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Last Build Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:00:00 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2003-2016 Jeff Foust

The mystery of Zuma

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:00:00 GMT

We know that a Falcon 9 lifted off last week carrying a classified payload known only as Zuma, but what happened to Zuma, and why, remain a mystery. Jeff Foust reports on what is known, and what is speculated, about the mission, and the implications for SpaceX as it begins a big year.

PSLV-C40: A multipurpose mission

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:59:00 GMT

Last week India launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) for the first time since a failure in August. Ajey Lele explains that this mission did more than demonstrate that the problem that caused the failure had been corrected.

Simply fix the Moon Treaty

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:58:00 GMT

The Moon Treaty, not ratified by major spacefaring nations, has been criticized for its "common heritage of mankind" language. Vidvuds Beldavs argues that modest changes to the treaty could address those concerns while leaving in place a framework for enabling commercial extraction of resources from the Moon and asteroids.

NASA has too much on its plate to return to the Moon

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:57:00 GMT

A space policy directive signed last month directs NASA to return humans to the Moon, but how? Gerald Black argues that NASA can't afford to do it in traditional ways, and needs to instead work in partnership with the private sector.

Review: Spaceport Earth

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:56:00 GMT

Spaceports are popping up around the United States and elsewhere, far outpacing the demand from commercial launch companies. Jeff Foust reviews a book that attempts to explain why that's the case by visiting a number of existing and proposed launch sites.

Will Space Policy Directive 1 benefit or hinder human missions to Mars?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:00:00 GMT

President Trump signed a directive last month amending national space policy to call for a human return to the Moon. Chris Carberry and Rick Zucker argue that this need not be in conflict with plans for human missions to Mars, provided the administration is willing to back its policy with sufficient funding.

The coming age of commercial spaceflight: some considerations

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:59:00 GMT

As commercial suborbital vehicles capable of carrying people prepare to enter service, those vehicles offers new opportunities for "ordinary" people to fly into space. John Putman cautions that such opportunities will require people to prepare not just physically but also psychologically.

NASA sees the light for the future of space communications

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:58:00 GMT

As spacecraft become more advanced, and probe more distant parts of the solar system, communications becomes a weak link. Jeff Foust reports on how NASA is working on laser communications technologies for Earth science and planetary missions to dramatically increase data rates.

A bittersweet homecoming (part 2)

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:57:00 GMT

In the concluding part of her interview, Emily Carney talks with Jonathan Ward, co-author of a new book on the Columbia accident investigation, on the recovery effort and comparisons with other NASA human spaceflight accidents.

Review: NASA Spaceflight: A History of Innovation

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:56:00 GMT

Innovation is a key buzzword when it comes to NASA initiatives today, but it's hardly something new for the agency. Jeff Foust reviews a collection of essays that examines efforts from throughout NASA's history to attempt innovation, often in cooperation with the private sector.

2018 may (almost) be the year for commercial human suborbital spaceflight

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 11:00:00 GMT

After years of delays, two companies are edging closer to flights of commercial suborbital vehicles carrying people. Jeff Foust reports on those companies' progress and the effect they will have on the suborbital research field.

Will 2018 be a step forward or a step back for SpaceX?

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:59:00 GMT

Last year was perhaps the most successful in the history of SpaceX, but what will the company do for an encore in 2018? A.J. Mackenzie argues that the company faces new risks in 2018 with the introduction of new vehicles, among other challenges.

Next Christmas in the Kuiper Belt

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:58:00 GMT

Next New Year's Day, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make a close flyby of a small object, or objects, in the Kuiper Belt. Jeff Foust previews the science, and the technical challenges, of the flyby.

Why the US should notify the public of all satellite reentries

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:57:00 GMT

A year ago, a classified US satellite reentered over the South Pacific without any advance warning or other notice by US government agencies. Charles Phillips discusses why, for safety's sake, the government should provide a warning of such reentries without disclosing the satellite's mission.

A bittersweet homecoming (part 1)

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:56:00 GMT

A new book due out this month chronicles the investigation into the Columbia shuttle accident 15 years ago. In the first of a two-part interview, Emily Carney talks with co-author Jonathan Ward about the development of the book and what he learned about the tragedy.

Where, but not how or when

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Last week, President Trump signed a space policy directive that formally made a human return to the Moon part of national policy. Jeff Foust reports that, beyond that directive, there are still few details about how and when NASA astronauts will set foot on the Moon.

