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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There are countries on board with this idea, including Luxembourg, which also declared that companies can own the resources that they grab from space. But not everyone is on the same page. Notably, China and Russia, two very large space superpowers, have been critical of the idea of using space resources. Though China has warmed up to the concept recently, Russian officials have been very vocal about their disdain for NASA’s vision for space resources. When NASA announced its Artemis Accords, the director of Russia’s space program, Dmitry Rogozin, likened the policy to the US’s invasion of Iraq in now-deleted tweets. … [Read more...] about NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from private companies
Laika, a stray dog scooped off the streets of Moscow, launched on the Soviet Union's Sputnik 2 mission in November 1957, just a month after Sputnik 1's liftoff opened the space age. The 11-lb. (5 kilograms) mixed-breed quickly died of overheating and circled Earth as a corpse until April 1958, when Sputnik 2 fell back into the atmosphere and burned up. … [Read more...] about Laika and her crew: ‘Space Dogs’ documentary explores Moscow through a stray’s eyes
Blue Origin even included two research payloads on Saturday's flight: the "Box of Rocks" experiment from the Southwest Research Institute will test how rocky debris settles in microgravity, while the University of Central Florida's "Collisions into Dust" experiment aims to better understand how large bodies interacted with dust in the early Solar System. This marks the beginning of Blue Origin's plan to use New Shepard as a reliable testbed for suborbital science experiments. … [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