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MarsNASA has small $18.8 million nuclear thermal rocket research project

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Last year, NASA partnered with BWXT Nuclear Energy Inc. for an $18.8 million contract to design a reactor and develop fuel for use in a nuclear-thermal propulsion engine for deep-space travel. “Significant advances in material research and technology development have …

asteroidsThird Burn successful going Past Mars to Asteroid Belt

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Elon Musk tweeted that the Third burn successful (for the upper stage of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy). Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. …

elon muskLive video from Starman on its way to Mars

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Upper stage restart nominal, apogee raised to 7000 km. Will spend 5 hours getting zapped in Van Allen belts & then attempt final burn for Mars. Live view of Starman https://t.co/gvSlztlE6l — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018 View from …

launchSpaceX Falcon Heavy could launch in next few hours

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SpaceX will be webcasting the possible test launch of the Falcon Heavy in a 1:30ET to 4:00 PM ET launch window. There is a video animation of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. They added the deployment of the Red Tesla …

launchSpaceX Heavy going into Trans-Mars heliocentric orbit

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If the first test launch is successful it will send the top stage of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy into a Trans-Mars injection heliocentric orbit. It will be orbiting the sun in a way that will repeatedly bring it close to …

launchSpaceX Falcon Heavy test could occur between noon and 6pm EST tomorrow

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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy hold-down firing could at pad 39A could occur between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST (1700-2300 GMT), assuming tomorrow’s countdown and fueling rehearsal goes according to plan according to Space Flight Now. The priority here is …

elon muskSpaceX Falcon Heavy has been delayed until Tuesday

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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy static fire test has slipped to Tuesday with the opening of the window at 4pm (2100 GMT). The three-core rocket was first fueled on Thursday but the ignition of the 27 Merlin first stage engines was …

astronomy100 meter thick ice is under only 1-2 meters of dirt in some parts of Mars

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Researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars’ surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes. Above – A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that …

colonizationSpaceX BFR 150 Top Target should be Moon Colonization

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A guest post by Joseph Friedlander Elon Musk’s new 150 ton payload class rocket, IF usable as described by Brian Wang in various posts here on Next Big Future, https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/10/spacex-bfr-and-developing-the-high-ground-is-the-geopolitical-game-changer.html https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/10/spacex-bfr-to-be-lower-cost-than-falcon-1-at-7-million-per-launch.html https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/10/exponential-industrialization-of-space-is-more-important-than-combat-lasers-and-hypersonic-fighters.html Spacex BFR construction will start in 4 to …

elon muskSpaceX BFR construction will start in 4 to 6 months

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The SpaceX BFR (Big Falcon Rocket or Big Fucking Rocket) has a planned payload of 150,000 kg (330,000 lb) when flying reusable or 250,000 kg (550,000 lb) when flying expendable, making it a super heavy-lift launch vehicle. SpaceX plans to …