NASA Is Funding A New Space Plane To Take Cargo To The ISS

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Almost five years after the iconic Space Shuttle was retired, NASA has announced it is funding a new space plane that is sure to evoke nostalgic thoughts of its predecessor.

The Sierra Nevada Corporations (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft is one of three unmanned vehicles developed by private companies that NASA has awarded cargo contracts to resupply the International Space Station from 2019 to 2024, as part of the CRS-2 (Commercial Resupply Services Continue reading NASA Is Funding A New Space Plane To Take Cargo To The ISS

Boeing Delays Launch Of Its New Manned Spacecraft To 2018

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Well have to put the new era of spaceflight on hold for just a little bit, because one of the two companies NASA was relying on to start flying astronauts from American soil next year has delayed its first flight to 2018.

Boeing, together with SpaceX, is being heavily funded by NASA (to the tune of $4.2 billion) to begin launching astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), a capability the U.S. has been without since the Space Shuttle was retired in July 2011. This has left them relying on Russian transportation, the Soyuz spacecraft, s Continue reading Boeing Delays Launch Of Its New Manned Spacecraft To 2018

SpaceX Will Try To Land A Rocket On A Floating Barge Again

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OnDecember 22, 2015, Elon Musk’s SpaceX made history by becoming the first company to land part of an orbital-capable rocket back on the ground. Now, they want to improve on that capability by landing the first stage of one of their Falcon 9 rockets on a floating barge.

This will not be the first time they have attempted this feat. Two previous attempts at landing on a barge have failed, with <a href="http://www.if Continue reading SpaceX Will Try To Land A Rocket On A Floating Barge Again

SpaceX Debris Found On British Coast Finally Identified

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A piece of rocket debris has been found washed up on the Isles of Scilly, just off the southwest tip of Britain. Until recently, space geeks and authorities were struggling to identify the part. However, the Internet sleuths over at Reddit seem to have come to a solid conclusion.

The space debris appears to have provokedconfusion since the moment it was spotted. Joseph Thomas discovered it off the north part of the island on November 26. He initially thought the piece of debris, Continue reading SpaceX Debris Found On British Coast Finally Identified

SpaceX Rocket Smashes Into Ship During Failed Return Experiment

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Early on Saturday morning, the ambitious private space transportation company SpaceX attempted an audacious experiment that had never been tried previously: landing a portion of a rocket safely back on Earth so that it can be re-used. While part of the mission was a success, unfortunately the rocket slammed a tad too hard onto its landing pad and was smashed into bits.

“Close, but no cigar,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted. “Bodes well for the future tho’.”

Lift-off of the Falcon 9 rocket successfully took place from Cape Canaversal, Florida, at 04:47 on Sat Continue reading SpaceX Rocket Smashes Into Ship During Failed Return Experiment

Elon Musk Says He Will Reveal How He Plans To Get To Mars This Year

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made no secret of his desire to get humans to Mars. He has hinted at doing so with something called the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) in the past. But despite previously saying he would reveal what this is in 2015, nothing materialized.

At the StartmeupHK Festival in Hong Kong this week, though, Musk had some encouraging words for would-be Martians. He said that in September of this year, he would reveal details about a new rocket and spacecraft beyond the current Falcon and Dragon series, which may be used for M Continue reading Elon Musk Says He Will Reveal How He Plans To Get To Mars This Year