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Jan 20, 2020

Photos: Ariane 5’s fiery climb to space from French Guiana

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SpaceX simulated an in-flight emergency Sunday to verify the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft has the capability to catapult itself away from a failing Falcon 9 rocket.

Check out more spectacular photos of as a fireball engulfed the Falcon 9 — as expected — and the unpiloted Crew Dragon fired thrusters escape the launch vehicle (📷: Katie Darby & Spaceflight Now):

Jan 19, 2020

Fiery SpaceX test of Crew Dragon capsule was ‘picture perfect,’ Elon Musk says

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SpaceX completed its last major test before flying astronauts to space on Sunday, in a critical high-speed mission that lasted mere minutes.

Launched on top of a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the company conducted a test of its Crew Dragon capsule called in-flight abort.

“Overall, as far as I can tell thus far, this was a picture perfect mission,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a press conference after the test. “I’m super fired up; this is great.”

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Jan 19, 2020

SpaceX blew up a Falcon 9 rocket as Crew Dragon made a daring mid-air escape

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Cheers, SpaceX 👏


NASA’s Commercial Crew Program can celebrate a big step toward launching astronauts from US soil.

Jan 18, 2020

SpaceX will trigger an intentional rocket failure to prove crew capsule’s safety

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SpaceX will sacrifice a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday in a fiery test a minute-and-a-half after liftoff from Florida’s Space Coast to prove the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft can safely push astronauts away from a failing launch vehicle, simulating a daring maneuver that would only be attempted on a piloted mission during an in-flight emergency.

The launch escape demonstration could be a spectacle for local residents, rocket fans and enthusiasts along the Space Coast, assuming clear skies and good visibility, according to SpaceX.

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Jan 18, 2020

An emotionally intelligent AI could support astronauts on a trip to Mars

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

An AI assistant with empathy could be exactly what’s needed to provide emotional support for astronauts on deep-space missions to Mars.


NASA’s working with startups like Akin to develop human-like AI systems that could one day play a critical role in supporting astronauts in space.

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Jan 17, 2020

Elon Musk Says He’ll Put A Million People on Mars By 2050

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Musk: “There will be a lot of jobs on Mars!”


According to Musk, you’ll need a crazy amount of cargo capacity to build a human colony on a faraway planet.

“Megatons per year to orbit are needed for life to become multiplanetary,” he tweeted.

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Jan 17, 2020

SpaceX will intentionally blow up rocket Saturday

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WTHR) — SpaceX plans to intentionally blow up a rocket on Saturday morning.

The test is being conducted in advance of a piloted flight.

The test, which is scheduled for Saturday morning, will demonstrate the spacecraft’s capabilities to safely separate from the rocket in the event of an in-flight emergency.

Jan 16, 2020

Sierra Nevada eyes 2021 launch of Dream Chaser space plane

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Sierra Nevada Corp. is on track for a 2021 launch debut of its robotic Dream Chaser space plane, even as the firm shoots for the moon under NASA’s Artemis program, company representatives said during a media call last week.

Jan 16, 2020

Blue Origin steadily preparing for New Glenn rockets in Brevard

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In this excerpt from FLORIDA TODAY’s Eye on Brevard, space reporter Emre Kelly talks about Blue Origins’ progress on the Space Coast.

Rob Landers, FLORIDA TODAY

Jan 15, 2020

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

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Short videographic on the SpaceX project. An in-flight abort test of SpaceX Crew Dragon takes place on Saturday.

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