Space Travel

Richard Branson to parents: Work from home, if you can

Entrepreneur and daredevil Richard Branson has a message to working parents seeking more time with their children: Work from home.<p>"I'm a great believer in people working from home. I encourage our staff if they want to work from home," the founder of the Virgin empire says in a new podcast episode …

Richard Branson

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin has successfully tested its main engine for the first time.<p>The BE-4 engine is, as the name …

SpaceX

Air Force adds more than $40 million to SpaceX engine contract

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has provided SpaceX with an additional $40.7 million to support continued development of the company’s Raptor …

SpaceX

NASA is extending Dawn’s mission over Ceres for a second time

Mission planners want to bring the spacecraft even closer to the surface<p>In June 2016, the Dawn spacecraft reached the end of its primary mission over Ceres. Since then, the spacecraft has remained in orbit around the dwarf planet, where it has continued to monitor and study its surface. This week, …

Space

Reliving Cassini’s final moments

“Cassini managed to survive for 91 seconds in this epic battle, before tipping over backward during the last 8 seconds and then finally losing radio …

Space Exploration

This new rocket thruster could revolutionize space travel

NASA thinks it can get people to Mars a little faster, said Tereza Pultarova at <i>Space</i>. A group of researchers at the University of Michigan, working …

Blue Origin's breakthrough means SpaceX finally has a competitor

Sub-Orbital and Beyond<p>Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos isn’t just out to get the e-retail industry with artificial intelligence, he’s also had his …

Exploration

Blue Origin's Successful Engine Test Fire Puts SpaceX on Notice - ExtremeTech

Blue Origin’s Successful Engine Test Fire Puts SpaceX on Notice<p>By on October 20, 2017 at 11:15 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the …

SpaceX

Jeff Bezos built a huge rocket engine and now Elon Musk has real competition

Behold six glorious seconds of the most powerful natural-gas powered rocket engine you’ve ever seen:<p>This engine was built by Blue Origin, the space company owned and funded by Amazon founder and drone video enthusiast Jeff Bezos. This represents a triumph for Blue Origin: Rocket engines that use …

SpaceX

An Apollo Astronaut's Anger at NASA's Lost Decades

Why one of NASA's original astronauts says we've wasted the last 16 years of crewed spaceflight.<p>DALLAS—Most of the Apollo astronauts, at one time or another, have voiced grievances at how slowly the American manned spaceflight program has advanced. Why wouldn't they? Since the end of the focused, …

NASA

Elon Musk and 'Rick and Morty' creators met IRL at the SpaceX headquarters

Elon Musk believes there's a one in billions chance that we live in a simulated reality. To demonstrate that the singularity is coming soon to our …

Entertainment

Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic will "be in space in about four months"

Launch Imminent<p>Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, which includes spaceflight company Virgin Galactic, appeared on <i>CNBC’s</i> “Squawk Box” …

Richard Branson

Elon Musk details Mars plans in Reddit AMA

Musk provides more insight on SpaceX’s Mars ambitions<p>Elon Musk revealed SpaceX’s updated Mars plans at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress …

SpaceX

Stock up on LEGO Creators kits from $8 before the holiday rush

Kids always love LEGOs, and why wouldn’t they? They get to build and create things they enjoy, from spaceships to vampires. As we prepare to go into the holiday season, why not take a chance to beat the rush and stock up on some LEGO Creators kits before they all sell out? It’s never too early to …

Lego

Iridium switches next two launches to pre-flown Falcon 9s to preserve schedule

WASHINGTON — Mobile satellite services provider Iridium will use previously flown Falcon 9 first stages for its next two launches in order not to …

Exploration

Iridium to rely on used SpaceX boosters for next 2 launches

LOS ANGELES — Iridium Communications says its next two launches of new-generation satellites will use refurbished SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage …

SpaceX

Vector plans three 'microsatellite' launches in Virginia

Virginia's governor announced that microsatellite delivery company Vector has arranged a trio of launches from the state's spaceport on Wallops Island. While the notice gave no information on the payloads or customers, they will be very small compared to typical commercial satellites: The company's …

Technology

Plants May Help Maintain Mental Health of Astronauts

Research has shown that gardening or even just the presence of plants has a positive psychological effect on people, making them happier and more …

University of Florida

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Sentinel-6A Mission

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is …

Vandenberg Air Force Base

XCOR running out of time to find investor

WASHINGTON — XCOR Aerospace, a company forced to lay off its staff earlier this year when it ran into financial problems, has only weeks left to find …

Aerospace

Interplanetary players: a who’s who of space mining

Mineral extraction is going to be crucial for the survival of colonies on Mars or the moon, dreamt up and financed by the likes of entrepreneurs Elon …

Space

Space mining takes giant leap from sci-fi to reality

A remarkable law took effect in Luxembourg in August. It provides a legal framework for private companies to exploit resources in space — a sign of …

Space Exploration

Proton’s Competitiveness Threatened by High Insurance Costs

A Proton takes a nose dive at Baikonur. (Credit: Tsenki TV)The Proton rocket’s’s string of failures and its year-long grounding following a 2016 …

Exploration

Blue Origin space venture fires up BE-4 rocket engine, marking a win for Jeff Bezos

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture says it has successfully test-fired its BE-4 rocket engine, marking a key step in the …

Exploration

The Story Behind Richard Branson's Investment in Virgin Hyperloop One

Hyperloop One, the company working on building an ultrafast 670-mph transportation tube, made a statement earlier this year when it completed two …

Transportation

Spacecom returns to SpaceX for one, possibly two launches

<i>Updated Oct. 19, 2017 at 11:48 a.m. Eastern.</i>WASHINGTON — Israeli satellite operator Spacecom has agreed to launch its next satellite on a Falcon 9 …

Exploration

Richard Branson Jabs Elon Musk on Goals for Space Exploration

This is the fundamental difference in how they think about space.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Blue Origin, Elon Musk, Mars & SpaceX<p>Virgin Group founder Richard …

Elon Musk

SpaceX Will Go for Another Satellite Launch With Space Communications After Prior Disaster

Israel’s Space Communications has signed a deal with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch two communication satellites into orbit, after a prior attempt …

SpaceX

Cheaper than a Mumbai apartment, space tourism kicks off next year

Richard Branson has announced flights to the edge of the Earth<p>We know Mumbai apartments can cost the Earth. But soon you’ll be able to fly to the …

Space Tourism

Iridium Communications: 17% Upside Behind The Truly Global Satellite Constellation

Its unique constellation allows the company to be the only truly global provider of satellite communication.<p>The diversified business model has led to …

Business