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futureBlue Origins Bezos predicts trillions of humans in the solar system

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Blue Origin founder and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos predicts there will be 1 trillion humans in the solar system one day Blue Origin rocket company plans to help get us there. Bezos will spend a little more than $1 billion …

blue originBlue Origin and BE4 get $1 billion Air Force boost

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The Air Force’s recent funding should see close to $1 billion go towards Blue Origin and its BE4 engine. The BE4 engine is used in Blue Origin rocket and the ULA Vulcan rocket. $500 million in OTA funds will go …

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 …

militarySpacex rocket competitors get some US Air force help

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The US Air Force gave out contracts for rockets Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems and United Launch Alliance to develop launch system prototypes. Each company will receive an initial award of $181 million, $109 million of which are identified …

economic impactUnderstanding SpaceX reusability

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SpaceX has had 62 successful launches and landed 28 times and reused boosters 15 times. They have had 34 successful launches in 2017 and so far in 2018. The new block 5 Falcon 9’s are coming back in good shape …

nuclearNuclear thermal space propulsion update

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BWXT provided progress updates and technology demonstrations related to BWXT’s nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) program. Jim Reuter, NASA’s acting associate administrator of STMD, toured BWXT’s Advanced Technology Lab in Lynchburg, Virginia to learn more about BWXT’s progress on the program …

astronomyAustralia Square Kilometer Array doubles known fast radio bursts

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Australian researchers using a CSIRO radio telescope in Western Australia have nearly doubled the known number of ‘fast radio bursts’— powerful flashes of radio waves from deep space. The team’s discoveries include the closest and brightest fast radio bursts ever …

launchSpaceX BFR will beat SLS rocket to orbit so cancel SLS now

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If SpaceX hits its timeline for SpaceX BFR development with sub-orbital hops in late 2019 and orbital flights in 2020 they will beat the Boeing Space Launch System (SLS) into space. The SpaceX BFR will be completely reusable and will …

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 …

futureVirgin Galactic will be in space for test flights in weeks

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Virgin Galactic next phase of test flights will see its spaceship burn its rockets longer and go faster with the goal of reaching space. A ticket on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two does not come cheap. Currently, the fare price stands …