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How a £3.9 Million Launch Vehicle Could Transform the Satellite Business

Sixty million dollars. That’s roughly how much it costs to send a payload to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. It’s actually a bargain for space, but it’s far more than University of Central Florida physicist Julie Brisset, who seeks to study the early stages of planet formation in microgravity, can afford. She’s one of countless researchers unable to access the low gravity laboratory of outer space because of the staggering price tag. Read More >>

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Why Space Fanatics Are Freaking Out About SpaceX’s Next Launch

Following a successful Falcon 9 launch-and-barge-landing in California this month, SpaceX is now looking to get back in the swing of regular flight. But while the company’s next two flights seem fairly routine on the surface, they’re going to be historic in one very important aspect. Read More >>

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SpaceX Plans to Return to Flight Next Week

The new year bring new beginnings, and for SpaceX, that means a return to flight after a five-month dry spell. Having officially determined the cause of the infamous Falcon 9 “anomaly” at Cape Canaveral on September 1st, the rocket company is eyeing January 8th for its first launch of 2017. Read More >>

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The Biggest Space Race Milestones of 2016

Given how badly things are going here on planet Earth, it’s encouraging to see entrepreneurs working tirelessly to get us off this rock. From reusable rockets to Martian manifestos to asteroid mining, 2016 was a near like no other in the commercial space race. Here are the highlights. Read More >>

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This Is Our Best Look Yet At Saturn’s Moon Pandora

Pandora is one of Saturn’s many baby moons, far too runty to form a sphere under its own gravity. Instead, this 52-mile across space rock looks more like a fossilised glob of putty in closest image ever captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Read More >>

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A Japanese Startup Will Try to Land on the Moon Next Year

Going to the Moon is officially hip again, thanks in no small part to Google, which is offering £16 million to the first private company that can land on our nearest neighbour, roll around a bit, and beam images back to Earth. The latest contender for that sweet sweet X-Prize money is Japan, which has just obtained a launch vehicle for the shiny metal cheese grater rover it plans to send to the Moon late next year. Read More >>

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Scientists Have a Plan to Nuke Deadly Asteroids Out of the Sky

If an enormous asteroid struck the Earth, humanity would be, in a word, screwed. To prevent that from happening, and hopefully inspire a sweet Armageddon reboot in the process, a team of scientists is exploring the possibility of nuking asteroids out of the sky. Yes, you heard that correctly. Read More >>

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NASA Is Building a Robot to Refuel Satellites In Space

You would never buy a hundred million-pound computer without a repair plan, but that’s exactly what NASA does when it sends costly satellites into space. To ensure that its prized eyes-in-the-sky don’t become the solar system’s most expensive e-waste, the space agency is now building a robot capable of repairing and refueling satellites in orbit. Read More >>

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The Beagle 2 Mars Lander Came ‘Excruciatingly Close’ to Success

Landing on Mars is hard, but the European Space Agency’s first attempt—the Beagle 2 probe—came maddeningly close to being a complete success. In fact, a new 3D modelling analysis shows that the lander’s failure to communicate with the Earth was likely due to a single jammed solar panel. Read More >>

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It Looks Like NASA Found ESA’s Crashed Mars Lander

On Wednesday, the European Space Agency attempted to land a probe on Mars, and things went badly. While the ExoMars mission team continues to piece together why its Schiaparelli lander lost contact with the Earth, NASA has now obtained photographic evidence of what appears to be a crash-landing. Read More >>

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This Classic Sci-Fi Concept Could Solve a Key Hurdle to Interstellar Travel

Spherical, orb-like aliens are one of science fiction’s most beloved tropes, from countless golden age classics to appearances in Star Trek and Dr. Who. It’s unclear whether this is a case of science fiction inspiring innovation or simply great minds thinking alike, but now, prominent scientists reckon spheres may indeed be the way to go for interstellar travel. Read More >>

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Blue Origin Shocks Everyone (Even Itself) by Landing Rocket During Test

Wow. After spending the last few days telling us that its New Shepard rocket was almost certainly going to be destroyed in today’s in-flight launch escape test, Blue Origin surprised everybody — even itself — with a clean landing of both booster and crew capsule. Read More >>

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SpaceX Reportedly Investigating Sabotage as Cause of Falcon 9 Explosion

As SpaceX’s investigation of a Falcon 9 rocket explosion on September 1st drags into its second month, rumours are flying that this may have been more than a random technical failure. According to a Washington Post report, SpaceX is considering the possibility of sabotage. Read More >>

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How Crazy is Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars?

Yesterday, billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled his hotly anticipated plan to send humans to live — and die — on Mars. And not just a few humans: a lot of them. Read More >>

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Elon Musk is Having a Very Hard Time After Last Week’s Explosion

The cause of the enormous blaze last week that destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as well as Mark Zuckerberg’s £71 million internet satellite remains unknown. And it could take SpaceX a long time to solve the mystery, judging from the way Elon Musk has been tweeting this morning. Read More >>