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  • SpaceX’s first BFR manufacturing facility approved by the Port of LA

    03/19/2018 6:49:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    teslarati ^ | March 19, 2018 | By Eric Ralph
    SpaceX has been given initial acquire and develop a massive vacant lot into a facility capable of manufacturing the first BFR prototypes and refurbishing the company’s reusable Falcon 9 boosters.... A request summary completed on March 6 details SpaceX’s proposal, laying out a bright future of rocket manufacturing for the abandoned 18-acre lot at Berth 240, one that might soon support “composite curing, cleaning, painting, and assembly [of commercial transportation vessels]” that “would need to be transported by water due to their size.” This description meshes almost perfectly with past discussion of BFR manufacturing plans from SpaceX executives like...
  • Elon Musk Wanted to Buy 'The Onion,' Now His Team's Hiring Its Staffers for a Secret Project

    03/13/2018 7:35:47 PM PDT · by cba123 · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03/13/2018 | Maxwell Tani
    (please note, this article is NOT from the Onion) Early in February, the satirical news publication The Onion published a story about Elon Musk, titled, “Elon Musk Offering $1.2 Billion in Grants to Any Project That Promises to Make Him Feel Complete.” (please see the full article, at the link)
  • Will the Trump Administration shut down SLS? Zimmerman/ Batchelor Podcast

    03/10/2018 6:50:53 AM PST · by Voption · 1 replies
    Zimmerman/Batchelor Podcast ^ | March 9, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Batchelor and Zimmerman discuss Trump & SLS (space launch system) and in part 2; "Jupiter is different than anything else."
  • Arabsat's Latest Communications Satellite Assembled In Preparation For Flight

    03/04/2018 11:24:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Spaceflight Insider ^ | February 20th, 2018 | Jason Rhian
    The Arabsat-6A satellite has completed primary assembly and has been shipped to Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California facilities to begin testing in preparation for flight... When Arabsat-6A was transported from Denver to Sunnyvale, the satellite was housed inside of a "mobile clean room." This container ensures that the spacecraft was kept safe and secure. "Arabsat-6A and its companion satellite, Hellas Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat-1 are the most advanced commercial communications satellites we've ever built," said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of Commercial Civil Space for Lockheed Martin via a statement issued by the company... If everything goes according to plan, Arabsat-6A...
  • The ever-receding Space Launch System

    03/01/2018 3:06:16 PM PST · by Voption · 21 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | March 1, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    ".... NASA has decided to forgo construction of a second mobile launcher for its Space Launch System (SLS). Instead, they will modify the one they have....The first mobile launcher was built and modified for an estimated $300 to $500 million. NASA obviously has decided that the politics & cost is too great, as would be the political embarrassment of admitting they spent about a half a billion for a launcher they will only use once...What this does however is push back the first manned SLS/Orion launch. At present, the first unmanned mission is likely to go in June 2020... If...
  • Putin shows Florida getting nuked in mock video to boast new weapons

    03/01/2018 12:06:38 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 48 replies
    Cox Media via WPXI ^ | March 1, 2018
    Russian President Vladimir Putin showed a concept video Thursday depicting nuclear warheads being released over Florida while showing off a new rocket during his annual state-of-the-nation speech, according to multiple reports. he crowd gathered for Putin’s speech to the Federal Assembly applauded Thursday as the video played, showing range of the newly unveiled Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. Putin boasted that the ICBM is fast, with a range that’s “practically unlimited,” and the ability to overcome U.S. missile defense systems, Russian-owned news network RT reported. A brief concept video showed the missile being launched before dropping nuclear warheads over Florida.
  • Falcon 9 Crew Dragon Demo Flight

    02/24/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    Spaceflight 101 ^ | 2/24/2018
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to finish certification of the Dragon 2 mission architecture for future crewed missions with ISS Expedition crew members. The Dragon 2 spacecraft will test the approach and automated docking procedure with the Space Station, marking a first for SpaceX as the previous generation of Cargo Dragons used a robotic capture and berthing instead of directly coming in for docking. Dragon 2 will remain docked to ISS for a few weeks before demonstrating...
  • Elon Musk slammed by Stanford gender researcher for space patriarchy

    02/22/2018 7:30:01 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | February 22, 2018 | Ethan Baron
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to grab Mars like President Donald Trump reportedly grabbed — well, you know. That’s according to Marcie Bianco, editorial and communications manager at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.
  • NASA planetary protection officer suggests loosening limits on exploring Mars for life

    02/23/2018 5:17:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 2/22/18 | Paul Voosen
    Share The twin Viking spacecraft landed on Mars in 1976. They were cleaned to a level required to explore habitable regions. NASA NASA planetary protection officer suggests loosening limits on exploring Mars for life By Paul VoosenFeb. 22, 2018 , 5:25 PM Is there life on the surface of Mars? The clock is ticking on scientists’ window to solve that long-standing question before astronauts—and the microbes that live on them—contaminate the planet. Today, at a meeting in Washington, D.C., of NASA’s planetary science advisory committee, the agency’s new planetary protection officer raised the possibility of opening up a few of...
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Vector among rocket builders looking to Brazil for new launch site

    02/23/2018 12:08:23 PM PST · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/23/2018 | Michael Sheetz
    A group of five U.S. private rocket companies met with Brazilian officials in December. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Vector are interested in launching from the equatorial Alcantara launch complex. The coastal launch site would offer cost savings by its ability to reach orbits often preferred for satellites. A group representing five U.S. private rocket companies visited Brazil in December to meet with the nation's space agency and analyze the possibility of launching from the equatorial Alcantara launch complex. The U.S. Department of Commerce was informed about the trip, which was organized by members of the private space industry. The group...
  • NASA's $1 Billion Mobile Launcher Leans a Little

