Monthly Archives: September 2017

Sizing up Elon Musk’s big bet on a big rocket

SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s rocket roadmap just got much bigger than Mars. Now the question is, who else will follow the map? The first answers to that question may well start emerging next week, when government officials and space industry leaders — … Continue reading

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2018 turns to 2019 for Webb Space Telescope

NASA says it’s moving the launch date for its $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope from October 2018 to the spring of 2019, citing a longer-than-expected process of integrating elements of the house-sized spacecraft. The latest delay for the oft-postponed launch was announced Sept. … Continue reading

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Amazon Studios lays out plan for must-see sci-fi TV

In its quest to find the next “Game of Thrones,” Amazon Studios is reportedly adding three science-fiction series to its list of production prospects, including Seattle author Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash.” The two other projects mentioned in Variety’s report would be based … Continue reading

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Elon Musk has big rocket plans for … Earth?

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has added moon missions to his grand plan for Mars, in a bid to capitalize on what’s expected to be the Trump administration’s shift in space policy. Lunar operations at “Moon Base Alpha” are among the … Continue reading

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Lockheed Martin adds a lander to Mars vision

Lockheed Martin has fleshed out its picture for sending astronauts to the Red Planet by adding a refuelable lander and a water-based fuel supply chain to its “Mars Base Camp” mission architecture. The system, updated today at the International Astronautical Congress in … Continue reading

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Passenger Drone joins race to market flying cars

“Taking autonomous to the sky: You knew it was coming.” Swiss-based Passenger Drone is following up on the tag line from one of its videosby declaring that its autonomous flying machine is indeed taking people into the sky on test flights. The car-sized, … Continue reading

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Aurora gives glowing sendoff to Seattle summer

Seattle’s final fling with hot weather featured a celestial fireworks show on Sept. 27, in the form of an auroral display that benefited from clear skies as well as a strong geomagnetic storm. The northern lights were pumped up by … Continue reading

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