Monthly Archives: September 2016

Mission to a comet ends with bittersweet bang

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe today descended to a mission-ending impact on the comet that it followed for more than two years. The car-sized probe continued to transmit data as it dove toward the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 446 million miles … Continue reading

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FAA suggests a marketplace for Moon Village

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – If the world wants to create a village on the moon, the Federal Aviation Administration is willing to start up an online trading post for lunar services. George Nield, the FAA’s associate administrator for commercial space transportation, says he doesn’t … Continue reading

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Reality check on Elon Musk’s plan to go to Mars

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In order to make the figures work for Elon Musk’s plan to put settlers on Mars, SpaceX will have to build boosters and interplanetary spaceships for less than the price of a Boeing 777x jet, on a shorter time … Continue reading

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Invention network reinvents itself as Xinova

There’s a “new, new” name in the invention business: Xinova, a company that’s been spun out from Intellectual Ventures and is now in the midst of reinventing itself. Xinova used to be known as the Intellectual Ventures Invention Development Fund. … Continue reading

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Elon Musk makes the big pitch for Mars settlement

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made some ambitious sales pitches in his career, but today’s big reveal about his plan to transport a million settlers to Mars over the next few decades has to be the topper. The billionaire began … Continue reading

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Blue Origin sets sights on Mars and the moon

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – SpaceX isn’t the only billionaire-backed company that’s planning to go to Mars: Blue Origin, the space venture created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is also taking aim at Mars, the moon and other deep-space destinations. Those missions are implied in … Continue reading

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New Glenn rocket aces wind tunnel tests

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket isn’t due to go into orbit until later this decade, but its design has already been validated by computer simulations and three weeks of wind tunnel testing. That’s the word from Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, … Continue reading

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