Category Archives: Space Transportation

MIT team proposes storing extra rocket fuel in space for future missions

By Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office Future lunar missions may be fueled by gas stations in space, according to MIT engineers: A spacecraft might dock at a propellant depot, somewhere between the Earth and the Moon, and pick up extra … Continue reading

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First Falcon Heavy Launch Delayed Until Next Year

Aviation Week reports: Although it was initially slated to debut this year, SpaceX founder, CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk says the company’s production schedule is too tight to support a test flight of the heavy-lift rocket from Vandenberg AFB, … Continue reading

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Elon Musk’s Plans for Mars

From CBS This Morning: 2-minute video after 30-second advertisement. Transcript after about 40 seconds: “We’ve got to restore American ability to transport astronauts with domestic vehicles, and that’s what we hope to do in about two years. “The next step … Continue reading

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National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX on First Successful GEO Transfer Mission

The Washington DC-based National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) on the successful launch of the SES-8 telecommunications satellite. It was launched Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force … Continue reading

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SpaceX Successfully Completes First Mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully completed its first geostationary transfer mission, delivering an SES-8 satellite to its targeted 295 x 80,000 km orbit.  Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission objectives. Falcon 9 lifted off from … Continue reading

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Clues to the SpaceX “Big Rocket”

NSS Board of Directors member John K. Strickland reports: A major clue to the “Big Rocket” from SpaceX (bigger than the Falcon Heavy) was recently revealed when an agreement with the Stennis Space Center to test the Raptor engine showed … Continue reading

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Experimental Spaceplane Shooting for “Aircraft-Like” Operations in Orbit

New program seeks to lower satellite launch costs by developing a reusable hypersonic unmanned vehicle with costs, operation and reliability similar to traditional aircraft Commercial, civilian and military satellites provide crucial real-time information essential to providing strategic national security advantages … Continue reading

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SpaceX Grasshopper Successfully Completes 100m Lateral Divert Test

On August 13th, the Falcon 9 test rig (code name Grasshopper) completed a divert test, flying to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. The test demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to … Continue reading

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Boeing Unveils CST-100 Spacecraft Interior

And Space Adventures plans to sell flights on the CST-100, having recently signed a contract with Boeing to that effect. No word yet on cost and availability. Article below by Rebecca Regan, NASA Kennedy Space Center Two NASA astronauts conducted … Continue reading

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Paths to Space Settlement

The latest paper in the NSS Journal of Space Settlement is “Paths to Space Settlement” by Al Globus. ABSTRACT A number of firms are developing commercial sub-orbital launch vehicles to carry tourists into space. Let’s assume they attract many customers … Continue reading

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