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  • NASA proposes nuclear ‘tunnelbot’ to search for alien life

    The nuclear ‘tunnelbot’ would deploy from a lander with a fiber-optic string of data ‘repeaters’ unfurling as it sinks. Any such a Europa ‘tunnelbot’ would be relatively large. And risky to launch. “We didn’t worry about how our tunnelbot would make it to Europa or get deployed into the ice,” says University of Illinois at Chicago associate professor Andrew Dombard. “We just assumed it could get there and we focused on how it would work during descent to the ocean.” Which is the purpose of their mission. Whether or not such a nuclear-powered ‘tunnelbot’ is built and deployed is the...
  • DARPA's Next Project: Design A Space Development Agency

    12/17/2018 9:03:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | December 15, 2018 08:12am ET | By Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews Staff Writer |
    In a Dec. 6 memo titled, "Space Development Agency Study Team Direction and Tasking," Griffin directed Fred Kennedy, director of DARPA's Tactical Technology Office, to lead a study team and come up with recommendations for the "implementation of the Space Development Agency. … The study team will "inventory the DoD space-based command-and-control capabilities, identify critical gaps, deficiencies and inefficiencies in our existing architectures and develop an agile responsive threat-driven architecture, associated infrastructure requirements and an acquisition construct," Griffin wrote. The decision to assign this task to Kennedy is not surprising given his space expertise and track record attracting commercial space...
  • Twice-delayed Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base now planned for Tuesday

    12/15/2018 7:07:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Lompoc Record ^ | 12/13/2018
    The launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket that had been postponed twice from Vandenberg Air Force Base last week is now slated for Tuesday, Dec. 18. The launch is scheduled for a window that will open at 5:57 p.m. from VAFB’s Space Launch Complex-6. The rocket, provided by United Launch Alliance, will carry a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office in a mission dubbed NROL-71.
  • The government should put its cozy relationship with Musk on a long, if not permanent, hiatus.

    12/14/2018 4:39:33 AM PST · by BurgessKoch · 26 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | December 12, 2018 | Allen Brownfield
    Elon Musk and his corporate empire, much of it financed by taxpayer dollars, is very much in the news. Most of it is not good. And it may be getting worse. Tesla spends $1 million annually on Washington lobbyists. Its cars are financed by over $280 million in federal tax incentives, including a $7,500 federal tax break and millions more in state rebates and development fees. SpaceX has also received over $5 billion in government support. It has over promised and under delivered. SpaceX rockets, for example, are far less reliable than many of its competitors. This is outlined in...
  • Richard Branson’s Space-Tourism Company Rockets Out of Atmosphere for First Time

    12/13/2018 9:23:12 AM PST · by billorites · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 13, 2018 | Andy Pasztor
    Virgin Galactic LLC, Richard Branson’s space-tourism venture, reached the edge of space in a test flight Thursday, four years after a fatal accident set back the project, forced a reassessment of safety issues and roiled the growing commercial-space industry. Virgin Galactic launched the spaceplane called SpaceShip Two and its two pilots from a carrier aircraft cruising miles above Southern California’s Mojave desert. For around $200,000 a seat, the closely held company seeks to offer thrill rides featuring majestic views of the earth capped by a few minutes of weightlessness. The launch also could provide momentum for nascent private efforts to...
  • Space doesn’t harm this important part of the human body

    12/12/2018 9:30:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/12/2018 | Lauren Tousignant | New York Post
    Research has shown that time in space can increase the risk of cancer and trigger gene mutations. But a new study has found that one crucial part of the human body remains unaffected by zero-gravity. in space didn’t alter an astronaut’s levels of B-cell immunity — the white blood cells that create antibodies to fight off infections. B-cell levels need to be maintained in order to help astronauts fight off disease-causing viruses and bacteria. For the study, scientists took blood samples from 23 crew members stationed at the International Space Station for six months, before, during and after their stays....
  • Virgin Galactic to attempt flight to space this week

