Space Archive

futureFirst US hypersonic weapon will be based on old Sandia work

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Sandia National labs developed the hypersonic prototype – “Sandia Winged Energetic Reentry Vehicle Experiment” from 1979 – 1985. This cone-shaped system will be the basis for a $13 million project led by the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Massachusetts. Sandia …

blue originBlue Origin and BE4 get $1 billion Air Force boost

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The Air Force’s recent funding should see close to $1 billion go towards Blue Origin and its BE4 engine. The BE4 engine is used in Blue Origin rocket and the ULA Vulcan rocket. $500 million in OTA funds will go …

nasaSoyuz rocket failed and two man crew bailed out safely

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A Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned two minutes after liftoff Thursday on a mission to the International Space Station. The two-member crew — an American and a Russian parachute landed in their capsule, 200 miles from the launch site in the …

militarySpacex rocket competitors get some US Air force help

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The US Air Force gave out contracts for rockets Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems and United Launch Alliance to develop launch system prototypes. Each company will receive an initial award of $181 million, $109 million of which are identified …

economic impactUnderstanding SpaceX reusability

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SpaceX has had 62 successful launches and landed 28 times and reused boosters 15 times. They have had 34 successful launches in 2017 and so far in 2018. The new block 5 Falcon 9’s are coming back in good shape …

physicsOptical gyroscopes the size of a grain of rice and with higher precision

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Engineers have designed the world’s smallest version of an optical gyroscope, a device that relies on light rather than moving parts, in a feat that could lead to models with much higher precision than comparable mechanical devices. It is 500 …

batteriesMainstream talk about Tesla Effect and 20 years to end age of oil

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Paul Sankey of Mizuho Securities discussed the Tesla effect which is the concept that the 20th century was centered on oil and the 21st century will be centered on electricity, and what it is doing on oil stocks. Sankey says …

nuclearNuclear thermal space propulsion update

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BWXT provided progress updates and technology demonstrations related to BWXT’s nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) program. Jim Reuter, NASA’s acting associate administrator of STMD, toured BWXT’s Advanced Technology Lab in Lynchburg, Virginia to learn more about BWXT’s progress on the program …

astronomyAustralia Square Kilometer Array doubles known fast radio bursts

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Australian researchers using a CSIRO radio telescope in Western Australia have nearly doubled the known number of ‘fast radio bursts’— powerful flashes of radio waves from deep space. The team’s discoveries include the closest and brightest fast radio bursts ever …

launchSpaceX BFR will beat SLS rocket to orbit so cancel SLS now

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If SpaceX hits its timeline for SpaceX BFR development with sub-orbital hops in late 2019 and orbital flights in 2020 they will beat the Boeing Space Launch System (SLS) into space. The SpaceX BFR will be completely reusable and will …