprees virtually since the day they were born.

Blue Origin’s head start remains intact, and is manifested in its hiring patterns that have shown the company adding more people at any one time than SpaceX. But that lead, at least according to trends we’re now seeing with enough data, may end in the next year or two.

Oct 7, 2019

SpaceX Starship: Detailed renders reveal latest design changes to Elon Musk’s Mars rocket

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SPACEX STARSHIP is Elon Musk’s ambitious plan to carry crew and cargo to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Now, the SpaceX CEO has revealed significant tweaks to the Starship’s extraordinary design.

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