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spaceSpaceX will develop vacuum version of Raptor for version 2 of BFS

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SpaceX changed the engines for the SpaceX BFS. They are all using non-vacuum engine nozzles. This reduces the amount of payload that will be taken to space in the first version. It seems to reduce it from 150 tons to …

chinaLong March 9 will take 140 tons to low-earth orbit starting 2028

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China plans to launch the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-9 in 2028, said an official of China National Space Administration (CNSA) at the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 on Tuesday. Li Guoping, director of the Department of System Engineering …

internetSoftware defined radios are key to satellite direct to future smartphone communication

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Nextbigfuture was able to ask Rob Hoyt of Tethers Unlimited how he will be able to use 27 large high low-earth orbit satellites to provide high-speed internet directly to smartphones. The GlobalFi approach will be to put all of the …

internetHigh bandwidth mobile satellite internet for ships, trains, cars now

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Kymeta is delivering the only commercially-available, flat-panel, electronically-steered satellite terminal. The technology is lighter weight and uses far less power than other technological alternatives. The Terminals can weigh 21 kilograms which is about one-third of the weight of alternatives. In …

darpaDARPA funds developing Quantized Inertia into breakthrough space propulsion

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DARPA is giving $1.3 million for a four-year study of quantized inertia (QI) for possible breakthrough space propulsion. The QI theory predicts that objects can be pushed by differences in the intensity of so-called Unruh radiation in space, similar to …

astronomyCarnival of Space 579

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The Carnival of Space 579 is up at Cosmoquest. Universe Today – Cassini Data Has Revealed a Towering Hexagonal Storm at Saturn’s Northern Pole Universe Today – Europan Space Whales Anyone? Planets Covered by Deep Oceans Can Still Have Life …

darpaSpaceX would support space weapons race

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SpaceX and other commercial companies have talked about launching thousands of satellites for massive global internet networks. The US military will not be left behind in the shift from a few big satellites to thousands of more effective smaller satellites. …

air forceUS Air Force wants Cold War Scale Forces and Global Arms Race

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The Secretary of the US Air Force presented a plan to grow the Air Force from 312 squadrons today to 386 by 2030. This is 24% larger. The strategy is based on estimates of the expected threat by 2025 to …

futureElon’s vision is regular flights to the moon that regular people could afford

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SpaceX is currently spending 5% of its resources on the BFR development. This will change and increase over time. Dragon 2 is scheduled for an uncrewed launch in December. The crewed flight is targeted for the second quarter of 2019. …

spaceThe First SpaceX BFS to Mars will be named the Heart of Gold

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Elon has favored the design of the BFR to be like the spaceship from TinTin. The first SpaceX BFR to go to Mars will be named the Heart of Gold. This is named after the ship from Hitchhikers Guide to …