    12/11/2018 9:53:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | 12/11/2018 | Jeff Foust —
    The statement didn’t specify what it meant by “space altitude,” but company officials have previously said they were using the altitude of 50 miles, or approximately 80 kilometers, used by NASA and the U.S. Air Force for awarding astronaut wings. “For Virgin Galactic, the major milestone that we perceive is the altitude at which NASA and Air Force folks get their astronaut wings, which is 50 miles,” George Whitesides, chief executive of Virgin Galactic, said last month. “For us and our customers, I think we’ll be focused on 50 miles, at least at the start.” That is below the 100-kilometer...
  • Yup, Flat-Earthers Think the Falcon Heavy Launch Was a Conspiracy

    02/08/2018 5:04:29 PM PST · by Simon Green · 63 replies
    Live Science ^ | 02/07/18 | Stephanie Pappas,
    Yesterday's successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket also sent an unusual payload into space: a cherry-red Tesla Roadster "manned" by a dummy named Starman and equipped with cameras that provided gorgeous views of Earth against the backdrop of space. But flat-Earthers aren't buying it. "People who believe that the Earth is a globe because 'they saw a car in space on the Internet' must be the new incarnation of 'It's true, I saw it on TV!' It's a poor argument," tweeted The Flat Earth Society, an organization dedicated to spreading the (incorrect) notion that the Earth is not round....
  • ULA Calls Off 2nd Attempt to Launch Spy Satellite from Vandenberg Air Force 7 Seconds Before Liftoff

    12/09/2018 7:55:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    ktla ^ | 12/09/2018
    Small flames could be seen igniting at the base of the engines before they quickly disappeared The rocket remained still. With favorable weather conditions, Saturday’s launch was originally slated for 8:06 p.m., but a brief stop in the countdown to troubleshoot a problem pushed the liftoff back to 8:15 p.m., the company said. All systems were “go” until the countdown was halted just seven second before liftoff after a problem was detected, ULA said. The attempt was cancelled for the night, but it was not clear when ULA will try again. ULA is working in conjunction with the Air Force’s...
  • [snip] Tesla founder 'would be interested' in taking over General Motors' idled factories

    12/07/2018 5:48:24 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 26 replies
    daily mail ^ | Dec. 7, 2018 | ANNIE PALMER
    Full Title: Could Elon Musk save the jobs of GM workers? Tesla founder 'would be interested' in taking over General Motors' idled factories Elon Musk is eyeing General Motors' once-occupied plants. The billionaire tech mogul said it's 'possible that [Tesla] would be open' to taking over automakers' old plants, such as the five factories closed by GM last month. The comments came during Musk's wide-ranging interview with CBS' '60 Minutes.' GM CEO Mary Barra announced in November that the car manufacturer would close five factories in North America and lay off some 14,700 workers as a result. Musk indicated that...
  • IMAGENS DE MARTE (HD): Imagens da Curiosity Rover / Nasa (What Mars really looks like)

    12/08/2018 9:37:21 AM PST · by Signalman · 36 replies
    youtube ^ | 9/7/2015 | Acervo Digital
    IMAGES OF THE LAND 24 HOURS PER DAY (translated from Portugese).
  • Stay up late to watch ULA launch a secret satellite with its most powerful rocket

    12/08/2018 7:23:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The Verge ^ | Dec 8, 2018, 9:39am EST | Loren Grush
    Tonight, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch its most powerful rocket — the Delta IV Heavy — sending up a secret spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from California. The mission will be the 132nd mission for the ULA, and the latest of many launches the company has done for the NRO, a significant customer of the launch provider. NRO keeps the purposes of its missions under wraps. However, the satellite is likely pretty heavy and is perhaps going to a high orbit if it requires the power of the Delta IV Heavy. The rocket...
  • SpaceX Dragon Delivers Cargo (and Christmas Treats) to Space Station

