The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

At the time, NASA engineers at Marshall told Pence they were confident the SLS rocket would make its debut flight in 2020, setting up a schedule to allow astronauts to return to the moon by 2024.

A Fight Over GameStop’s Soaring Stock Turns Ugly

A Fight Over GameStop’s Soaring Stock Turns Ugly

On Tuesday, Citron Research founder Andrew Left, an activist investor and short seller, tweeted that he’d share five reasons why GameStop’s stock would plummet to $20 fast in an upcoming livestream.

Virgin Orbit Just Launched a Rocket From a 747

Virgin Orbit Just Launched a Rocket From a 747

Today’s launch marked the culmination of nearly a decade of work by engineers at Virgin Orbit , which is one of two rocket companies founded by billionaire Richard Branson .

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

Meanwhile, the spent Centaur rocket continued on its merry way through space and was pretty much forgotten—at least until August of this year, when astronomers using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Hawaii spotted a mysterious object in a solar orbit that was due to pass close by Earth.

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket

While SpaceX has perfected the art of landing its Falcon 9 rockets , its Starship vehicle has a very different and highly challenging flight profile.

Let’s Unpack the Pendulum Rocket Fallacy

Let’s Unpack the Pendulum Rocket Fallacy

In this case, that rocket will push on the top mass in whatever direction (and magnitude) it needs to keep the thing still so it can act like a pendulum.

The Rocket Motor of the Future Breathes Air Like a Jet Engine

The Rocket Motor of the Future Breathes Air Like a Jet Engine

But if these staged systems could be rolled up into one engine, the huge efficiency gains would dramatically lower the cost of getting to space.When Davis founded Mountain Aerospace Research Solutions in 2018, no one had ever made a working air-breathing rocket engine before.

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

Once SpaceX starts ferrying astronauts to orbit on operational missions, seats on Crew Dragon will cost roughly half the price of a seat on the Russian Soyuz capsule.

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were supposed to launch to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

NASA and SpaceX have been working toward this goal for over a decade and this launch is the last major test before NASA certifies the Crew Dragon for human spaceflight .Behnken and Hurley will depart from historic launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

“We had a good ignition, but after a couple seconds of stable flight, the rocket basically shut itself down, ending the mission,” Virgin Orbit communications officer Kendall Russell wrote in an email to WIRED.

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

As the director of the Propulsion and Energy Research Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, Ahmed has spent the last few years developing a next generation rocket engine that uses controlled explosions to boost stuff into space.

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Across the street a retro McDonnell Douglas sign perches above the aerospace giant’s former factory, and just around the corner Virgin Orbit is developing air-launched rockets .It’s a fitting headquarters for SpinLaunch, a company breathing new life into the decades-old idea of using giant mechanical slings to hurl rockets into orbit.

Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

A Crew Dragon capsule will be mounted atop the rocket, just as it will be later this year when SpaceX sends its first astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station .

Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Excite was flung into space courtesy of a company called NovaWurks, which makes “satlets.” The suffix—like that of “piglets”—implies littleness, and indeed these 14 satlets are smaller than a standard piece of paper and only a few inches thick.

SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX is also expected to launch 60 more of its Starlink internet satellites and conduct an in-flight abort test that will jettison its Crew Dragon capsule mid-flight, but it has not announced dates for either of these missions.

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

I recently ran across an animation showing a Saturn V rocket during liftoff, but with a small modification.Video: Rhett AllainBefore it was launched, the metal ball was at rest and thus had a momentum of zero.

Robot Rocket Printers, Fornite Disappears, and More News

Robot Rocket Printers, Fornite Disappears, and More News

Thirty-foot robots are printing actual rockets, a popular game has vanished, and a marathoner has done the (nearly) impossible.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

A Wildfire Vaccine, Elon's New Starship, and More News

A Wildfire Vaccine, Elon's New Starship, and More News

A gel could act as a wildfire vaccine, Elon's fantasy Starship is finally here, and we've got the best gear for your loyal pup.Over the weekend, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took the stage to show off a brand new spacecraft: a gleaming, bullet-shaped rocket he calls Starship .

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

It’s Starship : the upper stage of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket that Musk hopes will soon carry humans to the moon and eventually to Mars.In fact, Musk said, the Super Heavy will produce about twice the thrust of the Saturn V.Starship is quite unlike anything that’s ever been sent to space.

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Momentus will be one of the first to find out: The company announced today that its tug will launch aboard SpaceX’s first SmallSat Rideshare mission, sending a few customers to the Charlottes of space.

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

Rocket Lab. A helicopter may soon catch a rocket, a radioactive cloud from 2017 has been pinned to Russia, and porn made a surprise appearance on a livestream.Rocket Lab. A strange radioactive cloud likely came from Russia.

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Deel says the company plans to use HIAD technology and helicopter recovery to catch the powerful BE-4 engines from its next generation Vulcan Centaur rocket as soon as 2024.So far, SpaceX remains the only rocket company to have successfully recovered and reflown a booster from an orbital rocket.

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News. SpaceX unleashed the rocket that may carry humans to Mars, Equifax might owe you $125, and we've got a show for you to binge. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket , which may one day carry humans to Mars.

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo's New Switch, and More News. Virgin Orbit is dropping rockets out of a Boeing 747, Nintendo is switching up the Switch, and a new design could make the middle plane seat tolerable.

Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747

Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747

This was the last major test for Virgin Orbit’s air-launch system, which will launch rockets from a gutted jumbo jet, known as Cosmic Girl, to boost small satellites into orbit.

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

So, if the boat can travel at 30 mph and it has 41 minutes to get to the rendezvous spot for the fairing, how big of a target area do you need.

The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon

The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon

At one point there was talk of a rocket called Nova that would have had eight of the beasts on its first stage and might have launched a spacecraft heavy enough to land on the moon and then come back.

How a Group of Students Built and Launched a Rocket to Space

How a Group of Students Built and Launched a Rocket to Space

A group of undergraduates from the University of Southern California became the first students ever to launch a rocket into space, as WIRED reported last week . but at that point we knew that the rocket had worked and had stayed intact and was still transmitting data.