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Opinion: Which Way Toward the Red Planet? Current Plans for Mars Colonisation and the Need for Maturity

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Private space companies have announced plans for the colonisation of the Red Planet within the next decade. How close are those plans to becoming a reality? Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about [...]

Opinion: Space Settlement and the Preservation of Pristine Environments—Two Mutually Exclusive Concepts?

Artist’s concept of a possible future, where visitors to the Tranquility Base Memorial Center on the Moon view the Apollo 11 landing site. Is space settlement a spread of life into the Cosmos, or a spread of pollution and disease? Image Credit: National Space Society/Bill Wright

If we are to believe certain narrow-minded people [...]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Roars Through Second Supersonic Flight

On Sept. 5, 2013, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was released from its carrier aircraft and proceeded to conduct its second supersonic flight. Photo Credit: Mars Scientific / Clay Center Observatory

At 8 a.m. PDT, over the deserts of Mojave, Calif., Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2), ferried aloft by the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft, was released, and [...]

XCOR Update on Lynx Rocket Plane

XCOR welder, machinist and fabricator Eber West performs a test weld for a fixture to mount the Lynx truss to a firewall test stand. Photo Credit: XCOR

For many weeks and months the XCOR Team has been hard at work on a journey like no other, building Lynx. We would like to share that [...]

SpaceShipTwo Conducts Glide Test

Photo Courtesy of Bill Deaver

SpaceShipTwo conducted a successful glide test yesterday at the Mojave Air and Space port in Mojave, Calif. Lifted into the air a little after 7 a.m. local time, SpaceShipTwo was carried into the sky, released, and landed around 8:40 a.m. PDT, according to a report on the website Parabolic [...]

Report: Lack of Adequate Precautions Caused Accident That Killed Three During SpaceShipTwo Test

Photo Credit: The Spaceship Company

In July 2007, a test of a hybrid nitrous oxide-fueled rocket engine that Scaled Composites planned to use on its SpaceShipTwo space plane failed. The resulting explosion killed three and injured three more. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or Cal/OSHA, has released its investigation report which was [...]

Weather Postpones Shuttle Endeavour Ferry Flight

 

NASA Fire Department passes Endeavour. Photo Credit Blue Sawtooth Studios / Julian Leek

WASHINGTON — NASA’s planned ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been postponed until Tuesday, Sept. 18 due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday, Sept. 17.

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XCOR Aerospace Establishes New Commercial Spaceflight R&D Center Headquarters

XCOR Chief Test Pilot Richard Searfoss shows Texas Governor Rick Perry a full sized Lynx model unveiled during a ceremony held at the Midland International Airport, where XCOR will open a new R&D headquarters.  Photo Credit: XCOR Aerospace

XCOR Chief Test Pilot Richard Searfoss shows Texas Governor Rick Perry a full sized Lynx model unveiled during a ceremony held at the Midland International Airport, where XCOR will open a new R&D headquarters. Photo Credit: XCOR Aerospace

On July 9, the Midland Development Corporation (MDC) and XCOR Aerospace jointly announced the establishment of [...]

Dark Horse Rising? Excalibur Almaz Completes SAA Requirements

Excalibur Almaz Inc. has entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA. Image Credit: EAI

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – During an event at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida this past year, the media attended a press conference to discuss NASA’s commercial efforts. The usual suspects were mentioned, SpaceX, Liberty Space, Sierra Nevada, Blue [...]

NewSpace Alliance: SpaceX Falcon 9 to Loft Crews To Bigelow Space Stations

SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace have announced plans to market trips to Bigelow's orbiting habitats via SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. Image Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

NewSpace companies Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Bigelow Aerospace announced today that the commercial space firms will begin offering rides to Bigelow’s commercial space stations once they are on orbit [...]