XCOR Aerospace successfully tests piston pump powered rocket
Last week saw the successful test by XCOR Aerospace of their LYNX rocket engine with both propellant and oxidiser being supplied by positive displacement pumps – a claimed first in the industry.
ISS Transitions into Expedition 35, Expedition 34 return home after a delayed departure
On March 13th NASA astronaut Kevin Ford handed over command of the ISS to CSA astronaut Chris Hadfield in preparation for the transition from Expedition 34 into Expedition 35 allowing Ford and his crew to prepare to depart the station on Friday. (more…)
How to run a Space Station: The resupply ships of the ISS
On the International Space Station machines break, people need food to eat and water to drink – so how do we keep our astronauts fed, provide them with water and service the machines?
The collective effort of the fleet of robotic resupply ships takes care of these issues for us.
SpaceX launch Dragon to the ISS, Dragon has on orbit issues
Friday March 1st 2013 saw the SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket blast off from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Florida at 1510 UTC / 10:10am EST, intending to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Saturday.
Kristian Von Bengtson resigns as chairman from Copenhagen Suborbitals
A few days ago Kristian Von Bengtson, one of the founders of Copenhagen Suborbitals, announced his resignation as chairman on twitter in order to concentrate on designing their new crowdfunded space capsule.
Copenhagen Suborbitals successfully crowdfund the next step in homebuilt spaceflight
Copenhagen Suborbitals, the small Danish outfit famous for not only homebuilding a fully working submarine but also a wide variety of capsules and rockets, have managed to fund their next step towards amateur spaceflight – the first amateur-built space capsule in the world.
Blue Origin completes escape test
Completing their stay at NASA, Blue Origin successfully demonstrated their modules pusher escape system, designed to save the crew of their craft in case of any serious malfunction.
Blue Origin completes rocket engine test
Blue Origin, the startup private spaceflight company founded by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, has successfully tested a new 100,000lb thrust rocket engine named BE-3. (more…)
Space X begins CRS contract with first successful commercial Dragon launch
In the last couple of days something of a watershed moment in spaceflight has occurred – the first successful resupply of the ISS by a commercial space vehicle instead of one launched by a government agency. Space X are truly breaking new ground.