    12/08/2018 12:06:54 PM PST · by Innovative · 22 replies
    Space ^ | Dec. 8, 2018 | Tariq Malik
    A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship made a special delivery at the International Space Station Saturday (Dec. 8) just in time for the holidays. And yes, Virginia, there are Christmas treats on board. The robotic Dragon spacecraft arrived at the space station Saturday morning to deliver more than 5,600 pounds (2,540 kilograms) of fresh supplies for the six Expedition 57 astronauts on the orbiting lab. SpaceX launched the Dragon ship Wednesday (Dec. 5) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday (Dec. 5).
  • China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

    12/07/2018 7:19:37 PM PST · by vannrox · 21 replies
    <p>BEIJING (AP) — China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.</p> <p>A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in southwestern China, the official Xinhua News Agency said.</p>
  • Secretive Astra Space Suborbital Launch Fails

    12/08/2018 5:16:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    space,com ^ | 12/07/2018 | Jeff Foust
    A test flight in Alaska of a small launch vehicle by a stealthy startup company ended in failure in late November, the Federal Aviation Administration has revealed. In a speech Dec. 6 at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce space conference here discussing the agency's approach to commercial spaceflight safety, FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell mentioned a recent, but previously unreported, accident involving a launch taking place from Alaska one week ago. A launch license the FAA issued to Astra Space Inc. on Oct. 15, also available on the FAA website, authorized the company to perform a suborbital flight of its...
  • Jaguar I-Pace, off road and on track | Fully Charged

    12/08/2018 7:37:41 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 6, 2018 | Fully Charged
    Jaguar I-Pace, off road and on track | Fully Charged
  • Moldy Mouse Chow Delays SpaceX Dragon Launch to Space Station

    12/04/2018 2:45:45 PM PST · by ETL · 18 replies ^ | Dec 4, 2018 | Mike Wall, Senior Writer
    SpaceX's next resupply mission to the International Space Station has been pushed back to tomorrow (Dec. 5) due to a rodent problem. While technicians were getting a mouse experiment ready for loading onto SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule yesterday (Dec. 3), they found mold on some of the rodents' food bars, NASA officials said in a pre-launch news conference yesterday. The Dragon had been scheduled to lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon (Dec. 4) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. But the food could not be replaced in time to meet that target, NASA officials announced last night....
  • Has Russia just put a secret weapon in orbit? New launch prompts security concerns

    12/04/2018 1:59:28 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Daily Mail, UK ^ | Dec. 4, 2018 | Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
    The US military has raised concerns about the mysterious Russian launch They found five orbital bodies leaving the rocket instead of four, as suggested Either rocket's upper stage broke, or Russia had kept part of the launch secret The US military has raised concerns about the mysterious Russian launch after they found five orbital bodies leaving the rocket instead of four, as previously suggested. The US Combined Space Operations Centre (CSpOC) believe that either the rocket's upper stage broke in two, or the Russians had kept part of the launch secret.
  • DUI suspect caught sleeping in Tesla traveling 70 mph, CHP says

    12/03/2018 7:52:16 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4:02 PM, DECEMBER 3, 2018 | BOB PONTING
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Two California Highway Patrol Officers came up with a technique on the spot to stop a speeding Tesla Model S with an allegedly drunken driver asleep behind the wheel on the 101 Freeway in Redwood City on Friday, authorities said. The encounter took place just before 4:30 a.m. on the southbound freeway near Whipple Avenue, the CHP said in a written statement. The officers saw the car traveling at about 70 mph and realized the driver appeared to be unconscious, officials said. The driver showed no response when the officers activated their emergency lights and sirens...
  • Cremated Remains of 100 People Launched Into Space on SpaceX Rocket

    12/04/2018 11:37:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    KTLA ^ | 12/03/2018
    The San Francisco-based company said families paid about $2,500 to have a sample of their loved ones’ ashes placed aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Traveling into space will be the remains of military veterans and aerospace enthusiasts, alongside those whose families were “looking to celebrate a loved one within the poetry of the starry sky,” Elysium Space said in an emailed statement. James’ ashes and the others were packed into a 4-inch square satellite called a cubesat, Elysium Space Founder and CEO Thomas Civeit explained to CNN. Families will be able to track the spacecraft in real-time through an...