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Turning Dreams Into Reality: Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Gets Crowdsourced
2013-10-31 13:52:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two months ago, SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled plans for a transit system capable of taking passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes, and that far-fetched dream is slowly becoming a reality. The Hyperloop theoretically would send people traveling over 700 miles-per-hour across 900 miles of land through a vacuum tube. The concept would overcome the Kantrowitz limit, which is a speed law limiting how fast a pod can...

NASA ISS-RapidScat Built On The Fly
2013-10-30 11:52:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The best chefs in the world can create a gourmet dish from leftover ingredients and NASA scientists have set out to show they can accomplish a similar feat though the ISS-RapidScat science mission. An abbreviated form of Rapid Scatterometer, ISS-RapidScat was fashioned from spare parts and put together on a relatively short time scale. The mission will monitor ocean winds from the International Space Station. Scientists study ocean...

Unmanned Dream Chaser Test Flight Successful, Despite Crash Landing
2013-10-30 07:00:34

[ Watch the Video: Dream Chaser Unmanned Flight Suffers Crash Landing ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a series of successful ground and captive-carry tests with its flagship Dream Chaser commercial space taxi, Sierra Nevada Corp.’s (SNC) latest experiment, falls short of perfection. On Saturday, October 26, SNC’s Dream Chaser was airlifted by helicopter to launch altitude for what was a largely successful automated test flight. However, as the...

SpaceX Completes Review Of 2014 Commercial Crew Abort Test
2013-10-25 07:00:17

NASA In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency. This review of the in-flight abort test plan provided an assessment of the Dragon's SuperDraco engines, the software that would issue the abort command, and the interface between the Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket on which the spacecraft...

Cygnus Released From ISS After Successful Demonstration Mission
2013-10-22 09:41:15

[ Watch the Video: Cygnus Completes Mission! ] NASA The Canadarm2 released Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus commercial craft at 7:31 a.m. EDT Tuesday after three weeks at the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano and Karen Nyberg were at the controls of the robotics workstation removing Cygnus from the Harmony node then safely releasing it. Parmitano and Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins closed the hatches and depressurized Cygnus Monday morning. On Wednesday, the Cygnus...

Billionaire Entrepreneur Elon Musk Wants To Build Submarine Car
2013-10-18 12:55:55

[ Watch the Video: Elon Musk Wants To Take The Plunge With His New Toy ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last month, the Lotus Esprit submarine car featured in the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me” sold in an auction for $866,000 to a secretive and unknown buyer. Gawker Media's Jalopnik weblog yesterday reported it has uncovered the buyer — none other than entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder/co-founder of several companies including Space X, Tesla Motors,...

SpaceX Grasshopper Half Mile Test Launch
2013-10-14 11:22:08

[ Watch the Video: Grasshopper’s Half-Mile Test Flight ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX's Grasshopper vehicle keeps making leaps and bounds, with its latest test taking it nearly a half-mile into the sky. The Grasshopper is a modified Falcon 9 rocket designed to both take off and land vertically. SpaceX has been testing out its new launch vehicle one step at a time by slowly launching it higher and higher to see whether it can maintain stability as it gets...


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History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

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