International Space Station

NASA Opens ISS To Commercial Missions

NASA has announced that it is opening the International Space Station (ISS) to commercial businesses. To qualify for a spot on the ISS, the agency says commercial activities must show that they...

After 50 Years, Snoopy May Be Found

Snoopy may have been found and Elon Musk has been challenged to go and positively identify the long-lost lunar lander. Nick Howes, a fellow at Britain’s Royal Astronomical Society, said he and...

Report: Stratolaunch To Cease Operations

Reuters is reporting that Stratolaunch Systems, the rocket launch company founded by the late Paul Allen, will be closed after unsuccessful efforts to sell it.

NASA Awards Lunar Gateway Power And Propulsion Contract

NASA announced on Thursday that it has selected Maxar Technologies to develop and demonstrate power, propulsion and communications capabilities for its Lunar Gateway project. The contract begins with a 12-month base period followed by a 26-month option, a 14-month option and two 12-month options.

NASA Wants $1.6 Billion To Hurry A Moon Landing

Although originally planned for 2028, NASA says it can accelerate the next Moon mission to 2024 and it wants more money to do it. NASA and the White House have requested a $1.6 billion budget amendment to fly the so-called Artemis mission four years sooner than planned. The project is named after the Greek goddess of the Moon and Apollos twin sister.

Virgin Galactic Moves To Commercial Spaceport

Virgin Galactic took a big step away from its test program toward commercial development of space tourism with a move from the high California desert to a purpose-built passenger flight facility in New Mexico.

Blue Origin Unveils Lunar Lander

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, introduced a new Blue Origin lunar lander on Thursday. Called Blue Moon, the cargo version of the lander is designed to deliver payloads of up to 3.6 metric tons to the lunar surface.

SpaceX Confirms Crew Capsule Loss

Nearly two weeks after the event, SpaceX has confirmed that its Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed during ground testing on April 20 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. As previously reported by AVweb, the incident occurred during tests of the capsules abort thrusters.

NASA Lander Hears Likely Mars Quake

NASA says its InSight Mars probe has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely marsquake. The agency says the first recorded trembling appears to have emanated from inside the planet, as opposed to noise signatures from events on the surface.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Has Test Mishap

SpaceX suffered a setback in its manned program when one of its Crew Dragon capsules experienced an anomaly on a test stand at Cape Canaveral on Saturday.

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You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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