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Space: The Final Frontier

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:59 pm
by fiby41
Kindly dump all articles/info regarding new advancements happening in the realm of space exploration. So that those interested can check them out and discuss, if enough people are interested.

Re: Space exploration interest thread

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:30 pm
by ThisDinosaur
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interplan ... ort_System

I'm highly skeptical that Musk will build this thing as designed. But I think his push to make a fully reusable rocket with in-orbit refueling might actually add something useful to spaceflight technology for the first time since the 70s.

For those who haven't seen it, the awesome Atomic Rockets page has a great write-up on the SpaceX ITS' capabilities.

http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/r ... signs2.php

Re: Space: The Final Frontier

Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 2:50 am
by fiby41
Google Lunar Prize competition has December 2017 deadline. Only 4 teams are still remaining in the race as they've launch contracts. They have to land a robot, travel 500 m and transmit back its video.
Watch trailer.

Its even more exciting as 2 teams will be launching from the same vehicle at the same time.

Re: Space: The Final Frontier

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:52 pm
by fiby41
Today the sun, earth and Saturn are in a straight line. Just in case you had a telescope handy... You could see it's rings and moons brighter in the evening sky of June 15.

Re: Space: The Final Frontier

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:16 pm
by Astra
NASA selects two missions for New Frontiers
Yesterday, NASA selected two finalists from 12 proposals in the New Frontiers program for robotic projects planned to launch ind the mid-2020.
Project CAESAR would visit the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (of Rosetta fame), and collect a sample to return to Earth.
Project Dragonfly would survey the Saturn moon Titan with a drone quadcopter, and assess the moon's chemistry and habitabitability (is has an atmosphere!).

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa ... moon-titan

Re: Space: The Final Frontier

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:50 pm
by ThisDinosaur
Falcon Heavy launch date now set for February 6, 1:30pm -4:30 EST. If everything works right, it will be the largest working rocket in the world, and two of the three first-stage cores will return to the launch pad. The third will land on a drone ship in the atlantic.

Re: Space: The Final Frontier

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 4:50 pm
by onewayfamily
http://bgr.com/2018/05/01/spacex-boeing ... -sls-nasa/

"When SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this year, it earned the title of “most powerful operational rocket.” That little “operational” modifier is pretty important, since nothing has yet to surpass NASA’s own Saturn V rocket which ferried astronauts during the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 70s. Still, it seems SpaceX’s significant accomplishments have caught the eye of competitor Boeing, who is now going on the offensive and calling out the Falcon Heavy as being too small.

Boeing, which is currently under contract with the US government to develop the SLS (space launch system) rocket platform for NASA, is still years away from the first iteration of its hardware..."

Re: Space: The Final Frontier

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:49 pm
by fiby41
Space Moms is a documentary film on women in the space program.

Re: Space: The Final Frontier

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:32 pm
by fiby41
Chandrayaan-2's lander Vikram lost contact before impact yesterday. Orbiter has a lifespan of 7.5 years so might rekindle link. Cost: US$141 million
Chandrayaan-1 had landed in 2008. Cost: US$56 million