Black ops and the shuttle (part 3-2): The HEXAGON ghost haunting the desert storm

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:59:00 GMT

The decision to end the HEXAGON film-collection spysat program, and not use shuttle capabilities to extend its lifetime, had long-term implications for military operations. Dwayne Day describes how nothing has quite replaced what HEXAGON could do.

The emerging field of space economics: theoretical and practical considerations

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:58:00 GMT

Is it time for a distinct subfield of economics devoted to space? Vidvuds Beldavs and Jeffrey Sommers argue that such studies are required to understand if, and how, a self-sustaining space economy can be created.

Liability for space debris collisions and the Kessler Syndrome (part 2)

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:57:00 GMT

In the concluding part of his examination of orbital debris and space law, Scott Kerr explores some scenarios for orbital debris incidents in orbit, which can lead to conclusions about liability that might defy expectations.

Review: Artemis

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:56:00 GMT

The author of The Martian, Andy Weir, is back with a tale set on the Moon. Jeff Foust reviews this hard science fiction novel with a central character different in many respects from Mark Watney, but quite similar in other ways.

Black ops and the shuttle (part 3-1): Recovering spent HEXAGON reconnaissance satellites with the space shuttle

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 GMT

One concept quietly studied for military shuttle missions was to recover and refurbish reconnaissance satellites. Dwayne Day examines what's known about those studies as the national security community moved from film-based to electronic satellites.

A bridge to Venus

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:59:00 GMT

Planetary scientists who study Venus were disappointed by the outcome of NASA's latest Discovery competition, but are doing more than placing all their bets on the ongoing New Frontiers program. Jeff Foust reports on how smallsats may provide a new option for sending missions to the planet.

"Do we want to get to the Moon or not?" (part 2)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:58:00 GMT

In the concluding portion of his history of the decision-making process to get humans to the Moon in the Apollo program, Carl Alessi examines how the debate on the various modes came to a head as John Houbolt lobbied for lunar orbit rendezvous.

Liability for space debris collisions and the Kessler Syndrome (part 1)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:57:00 GMT

A growing concern for those who operate satellites is potential damage from space debris, and determining who, if anyone, can be held liable for it. In the first of a two-part paper, Scott Kerr examines some of the legal issues on this subject.

Review: Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:56:00 GMT

How does the symbiotic relationship between spaceflight and science fiction hold up in an era of increasing commercial ventures and new space applications? Jeff foust reviews a book that combines hard science fiction short stories with essays on topics from low Earth orbit commercialization to exploration of exoplanets.

Seeking regulatory certainty for new space applications

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Companies in the US developing "non-traditional" commercial space missions, like lunar landers of satellite servicing, still face regulatory uncertainty. Jeff Foust reports on how companies, and one government agency, believe that uncertainty should be resolved.

"Do we want to get to the Moon or not?" (part 1)

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:59:00 GMT

The approach NASA eventually adopted for landing astronauts on the Moon for the Apollo program makes perfect sense in retrospect, but at the dawn of the Space Age had little support. Carl Alessi, in the first of a two-part article, discusses how one engineer faced an uphill battle to win backing for lunar orbit rendezvous.

Establishing a European NewSpace industry

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:58:00 GMT

Luxembourg hosted the first NewSpace Europe conference last month, bringing together European startups, investors, and government officials. Jeff Foust discusses some of the challenges European startups face in this sector and how they compete against American counterparts.

Review: Soonish

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:57:00 GMT

There's no shortage of space technologies that have been proposed as revolutionary for life on Earth and beyond. Jeff Foust review a book that examines some of those technologies, along with those from other fields, that could "improve and/or ruin everything."

Great Britain gets serious about launch

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Despite the large number of small launch vehicle efforts underway globally, the British space industry sees an opportunity to develop and launch such vehicles from the country. Jeff Foust reports on a recent conference that discussed some of the vehicles under development and efforts by the British government to support them with funding and regulation.

International cooperation and competition in space (part 2)

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:59:00 GMT

In the concluding part of his analysis on the benefits and drawbacks of cooperation and competition in space, Cody Knipfer offers some examples of how such efforts would work on projects ranging from human missions to the Moon to greater engagement with China.

A failed company and an uncertain market

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:58:00 GMT

Earlier this month XCOR Aerospace filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, bringing a likely end to the suborbital spaceflight company. Jeff Foust reports on the fall of XCOR and its implications for the suborbital industry.

