Tech CEOs are out for themselves, not the public good.
What’s the Falcon Heavy? Why did it launch a car into space? Who was at the wheel? Isn’t the car space junk? Was there a point to all this beyond vanity?
The 23-story-tall jumbo rocket is carrying a cherry red Tesla Roadster from the assembly line of Elon Musk’s electric car company as a mock payload.
The classified intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea.
There are astonishing parallels between the whaling industry and deep human spaceflight in the great pantheon of human exploration.
They will join two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut on board the station, effectively doubling the amount of time that can be spent on research.
According to a US space expert, India which recently launched a record 104 satellites in one go, would continue to do so and “saturate” the orbits.
‘When the countdown sequence hit T-minus-zero and the vehicle lifted off, it was as though the Sun had bounded over the horizon and stopped right in front of our eyes.’
It took Space Exploration Technologies Corp, as the California-based company is formally known, 15 years to demonstrate that a rocket typically discarded in the ocean after a single flight could be recovered and reused.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk declined to identify the customers or say how much they would pay to fly on the weeklong mission, except to say that it is “nobody from Hollywood.”
ISRO is a state-backed, not market-driven, organisation, while its two launchers were conceived 30-40 years ago to meet specific domestic needs.
The PSLV C37 mission, scheduled for February 15, will deploy 104 satellites into a polar Sun-synchronous orbit around Earth.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from California on Saturday placing satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. four months after a similar one exploded mid air.
This time, it’s not one country against another as much as one enterprise against another, trying to capture the commercial value that space exploration brings along.
Musk estimated that between 20 and 50 trips to Mars would be necessary to set up the first full-fledged colony. This would take 40-100 years.
The Falcon 9 has seven other missions this year, excluding the ones for AMOS 6 and NASA, and at least three of which have time-bound expectations riding on them.
It is not clear yet if anyone is hurt. A NASA spokesperson said that he did not know if the agency was involved.
While businessman Elon Musk claims to start transporting humans to Mars by 2030, ESA chief says they have a different approach which may take longer.
A new series of posters from NASA exhorts people to be explorers and, some day, join the space agency on a journey to Mars.
ISRO’s immediate priorities are to make its own launch vehicles more reliable, increase the payload they are able to carry and reduce the cost of their manufacturing.
The next decade will see a remarkable mix of countries and companies getting involved. Plans include taking humans from low-Earth orbit back to the moon and even an asteroid in the 2020s.
The private spaceflight company also hinted that the capsules would be launched by its Falcon Heavy rocket.
SpaceX landed a rocket on a floating barge and brought humans a step closer to Mars.
The successful autonomous touchdown of the booster at sea marked another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.
A quote by Musk on spacex.com states that if the company became able to reuse rockets, “the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred”.
Today’s space race is less of a competition with only one possible winner. This is a race of consortia that often includes both private entities and multiple government agencies.
It’s not all-or-nothing each time people try to launch a rocket – and accidents will happen because of the tremendous complexity
Only about 40% of the world’s population currently has access to the internet and annual growth has been slowing from from 10.5% in 2013 to 8% in 2013 and 7.9% last year