Archive for August, 2014

22 Days After AsiaSat 8, SpaceX Prepares to Launch AsiaSat 6

22 Days After AsiaSat 8, SpaceX Prepares to Launch AsiaSat 6

AsiaSat 8 Counts on August 5: Image Credit SpaceX After slipping the launch of AsiaSat 6 by 24 hours to further examine data from Friday’s F-9R test mishap in Texas, SpaceX appears to be counting down to a liftoff scheduled to take place at 12:50 AM EDT on Wednesday. Assuming the schedule holds, this flight […]

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New Horizons Crosses Neptune’s Orbit on Way to Pluto

New Horizons Crosses Neptune’s Orbit on Way to Pluto

Image Credit: NASA/JPL Last week, NASA released this enhanced video of images Voyager 2 shot of Neptune’s moon Triton as it sailed past in 1989. Today, the New Horizons spacecraft crossed Neptune’s orbit on the way to its own flyby of now minor planet Pluto. The full NASA story is below. NASA New Story August […]

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Splitting Water on a AAA Battery

Splitting Water on a AAA Battery

A graduate student at Stanford may have made a break-through in reducing the costs of electrolysis in splitting water into its constituent elements of hydrogen and oxygen. According to a report in phys.org, the new process uses common materials and a fraction of the input electrical power employed in conventional techniques: “Using nickel and iron, […]

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Gaga to Sing and Marry Aboard Virgin Galactic?

Gaga to Sing and Marry Aboard Virgin Galactic?

Say it ain’t so. The Daily Star reports that in addition to performing a one song “set” on her upcoming sub-orbital flight aboard Richard’s Branson’s Virgin Galactic,  Lady Gaga is planning to have a “commitment ceremony” with her boyfriend Taylor Kinney on the maiden flight of Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise. According to the Daily Star  […]

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SpaceX Slips AsiaSat 6 Launch One Day Following Texas Mishap

SpaceX Slips AsiaSat 6 Launch One Day Following Texas Mishap

(Note: this article has been edited to correct a previous version which incorrectly identified the next NASA mission as CRS-5. It will be CRS-4.) SpaceX has moved the impending launch of the AsiaSat 6 satellite from Cape Canaveral back one day, from Tuesday to Wednesday. The precautionary move comes in the wake of Friday’s F9R […]

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Black Friday: Arianespace Soyuz Places GPS Satellites in Wrong Orbit

Black Friday: Arianespace Soyuz Places GPS Satellites in Wrong Orbit

It was something of a Black Friday for the launch industry yesterday. In addition to the SpaceX F9-R “explosion” in Texas, a bizarre story has emerged regarding an Arianespace launch which happened the same day. The launch, which took place aboard a Russian built commercial Soyuz out of French Guiana and under the Arianespace banner, […]

SpaceX “Explosion” Video Suggests One Possible Cause

SpaceX “Explosion” Video Suggests One Possible Cause

Some details regarding yesterday’s mishap with a three engine F9R in Texas are beginning to emerge. Local news media posted a video to Youtube, which although shot at a distance, appears to show the F9-R make a normal ascent, begin a translation maneuver, and then pitch over to a clearly excessive degree prior to the […]

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SpaceX F9R Test Accident in Texas

SpaceX F9R Test Accident in Texas

Both SpaceX founder Elon Musk and president Gwynne Shotwell have at times chided testing efforts in Texas for not pushing the envelope far enough and creating a smoking hole in the ground. Tonight they got their wish. According to multiple reports as well as tweet from Elon Musk, a Falcon F9R test at McGregor went […]

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SpaceX Counts Down to Tuesday Launch, Clears DragonFly Hurdle

SpaceX Counts Down to Tuesday Launch, Clears DragonFly Hurdle

Asiasat 8 Streaks Into the Sky, Credit: SpaceX The news has been more than just lawsuits and fund-raising disputes for SpaceX this week. As SpaceX enters the last week of August, the company is moving ahead on several key fronts, beginning with the announcement of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) from the FAA […]

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Star Trek: Axanar Warps Past Kickstarter Goals (But you can still support it)

Star Trek: Axanar Warps Past Kickstarter Goals (But you can still support it)

Increasingly often we report on new space projects funded or performed either in full or in part by crowd sourcing. It is perhaps only appropriate that one of the most powerful sources of inspiration for many in the space community, as well as in popular culture, is the subject of its own Kickstarter campaign. Star […]

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