Party of one: why we're still alone in the universe

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:57:00 GMT

Astronomers have been scanning the sky for more than half a century to look for signals for alien civilizations, without success. Michael Morgan proposes some reasons why that's the case in a universe that is likely teeming with life.

Review: Endurance

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:56:00 GMT

Scott Kelly went from someone in danger of flunking out of school to becoming a test pilot, astronaut, and holder of the US record for the longest single space mission. Jeff Foust reviews Kelly's memoir, which tells his life story as well as goes into detail about his nearly one year on the ISS.

International cooperation and competition in space (part 1)

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:00:00 GMT

When should countries, including the United States, work together with other countries on space projects, and when should they compete against one another? In the first of a two-part examination, Cody Knipfer looks at some of the key factors affecting international cooperation and competition.

A landing lifts Dream Chaser's prospects

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:59:00 GMT

Earlier this month, Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser successfully completed its second glide flight, this time with a safe landing. Jeff Foust reports on how the company is confident it can press ahead with the vehicle's development after this latest test.

A giant leap for America

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:58:00 GMT

As the US develops plans for a potential human return to the Moon, what's the best way to get there? Ajay Kothari discusses how reusable vehicles and on-orbit fueling can deliver cargo to the Moon at a fraction of the cost of a conventional heavy-lift rocket.

The future challenges related to space activities: towards a new legal framework?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:57:00 GMT

The current international legal regime governing spaceflight is struggling to keep up with emerging actors and applications. Anne-Sophie Martin discusses the problem and ways to get those other than countries involved in rulemaking.

Review: The Space Shuttle Program: Technologies and Accomplishments

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:56:00 GMT

The shuttle program may have failed to live up to its cost and flight-rate goals, but it was a versatile vehicle that carried out a wide range of missions. Jeff Foust reviews a book that examines those various roles the shuttle played beyond the assembly of the space space station.

A tale of two rockets

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:00:00 GMT

An Orbital ATK Antares rocket successfully launched a Cygnus cargo spacecraft on Sunday, the rocket's first flight in more than a year. Jeff Foust reports on the launch and the challenges that medium-class rocket is facing in the launch market.

The Outer Space Treaty and states' obligation to remove space debris: a US perspective

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:59:00 GMT

It's widely believed that cleaning up orbital debris requires new laws or even international treaties. However, Ram S Jakhu and Md Tanveer Ahmad argue that existing laws give the US the authority it needs to remove orbital debris.

An open letter to Vice President Pence and the National Space Council on space traffic management

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:58:00 GMT

As the National Space Council starts its work, one topic it will likely address is space traffic management. Three authors, in an open letter to the council and its chairman, suggest establishing a new agency to deal with this issue.

The Moon and America's (and the world's) defense

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:57:00 GMT

Some Mars exploration advocates seen a return to the Moon as an unnecessary detour. Gary Fisher proposes a lunar base that could support future Mars missions and other applications, although in a very unconventional way.

Review: Piercing the Horizon

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:56:00 GMT

Thomas Paine served only briefly as NASA administrator, but at a key time for the agency as the Apollo Moon landing approached and the agency was planning its post-Apollo future. Jeff Foust reviews a biography of Paine that traces the arc of his career and his interest in long-term planning.

A contentious confirmation

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:00:00 GMT

The Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing last week for Jim Bridenstine's nomination to become NASA administrator. Jeff Foust reports the long hearing featured a lot of criticism of Bridenstine's views on a wide range of issues far beyond those directly linked to space policy.

"And then on launch day it worked": Marking the 50th anniversary of the first Saturn V launch (part 2)

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:59:00 GMT

The concluding part of a book excerpt recounts the successful launch, 50 years ago this week, of the first Saturn V from the Kennedy Space Center.

CubeSats are challenging

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:58:00 GMT

While CubeSats are increasingly popular, many satellites that are built and launched don't function once in orbit. Charles Phillips looks at a few examples of such satellites that malfunctioned to seek common causes.

A path to a commercial orbital debris cleanup, power-beaming, and communications utility, using technology development missions at the ISS

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:57:00 GMT

The growing population of orbital debris poses a problem for which there are many potential solutions. Four authors present one such solution, taking advantage of the International Space Station as a testbed to demonstrate their approach that has other applications as well.

Review: View From Above

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:56:00 GMT

Many astronauts have written memoirs about their lives and careers, and some have published books filled with photos they took during their missions. Jeff Foust reviews a book by former astronaut Terry Virts that offers some of both.

