Category SPACE

X MARKS THE SPOT: FALCON 9 ATTEMPTS OCEAN PLATFORM LANDING

During our next flight, SpaceX will attempt the precision landing of a Falcon 9 first stage for the first time, on a custom-built ocean platform known as the autonomous spaceport drone ship. While SpaceX has already demonstrated two successful soft water landings, executing a precision landing on an unanchored ocean platform is significantly more challenging. […]

Swiss Company to Launch Robotic Mini-Shuttle in 2017

By Rob Coppinger, SPACE.com Contributor | SPACE.com – 4 hrs ago LONDON — A Swiss company has unveiled an ambitious plan to build a privately built robotic rocket plane by 2017 in order launch satellites into orbit. The company Swiss Space Systems (S3) plans to loft the unmanned suborbital shuttle from the back of an Airbus A300 jetliner to serve as a commercial satellite […]

SpaceX Bests Orbital Sciences In First OSP-3 Duels

By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com Source: AWIN First December 05, 2012 Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has won the first two U.S. Air Force contracts aimed at fostering competition in the U.S. launch market over a new design proposed by Orbital Sciences. SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 v1.1 to boost NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in […]

NEIL A. ARMSTRONG Has Died (1930 – 2012)

Saturday, August 25, 2012 “We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. “Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. “Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy […]

Going Private, Space Industry Eyes State’s Open Spaces

by SHEFALI LUTHRA When XCOR Aerospace, a private California rocket-building company, was looking for a wide-open place to test rocket engines and space planes, it found an ideal site in Midland.   Expanded coverage of Texas is produced by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news organization. To join the conversation about this article, go totexastribune.org. p shows […]

USAF Support For ULA Is Scrutinized

By Amy Butler Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology August 13, 2012 Amy Butler Washington As Lockheed Martin and Orbital Sciences Corp. separately propose alternatives for the Pentagon to the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) rocket monopoly, some lawmakers fear the U.S. Air Force will throw too much support to the incumbent contractor, freezing out new entrants […]

Solar-electric Advancing For Deep-space Propulsion

By Frank Morring Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology August 13, 2012 Working in the background, a relatively small group of U.S. spaceflight engineers has been figuring out just what it will take to get humans out of low Earth orbit to Mars, with stops along the way in cislunar space and perhaps on near-Earth asteroids. […]