space

energyPowering Communication for an Interstellar Probe

There was a November 2019, NASA Workshop on Interstellar Propulsion. It was part of the 2019 Interstellar Symposium. The workshop focused on physics-based propulsion technologies that have the potential to meet the goal of launching an interstellar probe within the …

spaceSpace Tourism Company Virgin Galactic Has $6.5 Billion Valuation

Virgin Galactic (ticker symbol SPCE) has tripled in value over the last seven weeks to about $6.5 billion. Virgin Galactic will fly tourists past the 60-mile height which counts as flying into space. Virgin Galactic charges $250,000 for each passenger …

futureSpaceX Completing a Tall Building for Stacking

Elon Musk tweets out Starship nosecone production and a high bay building where Starship parts will be stacked. There seem to be about multiple Starship nosecones being built at the same time. Rocket nosecone production in Texas pic.twitter.com/KLWewja9Gn — Elon …

astronomyCarnival of Space 651 – Gravity Waves Could Solve Antimatter Puzzle

The Carnival of Space 651 is up at Urban Astronomer. Universe Today – Did Neutrinos Stop The Early Universe From Annihilating Itself? Soon after matter and antimatter appeared in the cosmos, the universe underwent a phase change where more antimatter …

nasaSpaceX Will Fly Four Tourists to Orbit in 2021-2022 on NASA Approved Crew Dragon

Space Adventures, Inc. and SpaceX will fly private citizens on the first Crew Dragon free-flyer mission. This mission will be the first orbital space tourism experience provided entirely with American technology. Private citizens will fly aboard SpaceX’s fully autonomous Crew …

elon muskSpaceX Plans Starship Gigafactories to Introduce the Hypersonic Age

SpaceX is planning Starship and Raptor engine gigafactories. In 2021, Elon Musk plans to scale the workforce at Boca Chica to 3,000 employees to eventually manufacture two SpaceX starships every week. There are currently 300 employees. This manufacturing rate will …

blue originBlue Origin Plans to Get Into the Orbital Launch Game in 2021

The Blue Origin New Glenn Rocket will be a Falcon Heavy class vehicle with a reusable first stage. There are six New Glenn launches scheduled for 2021. In October 2018, the Air Force announced Blue Origin was awarded $500 million …

futureSpaceX in 2021 Will Have 3,000 Employees Mass-Producing Two Starships Per Week

Felix Schlang at What about It? has covered key news from Elon Musk’s Starship conversation with Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society. Elon Musk says currently there are 300 employees working on Starships in Boca Chica. Elon said by …

satellitesSpaceX Has Another Successful Starlink Launch

SpaceX had another successful Starlink satellite launch but they failed to recover the booster. This is the fourth batch of 60 production satellites. There are also about 50 prototype satellites. So that's the end of booster B1056 – it might …

elon muskSpaceX Super Heavy Starship Construction and Weight

Felix Schlang did some calculations of the weight of the ring segments with the Serial number one starship which is using 4 millimeter thick steel. These segments weigh 1622 kilograms. They are less than one-third of the thickness of steel …