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governmentOver $30 Billion and 33 Years to Turn Space Shuttle Components into a Super Heavy Lift Rocket

In August, 2019, SLS (Space Launch System) managers for Boeing and Northrop Grumman gave that timeline at an aerospace industry forum. Boeing is in charge of assembling the rocket’s core stage, and Northrop Grumman is building the big solid-rocket boosters …

astronomy2014 Moon Colonization Meeting that Led to Open Lunar Foundation

In 2014 there was a weekend retreat to explore the possibility of a moon base at a price 10-100x lower than commonly believed. The $5 billion or less resulting price was so low that it begs the question: could a …

astronomyCarnival of Space 626

This is the Carnival of Space 626. Here is an archive of all of the past weekly Carnivals of Space. This where space-related blog joined together for weekly summaries of articles from all of the space blogs. Just email an …

nasaNASA Assessment Reveals SpaceX Super Heavy Starship Details

There is a 250 page draft from NASA with an environmental assessment of the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship that reveals new information about SpaceX technology. Plan for 24 Launches Per Year The SpaceX goal is to eventually launch Starship/Super Heavy …

futureUnited Launch Chose SLS Pork Over Real Technological Progress

United Launch Alliance made short-sighted decisions to keep taking Space Launch System (SLS) Pork over making real technological progress. The SLS is a Shuttle-Derived Launch Vehicle. The shuttle was politically compromised 1970s technology that flew from 1981 to 2010. NASA …

nasaNASA Will Have 8 Minute Hold Down Test in 2020

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced July 25 the agency will conduct a “Green Run” core stage test for the Space Launch System rocket ahead of the upcoming Artemis 1 lunar mission. Perhaps in November, 2019, NASA and ULA could start …

astronomySuper-thin X-ray Mirrors Will Make X-Ray Space Telescope 100 Times Better

Super-thin, lightweight X-ray mirrors made of silicon can make next-generation X-ray space telescopes. Above – Goddard scientist Will Zhang holds mirror segments made of silicon. These X-ray optics have been baselined for the proposed Lynx X-ray Observatory. Credits: Chris Gunn/NASA …

moonNASA Announces 19 Partnerships For Moon and Mars Enabling Technology

NASA has 19 new technology research projects for technology to enable Moon to Mars exploration. SpaceX will work with NASA for a moon landing project (landing the Starship on the moon) and for in-space refueling. Advanced Communications, Navigation and Avionics …