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asteroidsSpaceX Falcon Heavy will let us reach 15 times more asteroids than current rockets

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Martin Elvis at Harvard University describes how the SpaceX Heavy allows us to reach over 40% of the asteroids where before we could reach 3%. This is because the SpaceX Heavy allows higher speeds (delta-V aka change in velocity) to …

MarsNASA has small $18.8 million nuclear thermal rocket research project

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Last year, NASA partnered with BWXT Nuclear Energy Inc. for an $18.8 million contract to design a reactor and develop fuel for use in a nuclear-thermal propulsion engine for deep-space travel. “Significant advances in material research and technology development have …

elon muskSpaceX making third drone landing ship to support future launches

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SpaceX is making a third drone-ship for rocket landings. This will help ensure a landing vessel is always available to SpaceX for Florida missions. It can take up to a week to deploy the drone-ship, recover the rocket and return …

elon muskWithin 24 months SpaceX could begin providing gigabit internet to the USA

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX won an endorsement on Wednesday from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to build a broadband network using satellites. SpaceX told the FCC in a Feb. 1 letter that it plans to launch a pair of …

colonizationFifty SpaceX Falcon BFR could technically enable sustainable orbital colonies for 2 million people by 2040

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In the 1970s, Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill led two Stanford/NASA Ames Research Center summer studies that supported the feasibility of kilometer-scale orbital cities. These studies assumed that the NASA space shuttle would operate as expected, a flight every week or …

colonizationHeating and ventilating a 10,000 person space station

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The National Space Society has a 33-page analysis of heat and energy transport and management for an outline but realistic habitat design. This allows a more detailed analysis than was possible in most theoretical precursor studies and enables comparison and …

elon muskSpaceX Falcon Heavy costs between $90 and 150 million and Delta IV Heavy around $350-400 million

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In a tweet, Elon Musk indicated that a fully expendable Falcon Heavy, which far exceeds the performance of a Delta IV Heavy, costs $150 million, compared to over $400M for Delta IV Heavy. The performance numbers in this database are …

elon muskFirst two test SpaceX high speed Internet delivery satellites to launch this week

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SpaceX will launch the two test satellites for their Skylink global 4400+ satellite internet constellation this week. Microsat 2a and 2b, are secondary payloads on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, due for launch on …

elon muskIf there was the demand SpaceX has factory capacity for 100+ Falcon Heavy launches in 2019 and beyond

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SpaceX has the factory production capability to provide over 100 Falcon 9 and 100 Falcon heavy launches in 2019 and 2020. SpaceX is producing about 5 engines per week and has the factory capacity of 400 engines per year or …

astronomyCarnival of Space 548

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1. Universe Today – 12,800 Years Ago, Earth Was Struck by a Disintegrating Comet, Setting Off Global Firestorms 2. A new study from the University of Kansas indicates a comet struck our planet and triggered massive wildfires. This impact also …