Monthly Archives: September 2011

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy Booster: Why Is It Important?

by John K. Strickland, Jr. The announcement of the Falcon Heavy in early April, 2011 was a potential game-changer in the space launch industry. The Falcon Heavy is slated to launch twice the payload of the Shuttle at about one-fifteenth … Continue reading

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SpaceX announces it will try for "fully and rapidly reusable rocket"

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke at the National Press Club September 29 about SpaceX plans to develop a “fully and rapidly reusable rocket.” Musk stated that reusable rockets pose a very difficult engineering problem, but he believes it can be … Continue reading

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Saving America from the Space Gap

by Howard Bloom and Jon LaBore When a Russian Soyuz rocket carrying three tons of equipment crashed over Siberia on August 24th, Americans got a brief glimpse of a silent scandal: the space gap. That gap—planned in the days of … Continue reading

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Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Competitions

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) has announced two competitions. The first, the 2011 High-Powered Rocketry Competition is under way. The goal is to design, construct, and launch a high-powered rocket carrying a 4 kilogram payload to … Continue reading

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National Space Society’s Call to Action for American Leadership in Civil Space

The National Space Society calls for the United States to make civil space a high national priority in order to ensure American leadership in scientific discovery, technology development, and the creation of new industries and new applications that will benefit … Continue reading

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What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

A time-lapse created by science educator James Drake, who compiled 600 publicly available images taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over … Continue reading

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"What's Next in Space?" Video Contest

The Coalition for Space Exploration wants to hear from the American public about what they envision for the future of space exploration. The Coalition is launching a contest based on a simple question, “What’s Next?” Participants are encouraged to share … Continue reading

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Joint Study Group Recommends U.S.-India Develop Space-Based Solar Power

A Joint Study Group Report between the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Institute India recommends that “relevant U.S. and Indian government agencies should conduct a joint feasibility study on a cooperative program to develop space-based solar power … Continue reading

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NASA's "Ride the Light" Program

NASA has selected two game-changing space technology projects for development. The larger of the two awards has gone to NASA’s “Ride the Light” concept which seeks to provide external power on demand for aerospace vehicles and other applications. The concept … Continue reading

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Striking NASA Motion Images of Asteroid Vesta

High definition versions of this video are available on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website.

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