All Space articles – Page 6

  • Hypersonic
    News

    USA's hypersonic programme could rile Russia and China

    2016-10-03T09:30:47Z

    US hypersonic missile research could end up antagonising China and Russia, despite hopes that it could help defuse tensions over renewal of Washington's nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) arsenal.

  • mars rocket
    News

    Elon Musk lays out vision to colonise Mars

    2016-09-28T00:55:37Z

    In what many space geeks are calling our generation's "Kennedy moment," Spacex founder Elon Musk laid out his most ambitious vision in flight yet: his plan to colonize Mars.

  • News

    SpaceShipTwo returns to flight after nearly two years

    2016-09-09T13:47:40Z

    ​A Virgin Galactic spaceship returned to flight in a captive carry test for the first time in nearly two years since the fatal crash of the original prototype.

  • News

    ​UPDATE: SpaceX launch destroys Facebook’s $200 million satellite

    2016-09-01T16:02:55Z

    An explosion at Cape Canaveral this morning destroyed both a SpaceX Falcon rocket and a $200 million satellite that would have increased internet access in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Moon Express
    News

    US clears first private company to make Moon landing

    2016-08-03T20:18:46Z

    ​A Cape Canaveral, Florida-based start-up has become the first private company approved by the US government to land on the Moon with less than 17 months remaining in the Google Lunar X Prize Foundation.

  • Aquila 640
    News

    Facebook tests solar-powered Aquila UAV

    2016-07-21T18:59:10Z

    ​Online networking service Facebook is now an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) operator, having achieved first flight of the first full-scale, solar-powered, ultra-long-endurance Aquila on 28 June in Yuma, Arizona.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: Ground control to ISS - who's in charge up there?

    2016-07-11T09:07:27Z

    ​As British astronaut Tim Peake gets his Earth legs back after his recent return from six months aboard the International Space Station, one of his European Space Agency astronaut corps colleagues is training for a second stint in orbit – which includes an unusual responsibility.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: In space, two years can take forever - or go by in a flash

    2016-07-01T15:03:02Z

    ​In space, two years can take a very long time – or it can go by in a flash, depending on one’s perspective. As seen from the European Space Agency’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, the past couple of years have been elongated by many a nail-biting eternity as ...

  • Perlan 640
    News

    Perlan II readies for record-breaking ascent to 90,000ft

    2016-05-09T14:38:52Z

    Airbus Group chief executive Tom Enders took the controls of the two-seat Perlan II glider during a 10min test flight on 7 May from the windswept, high-desert airport in Minden, Nevada, raising the public profile of a volunteer team of aviation adventurers hoping to make history in about four months.

  • XS-1
    News

    Northrop backs XS-1 spaceplane to join satellite launch market

    2016-04-14T14:36:42Z

    Northrop Grumman might be "playing to win" the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's XS-1 programme, but the aerospace firm's interest in a reusable spaceplane for rapidly launching small satellites runs far deeper than any one project or contract.

  • Lockheed Martin Orion. NASA image
    News

    Moon or Mars? Lockheed preps Orion for deep space adventure

    2016-04-14T11:54:52Z

    It’s a debate that has raged since NASA’s last Apollo lunar mission in 1972. Should America return to the Moon or press on to Mars?

  • News

    Virgin's SpaceShipTwo readied for new ‘space renaissance’

    2016-04-14T02:19:52Z

    Virgin Galactic is positioning itself as a key player in the new “space renaissance” as it returns SpaceShipTwo to flight testing, chalks up commitments for its small satellite launch service, and teams up with Northrop Grumman on the US military's XS-1 spaceplane programme.

  • Boeing's DARPA XS-1 spaceplane design
    News

    DARPA to hold open competition for XS-1 demonstration phase

    2016-04-12T19:47:38Z

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will accept outside bids for the construction and demonstration of a reusable, unmanned “XS-1” spaceplane.

  • Bigelow Aerospace and ULA. Bigelow Image
    News

    Bigelow Aerospace and ULA team to launch B330 habitat in 2020

    2016-04-12T13:58:07Z

    Less than a week after its expandable habitat testbed was launched toward the International Space Station (ISS) via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Bigelow Aerospace has announced a long-term partnership with rival United Launch Alliance (ULA) to lift the first B330 module into space in 2020.

  • SpaceX
    News

    SpaceX demonstrates water recovery of Falcon 9 booster

    2016-04-08T23:52:48Z

    ​SpaceX on 8 April successfully recovered the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket on the landing pad of an unmanned ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • ISIS airship
    News

    NASA floats stratospheric airship prize

    2016-04-07T10:13:00Z

    NASA is again considering whether to launch a public competition to develop large stratospheric airships, a capability that has eluded the US military despite several costly attempts.

  • News

    Perlan 2 glider starts cabin pressurisation tests

    2016-03-09T21:13:57Z

    ​Flight testing has started on the unique cabin pressurization system for the Airbus-sponsored Perlan II, an experimental glider aiming to set the winged-aircraft altitude record with a flight to 90,000ft later this year.

  • News

    Virgin Galactic rolls out Unity

    2016-02-20T00:00:00Z

    Virgin Galactic on 19 February rolled out its latest SpaceShipTwo flight-test spacecraft - named Unity - nearly 16 months after pledging to continue the commercial spaceflight programme despite the tragic loss of its first prototype.

  • ISS
    Analysis

    ANALYSIS: ESA's Moon man looks beyond the Space Station

    2016-01-22T14:55:14Z

    ​When Jan Woerner took his seat at European Space Agency headquarters in Paris for his first-ever January press conference as director general, the former head of Germany’s DLR aerospace agency had plenty of good news to talk about.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: Our 2015 forecasts revisited – spot-on or way, way off?

    2016-01-06T13:47:02Z

    ​Forecasting is a rough game, but here at Flight we're always up for a challenge – or are we just too foolish to know when to quit? Our 2015 calls, in retrospect