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The Economist: The changing space race

The space race has changed since the Soviet Union sent Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, into space in 1957. The fight for domination is now between private companies rather than governments.  

Chris Impey: Our Future in Space

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture features Dr. Chris Impey from the University of Arizona. He reviews humanity’s amazing achievements until today and outlines our future in space. Decades after we last set foot on the Moon, and several years after the Space Shuttle was retired, space activity is finally leaving the doldrums. Permanent bases on …

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Blue Origin Crew Capsule Escape Test Goes Flawlessly

The private spaceflight company’s New Shepard rocket and its capsule were both returned to ground after a successful test of its In-flight Escape system. An engine aboard the capsule blasted it away from rocket 45 seconds after launch.  

SpaceX: High Speed Footage | Past Missions

New camera views of past launches and reentries. Missions in order of appearance: May JCSAT-14; July CRS-9 launch, stage separation, engine plume interaction, and re-entry burn; December 2015 ORBCOMM landing burn; July CRS-9 landing burn.  

Elon Musk | Full interview | Code Conference 2016

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Walt Mossberg about his plans to send a one-way rocket to Mars in 2018. He estimates colonists could start arriving on the Red Planet by 2025. Musk also talks about the proliferation of electric vehicle initiatives that compete with his other company, Tesla, …

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Blue Origin: Flight 3: GH2 Vent Cam

Video from our New Shepard flight on April 2, 2016 showing flight of the booster from just ahead of reentry through descent and landing. Video is from the GH2 vent camera located just below the booster’s ring fin.

SpaceX: CRS-8 | First Stage Landing on Droneship

SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space yesterday. This is the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended in failure. This success is a crucial milestone for SpaceX as it shows …

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Blue Origin: Flight Three: Pushing the Envelope

New Shepard flew again on April 2, 2016 reaching an apogee of 339,178 feet or 103 kilometers. It was the third flight with the same hardware. We pushed the envelope on this flight, restarting the engine for the propulsive landing only 3,600 feet above the ground, requiring the BE-3 engine to start fast and ramp …

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Bloomberg Business: Elon Musk: How I Became The Real ‘Iron Man’

“Bloomberg Risk Takers” profiles Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, built America’s first viable fully electric car company, started the nation’s biggest solar energy supplier, and may make commercial space travel a reality in our lifetime.  

Blue Origin: Launch. Land. Repeat.

Our vision: millions of people living and working in space. You can’t get there by throwing the hardware away. Watch the re-flight!  

SpaceX Tests SuperDraco Descent Landing Capability

Eight SuperDraco thrusters, positioned around the perimeter of the vehicle in pairs called “jet packs”, fired up simultaneously to raise the Crew Dragon spacecraft for a five-second hover, generating approximately 33,000 lbs of thrust before returning the vehicle to its resting position. This test was the second of a two-part milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew …

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SpaceX : Jason-3 Hosted Webcast

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully delivered the Jason-3 satellite to low-Earth orbit for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), French space agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). It were however unable to land on a ship, …

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Blue Origin: Historic Rocket Landing

Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before executing a historic landing back at the launch site in West Texas.  

SpaceX: Crew Dragon | Interior

Step inside Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s next-generation spacecraft designed to carry humans to the International Space Station and other destinations  

Vulcan Inc.: Stratolaunch Systems, A Paul G. Allen Project

Paul Allen is the less known of the two Microsoft founders and he (Vulcan Inc) has been working on a project called Stratolaunch which will be the world ‘s largest aircraft once completed. The idea is to Stratolaunch be used for launching rockets with satellites from Stratolaunch Stratolaunch Systems unveils a new design concept for …

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Blue Origin’s The New Shepard Launch Success

Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon and the space tourist company Blue Origin, who have just launched their first rocket into space. The spacecraft is named The New Shepard was teasted to take off, for its parts to separate as planed, both of which worked perfectly. A core idea for The New Shepard is …

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SpaceX: Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation

When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Thrust at liftoff is equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft operating simultaneously.  

NASA: The Plan to Launch America

NASA, Boeing and SpaceX will held a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Jan. 26, to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems. Under Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts for NASA’s Launch America initiative, Boeing and …

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