Elon Musk’s commercial space company, SpaceX, has just launched a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit carrying a Canadian Space Agency satellite, CASSIOPE. Part of the satellite’s payload is Cascade, a prototype for a super-fast space-borne file-transfer system—a kind of digital courier service. (more…)
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo went supersonic over the Mojave desert during its first powered flight this morning, a major milestone for the company’s plans for commercial suborbital flights. (more…)
China has announced plans for its first manned space docking, and says it will launch the mission as early as this month. (more…)
California’s SpaceX has launched on a mission to re-supply the space station – the first cargo delivery to the orbiting outpost by a private company.
The firm’s Falcon rocket, topped by an unmanned Dragon freight capsule, lifted clear of its Florida pad at 03:44 EDT (07:44 GMT; 08:44 BST). (more…)
There’s gold in them there hills. You know, those ones floating around in space. Asteroids contain many tons of precious metals, making them irresistible to scientists, aerospace engineers, futurists, fiction writers … and tech billionaires. (more…)
Mr. Popovkin’s remarks in the newspaper Izvestia were the first high-level suggestion of nefarious interference. A retired commander of Russia’s missile warning system had speculated in November that strong radar signals from installations in Alaska might have damaged the spacecraft. (more…)
The US classified spaceplane is likely spying on China according to Spaceflight Magazine’s editor Dr. David Baker.
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Russian military space forces informed Russian news agencies on Wednesday, fragments of Russia’s stranded Mars probe Phobos-Grunt could fall to Earth on January 15.
Paul Allen and Burt Rutan reuniting, in a new project called Stratolaunch. Breaking ground soon on the New Hanger in the Mojave Desert that will house the largest aircraft ever flown. The hangers construction will be close to Scaled Composites facility where the team built SpaceShipOne. (more…)