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elon muskSpaceX Starship Rate of Progress Four Times Faster than the Reusable Falcon 9

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If Elon Musk and SpaceX hit the targets for the Starhopper and the SpaceX Starship then SpaceX will have accelerated rocket development by about four times. This would be accelerating the rate of technological progress to ten to twenty times …

nasaElon Musk and NASA Chat As SpaceX is on the Cusp of Manned Missions

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There was a video where Elon Musk chat about the history of Elon Musk and SpaceX that has led to the SpaceX Crew Dragon. They also talk to the astronaut crews who will fly on the SpaceX Crew Dragon. This …

energyPlanet Labs Gets $168 Million in Funding and Launching More Satellites

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Planet Labs received $168 million in funding and some of the funding will be to launch many more satellites. On April 1, 2019 they will launch 20 next-generation Dove satellites – Flock 4a – are scheduled to launch on ISRO’s …

spaceSpaceX Test Firing Integrated Raptor Engine Today or Tomorrow

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SpaceX will begin test firing the Starhopper. The Starhopper will be tethered and the hops will not be visible from offsite. This will likely be only a few feet or less of lift in the initial tests. The first integrated …

energyLatest Space Based Solar Power Concepts and Experiments at Caltech

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Caltech and Northrop Grumman are continuing to make research progress towards space-based solar power. In 2018, the aerial density of the 1-meter solar tiles in 600 grams. This is an improvement from 1500 grams per square meters in 2017. They …

materialsSpaceX is Already Building the Orbital Starship

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SpaceX will not build a new nosecone for the Starhopper. Elon Musk tweeted that the new nosecone is being built for the orbital Starship. Elon has previously indicated that the orbital version of the Starship would be completed in June …

enginesRaptor Engine at SpaceX Starhopper Launchpad

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SpaceX is installing the first Raptor engine into the Starhopper. There is video and pictures of the Raptor engine beside the Starhopper. Vivian Okoy shared a tweet with a picture of the Raptor engine. The Raptor engine has nearly twice …

moonSLS Losing EM-1 and Europa Clipper Mission With More Delays

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has testified at a hearing that the Space Launch System will likely not be ready for a June 2020 launch of the Exploration Mission-1. The Orion capsule is ready and could be launched on commercial launchers. …

quantum computersQuantum Technology Overview

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John Preskill, Director of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, California Institute of Technology, presented an overview of quantum technology at the 2018 Q2B Conference. He indicates that NISQ (Noisy Qubit) systems with 50-100 qubits will be commercially available …

astronomyCarnival of Space 602

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1. Universe Today – Hayabusa2 Left a Dark Spot Where it Touched Down on Ryugu. Engineers Aren’t Sure Why An image taken a minute after the spacecraft had reached an altitude of 25 km (15.5 mi) – the mission team …