    02/21/2018 10:03:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | Feb 21, 2018 | By Avery Thompson
    NASA's latest tower for launching rockets has a little bit of a lean, which means it may be able to launch just a single rocket. The cost of this tower boondoggle? Almost $1 billion. The tower in question is the Mobile Launcher designed for NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System, which would become the world’s most powerful rocket once completed in a few years. The tower is supposed to keep the rocket stable and upright on the platform during a launch. The system was built for NASA’s now-defunct Ares I rocket and later repurposed for the SLS. The Mobile Launcher is...
  • The first launch of NASA’s SLS rocket delayed again

    02/22/2018 5:15:23 AM PST · by Voption · 6 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 21, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    SLS continues to be this ever receding but very expensive fantasy, scheduled for a future that never arrives, while spending enormous amounts of money that would be far better spent in other ways. The first launch, should it happen in 2020, would be three years later than originally planned, nine years after the initiation of the SLS project, and sixteen years after George Bush first proposed it. For this single unmanned test mission NASA will have spent about $25 billion.
  • The patriarchal race to colonize Mars is just another example of male entitlement

    02/21/2018 1:19:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 89 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 21, 2018 | Marcie Bianco
    What does a midlife crisis look like in the 21st century? Frittering away your life savings on a red sports car is so last century. Instead, today’s man who is grappling with the limitations of his mortality spends $90 million on a rocket to launch a $100,000 electric car, helmed by a robot by the name of “Starman,” into space. “We want a new space race,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in a press conference shortly after the launch of his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket — and his Tesla Roadster — into space earlier in February. Like a child, he...
  • SpaceX to Launch Demo Satellites for High-Speed Internet Project From Vandenberg [AFB] Wednesday

    02/18/2018 4:46:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    On Wednesday, SpaceX’s test satellites won’t be the only thing aboard the rocket. The primary mission is to deliver a satellite, called PAZ, for the Spanish government. According to European firm Airbus, which was the primary contractor for PAZ, the satellite will serve “many different applications,” including defense and security.
  • SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to Feb. 21

    02/18/2018 6:55:36 AM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies ^ | 2/18/2018 | Tariq Malik
    SpaceX has delayed the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket to no earlier than Wednesday (Feb. 21) to allow final checks of the rocket's upgraded nose cone. The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch early Sunday (Feb. 18) from a pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base to send SpaceX's first Starlink broadband satellites and the Paz radar-imaging satellite for Spain into orbit. The mission had already been delayed 24 hours to allow extra checks. On Saturday, SpaceX representatives announced that more time was needed for final checks of the Falcon 9 rocket's upgraded payload fairing, the clamshell-like...
  • Falcon Heavy and Starman cruiser success debrief; John Batchelor Show

    02/10/2018 8:49:17 AM PST · by Voption · 84 replies
    The John Batchelor Show podcast ^ | February 9, 2018 | John Batchelor & Robert Zimmerman
    "Capitalism in space: SpaceX has highlighted the last image from its Tesla car, heading out to the asteroid belt after being lofted into space by its Falcon Heavy rocket... .....this also highlights that a private American company was able to send a payload beyond Earth orbit, and it took them only seven years of development and no government funds. ....[an almost perfect test] according to Musk, the reason the [1st stage] core hit the water so fast is because some engines did not fire as intended. [SpaceX] engineers believed only one of three engines fired during a final burn designed...
  • The State of the World Wide Rocket Industry at the start of 2018.

    02/11/2018 8:32:50 PM PST · by Voption · 18 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | January 2, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    First, 2016 was the worst year for the Russian rocket industry in decades...Second, China has been aggressively ramping up its launch rate, and in 2016 moved clearly into the top tier of space-faring nations...Third, the United States is clearly transitioning away from a government owned and operated rocket industry to one owned and operated by the private sector. Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the federal government has not launched a single rocket that it designed, built, and owns. Instead, every payload put in space by the U.S. has been put there by a private sector rocket.
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Success

    02/06/2018 1:11:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 176 replies
    SpaceX feed at YouTube ^ | February 6, 2018
    Apart from not yet knowing whether the core booster stuck its landing on the drone ship, the rest of the launch went perfectly!
  • Safety Panel Raises Concerns about SpaceX Falcon 9 Pressure Vessel for Commercial Crew Missions

    01/15/2018 12:28:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | 01/15/2018 | Jeff Foust
    An independent safety panel recommended NASA not certify SpaceX's commercial crew system until the agency better understands the behavior of pressure vessels linked to a Falcon 9 failure in 2016. That recommendation was one of the stronger items in the annual report of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) released by NASA Jan. 11, which found that NASA was generally managing risk well on its various programs. The report devoted a section to the composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) used to store helium in the second stage propellant tanks of the Falcon 9. The investigation into the September 2016 pad explosion that destroyed...
  • Rumors Swirl That the Secret Zuma Spacecraft Launched By SpaceX Was Lost

    01/08/2018 4:28:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Monday, January 8, 2018 | Jay Bennett
    Last night at 8:00 p.m. EST, SpaceX conducted its first launch of the year, carrying a classified spacecraft built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. government code-named "Zuma." Now reports are circulating that the Zuma spacecraft might have been lost following the launch. Peter B. de Selding, a spaceflight reporter for Space Intel Report, first tweeted that sources suggested to him that the satellite "may be dead in orbit after separation." ...Popular Mechanics has reached out to both SpaceX and Northrop Grumman for comment about the fate of the satellite. Northrop did not immediately reply, but a SpaceX spokesperson issued...