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Virgin Galactic Delays Commercial SpaceShipTwo Spaceflights Until 2021

Virgin Galactic passengers will have to wait until at least 2021 for the first flight opportunities. Before passengers climb aboard the suborbital space plane SpaceShipTwo, the space tourism firm will send at least two powered test spaceflights aloft from New Mexico’s Spaceport America, where the company moved earlier this year. Virgin performed two glide tests at the
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SpaceX Crew Dragon Makes historic 1st Splashdown to Return NASA Astronauts Home

  SpaceX’s first astronaut mission for NASA is in the books. A Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, at 2:48 p.m. EDT (1848 GMT) today (Aug. 2), bringing an end to SpaceX’s historic Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. “Welcome back to planet Earth,”
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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Launch Kicks Off Audacious Mars Sample-Return Project

Humanity’s first interplanetary sample-return campaign is now underway. NASA’s car-sized Perseverance Mars rover launched yesterday (July 30), kicking off a nearly seven-month cruise to the Red Planet. Perseverance will hunt for signs of ancient Mars life after its February 2021 touchdown on the floor of Jezero Crater, which hosted a lake and a river delta billions of years ago. But
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Bad Weather Delays SpaceX Launch of Starlink, BlackSky Satellites

SpaceX called off its latest attempt to launch dozens of new Starlink internet satellites Wednesday (July 8) due to bad weather at their Florida launch pad. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch 57 Starlink satellites and two small BlackSky Global Earth-imaging satellites from Pad 39 of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 11:59 a.m. EDT (1519 GMT). But 11
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SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites for Megaconstellation Tonight (June 3). Here’s How to Watch.

SpaceX will launch its next batch of Starlink internet satellites into orbit tonight (June 3) after two weeks of weather delays and the company’s historic first astronaut flight. A Falcon 9 rocket, which SpaceX has already flown four past missions, will launch 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit from the company’s pad at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral
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Coronavirus Outbreak Shakes the Space Industry

The effects of the coronavirus outbreak are extending into the final frontier. COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has sickened more than 130,000 people worldwide to date, with more than 5,000 confirmed deaths. Both of those numbers are bound to rise considerably because we’re still in the early stages of the pandemic, health officials have stressed.
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SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites for New Megaconstellation; Misses Rocket Landing

The company is now flying 300 Starlink satellites

SpaceX successfully launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit Monday (Feb. 17),  but missed a milestone rocket landing on what was the company’s fourth flight of the year. Smoked billowed and flames erupted as the sooty Falcon 9 roared to life at 10:05 a.m. EST (1505 GMT), lifting off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air
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SpaceX Just Launched 60 Starlink Satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s plans to bring global internet coverage to the world just took another leap forward as its 9th Falcon 9 rocket flight of the year launched 60 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit Monday (Nov. 11). The satellites rode into space atop a veteran Falcon 9 first stage, ending a nearly three-month launch
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Off Earth Manufacturing – How It Can Help Explore the Moon and Mars

WASHINGTON – Made In Space’s new satellite-construction robot could herald a new generation of autonomous machines working on the moon — and perhaps even Mars. At the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) here on Oct. 25, representatives from NASA and the California-based company Made In Space talked about the forthcoming opportunities for in-space manufacturing, which they say will
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SpaceX’s Starlink Broadband Service Will Begin in 2020

SpaceX, the private spaceflight company known for reusable rockets and a giant, shiny Starship, will begin offering its own satellite internet service in 2020, according to SpaceNews. In fact, the U.S. Air Force is already testing it in planes. To build the service, SpaceX will have to launch up to eight Falcon 9 rockets filled with the
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Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin’s Dream Team to Land NASA Astronauts on the Moon

WASHINGTON — Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday (Oct. 22) unveiled a “national team” for his company’s plan to land astronauts on the moon for NASA’s Artemis program, with three veteran aerospace companies joining the project. The U.S. companies Draper, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman will join Blue Origin’s bid to build a crewed lunar
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Where Do Black Holes Lead?

Space Mysteries: If you travel through a black hole, where do you go? So there you are, about to leap into a black hole. What could possibly await should — against all odds — you somehow survive? Where would you end up and what tantalizing tales would you be able to regale if you managed to
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U.S. Navy’s New Unmanned Refueling Drone Takes Flight

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray refueling drone, destined to be the first carrier-launched autonomous unmanned aircraft integrated into the service’s strike arm, took its first test flight from MidAmerica Airport in Illinois, Boeing announced Thursday. The two-hour flight, remotely controlled by Boeing pilots, tested the basic flight functions of the aircraft, a Boeing statement said.
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How to Feed a Mars Colony of 1 Million People

What might it take to feed a million people on Mars? Lab-grown meat, tunnel-grown crops and cricket farms, a new study finds. When it comes to plans for crewed missions to Mars, NASA typically assumes round trips with only brief stopovers on the Red Planet. However, commercial space companies have emerged with the goal of
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