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Elon Musk hopes SpaceX’s Starship will reach orbit in six months

Sponsored Links SpaceX, Twitter Elon Musk’s ambitious plans for Starship extend to the timeline for its first flights. As part of a Q&A session at SpaceX’s presentation, Musk outlined plans for rapid prototyping that could get the vessel into space in a short time frame. Starship Mk1 (above) at Boca Chica, Texas should have a …

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Russian rocket test explosion leads to radiation leak

Sponsored Links REUTERS/Sergei Yakovlev Russia’s military technology push has unfortunately produced deadly consequences. The country’s Rosatom has confirmed that five people have died and three injured after an explosion on August 8th while testing an isotopic power source for a rocket’s liquid propulsion system. The same blast also increased radiation levels by as much as …

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NASA spacecraft will use fuel that’s safer for humans

Sponsored Links Aerojet Rocketdyne Many spacecraft depend on hydrazine in their fuel, but it’s extremely hazardous — and that means very careful fueling processes that slow things down. NASA will soon have a safer option, however. It’s about to test-fly the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, a spacecraft that ditches hydrazine in favor of a namesake …

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First private Japanese rocket reaches space

Sponsored Links Kyodo News via AP Japan can finally include itself among the ranks of countries with successful private spaceflight outfits. Interstellar Technologies has successfully launched its MOMO-3 sounding rocket into space, with the vehicle easily crossing the Kármán line (62 miles in altitude) before splashing into the Pacific. It’s a modest start — the …

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