Nuclear reactor on the moon? NASA seeks ideas to fuel future lunar missions

If anyone has a good idea on how to put a fission nuclear power plant on the moon, the US government wants to hear about it. NASA and the country’s largest federal nuclear research laboratory on Friday launched a tender for a fission surface energy system. NASA is working with …

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UFOs – unwanted flying objects – in night sky over North Queensland easily identified, expert says

Unexpected, if not unidentified, flying objects surprised some North Queenslanders who were observing the skies this week, with images of a long, thin object floating in the night sky, trending on social media. Key points: There have been a number of UFO sightings in North Queensland in recent days. Space …

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Look inside Firefly Space as the rocket builder prepares for the second launch

Space company Firefly is gearing up for the second orbital launch attempt of its Alpha rocket, as the company seeks to lay the groundwork for its business. “Firefly aims to be the next SpaceX, a very transformative space transportation company,” Firefly CEO Tom Markusic told CNBC. The company recently gave …

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Rocket builder Astra reaches orbit for the first time

The LV0007 rocket takes off during the company’s first successful orbital launch from Kodiak, Alaska on November 20, 2021. Astra / NASA Space flight Astra Space first reached orbit on Saturday with its LV0007 rocket, joining a small group of privately-owned companies that have achieved the feat. The company launched …

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Babin and Lucas challenge NTSB over Authority to Investigate Trade Space – SpacePolicyOnline.com

The two main House Republicans who oversee commercial space activities are challenging new action by the National Transportation Safety Board to exercise more authority in commercial space accident investigations. In a letter to the NTSB, they requested more information and Representative Brian Babin introduced a resolution stating that commercial space …

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DARPA, NASA Target Quantum Applications

// php echo do_shortcode (‘[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Listen to Post”]’)?> The U.S. military and NASA are embracing quantum computing technology for a range of communication and sensor applications as they seek to take advantage of reductions in size, weight and power as well as huge increases in bandwidth and …

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Blue Origin loses offer to land Artemis’ first astronauts on the moon

Blue Origin lost its months-long battle to be reconsidered for a contract with NASA to transport astronauts from the moon’s orbit to its surface. Blue Origin’s lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Claims Tribunal challenged NASA’s selection of rival SpaceX – and only SpaceX – for the contract. U.S. Judge Richard …

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Exploration of Mars runs the risk of being deceived by fake fossils, researchers say

Mars has now become the new frontier, with most space nations focusing on exploring the Red Planet. The idea behind exploring Mars is to find signs of life, understand its climate, and determine natural resources. However, new research suggests that explorers looking for ancient life on Mars could be misled …

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Virgin Orbit bullish on national security launch

CEO Dan Hart: “We have had a fairly extensive dialogue at all levels of the executive and with the Space Force and the intelligence community” WASHINGTON – Virgin Orbit predicts that more than 40% of the company’s business by 2026 will be spent on national security and defense. Virgin Orbit …

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NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter preparing to overfly “raised ridges” and land near the edge of “South Séítah”

Animation showing NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter flying on Mars. Credit: NASA With Flight 15, Ingenuity began the return trip to “Wright Brothers Field” at “Octavia E. Butler Landing”, the site where Perseverance landed with Ingenuity in February. This flight was performed with the rotor speed recently increased to 2,700 rpm. After …

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