From Cosmic Log By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane lit up its engine for the first time in flight on Monday, taking a giant supersonic leap toward outer space. The crucial 16-second blast took
XCOR Aerospace today announced a first in aviation and space history, the firing of a full piston pump-powered rocket engine. This breakthrough is the foundation for fully reusable spacecraft that can fly multiple times per day, every day. It is
Playing AstroDrone. – ESA NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands, â€” A free ESA app released Friday turns a popular iPhone-controlled â€˜home droneâ€™ into a spacecraft. The augmented reality game lets owners of Parrot AR.Drone quadcopters attempt dockings with a simulated International Space
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requesting funding in the 2012 budget to offer a $5 million prize to encourage the development of projects designed to provide low-cost space transportation. “I’m a big proponent of the value of prizes
Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement will be held at NASA Ames Conference Center in Mountain View, CA, October 30 and 31, 2010. Attendance will be limited to 200 participants. (Non-US Citizens, please allow 30 days for approvals
Space Experience Curaçao (SXC) and XCOR Aerospace, Inc. jointly announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the wet lease of a production version of the Lynx suborbital spacecraft, pending United States government approvals to station the
Swallowing its pride, NASA says it wants to learn from future commercial missions to the moon Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and it is willing to pay up to $30 million for the privilege. The space agency wants to take advantage of the flurry
ANOTHER LUNAR DAWN, and the powdery dust on the moonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s surface begins to stir. Without a breath of wind, the finest motes swirl across the ancient landscape as electrostatically charged dust grains repel one another. Larger grains join the dance