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Japan Launches Space Junk Collector

Kounotori 6 features a 2,300-foot electrodynamic tether to swat debris out of orbit.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

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Mars spacecraft spies Earth and moon

A powerful telescope orbiting Mars gives us a new view of Earth and its moon, showing continent-size detail on Earth and the relative size of the …

SpaceX gets set to launch world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy

NASA's Planetary Science Division head, Jim Green, said that NASA would wait till SpaceX proves its ability to carry out a soft landing on Mars<p>A …

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches, lands in California

SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket for the first time since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.<p>The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on Saturday morning to place 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium …

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Iridium hails SpaceX launch, dawn of historical 'tech refresh'

SpaceX's successful launch of 10 satellites for Iridium Communications marks the beginning of one of the biggest "tech refreshes" in history, Iridium …

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The Latest: SpaceX launch places satellites in orbit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the launch of a SpaceX rocket in California (all times local):<p>11:25 a.m.<p>SpaceX says its first launch of a Falcon 9 rocket since a fiery September accident has successfully placed a constellation of satellites in orbit.<p>The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg …

SpaceX nailed its first launch since last year’s big explosion

Elon Musk’s rocket company launched 10 of Iridium’s satellites on Saturday morning.<p>Early Saturday morning Jan. 14, SpaceX successfully launched 10 communication satellites made by Iridium — one of its largest satellite customers — into low earth orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. …

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This week in space: Boeing, SpaceX, and tiny satellites - ExtremeTech

By on February 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Boeing is headed for the wild …

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Why Space Fanatics Are Freaking Out About SpaceX's Next Launch

Following a successful Falcon 9 launch-and-barge-landing in California this month, SpaceX is now looking to get back in the swing of regular flight. …

Apply for credentials to attend the next SpaceX launch

NASA:<p>Social media users are invited to apply for credentials to attend the launch of the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket …

Photonic Propulsion Could Be Our Ticket To The Stars

Right now, the Voyager I spacecraft is hurtling through space at 35,000 miles per hour. That sounds fast, until you consider that it only recently …

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SpaceX’s launch this weekend is a monument to space capitalism—just ask NASA

Kennedy Space Center, Florida<p>It’s been nearly six years since a rocket lifted off from NASA’s Launch Pad 39-A, when the final Space Shuttle mission took flight. For a moment it seemed like the pipes, tanks, and towers of the launch complex built for the US at the dawn of the space age—Apollo 11 …

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SpaceX Launches 1st Private Rocket from Historic NASA Pad — Then Sticks a Landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched the first private rocket from the same historic site that saw some of NASA's greatest space missions, then …

SpaceX Launches Rocket Carrying Space Station Cargo

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Engines ignited and a rocket lifted off here on Sunday, for the first time since the last space shuttle launch five and a half years ago.<p>A Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation — SpaceX — was launched, quickly disappearing into a …

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SpaceX to shoot two tourists around the moon

The private space company will fly two private citizens along the same path as Apollo 8 from the same launch pad -- almost 50 years later.<p>SpaceX is set to launch what's probably the longest charter flight in history as soon as late 2018. CEO Elon Musk said Monday that his private rocket company …

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SpaceX’s Moon flight will be the first truly private ticket to space

Elon Musk’s latest proposal comes with new possibilities and new risks<p>Yesterday, Elon Musk announced a bold new SpaceX mission for 2018, flying two as-yet-unnamed passengers in a full orbit of the Moon. This will be the first entirely private passenger flight that’s ever been attempted, without the …

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In Photos: Arianespace Soyuz Rocket Launches Hispasat 36W-1 Geostationary Satellite

Arianespace Kicks off 2017 with Soyuz Launch<p>Credit: Arianespace<p>For its first mission in 2017, Arianespace launched a Russian-built Soyuz ST-B rocket …

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Virgin Galactic Is Going to Start Sending Satellites to Orbit

Seen as a leader in space tourism, Virgin is getting into the less glamorous part of the space biz.<p>In some ways, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are living opposite lives. Earlier this week, SpaceX made the stunning announcement that it would be sending two (likely obscenely rich) investors into orbit …

Private Space Stations Could Orbit the Moon by 2020, Robert Bigelow Says

Giant space-station refueling depots could be orbiting the moon by 2020, but only if the Trump administration makes the funding and national drive …

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How soon can we fly to the moon as space tourists?

<b>With two private citizens planning a trip around the moon in 2018 with US private rocket company SpaceX, a key question now is when will space tourism be an option for the rest of us?</b><p>SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced two unnamed people had paid a "significant deposit" to secure places in a spaceship …

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Inside DARPA’s Mission to Send a Repair Robot to Geosynchronous Orbit

<b>Let’s say you are the program manager</b> of a very large, complex system. Perhaps it’s an aircraft, or a building, or a communications network. Your …

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SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down in Pacific

The SpaceX Dragon officially splashed down in the Pacific.<p>After carrying nearly 5,500 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station on Feb. 23, the SpaceX Dragon capsule detached and began its descent to earth early Sunday morning before deploying its chutes and landing in …

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Nasa creates mixed reality training environment for the ISS using the Unreal engine by Epic- Technology News, Firstpost

Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Orbital Record

The ongoing mission of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane is now the longest in the clandestine program's history.<p>As of today (March 25), …

NASA Test Fires New Engine Controlling ‘Brain’ for First SLS MegaRocket Mission

NASA engineers conduct a test of the first RS-25 engine controller that will be used on an actual Space Launch System flight on the A-2 Test Stand at …

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'We've left junk everywhere': why space pollution could be humanity's next big problem

With satellites under threat from collisions, a former lieutenant is now focused on technology that can remove space debris<p>Jason Held rekindled his love for space while lying in a ditch in Bosnia in 1996, where he was one of 16,500 US troops deployed on a peacekeeping mission at the end of the …

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Mysterious X37-B ‘space plane’ has been in orbit for 677 days – and no one knows why

A mysterious hi-tech ‘space plane’ has now been in orbit for 677 days – and no one outside the U.S. military has any idea what it’s up to.<p>The robotic …

Correction: SpaceX Launch story

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a story March 30 about a SpaceX launch, The Associated Press reported erroneously the height of the recycled booster rocket. It is about 15 stories, or 150 feet, not 15 feet.<p>A corrected version of the story is below:<p>SpaceX launches its first recycled rocket in …

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