launch Archive

futureMany startups that hope to become the next SpaceX

Robert Zubrin believes that by 2023, there will be at least six other private space launch companies that will join SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and Stratolaunch in commercial space launch. Robert Zubrin runs the Mars Society and he gets …

launchSpaceX block 5 rocket will be launched for a third time later in 2018

The SpaceX Falcon 9 block 5 has been recovered from its first relaunch. The rocket stage looks in good condition and will be launched for the third time later in 2018. Reusing a booster two times will be a first …

launchNASA funding cryogenic rockets for Blue Origin and ULA which could help with advanced lunar lander in 2023

NASA has provided $44 million to boost promising space technologies from the lab demonstration stages to being usable for space missions. The technologies must be at least technology readiness level 4. Blue Origin wants to put a “Blue Moon” lander …

launchRussia will spend $24 billion to develop a large rocket by 2028

Russia will spend $24 billion to develop a super-heavy carrier rocket is intended to deliver over 70 tonnes of cargo into low near-Earth orbit. This would be a bit over the payload capacity of the SpaceX Heavy. The construction of …

launchNASA Astronauts will wear the lighter SpaceX and Boeing launch spacesuits in 2019

When NASA announced the astronaut crews for the first SpaceX and Boeing crewed launches in 2019, they showed them with the new SpaceX and Boeing spacesuits. This seems to confirm that the new lighter spacesuits will be used when the …

launchBlue Origin staffing up and pushing for 2020 New Glenn launch

Jeff Bezos is increasing the staff of his rocket company Blue Origin to 3000 people over the next two or three years. Blue Origin currently has 1500 people. SpaceX has 6000 people. Blue Origin has not yet reached orbit with …

futureNine Astronauts for the SpaceX and Boeing crewed missions

NASA announced four astronauts who fly aboard the SpaceX crewed dragon. The astronauts for SpaceX mission are Bob Behnken, Col. Doug Hurley, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins. The crewed dragon will likely fly in 2019. Nine U.S. astronauts, eight NASA …

futureSpinlaunch has $40 million to fund development to first centrifuge space launch by 2022

SpinLaunch Inc. has closed a $35 million Series A funding round with a powerhouse syndicate of investors. Investors include Airbus Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Kleiner Perkins. This syndicate joins institutional investors including Lauder Partners, ATW Partners, Bolt, and …

elon muskSpaceX will try to use NASA inflatable aeroshell decelerator to enable second stage reuse

NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator, or LOFTID, is demonstrating technology for atmospheric entry. LOFTID acts as a giant brake by deploying a large inflatable aeroshell (a deployable structure protected by a flexible heatshield) before entering the …

elon muskSpaceX tries to lower cost and improve the performance of internet satellites by ten times

SpaceX is going all-in on building in-house its own satellite constellation. They are even building their own ground terminals and gateways. SpaceX is hiring ground station and user terminal engineers. SpaceX has a goal of medium to high volume in-house …