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nasaSpaceX Falcon 9 block 5 certified for most important NASA missions

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is qualified to launch NASA’s most expensive and highest-priority science missions. NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has certified the two-stage Falcon 9 as a Category 3 rocket. Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket’s newest iteration that …

futureGoogle and NASA run classical supercomputer versus quantum chip races

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Google and NASA have an agreement to compare Google 72-qubit quantum Bristlecone chip and possibly near-term follow-up quantum chips against regular supercomputers. Alibaba had a recent paper which indicates quantum simulations on classical computers can be more competitive against quantum …

nasaPlan to find and explore Ocean Worlds and search for life

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The NASA Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds (ROW) group has a plan for exploring the ocean worlds in our solar system. Here is a summary of their plan for the exploration of ocean worlds like Europa …

moonHow to Fix the US moon program

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The Trump administration has said America should return to the Moon and build permanent bases. Robert Zubrin points out (in an article at New Atlantis) that this stated goal has not received any meaningful funding. The New Atlantis article by …

nasaSpaceX Falcon Heavy and NASA crewed launches will fund BFR development

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If SpaceX gets lucky the BFR development costs could come in at the $2 billion low-end estimate. Elon Musk had estimated that it would cost $2 billion to 10 billion to develop. A few more critical successes over the next …

carbon nanotubesNASA funds improvement of Miralon to double CNT composite strength

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NASA awarded a potential $8.1 million dollar contract to Nanocomp Technologies, now part of Huntsman, for the “continued improvement of manufacturing high-strength CNT yarn/tape for use in developing CNT composites with strength properties at least double that of carbon fiber …

moonWill NASA funding help struggling lunar lander companies get to the moon?

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NASA is asking for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads to be placed onto commercial lunar landers. NASA is also supporting commercially developed small lunar landers. NASA will pick 8 to 12 experiments in 2019 for launch no earlier than …

colonizationNASA’s blimp and cloud city plan for Venus exploration and colonization

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Where in the solar system do we have Earth-like gravity, atmospheric pressure, density and radiation protection? The place that is most like the Earth is Venus 50,000 meters. This means that we can blimps and build cloud cities for colonization …

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 …

futureSLS rocket will waste billions more which would be better going to SpaceX

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As of August 2018, Boeing has spent $11.9 billion working on the Space Launch System. (SLS) Boeing will spend at least $8.9 billion through 2021—double the amount initially planned—while delivery of the first Core Stage has slipped 2 ½ years …