Space Archive

astronomyJupiter has ten more moons bringing the total to 79

10 new small moons have been found around Jupiter, bringing its total to 79. One of the finds is an oddball that moves in the opposite direction from its neighbors. The newfound moons are small, between about 1 and 3 …

spaceSpaceX on track for BFR tests in first half of 2019

SpaceX appears to be on track to begin testing the SpaceX BFR and BFS starting in the first half of 2019. SpaceX has installed a large rocket fuel tank at its Boca Chica, Texas launch facility. Elon Musk has said …

scienceCarnival of Space 569

The Carnival of Space 569 is up at Urban Astronomer. Planetaria – Enceladus’ water plumes contain life clues New analysis shows that the plumes also contain much more complex organics. This doesn’t mean evidence of life itself – yet – …

3dLockheed 3D printing titanium space parts using garage sized printer

Lockheed is 3D printing titanum fuel tank for Lockheed Martin’s largest satellites. Using this manufacturing method, tank delivery time went down from two years to three months (nine times faster) and they are no longer wasting 80% of the materials. …

shipSee the new Giant SpaceX net for catching rocket nose cone shells

SpaceX has improved the boat that will catch Falcon rocket nose cone shell. SpaceX made the catching net four times larger. The nose cone shells are called payload fairings. Once outside the atmosphere the fairing is jettisoned which exposes the …

israelSpaceIL plans to land hopping robot on the moon by end of 2018

Isreali startup SpaceIl plans to launch a lunar lander and robotic rover to the moon in December, 2018. SpaceIL had been competing in the Lunar Xprize contest. The Lunar XPrize had a few deadline extensions but was finished with no …

futureUS government should dump SLS and make Turbo rocket instead

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) project will cost about $40 billion from now to 2030 and will produce a chemical rocket about 1000 times more expensive to launch than a SpaceX BFR. SLS will start inferior to the SpaceX Falcon …

elon muskElon Musk shows emails that Thai Rescue team wanted the mini-sub option

Elon tweeted out evidence that the dive rescue team co-leader did want the mini-sub option. BBC News previously indicated that the rescue chief indicated that the SpaceX rescue mini-sub was not practical. Elon Musk indicated that person was a former …

spaceSpaceX working on SpaceX BFR factory and faring catcher

The SpaceX BFR factory is expected to take 12-18 months for Phase 1 and another 12 or so months for Phase 2. Pictures indicate the work to prepare the site of the SpaceX BFR factory is ramping up SpaceX continues …

futureTurbo Rocket Economics are $85/kg to LEO or $715/kg to Luna

Formal presentation of latest Turbo Rocket developments at 2018 AIAA Energy and Propulsion Conference. The Turbo rocket is the only rocket with the delta-V to get back to earth from the moon. A SpaceX BFR needs 5 refueling missions to …