Tag Archives: space

SpaceX test-fires used rocket ahead of historic Thursday launch

Source: Space.com

"SpaceX is on track to make history later this week. Today (March 27), the company test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket whose first stage launched the robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station last April. If all goes according to plan, the two-stage booster will loft the SES-10 communications satellite Thursday (March 30), in the first-ever orbital mission employing a used rocket. … SpaceX has made a priority of developing reusable rockets, as a way of slashing the cost of spaceflight. The company, founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2002, has landed Falcon 9 first stages during eight different orbital missions, with the latest such success coming last month. But Thursday will mark the first time the company has ever re-flown one of these landed boosters." (03/27/17)


Trump signs bill authorizing NASA funding, Mars exploration

Source: Denver Post

"President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Tuesday that updates NASA's mission to add exploration of Mars and authorizes $19.5 billion in spending for the U.S. space agency for the current budget year. It's the first time in seven years that there has been an authorization bill for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known as NASA, said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a chief sponsor of the bill." (03/21/17)


Stephen Hawking is going into space thanks to Richard Branson

Source: Yahoo! Tech

"Stephen Hawking has been studying, theorizing, pondering, and writing about the universe and everything that makes it tick for decades upon decades, and now he'll finally get his chance to head into the great unknown for himself. Hawking just revealed that he's booked a flight on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, thanks to the latter's offer to help the renowned physicist and cosmologist make his dream of spaceflight a reality." (03/20/17)


Risk, reward, regulation and space tourism

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Space travel is dangerous. It will remain dangerous for the foreseeable future. Those considering paying big money to be flung into space know the risks and are okay with them. To date, 18 US astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have been killed in space flight while a number of astronauts and workers have been killed in non-flight accidents. As we revisit the moon, then turn our attention to more distant destinations, more will die. Mars is 46.8 million miles away at its closest point to Earth, with no tow trucks nearby should anything break down, and a not especially hospitable environment at the other end. Space is the final frontier and frontier life is dangerous. Just ask those who explored Earth's seas or settled the American west. Despite the dangers, they did those things." (03/20/17)


Space: The ultimate war zone

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"If I were a Democratic (or Republican) politician in DC, I'd be a whole lot more worried about India, Pakistan or maybe Persia (Iran) than SpaceX. Frankly, I think that even a rogue NASA or RusSpace astronaut/cosmonaut or programmer is a more serious risk than a couple of tourists oohing and ahhing and talking to People magazine and the Today show from lunar orbit. For the time WILL come when the space around Earth and Luna WILL be the battleground. Certainly if the statists, the governments and their ambitious parasites get their way. Even if the active combat in space is not nation-versus-nation, it is still very likely. And that is probably what Ms. Wu dimly sees; having people in space who are NOT there representing some nation or government, but just themselves, is a threat to the very existence of government and nation-states." (03/17/17)


SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosts EchoStar communications satellite into orbit

Source: CBS News

"By the light of a waning moon, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flashed to life and streaked away through a deep overnight sky Thursday, boosting an EchoStar communications satellite into orbit to chalk up the California rocket builder's third successful flight in a row, its second from historic launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Running two days late because of high winds that scrubbed a launch try Tuesday, the nine Merlin 1D engines in the rocket's first stage ignited with a rush of fiery exhaust at 2 a.m. EDT (GMT-4), quickly pushing the 229-foot-tall rocket away from the pad." (03/15/17)


SpaceX wins $96.5-million contract to launch US Air Force satellite

Source: Los Angeles Times

"SpaceX has won a $96.5-million contract to launch a GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The Hawthorne space company is scheduled to launch the GPS III satellite in February 2019 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellite will provide better anti-jamming capabilities and improved accuracy for precision navigation and timing, according to the Air Force." (03/14/17)


Do you think they'll use the US dollar on Mars?

Source: Bitcoin.com
by Julio Gil-Pulgar

"The space age is shifting into a higher gear with extraordinary momentum. The US Congress recently directed NASA to prepare a plan for deep space exploration, which should include sending humans to Mars. Concurrently, private companies continue to create and expand the commercial space market. In this regard, the fact that Bitcoin is borderless and possesses other relevant, unique features makes it essential for a space-based economy." (03/14/17)


Harvard theorists: How sailing aliens could have caused fast radio bursts

Source: Orlando Sentinel

"In 2007, a West Virginia University astrophysicist named Duncan Lorimer detected a brief yet intense signal while combing through archival data from the Parkes Observatory telescope in Australia. The signal was quick. The spurt of radio activity, originating from a source other than our galaxy, lasted fewer than 5 milliseconds. And it was furious. To generate such a burst would require 500 million times the power of our solar system's sun. The unknown source of the signal prompted intense speculation. One proposal, to be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, may be the wildest yet: Sailing aliens. … The new hypothesis put forth by a pair of theorists at the Center for Astrophysics was even more exotic. [Avi] Loeb and his co-author, Manasvi Lingam, ditched natural sources entirely. They speculated that FRBs could, in theory, be traced back to extragalactic civilizations. Specifically, aliens who flashed superpowered beacons or cruised through space on the wings of giant light sail technology." (03/10/17)


Study: Potatoes can grow on Mars

Source: United Press International

"CubeSat indicator experiments prove potatoes can grow on Mars. The findings show potatoes can also grow under extreme conditions on Earth. Scientists with the International Potato Center created Mars-like growing conditions inside a CubeSat designed by engineers at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lima, Peru. The potato plants inside the experimental box are reportedly thriving. The box mimics the day-night patterns of Mars, as well as its temperature, air pressure and atmospheric composition." (03/08/17)