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NASA adds SpaceX, Blue Origin and more to list of companies set to make deliveries to the surface of the Moon

NASA adds SpaceX, Blue Origin and more to list of companies set to make deliveries to the surface of the Moon NASA has added five companies to the list of vendors that are cleared to bid on contracts for the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. This list, which already includes […]

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Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation

Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation There’s literally a lot more stuff in space than there was last week – or at least, the number of active human-made satellites in Earth’s orbit has gone up quite a bit, thanks to the launch of SpaceX’s first 60 production Starlink […]

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Stingray-inspired spacecraft could eventually probe the atmosphere of Venus

Stingray-inspired spacecraft could eventually probe the atmosphere of Venus NASA’s next Venus probe could be an atmosphere-skimming robotic stingray designed by the University of Buffalo. UB’s CRASH Lab, which is the institution’s Crashworthinesss for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids laboratory, has been selected by NASA to get early stage funding as part of […]

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Watch live as NASA and Boeing test the Starliner crew spacecraft launch pad abort system

Watch live as NASA and Boeing test the Starliner crew spacecraft launch pad abort system NASA’s commercial crew program Boeing will run a key test today of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner, a new spacecraft developed by the aerospace company to bring American astronauts to the International Space Station, beginning as early as […]

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SpaceX achieves key milestone in safety testing of Crew Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX achieves key milestone in safety testing of Crew Dragon spacecraft SpaceX has managed to run 13 successful parachute tests in a row of the third major revision of the parachute system it’s planning to use for its Crew Dragon spacecraft. The most recent test, which SpaceX shared a shorted edited video […]

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NASA’s VIPER lunar rover will hunt water on the Moon in 2022

NASA’s VIPER lunar rover will hunt water on the Moon in 2022 NASA is looking for liquid gold on the Moon — not oil, but plain-old water. If we’re going to have a permanent presence there, we’ll need it, so learning as much as we can about it is crucial. That’s why […]

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NASA’s Mars 2020 rover rests on its own six wheels for the first time

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover rests on its own six wheels for the first time NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will have to operate on its own in a harsh environment, hundred of millions of miles from the nearest mechanic. But for now, it’s still in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab – and […]

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SpaceX wants to land Starship on the Moon before 2022, then do cargo runs for 2024 human landing

SpaceX wants to land Starship on the Moon before 2022, then do cargo runs for 2024 human landing Speaking at a quick series of interviews with commercial space company’s at this year’s annual International Astronautical Congress, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell shed a little more light on her company’s current thinking […]

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explains how startups can help with Artemis Moon missions

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explains how startups can help with Artemis Moon missions At this week’s International Astronautical Congress, where the space industry, international space agencies and researchers from around the world convene to discuss the state of space technology and business, I asked NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about what role he […]

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Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin will form new industry team to return to the Moon

Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin will form new industry team to return to the Moon At the International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. today, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos announced a new “national team” that will join forces in order to help return humans to the Moon via NASA’s Artemis program. They’ll […]

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