US space policy, organizational incentives, and orbital debris removal

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT

United States policy regarding orbital debris has evolved over time, but one issue it has yet to fully deal with is the removal of debris, versus simply limiting its creation. Brian Weeden examines national policy regarding debris and the challenges faced by government and private efforts to remove it from orbit.

"And then on launch day it worked": Marking the 50th anniversary of the first Saturn V launch (part 1)

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMT

To mark the approaching 50th anniversary of the first launch of the Saturn V rocket, a reprint of part of a chapter of a seminal book on the Apollo program by Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox about the preparations for that historic flight.

More problems for big space telescopes

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:58:00 GMT

After years of staying on schedule for a 2018 launch, NASA has delayed the James Webb Space Telescope to the spring of 2019. Jeff Foust reports on the issues that led to this delay, as well as challenges facing the next big space telescope after JWST.

The trillion-dollar (solar) storm

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:57:00 GMT

The threat of massive disruptions to our technology-dependent way of life caused by solar storms is something that has become increasingly clear in recent years. Robert Coker describes how the US government has, so far, done a good job dealing with this complex problem, but with far more to do to be ready to handle a trillion-dollar storm.

Review: We Can't Stop Thinking About The Future

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:56:00 GMT

"Space Tapestry" is an artwork 200 meters long depicting various aspects of space exploration, with parts of it on display in two British museums. Jeff Foust reviews a book about that artwork, which includes interviews with scientists, engineers, and other involved with spaceflight.

Fired up for the engine wars

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Last week, Blue Origin announced the successful first hotfire test of its BE-4 engine. Jeff Foust reports on this and other developments as several companies work on new large engines for a variety of new vehicles.

Luxembourg's law on space resources rests on a contentious relationship with international framework

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMT

Luxembourg recently enacted a law that, like in the United States, grants rights to space resources to the companies that obtain them. Philip De Man argues that the law, which had to be revised to win passage, might not be aligned with relevant space treaties.

Some commentary about the National Space Council's inaugural meeting (part 2)

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:58:00 GMT

In the second part of his review of the inaugural meeting of the new National Space Council, Mike Snead examines the session's civil and commercial space panels, with an emphasis on logistics and safety.

Making "The Farthest" journey: An interview with director Emer Reynolds

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:57:00 GMT

The documentary "The Farthest" is an elegant story of the Voyager missions to the outer solar system. Emily Carney interviews the film's director to discuss how it came together.

Review: Seeing Our Planet Whole

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:56:00 GMT

The ability to observe our planet from space has been transformative for both scientific and cultural reasons. Jeff Foust reviews a book that attempts to take on some of the cultural and ethical aspects of Earth observation.

Why should we go? Reevaluating the rationales for human spaceflight in the 21st century

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT

A perennial struggle for space advocates has been developing rationales for human spaceflight that can be sustained over the long term. Cody Knipfer argues that now is the time to reexamine those arguments, particularly given the rise of commercial human spaceflight.

Back to back to the Moon

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMT

With a statement by the vice president at the National Space Council meeting, NASA is back in the business of returning humans to the Moon. Jeff Foust reports on what that means for agency plans, including potentially greater roles for international and commercial partners.

From Skylab to Shuttle to the Smithsonian

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:58:00 GMT

When NASA transitioned from the Skylab program to the space shuttle, once piece of Skylab hardware almost found new life. Dwayne Day describes studies on adapting instrument hardware for the shuttle, and how that hardware made its way instead to the National Air and Space Museum.

Some commentary about the National Space Council's inaugural meeting (part 1)

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:57:00 GMT

The first meeting of the National Space Council earlier this month is, to many, a good start for the administration's focus on space policy. Mike Snead offers some recommendations for the council's upcoming activities in the first of a two-part report.

Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, and Finding My Virginity

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:56:00 GMT

It's been 13 years since the last suborbital flight of SpaceShipOne, and Virgin Galactic is still at least months away from flying people into space on SpaceShipTwo. Jeff Foust examines what company founder Richard Branson had to say about the company's progress and setbacks in his new autobiography.

Moon, milspace, and beyond

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Last week the National Space Council held the first meeting since being reestablished earlier this year. Jeff Foust reports on what the council discussed and whether this iteration of the council will be different from its predecessors.

