Posts Tagged ‘spacecraft’
The curtain of secrecy is being raised by Blue Origin, a private entrepreneurial space group designing both suborbital and orbital vehicles. Backed by Amazon.com mogul Jeff Bezos, the Kent, Wash.-based Blue Origin group has completed wind tunnel testing of its next-generation craft, simply called the "Space Vehicle." Blue Origin’s next-generation Space Vehicle undergoing wind tunnel..
Russia clashes over energy with Belarus, Ukraine, EU
Russia plunged back into the disputes over energy with Ukraine and Belarus that have repeatedly disrupted oil and gas supplies to European Unioncountries, and it also termed EU energy policy as "uncivilized". Russia on Friday denied remarks by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko that it [more]
Simple test may predict life expectancy
Don’t be surprised if your doctor asks you to sit on the floor at your next checkup. A new study says testing a person’s ability to sit down and then rise from the floor could provide useful insight into their overall health and longevity. [more]
For North Korea, next step is a nuclear test?
North Korea's next step after rattling the world by putting a satellite into orbit for the first time will likely be a nuclear test, the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. A nuclear test would be the logical follow-up to [more]
NASA releases “Told Ya So” apocalypse video early
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QY_Gc1bF8ds Dec. 21, 2012, has long been rumored to be the day of the Mayan apocalypse, when Earth comes to its inglorious end. The good folks at NASA want you to know that isn't going to happen. In fact, NASA is so [more]
Spacecraft could one day navigate through the cosmos using a particular type of dead star as a kind of GPS. German scientists are developing a technique that allows for very precise positioning anywhere in space by picking up X-ray signals from pulsars. These dense, burnt-out stars rotate rapidly, sweeping their emission across the cosmos at..
A Russian space probe weighing almost as much as two double-decker buses is set to come crashing back to Earth in the New Year. The 13.2 tonne Phobos-Grunt spacecraft was launched in November bound for Mars but engine problems saw it becoming stranded in the Earth’s orbit. Despite repeated attempts to restart the spacecraft, engineers..
The Russian Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft, carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov and U.S. astronaut Michael Fossum, blasts off from its launchpad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, June 8, 2011. [Photo/Agencies] BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan – A Russian Soyuz craft lit up the starry skies of the southern Kazakh..
The U.S. Air Force has launched an experimental robotic space plane on a secret mission. The pilotless X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lifted off from California Saturday aboard an Atlas 5 rocket. Air Force officials have kept details of the craft secret, saying only that it provides a way to test new outer space technologies. The..
A Russian spaceship with three astronauts on board was launched from the Kazakh Baikonur space center on Wednesday night, local TV footage showed. The Soyuz TMA-20 atop a Soyuz-FG carrier rocket blasted off at 10:09 p.m. Moscow time (1909 GMT), sending to the International Space Station (ISS) Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev, NASA female astronaut Catherine..