Dear Astronomer – SpaceX made history by being the first private company to launch a mission to the International Space Station. The historic launch was SpaceX’s second demonstration test flight for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program.
Spacex Launch for its Space station mission
Centauri Dreams – A ‘beamed core’ antimatter rocket is the ultimate in starship concepts, but even if we could produce the antimatter to run it, do we know how to make the engine work? Centauri Dreams looks at new work on the critical magnetic nozzles that might one day become necessary.
Antimatter beam core rocket
Nextbigfuture- NASA has completed wind tunnel testing for Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorn, Calif., to provide Falcon 9 first stage re-entry data for the company’s advanced reusable launch vehicle system. If Spacex gets a reusable (with insignificant maintenance) first stage they could lower the costs of their launches by about half. If they get all stages reusable with very low maintenance costs they could lower costs by one hundred times.
Netbigfuture – A Symposium on telerobotics indicates how real time remote operation would enable a manned orbiting mission of Mars to do the work of three manned missions to the surface of Mars and an manned orbiting mission of Venus to enable a mission to the surface of Venus that would not be possible for a manned mission,