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Apr 11, 2023

Incoming hoverboat, morning transport to work at SpaceX

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This is pretty cool, I just learned from our Felix Schlang that SpaceX operates a hovercraft, kinda of like the hovercraft that Luke used in the original Star Wars movie.

SpaceX is using this to get between two locations that are about an hour apart by road, but only 15 minutes apart via sea. A hovercraft hovers over land or water and is ideal for this purpose.

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Apr 10, 2023

China plans to take the fight to SpaceX with its reusable rocket program

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The project aims to cut the cargo cost per kilogram to 5 percent of that of the existing Long March rockets.

In response to advancements in the United States’ reusable rocket technology, especially being offered by SpaceX, Chinese space authorities have launched a counter-offensive to lower the costs of its space programs.

According to a report by the South China Morning Post (SCMP), a new rocket launching system in China, which is under development, aims to cut the cargo cost per kilogram to 5 percent to that of the existing Long March rockets.

Apr 10, 2023

How can we make the space sector more sustainable?

Posted by in categories: governance, law, policy, satellites, space, space travel, strategy

Remark: This article is from The Conversation “En Anglais” written by Victor DOS SANTOS PAULINO & Nonthapat PULSIRI (V&N) — Experts from Toulouse Business School and The SIRIUS Chair (France)

When talking about space, one might think about the stars one sees at night or a good sci-fi film. But space is also crowded with satellites, spacecrafts and astronauts, whose missions can last anywhere from several days to months. Meanwhile, 8,216 unmanned satellites revolve around Earth’s orbits to improve our daily lives. Communication satellites contribute to enhancing Internet access in regions deprived of infrastructure (so-called “white areas”); meteorology satellites have become essential for weather forecasts, while navigation satellites (including GPS) are crucial for current and future transportation needs such as automatic driving vehicles.

Technological advances in the sector have unlocked many new business opportunities. The industry can now launch constellations of thousand satellites to reach corners of the earth as it had never before (e.g., Starlink), while new markets such as space mining and space tourism are steadily growing. National champions (including the United States and France) have also framed the space sector as a top economic priority. It is thought the technological benefits accrued by companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin or OneWeb, launched by billionaires such as Elon Musk, will also be able to trickle down to non-space sectors such as the energy or freight industries.

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Apr 10, 2023

SpaceX will conduct a Starship launch rehearsal next week

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SpaceX is preparing to carry out a launch rehearsal of its next-generation Starship rocket as early as next week.

Apr 9, 2023

Land it like SpaceX: China claims breakthrough in rocket vertical landing

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China’s future rocket models will make use of the technology developed for recovering rockets, claims report.

China has successfully tested a rocket’s vertical landing in the ocean, laying the groundwork for upcoming space travel and recycling technology.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) confirmed that its commercial spaceflight firm, CAS Space, conducted the successful testing on Thursday in Haiyang, East China’s Shandong Province, according to the State-run media Global Times.

Apr 8, 2023

40 Years Ago, NASA Tested Out a Radical Rehaul of an Iconic Technology

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Witness the reinvention of the humble EVA suit.

The humble EVA suit needed to fit the mission profiles — and the regular launches of the Space Shuttle meant it had to fit all stripe of folks.

Apr 7, 2023

Astrolab’s FLEX Rover Plans To Hitch A Ride To The Moon On A Starship

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FLEX is a multipurpose lunar rover that will be part of the payload of a SpaceX Starship support mission that will land near the lunar South Pole’s Artemis site to provide logistical support.

SpaceX contracted to send its Starship to the Moon in 2026 with an Artemis support payload aboard. including the FLEX Astrolab lunar rover.

Apr 7, 2023

Lawrence Livermore Lab Scientists Build Telescope for International Space Station

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Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LLNL) scientists designed and built a telescope that, as of March 14, was out of this world.

The Stellar Occultation Hypertemporal Imaging Payload (SOHIP) is a telescope using LLNL patented optics technology on a gimbal to observe and measure atmospheric gravity waves and turbulence.

The device was sent aboard a SpaceX rocket out of Cape Canaveral in Florida last month to the International Space Station (ISS).

Apr 7, 2023

Elon Musk confirms flight readiness of Starship rocket

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the Starship is fully stacked and ready to launch on its maiden orbital flight.

Starship, comprising the Starship upper stage and Super Heavy first stage, will become the most powerful rocket ever to fly when it lifts off from SpaceX’s Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas, possibly in the coming days.

Apr 6, 2023

Before the Artemis II crew can go to the moon, they need to master flying high above Earth

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NASA’s flight commander for the Artemis II lunar mission, Reid Wiseman, explains what the crew will be testing on the Orion spacecraft.

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