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blue origin spills more beans about new glenn heavy booster




blue origin, funded by amazon’s jeff bezos, may have stolen spacex’s thunder when it landed the first rocket back to earth, but elon musk’s company still has it beat in one aspect. spacex was able to land orbital rockets while blue origin still mainly has sub-orbital ones. that, however, is go...



virgin galactic forms new company for low-cost smallsat launches




the new company already has a 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in long beach, california that employs 200 employees, since launcherone has been operating under virgin galactic for quite some time now. virgin orbit, however, will be headed by dan hart, who was with boeing for 34 years befor...



blue origin releases details of its monster orbital rocket




share this story here's a gallery of still images from a launch video of blue origin's new glenn rocket. blue origin blue origin will assemble the new glenn rocket at a large facility the company is building at kennedy space center. blue origin here, new glenn is being lifted. blue origin aerodynami...



the trump administration has unleashed a lunar gold rush




share this story artist's concept of two aces upper stages moving a b330 module from low earth orbit. bigelow aerospace a single stage positions the module in low lunar orbit. bigelow aerospace behold, humanity would have a lunar space station. bigelow aerospace two b330s are shown in low-earth orbi...



inside darpa’s mission to send a repair robot to geosynchronous orbit




let’s say you are the program manager of a very large, complex system. perhaps it’s an aircraft, or a building, or a communications network. your system is valued at over us $500 million. could you imagine being told that you won’t ever be able to maintain it? that, once it’s operational, it...



inside darpa’s mission to send a repair robot to geosynchronous orbit




let’s say you are the program manager of a very large, complex system. perhaps it’s an aircraft, or a building, or a communications network. your system is valued at over us $500 million. could you imagine being told that you won’t ever be able to maintain it? that, once it’s operational, it...



nasa orbiter steers clear of mars moon phobos




this artist's sketch shows maven above mars.credits: nasanasa's maven spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with mars' moon phobos. the mars atmosphere and volatile evolution (maven) spacecraft has been orbiting mars for just over tw...



presstv-china to send first cargo ship to space




china is planning to launch its first ever cargo spacecraft set to supply the country’s space lab and conduct experiments.tianzhou-1 during processing. © chinaspaceflight.comtianzhou-1 is scheduled for launch in mid or late april. it will lift off from china's wenchang spacecraft launch center in...



image: kourou, french guiana




credit: contains modified copernicus sentinel data (2016), processed by esathe copernicus sentinel-2a satellite takes us over kourou in french guiana, with the main town of the same name visible in the lower right. the sentinel-2b satellite is currently poised on top of a vega rocket on the launch p...



blue origin's latest rocket engine is finally complete




this engine, along with six more just like it, will form the primary powerplant for the company's upcoming new glenn 2- and 3-stage rocket. the new glenn, like its predecessor the new shephard, will be a reusable space vehicle with a first stage capable of returning to the launch site and landing it...



presstv-nasa's mars orbiter shifts course to avoid collision




nasa had a taste of sci-fi excitement this week as its mars orbiter was forced to dodge one of the planet's small moons.the us space agency fired up maven’s engine on thursday so that it would miss the martian moon phobos by 2.5 minutes.this picture shows 'phobos' which is one of 2 moons of mars, ...



nasa satellite makes evasive maneuver to dodge mars’ phobos moon




nasa had a bit of excitement earlier this week, with its jet propulsion laboratory’s flight controllers having to send commends to the maven spacecraft, making it perform an evasive maneuver to avoid smashing into one of mars’ moons, phobos. the spacecraft was forced to speed up by about 1.3ft/s...



flashy first images arrive from noaa's goes-16 lightning mapper




image: this is one hour of goes-16's geostationary lightning mapper (glm) lightning data from feb. 14, when glm acquired 1.8 million images of the earth. it is displayed over goes-16 abi... view more credit: credits: noaa/nasadetecting and predicting lightning just got a lot easier. the first image...



how low can you go? new project to bring satellites nearer to earth




credit: university of manchesterthe university of manchester is leading a multi-million pound project to develop satellites which will orbit much closer to the earth – making them smaller, cheaper, helping to dodge space debris and improving the quality of images they can send back. remote sensing...



don't expect spacex-nasa space race




spacex, the upstart company, and nasa, the government agency, both have plans to venture to mars and orbit the moon. but that doesn't mean they've launched a new space race. in fact, nasa has long been spacex's most important customer, providing contracts to deliver cargo and eventually astronauts t...



new nasa budget focuses almost exclusively on space




for instance, nasa has been tasked with pushing through its orion and sls programs, and needs to fly an un-crewed mission by 2018. in addition, the agency has been told to work out a plan to get humans on, or at least close to, mars by the year 2030. closer to home, scientists will look at establish...



sentinel-2b poised for liftoff




the copernicus sentinel-2b satellite being placed in the launch tower at europe’s spaceport in french guiana. the satellite will be launched on 7 march 2017 at 01:49 gmt (02:49 cet; 22:49 local time on 6 march). credit: cneswith liftoff just few days away, the next sentinel satellite for the coper...



india needs more scientists to harness technology: pm




india needs more scientists to harness technology for the benefit of the common man, prime minister narendra modi said today while hailing the scientific community for the record launch of 104 satellites and the successful test-firing of a new missile."the attraction for science among our young gene...



house probe into russia ties to trump off to rocky start




u.s. president donald trump walks to the oval office after arriving back at the white house, on february 24, 2017 in washington, dc.  mark wilson—getty images(washington) — a simmering dispute between leaders of the house intelligence committee spilled into the public monday over an investigati...



spacex moon travelers will get life-changing ride: expert




the pair who paid spacex to take them on a historic trip around the moon can expect breathtaking views and a life-altering experience when they set out for space next year, according to richard garriott, a video game mogul and onetime space voyager.garriott, who ventured into space in 2008 as the wo...



lego is making a 'women of nasa' set




the five women are (from left to right in the image above):margaret hamilton: a computer scientist who developed the on-board flight software used for the apollo missions to the moon. she was awarded the presidential medal of freedom last year for being a coding pioneer. katherine johnson: a physici...



there's a new player at australia's biggest airshow: china




amid the big us and european defence giants there is a new presence at the avalon airshow: china.for the first time, chinese firms are at australia's aviation megashow - one of the world's major defence and aerospace events - in what is being seen as the first steps of an export push, and one being...



there's a new player at australia's biggest airshow: china




amid the big us and european defence giants there is a new presence at the avalon airshow: china.for the first time, chinese firms are at australia's aviation megashow - one of the world's major defence and aerospace events - in what is being seen as the first steps of an export push, and one being...



if you think nasa is frustrated with spacex, you’re probably right




enlarge/ with its lunar ambitions, spacex is testing the strength of its relationship with william gerstenmaier, nasa's chief of human exploration.nasashare this storynasa is far from a perfect government agency. as former space shuttle program manager wayne hale recently noted, nasa is hobbled by...



if you think nasa is frustrated with spacex, you’re probably right




enlarge/ with its lunar ambitions, spacex is testing the strength of its relationship with william gerstenmaier, nasa's chief of human exploration.nasashare this storynasa is far from a perfect government agency. as former space shuttle program manager wayne hale recently noted, nasa is hobbled by...