Archive for May, 2014

And the Curtain Drops; A Dragon Revealed

And the Curtain Drops; A Dragon Revealed

Taking the stage in front of a crowd of employees, customers including representatives of U.S. Government agencies as well as Robert Bigelow, Elon Musk put on his best Tony Stark and dropped the curtain tonight on the SpaceX Dragon V2. If guests or reporters were dismayed that the show started late, Musk more than made […]

FAA Report Shows SpaceX is Almost Clear to Land in Texas

FAA Report Shows SpaceX is Almost Clear to Land in Texas

Based on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released by the FAA today, it appears that SpaceX is on the threshold of officially declaring what has seemed inevitable for some time, the Lone Star State is about to get its own spaceport. Based on the report, SpaceX envisions up to 12 launches per year from the site, […]

SpaceX Dragon V2: What it Might Mean

SpaceX Dragon V2: What it Might Mean

As much of the space world counts down to the 7:00 PM PT “reveal” of the SpaceX Dragon V2, (or DragonRider if you prefer) and executives at other aerospace companies reach into the desk to reassure themselves that the bottle of Xanex isn’t completely empty yet, a lot of the discussion has been regarding how […]

Posted in: Dragon, SpaceX
Canada’s Dextre Robot to Perform First Ever Self Repair in Space

Canada’s Dextre Robot to Perform First Ever Self Repair in Space

  The following release from CSA, the Canadian Space Agency, makes a good point about the potential for self-repair off Earth.  Although it may seem like a small step, and in some ways it is, Canada’s progress with the Canadarm2 and Dextre robot might be considered another example of how the International Space Station program […]

SpaceX Completes SuperDraco Qualification Ahead of Dragon V2 Reveal

SpaceX Completes SuperDraco Qualification Ahead of Dragon V2 Reveal

Image Credit: SpaceX SpaceX Media Release SpaceX Completes Qualification Testing of SuperDraco Thruster Thruster to Power Revolutionary Launch Escape System on Dragon Spacecraft HAWTHORNE, Ca – Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announced today that it has completed qualification testing for the SuperDraco thruster, an engine that will power the Dragon spacecraft’s launch escape system and […]

XCOR Receives Capital Investment

XCOR Receives Capital Investment

Following the delivery of its first flight capable, pressurized cockpit earlier this year, XCOR continues to make steady progress in assembling its two seat Lynx sub-orbital space plane. With fellow intended space tourism provider Virgin Galactic announcing a switch in fuels for the hybrid rocket motor powering SpaceShipTwo, a change which may further delay its […]

Posted in: Space Tourism, XCOR
Virgin Galactic Makes Hybrid Motor Switch

Virgin Galactic Makes Hybrid Motor Switch

Based on Virgin Galactic’s marketing arrangement with NBC, it’s a pretty good bet that as the company approaches its first flights, much of the breaking news will come from that source, and hopefully from Alan Boyle. So, along those lines, we learned on Friday that VG is making a switch in the hybrid fuel mixture […]

European Southern Observatory: A Star Cluster in the Carina Spiral

European Southern Observatory: A Star Cluster in the Carina Spiral

Image Credit: ESO From the European Southern Observatory: This colourful new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the star cluster NGC 3590. These stars shine brightly in front of a dramatic landscape of dark patches of dust and richly hued clouds of glowing gas. This small stellar […]

SpaceX / ULA Fight Moves to DEFCON 2

SpaceX / ULA Fight Moves to DEFCON 2

The battle over the USAF Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program took a new turn Thursday evening with a blistering series of tweets from Elon Musk, made in response to a report regarding a contracting official deeply involved in the award. The story, linked to in the Musk tweet says in part: “From March 2011 […]

MRO Captures New Impact Crater on Mars

MRO Captures New Impact Crater on Mars

Image Credit : NASA NASA News Story: Researchers have discovered on the Red Planet the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with before-and-after images. The images were captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The crater spans half the length of a football field and first appeared in March 2012. The impact that created […]

Posted in: Mars, Uncategorized
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