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Apr 28, 2020

Starship chilled. Starship pressurized. And for the first time, it didn’t explode

Posted by in category: space travel

Now the company will mount a single engine to the Starship prototype.

Apr 24, 2020

Astronomers Just Identified 19 More Asteroids They Think Are Interstellar

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks, space travel

The Solar System has been here for a long time. So, when ’Oumuamua was spotted in 2017, it was almost a dead cert it wasn’t the only object from interstellar space to visit us over that 4.57 billion-year history. Then comet 2I/Borisov showed up last year. That basically clinched it.

But where are the rest of our interstellar visitors? We’ll probably find a few more flying in from the wilds in the coming years. And, according to new research, a whole bunch of interstellar asteroids have been hanging out right here in the Solar System for a very long time.

Based on how they move around the Sun, a team of researchers has identified 19 asteroids they think were captured from another star, way back when the Solar System was just a few million years old.

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Apr 24, 2020

How NASA is ‘pushing physics boundaries’ with ’faster than lightspeed‘ spacecraft design

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel


NASA is “pushing the boundaries of physics” by investing in a propulsion system that could allow a spacecraft to travel faster than the speed of light.

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Apr 24, 2020

NASA chief to space fans: Don’t travel to Florida to watch SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space travel

As NASA tackles the coronavirus pandemic with the rest of the nation, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine urges and warns space enthusiasts to stay home for next month’s historic launch.

Apr 23, 2020

Neuralink: Elon Musk unveils brain microchip to let humans ‘merge with computers’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, Elon Musk, robotics/AI, space travel

Elon Musk has unveiled plans to implant computer chips in people’s brains that the US billionaire says will treat brain diseases and enable superhuman intelligence.

Neuralink, a secretive company set up by Mr Musk two years ago, has said it plans to begin tests of its “brain-computer interface” technology on humans in the next year.

Mr Musk, 48, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, said the technology will help “solve brain disorders of all kinds” and allow humans to merge with artificial intelligence.

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Apr 17, 2020

NASA, SpaceX set May 27 as target date for first crew launch

Posted by in category: space travel

A decade in the making, NASA and SpaceX have set May 27 as the target launch date for the first crewed space mission to launch into orbit from U.S. soil since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, two veterans of the shuttle program, will ride SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft into orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. That’s the same historic launch facility used by the last space shuttle flight.

Liftoff time on May 27 is expected to be around 4:32 p.m. EDT (2032 GMT), when the Earth’s rotation brings the launch pad under the orbital plane of the International Space Station.

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Apr 17, 2020

SpaceX, NASA target May 27 for 1st Crew Dragon test flight with astronauts

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SpaceX and NASA are targeting May 27 for the first launch of American astronauts into orbit from U.S. soil in nine years. They’ll fly on a Crew Dragon space capsule.

Apr 17, 2020

NASA to launch astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade with help from SpaceX

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

NASA and SpaceX are targeting May 27 for the launch of Demo-2, the first launch of NASA astronauts from the U.S. since 2011 and the first crewed launch for Elon Musk’s space company.

As its name implies, Demo-2 will be the second time the company launches its Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. But, unlike Demo-1 last year, this time two astronauts will be on board – a pair that will be the first NASA astronauts to launch from the U.S. since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.

Apr 16, 2020

Rocket Lab proves it can recover a rocket in mid-air

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Last year, Rocket Lab announced that it would attempt to reuse the first stage of its Electron rocket. The company’s goal is to catch the stage as it falls back towards the ocean by plucking it out of mid-air with a helicopter. While that’s ambitious, a video released today shows that Rocket Lab may not be too far off. The clip shows one helicopter dropping an Electron test stage and another hooking the stage’s parachute with a grappling hook and towing it back to land.

Rocket Lab pulled off this stunt in early March. One helicopter dropped the Electron test stage over open ocean in New Zealand. A second helicopter caught it, on the first attempt, at around 5,000 feet.

Apr 15, 2020

The Pentagon Wants Quantum Sensors to Track Faraway Spacecraft

Posted by in categories: military, quantum physics, space travel

Spacecraft outside the reach of GPS are relying on imprecise navigational tools.

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