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CIBER To Help NASA Visualize Beginnings Of The Universe
2013-05-21 17:43:54

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Everything has a beginning and discovering the beginning of the universe could begin next month. On June 4, NASA will launch an experiment that could answer the question as to when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe, and how brightly these stars may have burned their fuel. Next month, scientists will look to answers with the launch of the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) on the Black Brant XII...

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Breaks Sound Barrier
2013-04-29 12:57:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo broke the sound barrier for the first time on Monday, reaching Mach 1.2 in a test flight. In a blog post today, founder of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson announced the “momentous” feat that the company had achieved. "It marks the moment when we put together two key elements of our spaceflight system — the spacecraft and its rocket motor, which have both been tested extensively by...

2013-04-17 12:12:38

For a second year, NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals for suborbital technology payloads and spacecraft capability enhancements that could help revolutionize future space missions. Selected technologies will travel to the edge of space and back on U.S. commercial suborbital vehicles and platforms, providing opportunities for testing before they are sent to work in the unforgiving environment of space. The Game Changing Opportunities in Technology...

Masten's Xombie With Genie Payload Makes Highest, Longest Flight To Date
2013-03-30 08:42:44

NASA A rocket-powered, vertical-landing space-access technology demonstrator reached its highest altitude and furthest distance to date March 25 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif., using a developmental navigation system designed to land a space vehicle on other celestial bodies. Masten Space Systems´ XA-0.1B “Xombie” suborbital rocket lifted off the launch pad for an 80-second flight while being controlled by Charles Stark Draper Laboratory´s...

NASA To Test 13 New Reusable Flight Technologies
2013-01-22 18:50:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said it has selected 13 new technologies to ride along payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft in 2013 and 2014. The flights will enable participants to demonstrate their technologies, allowing them to touch the edge of space to see how well they will be prepared for the harsh conditions of spaceflight. Las Vegas-based Zero-G Corporation's parabolic...

Spaceport Liability Coverage An Issue With Virgin Galactic
2013-01-14 03:50:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Officials from Virgin Galactic are reportedly threatening to pull their support from a $200-plus million, publicly financed spaceport in New Mexico unless an accident liability waver is extended to cover manufacturers and component suppliers. According to Edward Helmore of The Guardian, Sir Richard Branson´s space tourism company has been displeased with state lawmakers failure to grant the extension. New Mexico...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.