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airplaneLightweight alloy enables folding wings in flight for more fuel efficiency and performance

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NASA has successfully applied a new technology in flight that allows aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent flight series, which took place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, was part …

launchGovernment Shutdown delays SpaceX Falcon Heavy Static Test

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SpaceX will be unable to test fire its three-core Falcon Heavy rocket at Kennedy Space Center due to the government shutdown. “Due to the shutdown removing key members of the civilian workforce, the 45th Space Wing will not be able …

3dRocket Lab successfully reaches orbit and deploys payloads and will charge less than $5 million per launch

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Rocket Lab has successfully reached orbit with the test flight of its second Electron orbital launch vehicle, Still Testing. Electron lifted-off at 14:43 NZDT from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand. Following successful first …

astronomyCarnival of Space 545

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1. Universe Today – James Webb Wraps up 3 Months in the Freezer. It’s Ready for Space The sunshield test unit on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is unfurled for the first time. Credit: NASA 2. Universe Today – Lava …

astronomyCarnival of Space 544

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The Carnival of Space 544 is up at Cosmoquest. Universe Today – In mid-March, the Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Station is Going to Come Crashing Back Down to Earth… Somewhere The station’s mission was originally meant to end in 2013, the …

energyKilopower, Megapower reactors would revolutionize energy safety and space and military applications

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NASA, Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Lab hoste a news conference at noon EST (9 a.m. PST) Thursday, Jan. 18, at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, to present the Kilopower reactors. The Kilopower reactors are tiny …

economic impactNASA ASAP Safety report wants more money, more delays and not boldly going anywhere

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Robert Zimmerman boils the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel to key parts of a one-page summary. NASA’s current bureaucratic framework demands a risk-free space effort, more money and schedule delays. NASA is supposed to be exploring the unknown and cannot …

risksIridium CEO believes Spacex not at fault for loss of secret Zuma satellite

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US taxpayers may end up paying for the missing secret satellite launched by SpaceX that crashed into the ocean earlier this month. it was part of a classified U.S. government mission called Zuma. The CEO of Iridium has tweeted (as …

launchSpaceX now targeting Friday or the weekend for Falcon Heavy static fire test

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SpaceX teams are working towards the eventual launch of the SpaceX three-core Falcon Heavy rocket. It will likely lift off on its demonstration flight early this year. SpaceX has delayed the static fire test of the 230-foot-tall rocket’s 27 Merlin …

economic impactSpaceX crushing ULA in terms of value for US taxpayer dollars

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2002 was the last time the USA led the number of space launches, but following the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster, Russia topped the list every year from 2003 to 2015. In 2016, Russia fell to third place for the …