Varda Zero G Factories

Varda Space Industries is building the first commercial zero-gravity industrial park at scale. They plan to make large amounts of better drugs, semiconductors, fiber optic cable and other products in near zero-g. Varda has received $53M in venture funding from investors including Khosla Ventures, Lux Capital, Founders Fund, Caffeinated Capital, General Catalyst and Also Capital. …

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Astra Loses an Engine But Still Flies

Astra had an attempted orbital rocket launch but they immediately lost an engine and flew sideways. The four engines only had enough thrust to hover but after they burned enough fuel they started climbing. They reached 47 kilometer altitude. They had 1.25 thrust to weight ratio but losing an engine immediately gave it 1.0 thrust …

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Race to Kilometer Scale Space Construction

China’s Natural Science Foundation of China has outlined a five-year $2.3 million project to study building over kilometer size objects in orbit. Kilometer-scale, ultra-large spacecraft are major strategic aerospace equipment for the future use of space resources and colonization. They will study minimizing the weight of the spacecraft and space structures to reduce the number …

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Alien Microbe Life on Numerous Super Earth Exoplanets Should Be Observed By 2025

Ocean covered exoplanets that are up to 2.6 times bigger than Earth should have microbial life which the James Webb Space Telescope should detect. The James Webb should launch this year. Planets of this size dominate the known exoplanet population, although they have not been studied in nearly as much detail as super-Earths. Hycean worlds …

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Rocket Labs, Berkeley and NASA Mars ESCAPADE Mission in 2024

Rocket Labs will launch a NASA mission to Mars. The Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission will orbit two Rocket Lab-built Photon spacecraft around Mars to understand the structure, composition, variability, and dynamics of Mars’ unique hybrid magnetosphere. The mission will also support crewed exploration programs like Artemis through improved solar storm …

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Next SpaceX Starlink Satellites Will Have Communication Lasers

SpaceX is adding laser crosslinks to Starlink satellites. These links allow satellites to transfer information to one another and communicate in other ways as well. SpaceX will use lasers to communicate between satellites in space and reduce the use of ground stations. This will allow satellite internet coverage to reach areas where ground stations cannot …

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Caltech and China Racing to Space Based Solar Power

Caltech has disclosed that in 2013, Donald Bren, chairman of Irvine Company and a lifetime member of the Caltech Board of Trustees, donated over $100 million to form the Space-based Solar Power Project (SSPP). Space-based solar power will generate solar power in space and beaming it back to Earth. Donald Bren made his fortune with …

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Foundation Series Looks Good

Isaac Asimov’s classic science fiction series Foundation will debut globally September 24, 2021, exclusively on Apple TV+. Hari Seldon is the hero of the series. Hari is played by Jared Harris. Harris played Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes movies and was in the Expanse for half a season. He is the son of Richard Harris. …

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Momentus Public on Nasdaq and Targets Late 2022 For First Microwave Electrothermal Thruster Mission

Momentus has built two Vigoride vehicles, which have completed flight qualification where the satellite is tested under the conditions it will experience during launch and while in space. The first Vigoride vehicle was built was ready to fly with customer payloads onboard earlier in 2021. It was integrated onto a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in …

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