The missions proposed for the New Frontiers program

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMT

NASA will select several finalists this fall in the competition for the next New Frontiers medium-class planetary science mission. Van Kane examines what is known about the dozen proposals submitted for missions from the Moon to Saturn.

Sputnik remembered: The first race to space (part 2)

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:58:00 GMT

In the conclusion of his two-part history of the first satellite, Asif Siddiqi discusses the events leading up to the launch of Sputnik and the aftermath of its successful mission.

Estimating the cost of BFR

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:57:00 GMT

When Elon Musk discussed his revised BFR launch system recently, he disclosed few details about its costs. Sam Dinkin estimates the capital costs and operating costs for the BFR for use for Mars or point-to-point Earth flights.

Review: Science Advice to NASA

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:56:00 GMT

Throughout its history, NASA has relied on internal and external advisory groups to help direct its programs. Jeff Foust reviews a new book that offers a detailed history of how such groups shaped NASA's science programs.

Sputnik remembered: The first race to space (part 1)

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, an event whose impact has been well-chronicled, even though the details of the event itself are far less known. Asif Siddiqi examines the history of Sputnik's development in the first of a two-part article.

Mars mission sequels

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMT

On the same day last week at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia, SpaceX and Lockheed Martin offered updates to Mars mission architectures unveiled last year. Jeff Foust reports on the changes, and the distinct differences between the two approaches.

SpaceX prepares to eat its young

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:58:00 GMT

One of the key messages from Elon Musk's talk at the International Astronautical Congress was his plan to focus exclusively on his BFR rocket in the future. Dick Eagleson ponders some of the implications of that decision for NASA and other companies.

Is India looking towards space-based resources?

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:57:00 GMT

The United States, Luxembourg, and other nations are interested in developing space-based resources. Peter Garretson and Namrata Goswami examine whether India has similar interests and a willingness to back that interest with policy and law.

Blue Origin and Virgin Orbit on the launch range

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:56:00 GMT

SpaceX is not the only company pursuing reusable launch vehicles. Antoine Meunier discusses updates Blue Origin and Virgin Orbit offered at a recent conference about their partially reusable, but very different, launch systems under development.

Ghost in the machine

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMT

A common theme in space missions is that spacecraft are able to do so much with so little computing power on board. Dwayne Day reflects on what happens when the computing power, and intelligence, of those missions shifts from the ground to future, more capable spacecraft.

The Outer Space Treaty at 50: An enduring basis for cooperative security

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:59:00 GMT

October marks the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Outer Space Treaty, but some are concerned about its long-term viability. Paul Meyer suggests some diplomatic steps that can be taken to support the treaty.

Space looks up down under

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:58:00 GMT

As the world's space community meets in Australia this week for the International Astronautical Congress, the country's government made news about plans for a national space agency. Jeff Foust reports on the agency and the limited details offered to date about what that agency will, or could, do.

Moon or Mars: Why not both?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:57:00 GMT

Interest in redirecting NASA's human spaceflight plans back to the Moon have some worried about another fight breaking out regarding the Moon versus Mars. Chris Carberry, Joe Cassady, and Rick Zucker argue that there's room for both, using different approaches.

Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:56:00 GMT

Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the preeminent science communicators in the world, but what more can he say on well-trodden subjects like astrophysics? Jeff Foust reviews a book where Tyson offers brief overviews of some key topics, while not ignoring the bigger picture.

Deterring Chinese and Russian space hybrid warfare by economic and financial means

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Some in the US and allied nations are increasingly concerned by apparent efforts by the Chinese and Russian governments to engage in provocative actions that could endanger space assets. Jana Robinson proposes a means by which the US deter those attacks without risking an escalation of space warfare.

Back to the Moon, this time for pay

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:59:00 GMT

For the second time in two months, a company showed off a full-scale model of its commercial lunar lander in Washington last week. Jeff Foust reports this comes as companies, NASA, and politicians examine potential roles such efforts might play in a broader effort to return to the Moon and access its resources.

Blue Origin meets Apollo

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:58:00 GMT

At this year's EAA AirVenture show in Wisconsin, the past heroes of spaceflight met the future of space transportation. Eric Hedman describes the appear of Blue Origin's New Shepard at a show that also features a reunion of Apollo astronauts.

Applying lessons from Apollo for a smart space agenda at a time of increased international tension

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:57:00 GMT

The Space Race between the US and USSR provided a means for peaceful competition at a time when the Cold War threatened to turn hot. David Dunlop argues that, today, increased international tensions call for greater cooperation among spacefaring nations.

