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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requesting funding in the 2012 budget to offer a $5 million prize to encourage the development of projects designed to provide low-cost space transportation. “I’m a big proponent of the value of prizes
Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement will be held at NASA Ames Conference Center in Mountain View, CA, October 30 and 31, 2010. Attendance will be limited to 200 participants. (Non-US Citizens, please allow 30 days for approvals
Space Experience Curaçao (SXC) and XCOR Aerospace, Inc. jointly announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the wet lease of a production version of the Lynx suborbital spacecraft, pending United States government approvals to station the
Swallowing its pride, NASA says it wants to learn from future commercial missions to the moon Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and it is willing to pay up to $30 million for the privilege. The space agency wants to take advantage of the flurry
ANOTHER LUNAR DAWN, and the powdery dust on the moonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s surface begins to stir. Without a breath of wind, the finest motes swirl across the ancient landscape as electrostatically charged dust grains repel one another. Larger grains join the dance
Ever wonder what it takes to launch a shuttle? I found this on the Air & Space Magazine web site: Go For Launch! In this unique time-lapse video created from thousands of individual frames, photographers Scott Andrews, Stan Jirman and
NASA Radar returns first high-resolution view of an unusual crater near MoonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s north pole. Mini-RF, a synthetic aperture radar on board NASAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, recently imaged a potentially ice-rich crater near the north pole of the Moon. Located at
NASA and Steam have released Moonbase Alpha, a “first-person explorer” game where players join an exploration team in a futuristic 3D settlement on the south pole of the Moon. “In Moonbase Alpha, you assume the exciting role of an astronaut
The unfurling of a Japanese solar sail, the first demonstration of a new space propulsion technology, went exactly according to plan. According to JAXAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog posts and photos from the event, the IKAROS spacecraftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sail appears to be in place.