Spaceflight

SIGN OF PROGRESS: NASA PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIDDEN FIGURES

Visitors to NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. will forevermore be reminded of the African-American women who were essential to the success of early spaceflight. On August 23, 2018, U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, Ed Markey, John Thune, and Bill Nelson introduced a bipartisan bill to designate the street in front of NASA Headquarters as Hidden Figures […]

HERA MISSION 11 CREW RETURNS

The HERA Mission 11 crew successfully “splashed-down” on Wednesday, August 10, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. This 30-day, on-Earth, simulation paves the way for future human research in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). A spaceflight analog is a situation on Earth that mimics physical and mental effects on the body experienced […]

DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-POWER SOLAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION

A prototype 13-kilowatt Hall thruster is tested at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This prototype demonstrated the technology readiness needed for industry to continue the development of high-power solar electric propulsion into a flight-qualified system. On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, NASA awarded a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. to design and develop an advanced […]

XCOR ENGINEERS ANNOUNCE MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN ENGINE TECHNOLOGY

XCOR Director of Engineering and acting CTO Michael Valant announced this week that his team has reached an important milestone in the development of the reusable 5K18 Lynx main propulsion rocket engine. His engineers were able to ‘close the loop’ of the thermodynamic system under test conditions, a key technology for the Lynx sub-orbital vehicle. […]

THE WORLD’S FIRST SPACEFLIGHT FITNESS SPECIALISTS

LAUNCH Fitness & Human Performance is pleased to announce its first class of candidates in its Spaceflight Fitness Specialist certification program. An industry first, the LAUNCH Spaceflight Fitness Specialist program is currently the only professional certification that seeks to bridge the gap between the fitness industry and the commercial spaceflight industry. The Spaceflight Fitness Specialist […]

XCOR SPACE EXPEDITIONS RAISES TICKET PRICE

With the Lynx Mark I spacecraft closer to completion and first flight, the price will be raised to align more closely with the current market value of a commercial spaceflight. XCOR entered the market to make space more accessible to the general public than ever before. As Lynx moves toward final assembly, demand is on […]

WORLD VIEW ONE STEP CLOSER TO MANNED NEAR-SPACE VOYAGES

World View, the commercial balloon spaceflight company, is one step closer to launching manned voyages after successfully flying the first parafoil from the edge of space at a record-breaking height of 102,200 feet on February 20, 2015. With extremely limited air pressure and density at this high altitude, flying a parafoil is an incredible feat. […]

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