Review: Perspectives in Space Surveillance

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:56:00 GMT

Programs to track satellites and other objects in Earth orbit using radars and telescopes can be traced back decades. Jeff Foust reviews a book that examines the history, and underlying technology, of some of those efforts operated out of Lincoln Laboratory.

It's time to recover Helo 66

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMT

A key artifact from the Apollo program is not in a museum but instead on the ocean floor. Dwayne Day discusses the history of a famous helicopter used to recover astronauts from several Apollo missions, and why it's time to retrieve it from the Pacific.

Forming an American Spacefaring Advisory Group to the National Space Council

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:59:00 GMT

The new National Space Council will include representatives of many government agencies as well as an industry group. Mike Snead says that the council also needs input from citizens to ensure it adopts policies needed to make American a truly spacefaring nation.

The past and future of outer solar system exploration

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:58:00 GMT

As NASA prepares for the end of the Cassini mission, it also spent time last week marking the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager missions, still operating today. Jeff Foust reports on those looks back at the past, as well as planning for future missions for the outer solar system using new and existing spacecraft.

Masters of the dark art: The NRO and the operational level of war

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:57:00 GMT

Although the first satellite was launched nearly 60 years ago, no one has emerged as a key strategist yet about military space operations. Joseph T. Page II argues that, for now, one could learn lessons about the NRO has made use of space over those decades.

Review: The Canadian Space Program

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:56:00 GMT

The Canadian space community is awaiting what new directions, if any, the government might propose for the country's space program in an upcoming strategy. Jeff Foust reviews a book that looks back at the long history of Canadian space efforts, which involve more than just astronauts and robotic arms.

Russia's evolving rocket plans

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Russia's development of new launch vehicles has taken a circuitous path in recent years. Bart Hendrickx provides an update on recent developments, including plans for a new rocket and accelerated development of a heavy-lift launch vehicle.

Cassini's grand finale

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:59:00 GMT

NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn will end later this month with a plunge into the giant planet's atmosphere. Jeff Foust examines the mission's final days and what the spacecraft has accomplished since its beginnings three decades ago.

Learning to fly again

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:58:00 GMT

For the first time in nearly four years, Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser test vehicle took to the skies last week above Edwards Air Force Base. Jeff Foust reports on the flight and the company's continued hopes to one day fly a crewed version of that spacecraft.

Extended human space travel through biolation

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:57:00 GMT

Long-duration space travel creates human factors requirements that drive up the size,cost, and complexity of interplanetary spacecraft. Steve Hoeser describes how a form of hibernation, dubbed "biolation," could mitigate those problems.

Review: Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:56:00 GMT

At the dawn of the Space Age six decades ago, many Americans relied on a German immigrant for information about space travel -- and that person wasn't Wernher von Braun. Jeff Foust reviews a book that offers a biography of Willy Ley, whose books and articles were essential reading in the early years of spaceflight.

The National Space Council for American leadership in space industries

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:00:00 GMT

The revival of the National Space Council comes at a pivotal time for commercial space efforts in the US and elsewhere. In an open letter to Vice President Mike Pence, Vidvuds Beldavs offers ideas of how the council can support US companies and the broader commercial space industry on some key issues.

Hypersonic air-breathing propulsion: The key to affordable nanosatellite launch

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:59:00 GMT

Getting frequent and affordable access to space for small satellites has long been a challenge for the space industry. Karl Hoose argues that air-breathing propulsion could provide the technological solution to this problem.

Working eclipse vacation

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:58:00 GMT

A total solar eclipse last week attracted both hardcore eclipse chasers as well as more casual tourists to a path that stretched across the US. Jeff Foust recounts a road trip to South Carolina to witness the eclipse in a distinctly American setting.

The need for new space-based missile defense systems

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:57:00 GMT

Missile tests by North Korea have generated new attention regarding missile defense capabilities and needs in the US. Taylor Dinerman argues that it means, among other things, developing new space-based systems to better track those missiles.

Review: The Sky Below

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:56:00 GMT

Astronauts are adventurers, but some are more adventurous than others. Jeff Foust reviews a book by a former astronaut who has flown in space and helped repair the International Space Station, in addition to climbing Mount Everest.

Small rockets, new and renewed

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Growing interest in small satellites continues to fuel development of small launch vehicles. Jeff Foust reports on two such efforts, one from a company that appeared all but dead several months ago, and another from a company still keeping a low profile.