Researchers have recently conducted a successful stratospheric test of their wafercraft. If all goes well, the spacecraft will be able to reach relativistic speeds and make it to the nearest star system within our lifetimes.
Indeed, the Demo-1 mission went exactly as planned, signifying an important milestone for the U.S. as it strives to regain its ability to independently send astronauts into space.
NASA and SpaceX announced that they are ready to conduct the first orbital launch of Crew Dragon as early as March 2nd, a demonstration that will directly precede the first crewed launch on a US rocket in more eight years.
With Thursday's launch, SpaceX has now flown 18 mission this year, tying its record set in 2017. The company could fly as many as four more rockets this year.
A mission to deflect asteroids that might threaten Earth has begun its final assembly phase, according to a news release. NASA is testing a technique meant to protect the planet from an impending asteroid strike.
Boeing will target the end of this year (or early 2019) for an uncrewed orbital flight test of its Starliner vehicle.
Though just a test, it’s an important milestone for the Richard Branson-led company, which aims to eventually offer suborbital flights to space tourists.
The novel European Space Agency technology would scoop up atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen during near-Earth orbits and turn it into fuel.
China plans to create new classes of heavy rockets in future, these include the Long March 9 rocket, a three-stage, super-heavy rocket that would allow for crewed missions to the Moon.
According to a recent interview Musk made at the 2018 SXSW conference, the Big Falcon Rocket will be ready to conduct test launches in the next two years.
It’s called the Dream Chaser, a reusable spaceplane that will one day transport cargo and crews to the International Space Station.
This is the first of two launches for this week, the first being a ten satellite payload for the new Iridium NEXT constellation and the second is for the SES-11/EchoStar 105 satellite.
The Falcon Heavy—which it’s touting as “the world’s most powerful rocket”—will be able to lift over 54 metric tons into orbit. It has three first-stage boosters that will be entirely reusable.