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DARPA Space Plane Concepts Get Fresh Funding

An ambitious idea to make space launches cheap and dull<p>Space isn't so much hard as it is expensive. Humans have put objects into space with rockets since Sputnik in 1957, but rockets are still largely a one-off proposition, a powerful single-shot thrust into space that falls away into unsalvagable …

Dream Chaser Space Plane Will Fly in 2016

The Sierra Nevada Corporation announced today that its space plane is due to be launched on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Florida in November 2016.<p>Dream Chaser, the private space plane built to shuttle astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station, is ready to leave the Earth.<p>In a …

Soviet space-race magazine covers

Norman sez, "When the space race raged in the 1950s, fantastical visions of the future of travel were everywhere. Magazines like Popular Mechanics …

This is why Elon Musk's SpaceX has been buying up SolarCity's bonds

On occasion celebrity entrepreneur Elon Musk’s three companies —electric car company Tesla, rocket firm SpaceX and solar installer SolarCity — end up …

SolarCity

The 7 Ships of the New Space Age

American engineers are designing and testing more new manned spacecraft than at any other time in history. Here are 7 vehicles that will change how we work and play in space.<p>American engineers are designing and testing more new manned spacecraft than at any other time in history. Here are 7 …

Watch the Fire Test of NASA's Next-Gen Deep Space Rocket Today

This is how we'll get to Mars.<p>The Space Launch System (SLS) is NASA's next generation heavy-lift rocket, the powerful vehicle to get us to Mars, back to the moon, to an asteroid, or even to Europa. But first, of course, it has to get off Earth. Thursday at 5 p.m., NASA will take another big step in …

NASA tests the 'Ferrari of rocket engines' for mission to Mars

The RS-25 engine for NASA's new Space Launch System rocket makes current jet engines look like "a wind-up toy."<p>If we're going to get humans to Mars, we're going to need a bigger rocket with a much more powerful engine.<p>This is the RS-25, the engine designed for NASA's Space Launch System rocket, …

Space Exploration

New Zealand Wants to Host the First Fully Commercial Spaceport

The Kiwis enter the space race.<p>New Zealand has never sent an astronaut to the International Space Station. It doesn't even have a space program. But thanks to Rocket Lab, a private spaceflight company, the company is set to become the home of the first commercial spaceport.<p>Yes, we already have …

Costly Rocket Disaster Raises Questions About Future Of The Space Station

The recent SpaceX launch explosion cost NASA $110 million, the agency said on Friday, with only some money recouped from the private space firm. The mishap is raising questions about the future of the $3-billion-a-year International Space Station.<p>NASA lost $110 million in last month's SpaceX rocket …

Why Money Is Pouring Into Space Travel and Bitcoin | Inc.com

Two of the most controversial industries for startups todays are also experiencing some of the most significant venture capital investment growth, according to a new study by Redpoint Ventures.<p>The study, which was produced by Redpoint partner Tomasz Tunguz and which was the subject of a story on</i> …

Space Travel

Bitcoin and space travel are two of the fastest-growing areas of venture-capital funding

Two of the industries most historically owned by the government are now venture capital targets—money and spaceships. According to Mattermark data analyzed by Tomasz Tunguz of the venture capital firm Redpoint, bitcoin and space travel were two of the four fastest-growing areas for startup …

Venture Capital

NASA-funded study may clear way for human return to Moon – and Mars

A new study sponsored by NASA argues that the space agency could send humans back to the moon in less than a decade and establish a permanent lunar …

Your New Ride To Space

You don’t need a rocket to leave Earth. There’s a slower, gentler trip in the works—and it comes with a cocktail.<p>When Alan Eustace lifted off into space from the New Mexico desert this past October, it was with a quiet whoosh, and a slight jostle of his harness. The 57-year-old computer scientist …

How Outer Space is Becoming the Next Internet

An hour after sunrise on June 28, Mike Safyan and nine co-workers from Planet Labs gathered in their San Francisco office for a pancake breakfast. It was a Sunday, so business was closed.<p>But this weekend morning was too momentous for Safyan and crew to stay home. Their 5-year-old start-up, which …

Dining Rooms

Beyond New Horizons: could LightSail be the answer for affordable space travel?

The Night Sky in August 2015: A crowd-funded project plans to use the sun’s energy as a method of propulsion - flight by light<p>A device by which a spaceship could be pushed ever further and faster into the skies by the Sun’s radiation, just as Earthly winds push a sailing ship across the seas, …

Let's go to Mars! The future of space travel

SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and other private endeavours are paving the way for a future Mars landing.<p><b>Editors' note, December 19, 2015:</b> <i>This article was originally published August 6, 2015 and has been updated to include new developments in space travel efforts to Mars.</i><p>This year, scientists made one of …

Space Travel

We finally know why Virgin Galactic's spacecraft disintegrated in mid-air

Pilot error.<p>Investigators blamed the crash on a premature deployment of the craft's "feather" air brakes by the co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, who tragically died in the crash.<p>Pilot Peter Siebold was seriously injured, but survived.<p>Scaled Composites — the company that built SpaceShipTwo— was also …

Space Travel

NASA Awards $6.8 Billion to Boeing and SpaceX to Carry Astronauts

A long selection process comes to a conclusion at 4 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.<p><b>UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.</b>: Here's the statement from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk:<p>"SpaceX is deeply honored by the trust NASA has placed in us. We welcome today's decision and the mission it advances with gratitude and seriousness of …

Branson On The Impact Of Space Travel

Branson thinks that by being in space, people become more passionate about the planet. And he’s planning on helping out cash-strapped NASA with its research, too.<p>Earlier this week, Virgin Galactic–the space travel arm of the Virgin Group–debuted the first-ever spaceport in New Mexico. Dubbed …

Space Travel

SpaceX, Blue Origin, And The Race To Control The Commercial Space Industry

Facing unexpected pressure and the yawning void of the post-Shuttle era, the commercial space race has huge challenges ahead. In the wake of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin test failure, we look at the future of the industry.<p>A Soyuz rocket recently failed–surprising news, as it’s generally considered a …

Space Travel

SpaceX Lands Air Force Rocket Launch Deal

Elon Musk’s private space company has secured its first contract from the U.S. Air Force. Does this move SpaceX into an innovative new frontier of the 21st-century space race?<p>SpaceX has somewhat quietly landed a pivotal deal this week: Mission orders from the United States Air Force Space and …

Space Travel

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.<p>Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will …

Mars

Apollo and America’s Cold War (part 1)

The Apollo Moon program was <i>the</i> classic Cold War political event, and as such overflowed with irony and unexpected consequences. It was an attempt by …

Apollo 11: A giant leap for mankind and Cold War rivalry

At 9:32 am on July 16, 1969 a 2,900-tonne Saturn V rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying the Columbia command module …

SpaceX says it will put humans on Mars by 2026, almost 10 years ahead of NASA - ExtremeTech

By on June 18, 2014 at 8:56 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Elon Musk, speaking to CNBC about …

Space Travel

Falcon 9 Fails, Dooming Dragon Cargo Ship and First Commercial Crew Docking Adapter

Close to the end of first-stage flight, the nine Merlin 1D engines appeared to flare, ahead of vehicle disintegration. Photo Credit: Alan …