Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently flight tested a new solid-fuel rocket motor design at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center's Socorro launch site. By separating the the fuel from the oxidizer, it adds a higher level of safety to conventional designs. This enabled the use of higher-energy propellants. The new rocket design was tested against conventional, high-energy commercial rockets to enable a comparison of data gathered on velocity, altitude, burn rate, and other parameters. Credit: Los Alamos National Lab
The Oct. 17 landing of the third mission of the U.S. Air Force's unmanned spaceplane, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehiclen (OTV-3) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
Fresh on the heels of a U.S. Defense Department report saying commercial satellite capacity costs the government four times as much as comparable bandwidth on the military-owned Wideband Global Satcom system, executives from five satellite operators offer their own visions for a future milsatcom architecture.
With the landing of one of the U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B spaceplanes, video of the landing of the other X-37B, which launched in March 2011 and completed its 496-day classified mission in June 2012. Credit: Boeing
A look at what's in store for NASA’s Orion deep-space capsule on its maiden launch in December, called Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1.
Launching the largest amateur rocket in the state of Colorado is quite an achievement, especially for an 18-year old. The 2006 launch of the Event Horizon is shown here in a just-released video that includes footage from the event as well as from rocket-mounted cameras.
Amateur rocket-enthusiast Art Hoag led a team, including Troy Hummel and Joe Cowan, that launched the suborbital rocket from Colorado's launch grounds on the Pawnee Grasslands near Wyoming. Powered by three N-class model-rocket engines, the 6.4-meter rocket reached an altitude of about 3,6500 meters.
SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) moderates a human space exploration panel discussion at the Atlantic Council's day-long conference, "The Final Frontier: Renewing America's Space Program."
The event was held Sept. 16, 2014, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Video produced by Imperative Space.
The panelists included:
In 2014, Antarctic sea ice reached a record maximum extent while the Arctic reached a minimum extent in the top ten lowest since satellite records began. The record maximum in sea ice is happening in the Antarctic despite global warming trends. Scientists are trying to discover why this is. Credit: NASA Goddard
Rollout and lift of the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket that will launch a prototype of NASA’s Orion capsule on an uncrewed, Earth-orbiting test mission in early December. Credit: NASA Kennedy Space Center
“We need to move from the government owning and operating huge satellites to a day when the government can purchase data from private satellite operators,” Rep. James Bridenstine (R-Okla.) said Sept. 16 at a Washington Space Business Roundtable lunch. “The historic government monopoly of weather satellites and associated data is now at the point of creating unnecessary costs, delays and risks that could dramatically degrade U.S. weather forecasting.”