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SpaceShipTwo goes supersonic in milestone flight

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane flew a smooth, supersonic test flight today during its first rocket-powered outing since the first SpaceShipTwo broke up three and a half years ago. The craft christened VSS Unity has taken flight a dozen times … Continue reading

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Space billionaires take the spotlight

Space is hard: That used to be the excuse for explaining why sending people into space would always be something only governments could do. Now it explains why even billionaires find the feat difficult. As SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told me back in … Continue reading

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Relativity strikes deal to use NASA test complex

Relativity, a rocket startup with roots at Blue Origin and SpaceX, says it has been awarded an exclusive 20-year lease to use a 25-acre engine test complex at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The arrangement furthers Relativity’s plans to … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos shares 114-second rocket engine video

New test video of Blue’s 550K lbf thrust, ox-rich staged combustion, LNG-fueled BE-4 engine. The test is a mixture ratio sweep at 65% power level and 114 seconds in duration. Methane (or LNG) has proved to be an outstanding fuel … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch’s space plane ambitions rise again

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch space venture is returning to an idea it’s long mulled over: launching payloads, and possibly people, into orbit on a reusable space plane. The concept, known internally as “Black Ice,” would involve the midflight launch … Continue reading

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Bigelow sets up new company for space stations

Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace has had space modules in orbit for more than a decade, but now billionaire founder Robert Bigelow is starting a new push to operate commercial space stations. To that end, he has set up a separate company called Bigelow Space Operations, … Continue reading

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Commercial space ventures hail NASA vision

The Trump administration’s proposed shift to commercial partners for space operations in low Earth orbit as well as on and around the moon is getting a predictably positive reception from those potential partners. “This moment here, with the shift to the moon, … Continue reading

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