2014 RC Flyby Science
The asteroid 2014 RC swooped by Earth at a distance of only 34,000 km (21,000 miles) on Sunday, September 7. The close approach allowed scientists to make some observations of the small asteroid.
NASA Panel: Curiosity Planning Lacks Scientific Focus
A NASA senior panel took Curiosity’s mission management to task, finding that their extended mission plan was “a poor science return for such a large investment” and “lacked scientific focus and detail.” (more…)
Shots fired as SpaceX files against Blue Amazon’s patents for “Sea Landing of Launch Vehicles”
Last week Space X filed a dispute with the United States Patent Office against their rival’s patent for a powered vertical landing of rockets at sea, which forms a key part of Space X’s future plans.
Copenhagen Suborbital’s latest test writes off HEAT2X rocket
Everybody’s favourite amateur Danish rocket group had another engine test quite recently – while not everything went to plan, nobody could say it wasn’t spectacular. (more…)
Kerbal Space Program 0.24 Update Released!
The latest update of the award winning Kerbal Space Program adds a great deal of features to an already great game – we take a look at these additions and how they will force players to adapt.
UK Spaceport: Square, vaporware pegs being forced into bodged regulation and square site holes
Today the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority released (to great pre-released fanfare) a shortlist of sites being considered for the site of a UK spaceport. Unfortunately, I fear that this release is based much more on hype than solid capability. As the idea currently stands it is overtly speculative, based on designs that largely have yet to materialise, using a site that has yet to be chosen (while likely requiring large investment that hasn’t been announced yet) and requiring the formation of either dedicated government bodies and legislation, or the massive, rapid adaptation of existing ones.
Two Gliese 581 exoplanets revealed as data ghosts
A study released recently revealed that one of the most promising exoplanets discovered inside a nearby stars habitable zone might be no more than data ghosts caused by star activity.
Space X Receive FAA Approval to build Texas Spaceport
Everyone’s favourite space exploration company received approval from the FAA last week to build their own spaceport on the most south-eastern corner of Texas, just beyond the border with Mexico. (more…)