Friedling also brought up the issue of security for these private or science-focused satellites. "Do they want to be protected or escorted?" he asked, comparing these craft to private ships that were escorted in convoys during World War I to keep them safe from enemy attack from newly introduced submarines. … [Read more...] about Countries around the world want a Space Force — but why?
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Despite the criticism, NASA is very interested in utilizing resources for the Moon as part of its Artemis program, the agency’s flagship initiative to send the first woman and the next man to the lunar surface by 2024. NASA’s stated goal of Artemis is to return humans to the Moon in a sustainable way by creating a long-term presence on or around the Moon rather than just sending astronauts on quick trips to the surface. And making use of the resources already on the Moon is a big part of that plan so that NASA doesn’t have to send absolutely everything the astronauts need from Earth. NASA hopes to leverage the dirt on the surface of the Moon for construction, and the agency has high hopes of excavating water ice thought to be lurking on the Moon’s south pole — using it for drinking water or breaking it apart into rocket fuel. … [Read more...] about NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from private companies
Kremser and Peter dug up stunning, never-before-seen footage of Laika and other Soviet space dogs. Some of these archival snippets show the pups being prepped for their landmark launches, their poor little bodies bristling with implanted tubes and wires. Other footage depicts post-landing processing of the shorn and wobbly strays fortunate enough to survive their orbital ordeals. … [Read more...] about Laika and her crew: ‘Space Dogs’ documentary explores Moscow through a stray’s eyes
Blue Origin raised the stakes Saturday by testing its engine in a non-nominal flight. The company's engineers restarted the BE-3 engine just 3,600 feet above the ground at high thrust. Had the test failed the rocket would have crashed, but everything went smoothly. Bezos apparently expected it to because for the first time he announced a launch test in advance. He tweeted out details as the rocket lifted off and returned to the West Texas site. … [Read more...] about Why Blue Origin’s latest launch is a huge deal for cheap space access
Manova is a combination of private and public spaces, and during my demo, I see both. When I put on the headset, I'm in the private sphere, a minimalist home. I can sit on the couch in my living room and watch a movie by myself or invite friends to join me. The next moment, I follow my XRSpace guide to zap myself to a T-Mobile-branded sports arena to watch a basketball game from the center court line. The game is real, with real players, and I have the best seat. … [Read more...] about This VR startup wants to use 5G to blow up social distancing