Monthly Archives: February 2018

Stratolaunch’s giant airplane picks up the pace

Stratolaunch Systems, the space launch venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it put its super-duper-sized carrier plane through a fresh round of revved-up taxi tests last weekend at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port. The six-engine, 385-foot-wide aircraft, nicknamed Roc, … Continue reading

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Vahana shows off video of flying car’s first flight

Vahana, the Airbus-backed venture that’s developing a fleet of electric-powered air taxis, shared the results of its first flight test amid the prairies of eastern Oregon three weeks ago. But now there’s video showing the Alpha One octocopter landing on its airstrip at … Continue reading

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New team takes charge of Arecibo radio telescope

The 1,000-foot Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, made famous by such movies as “Contact” and the James Bond thriller “Goldeneye,” will be under new management. Today the National Science Foundation announced that the University of Central Florida has begun the transition … Continue reading

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Uber CEO and Elon Musk clash over flying cars

Pop up some more popcorn: Billionaire Elon Musk has gotten himself into another CEO vs. CEO challenge, this time with Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi over air taxis. Uber and many other companies are working on electric-powered, flying vehiclesthat could carry passengers autonomously … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches first Starlink internet satellites

SpaceX put its first two prototype Starlink broadband satellites into orbit along with a Spanish radar imaging satellite today. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California came at 6:17 a.m. PT Thursday, 24 hours after strong upper-level winds … Continue reading

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NASA fires shuttle rocket engine to the max

Like a “Spinal Tap” guitarist, NASA turned the dial up to 11 today on a souped-up rocket engine from the bygone space shuttle program. The 260-second engine firing at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi represented the toughest test yet for hardware … Continue reading

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Space council targets regulations – and China

Space industry deregulation, and the potential perils posed by China’s space program, shared the spotlight at today’s meeting of the National Space Council, presided over by Vice President Mike Pence. Commercial space ventures and NASA’s vision for deep-space exploration also … Continue reading

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