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How SpaceX’s launch failure is also a measure of success

As the countdown clock wound down to zero during the launch for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, most eyes weren’t on the launch itself but rather on the landing. 958 more words


Crew Dragon Pad Abort Test

SpaceX conducted its Pad Abort Test even with storms passing just offshore. Crew Dragon used its SuperDraco rockets as a launch escape system to propel Dragon from a simulated rocket failure on the pad to safely parachute the spacecraft into the Atlantic Ocean just offshore. 8 more words

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

The Fire of Exploration

Exploring the final frontier has never been easy. For decades, in fits an spurts, we have explored the Solar System and established manned outposts in orbit. 635 more words


China's first lunar swingby and the first commercial lunar mission are on their way!

Chang’e-5-T1, which is a lunar swingby mission that looks very much like a dry-run for a manned mission as it uses a return capsule based on the Shenzhou descent module (only smaller), blasted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center today.   313 more words


Dream Chaser Isn't Finished

And I’m not just talking about the formal bid protest that they’ve filed with the Government Accounting Office, fighting NASA’s award of the CCtCap contract to Boeing and SpaceX.   197 more words


End of a Chapter: WhiteKnightOne's Final Flight

Last month marked 10 years since the first commercial space flight. SpaceShipOne quietly tucked under the belly of its mother ship, WhiteKnightOne, flew successfully into outer space on June 21st, 2004. 482 more words

Photographs And Memories

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The Great Space Debate – Discussion and Vote

What Should Be the Strategic Goal for Astronautics over the Next 25 Years?

Debate at the BIS, 1 May 2014… 161 more words