Tag: Rocket Science and Propulsion

SpaceX to Launch Starlink Internet Satellites Tonight After Postponement

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try again on Thursday evening to launch dozens of satellites at once. Wednesday’s attempt to launch Starlink, the company’s bid to get into the space-based internet business, was postponed because of strong winds high in Earth’s atmosphere. Mr. Musk’s goal is to one day send […]

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SpaceX Delays Launch of Starlink Orbital Internet Satellites

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites, Aiming to Build Orbital Internet

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin’s Vision for Space, and a Moon Lander

WASHINGTON — In a carefully choreographed event akin to an announcement of a new iPhone, Jeffrey P. Bezos unveiled a moon lander. Mr. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, also owns Blue Origin, a rocket company. In a convention center ballroom here, Mr. Bezos described on Thursday a dreamy, ambitious vision of the […]

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Stratolaunch, World’s Largest Airplane by Wingspan, Takes Its First Flight

Its wingspan is longer than a football field. The tail is 50 feet from the ground. It was made by reassembling parts from two used Boeing jetliners. On Saturday, the world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time. The twin-fuselage plane, called the Stratolaunch, flew for about two and a half hours over the […]

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Moon Landing Beckons for Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft

On Thursday, a small Israeli nonprofit, SpaceIL, will attempt to make history and become the first private organization to land a spacecraft on the moon. This is a feat that has only been accomplished by three nations — the United States, the former Soviet Union and China. The SpaceIL lander is named Beresheet, which means […]

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Falcon Heavy, SpaceX’s Giant Rocket, to Launch With Large Satellite

[embedded content] The launch was only a test flight, and the rocket was not carrying anything for a paying customer. Instead, a spacesuit-wearing mannequin, nicknamed Starman, sat in the driver’s seat of a red Tesla Roadster that belonged to Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX. Video broadcast from orbit turned into the […]

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Israel Wants to Land on the Moon. First Its Spacecraft Needs to Stick the Orbit.

Beresheet, the plucky robotic spacecraft built by an Israeli nonprofit, remains on track for landing on the moon next week. On Thursday, after already traveling more than 3.4 million miles, it is to pull off a crucial bit of gymnastics — swinging from a highly elliptical orbit around Earth to one around the moon. “This […]

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American Astronauts to Return to Moon Within 5 Years, Pence Pledges

American astronauts will walk on the moon again in the next five years, “by any means necessary,” Vice President Mike Pence declared on Tuesday at a meeting of the National Space Council. “It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return astronauts to the moon within the next […]

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A NASA Journey to the Moon May Need to Find Another Rocket or Two

Struggling to get its new giant rocket ready in time for a scheduled launch next year, NASA might just leave it on the ground and turn to commercial alternatives. “NASA has a history of not meeting launch dates,” said Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, at a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday, “and I’m trying to change […]

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SpaceX and NASA to Test Launch Crew Dragon, a New Ride to Orbit

The space shuttle Atlantis rolled to a stop on a runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, 2011, its last flight. That ended an era of American spacecraft carrying astronauts to space. “Mission complete, Houston,” said Christopher J. Ferguson, the mission commander. “After serving the world for over 30 years, the […]

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Virgin Galactic Sends a Rocket Plane to Space Again, in Its Highest Flight Yet

After its first spaceflight in December, Virgin Galactic sent the same vessel past the edge of the atmosphere for a second time on Friday. This time, the rocket plane went higher and faster than before — and it had three crew members on board instead of two. The flight marked another step forward in a […]

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How Israel’s Moon Lander Got to the Launchpad

It started in 2010 with a Facebook post. “Who wants to go to the moon?” wrote Yariv Bash, a computer engineer. A couple of friends, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub responded, and the three met at a bar in Holon, a city south of Tel Aviv. At 30, Mr. Bash was the oldest. “As the […]

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Rocket Launches, Trips to the Moon and More Space and Astronomy Events in 2019

Below are some of the launches, space science and other events we anticipate. You’ll find these and others added to your calendar as their dates approach. The moon will get some visitors ImageCreditNASA/JPL The year is set to start with a moon landing by China’s Chang’e-4 mission. The spacecraft launched in December and reached lunar […]

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Virgin Galactic Rocket Ship Reaches Space, a Milestone in Space Tourism

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft flew more than 50 miles above the Mojave Desert in California on Thursday morning, climbing into the edge of space for about a minute, a crucial milestone in the race to make big-business space tourism a reality. The craft, SpaceShipTwo, soared at speeds topping out at 2.9 times the speed of […]

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It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite

Recently, officials in California announced that the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, had been fully contained. The achievement was made possible through the hard work of firefighters on the ground, with some help from above: a swarm of tiny, orbiting satellites that represent the next phase of the space age. The […]

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The Saturday Profile: The Woman Putting Australia Into Space

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is late to the space party. The leader of its new space agency, Megan Clark, said so herself. This continent, at the perfect location in the southern hemisphere to peer into the galaxy, has been one of the last developed countries to get a space agency, and she could not figure […]

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Watch Rocket Lab Try to Launch an Electron Rocket to Orbit From New Zealand

This weekend, a small rocket company will try to launch its first commercial mission. It will not be nearly as big a spectacle as the maiden flight of SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket in February, which propelled Elon Musk’s sports car on a trajectory beyond Mars. But Rocket Lab’s Electron is a harbinger of a […]

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Russia Set to Resume Astronaut Trips to the International Space Station

The Russian space agency announced on Thursday that it was planning to launch three astronauts to the International Space Station on Dec. 3., signaling that it believes the country’s Soyuz spacecraft is safe for travel after an in-flight failure last month. The Soyuz is the only way for people to get to the space station. […]

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