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Jan 13, 2020

Crew Dragon faces its last big test before human spaceflight on Saturday

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One launch emergency. Four parachutes. Eight SuperDracos.

Jan 13, 2020

Fly me to the moon: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa’s search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon will be the subject of a new documentary program, in the latest attention-grabbing stunt by the entrepreneur.

44-year-old Maezawa, who sold his online fashion retailer Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp, is seeking single females aged over 20 for the show, which will be shown on streaming service AbemaTV.

Jan 13, 2020

Tiny Electric Thrusters from Phase Four, Accion Could Go Interplanetary

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Circa 2019

Electric thrusters for spacecraft are increasingly shrinking, and could prove key for new space missions. And, according to two novel space tech companies, Phase Four and Accion Systems, they might even go interplanetary.

Conventional rockets that rely on chemical reactions “are a great way to generate a lot of thrust, but they are very inefficient when it comes to generating thrust given the amount of propellant they carry,” Simon Halpern, founder and CEO of space propulsion company Phase Four in El Segundo, California, told “That’s why launching even a small satellite requires a gigantic multistory rocket.”

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Jan 11, 2020

SpaceX Is Going to Blow up a Falcon 9 Rocket Just After Launch

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It’s sacrificing a rocket in the name of safety.

Jan 9, 2020

Live coverage: SpaceX to test-fire rocket for Crew Dragon in-flight abort test

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Live coverage of SpaceX’s preparations for the next Falcon 9 rocket launch from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will loft an unpiloted Crew Dragon spacecraft on a high-altitude test of the capsule’s launch abort system. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on Twitter.

Jan 9, 2020

‘National pride is at stake.’ Russia, China, United States race to build hypersonic weapons

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Now, DOD is leading a new charge, pouring more than $1 billion annually into hypersonic research. Competition from ambitious programs in China and Russia is a key motivator. Although hype and secrecy muddy the picture, all three nations appear to have made substantial progress in overcoming key obstacles, such as protecting hypersonic craft from savage frictional heating. Russia recently unveiled a weapon called the Kinzhal, said to reach Mach 10 under its own power, and another that is boosted by a rocket to an astonishing Mach 27. China showed off a rocket-boosted hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) of its own, the Dongfeng-17, in a recent military parade. The United States, meanwhile, is testing several hypersonic weapons. “It’s a race to the Moon sort of thing,” says Iain Boyd, an aerospace engineer at the University of Colorado, Boulder. “National pride is at stake.”

Despite hype and technological hurdles, a hypersonic arms race is accelerating.

Jan 8, 2020

The heart of NASA’s first flight-ready Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket emerged from its factory in New Orleans Wednesday morning for a barge trip to the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for an eight-minute test-firing of its space shuttle-era hydrogen-fueled engines

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Jan 6, 2020

Firefly Aerospace Preps for Debut Flight of Its Alpha Rocket in April

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The first launch of Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket has pushed to April 2020 as the company prepares for a very busy year.

Jan 5, 2020

SpaceX’s New Starship Prototype Could Fly in Just 3 Months, Elon Musk Says

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SpaceX’s newly redesigned prototype of its Mars-colonizing Starship craft could get off the ground for the first time just two or three months from now, company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.

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Jan 3, 2020

NASA — National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Artemis program will send the first woman and the next man to the Moon

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Using the Moon as a proving ground for living on Mars, this next chapter in exploration will forever establish our presence in the stars.

How we’re going