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Feb 5, 2020

Maxar says last year’s unnamed GEO order is new Intelsat satellite

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WASHINGTON — Maxar Technologies says the geostationary satellite order it disclosed in November without naming the customer is a high-throughput Intelsat spacecraft that will also carry a pollution sensor for NASA.

Intelsat announced Feb. 3 that it had selected Maxar to build Intelsat-40e, a satellite that will provide high-throughput coverage of North America and Central America.

Intelsat-40e will also carry NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) hosted payload under a NASA contract with Maxar.

Feb 4, 2020

SpaceX requests permission to fly new Starship rocket on 12-mile-high test flight

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SpaceX is already planning the next big test flight of its future Starship rocket out of southern Texas. As early as mid-March, the company is hoping to fly a test version of the vehicle to a super high altitude and then land it upright on solid ground, proving the rocket can be reused and potentially touch down on other worlds.

The upcoming test is detailed in new paperwork SpaceX filed with the Federal Communications Commission, which provides licensing to aerospace companies that are hoping to fly their vehicles to space. Specifically, the FCC allocates which radio frequencies companies can use to communicate with their vehicles during flight.

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Feb 4, 2020

Greener fuels to propel rocket launches into space

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space travel

3D printed catalysts and new propellant types are making rockets more environmentally-friendly.

Feb 4, 2020

Inside the Lab That’s Turning Moon Water Into Rocket Fuel

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel, sustainability

The moon’s water could serve as a precious resource for deep space exploration, but how do we actually turn it into rocket fuel?
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To be a space miner, there are a few things you might need: the sun, some lunar soil, a pretty powerful mirror, and the perfect angle.

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Feb 3, 2020

Intergalactic explorers’ handbook

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Tushna Commissariat reviews The Space Race: the Journey to the Moon and Beyond by Sarah Cruddas.

Feb 2, 2020

How Big Would a Generation Ship Need to be to Keep a Crew of 500 Alive for the Journey to Another Star?

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There’s no two-ways about it, the Universe is an extremely big place! And thanks to the limitations placed upon us by Special Relativity, traveling to even the closest star systems could take millennia. As we addressed in a previous article, the estimated travel time to the nearest star system (Alpha Centauri) could take anywhere from 19,000 to 81,000 years using conventional methods.

For this reason, many theorists have recommended that humanity should rely on generation ships to spread the seed of humanity among the stars. Naturally, such a project presents many challenges, not the least of which is how large a spacecraft would need to be to sustain a multi-generational crew. In a new study, a team of international scientists addressed this very question and determined that a lot of interior space would be needed!

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Feb 2, 2020

GRAIL: NASA’s Mission to Study the Gravity of the Moon

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During their yearlong mission in 2012, NASA’s twin GRAIL spacecraft made the most detailed gravitational map of the moon ever created.

Feb 2, 2020

The Ice Giant Spacecraft of Our Dreams

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

Scientists imagined some innovative technologies that could enhance a future mission to Uranus or Neptune.

Jan 30, 2020

Another shot at bringing a SpaceX rocket plant to San Pedro is in the works

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Talks center around quickly erecting a SpaceX plant across the channel from what will be San Pedro’s new waterfront development opening in 2021.

Jan 30, 2020

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

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The company is building a massive centrifuge to accelerate rockets and send them screaming into space.

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