OSIRIS-REx headed back to Earth with “abundance” of asteroid samples

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) robotic deep-space probe is returning from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. On May 10, 2021 at 4:23 pm EDT, the spacecraft began its 2.5-year journ… Continue reading OSIRIS-REx headed back to Earth with “abundance” of asteroid samples

Kairos and TVA partner to build demonstration pebble-bed nuclear reactor

The US Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Kairos Power have announced a new agreement to build Kairos’ Hermes low-power demonstration molten-salt cooled, pebble-bed reactor at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.Continue… Continue reading Kairos and TVA partner to build demonstration pebble-bed nuclear reactor

Dassault unveils Falcon 10X business jet with world’s largest cabin

Dassault Aviation has taken the wraps off its latest business jet, the Falcon 10X. Still in development, the aircraft won’t be built for several years, but the company had a virtual rollout to highlight the design and many of the features of what it cl… Continue reading Dassault unveils Falcon 10X business jet with world’s largest cabin

British Army to roll out upgraded Main Battle Tank in 2027

Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) has won an £800-million (US$1.1-billion) contract from the Ministry of Defence to upgrade 148 of the British Army’s Cold War era Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks to Challenger 3 specifications. Work will begin this yea… Continue reading British Army to roll out upgraded Main Battle Tank in 2027

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter makes first one-way trip on fifth test flight

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has successfully flown for the fifth time. The tiny autonomous rotorcraft lifted off from Wright Brother Field in Jezero Crater on the Red Planet for a 108-second flight that took it on a one-way trip to a new airfield … Continue reading Ingenuity Mars Helicopter makes first one-way trip on fifth test flight

Blue Origin opens bidding for seat on its first crewed flight to space

Blue Origin has opened the first round of bidding for the first passenger seat on its suborbital New Shepard reusable, Vertical Takeoff, Vertical Landing (​VTVL) space vehicle, which is scheduled to fly on July 20, 2021.Continue ReadingCategory: Space,… Continue reading Blue Origin opens bidding for seat on its first crewed flight to space

Space-aged wine expected to fetch $1 million at auction

The space-aged vintage Pétrus 2000

A wine that spent 14 months on the International Space Station (ISS) is being offered up for sale by auction house Christie’s. One of a dozen bottles of vintage Pétrus 2000 sent to the space station by Space Cargo Unlimited, it could bring an estimated US$1 million through Christie’s Private Sales, which will go to fund future space missions.

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Sixty years since Mercury Redstone 3, the first crewed US space mission

On May 5, 1961, about 45 million US television viewers watched a single-stage Redstone rocket lift off from Launch Complex 5 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on their black and white sets. Atop the rocket was a tiny capsule less than 7 ft (2 m) … Continue reading Sixty years since Mercury Redstone 3, the first crewed US space mission

U-2 spyplane relays and translates data between F-22s and F-35s

A U-2 spyplane has successfully acted as an airborne interpreter and data-link between an F-22 Raptor and five F-35 Lightning IIs. The Project Hydra test by conducted by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, the US Missile Defense Agency and the US Air Force de… Continue reading U-2 spyplane relays and translates data between F-22s and F-35s