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2013-11-11 23:22:20

Figure Plant, a design and fabrication company based in Portland, Oregon, was recently asked: “We want to cook chicken in space. We’re talking to NASA, but we wanted to see if you'd be interested." Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) November 11, 2013 The mission presented: To build a space capsule—in the shape of a bottle of teriyaki sauce--that can cook chicken while ascending to 105,000 feet in space. The capsule will then need to return to earth intact and be recovered for a...

Rotor Landing For Capsules Tested By Engineers
2012-10-04 15:04:33

A team of researchers brought a pair of scale model space capsules to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to try out a rotor system that could be used in place of parachutes on returning spacecraft. The design would give a capsule the stability and control of a helicopter, but would not be powered. Instead, the wind passing over the rotors as the capsule descends would make the blades turn, a process called auto-rotation that has been proven repeatedly...

Chinese Astronauts Land Safely In Mongolia
2012-06-29 06:48:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a landmark thirteen-day mission in space aboard the Tiangong-1 experimental space lab, three Chinese astronauts, including the country´s first Chinese female astronaut, parachuted safely back to Earth landing in a grassy field in Inner Mongolia Friday morning. The trio´s Shenzhou-9 space capsule touched down at roughly 10:00 a.m. local time on Friday 29 June, 2012. The capsule somersaulted once after touching down,...

NASA's Bolden Visits SpaceX To View Dragon Capsule
2012-06-14 06:31:40

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joined SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk at the SpaceX Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas, Wednesday to see the first commercial space capsule to complete a mission to the International Space Station. Bolden and Musk also thanked the more than 150 SpaceX employees working at the McGregor facility for their role in the historic mission. SpaceX's Dragon capsule made history May 31 when it returned to Earth after delivering supplies to the...

Dragon Capsule Ready For Friday Rendezvous
2012-05-24 14:36:46

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX's Dragon capsule finally caught up to the International Space Station on Thursday morning and performed a series of tests to clear it for docking on Friday. The Dragon capsule performed a fly-by test Thursday morning, staying at least 1-1/2 miles away from the orbiting laboratory, allowing Mission Control to perform a practice lap and check its communication and navigation systems. On Friday, the capsule will fly within 30 feet of the space...

SpaceX Wins Preliminary NASA Approval Of Launch Abort System
2011-10-28 05:24:19

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, along with other leaders in the private space industry, testified before lawmakers on Wednesday, seeking to secure funding to develop a replacement for the Space Shuttles that were decommissioned earlier this year. Wired.com's Jason Paur reports that SpaceX recently completed a preliminary design review by NASA of its launch abort system, meaning the company´s Dragon spacecraft is now on its way to being approved for manned missions....

Image 1 - SpaceX Sets Its Sights On Mars
2011-09-30 07:52:14

US space transport company Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announced Thursday that it plans to develop a fully reusable orbital launch system, with the goal of one day helping humans settle on Mars. Elon Musk, the company´s founder, said the vehicle would be a reusable version of the Falcon 9 rocket which SpaceX used to propel its Dragon space capsule to low-Earth orbit during a test mission last year. Its first cargo trip to the International Space Station (ISS) is...

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2011-08-16 09:25:00

Space Exploration Technologies Co. (SpaceX) has announced that it plans to make a test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in November, with future goals to pick up where NASA's shuttle program left off. Over the past several months, SpaceX has been working to prepare for the test flight -- a mission the company says is designed to demonstrate that a privately-developed space transportation system can deliver cargo and perhaps astronauts to and from the ISS. NASA gave SpaceX a...

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2011-04-13 14:05:23

A spokesman for a New York City auction house said that a 1961 Soviet space capsule that carried a cosmonaut mannequin and a live dog into space was sold at Sotheby's on Tuesday for $2.9 million. David Redden of Sotheby's auction house said that the buyer of the Vostok 3KA-2 was Russian businessman Evgeny Yurchenko.  He said the total price included the buyer's premium. Redden said that Yurchenko planned to take the capsule back to his home country. "I hope that Vostok will take its...


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