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nasaSpaceX Crew Dragon Escape Demonstration Was Successful

SpaceX tested the escape of the crew dragon. They also purposely blew up the Falcon 9. Retrothrusters were used to re-orient the capsule. Four parachutes deployed and the capsule had a successful splashdown. Brian Wang Brian Wang is a prolific business-oriented …

nasaMulti-Kilometer Space Telescopes and Megameter Arrays

Rigidized polymers appear to be a feasible technology to create space telescopes larger than kilometer sizes. It should be possible to make 50 meter space telescope elements in 1000 kilometer baseline space telescope arrays. The Event Horizon Telescope at 1.3 …

nasaNASA Parker Probe Finds Solar Wind Spikes to Double Speed

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has uncovered the processes that drive the solar wind – the constant outflow of hot, ionized gas that streams outward from the Sun and fills up the solar system – and how the solar wind couples …

fusionNear Term Laser Space Propulsion to Move Twenty Times Faster in the Solar System

This is an update of the system under development by John Brophy and his team and it will use a kilometer-scale, multi-hundred-megawatt phased-array laser to beam power to a vehicle that converts it to electrical power for a multi-megawatt electric …

nasaPulsed Fission Fusion Propulsion for Faster Manned Travel Through the Solar System

Robert Adams updated the work on a phase 2 Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion Concept. Robert works at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. This system should be able to achieve 15 kW/kg and 30,000 seconds of ISP. This will be …

boeingNASA Overpaid Boeing Again and Did Not Let SpaceX Offer a Lower Cost Solution

Office of Inspector General audit of NASA reports that SpaceX was not given an opportunity to bid on the crew transportation gap. The Office of Inspector General determined that NASA did not need to pay Boeing. The contracts already require …

astronomyCarnival of Space 637 – Smallest Confirmed Dwarf Planet Might Mean Over 100 in Our Solar System

The Carnival of Space 637 is up at Universe Today. Universe Today – Asteroid Hygiea is Round Enough That it Could Qualify as a Dwarf Planet, the Smallest in the Solar System. Within the Main Asteroid Belt, there are a …

nasaUS Budget Office Asks to Let NASA Save $1.5 Billion Each Launch Without SLS

The US Budget Office admits that the Space Launch System which took expensive Space Shuttle technology and tried to make an Apollo-like rocket. They were surprised that it has take over 31 years and counting to get flying. The budget …

futureSpaceX and Boeing Could be Ready to Fly Astronauts in the First Quarter of 2020

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said SpaceX and Boeing are currently on track to be ready in the first quarter of 2020 to fly U.S. astronauts. If SpaceX and Boeing In-Flight Abort and Orbital Flight Test are good then NASA will …