NASA commercial crew partner Boeing completes new spacecraft, rocket milestones
The Boeing Company of Houston, a NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner, recently performed wind tunnel testing of its CST-100 spacecraft and integrated launch vehicle, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. ...
Orbital Sciences to launch Antares rocket Saturday
Orbital Sciences, one of two private US firms chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, will make a new attempt Saturday to launch a first test flight of its Antares rocket.
S. Korea satellite rocket launch Jan 30-Feb 8
South Korea will make another bid at the end of this month to put a satellite in orbit and gain entry to an elite global space club that includes Asian powers China, India and Japan.
SLS model 'flies' through Langley wind tunnel testing
(Phys.org)—At NASA facilities around the country, engineers are developing America's first exploration-class rocket since the Saturn V launched astronauts to the moon. The Space Launch System (SLS) will ...
Smart as a bird: Flying robot avoids obstacles
(Phys.org)—Cornell researchers have created an autonomous flying robot that is as smart as a bird when it comes to maneuvering around obstacles.
NASA commercial crew partner, Blue Origin, completes rocket engine thrust chamber test
NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner Blue Origin has successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine. As part of Blue's Reusable Booster ...
Antares commercial rocket reaches new Atlantic coast launch pad
At long last, Orbital Sciences Corporation has rolled their new commercially developed Antares medium class rocket to the nation's newest spaceport – the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at Wallops Island,Va – and ...
American resupply missions to the space station progressing
(Phys.org)—Orbital Sciences Corporation Monday rolled the first stage of its Antares rocket to the launch pad of the nation's newest spaceport - the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Va. - while in Florida, ...
Turning up the heat: Argonne's thermal cell facility puts vehicles to the test
(Phys.org)—Imagine having to don shades and a sun hat, then gloves and a heavy winter coat, all in the course of the same day.
NASA completes maximum parachute test for Orion spacecraft
(Phys.org)—NASA Tuesday successfully completed another parachute test of its Orion spacecraft high above the skies of the U.S. Yuma Army Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona. The test examined the maximum ...
The shock of separation
The BepiColombo mission to Mercury has undergone a series of shock tests at ESA's test facilities to replicate conditions it will experience during its intense ride into space. This video shows tests to mimic the moment it ...
Smooth sailing: Space launch system giving Marshall, Langley wind tunnels a workout
Launching rockets is no easy or inexpensive task. Developers must consider the ground support infrastructure, fuel elements and flight hardware itself; not to mention the safety of everyone involved.
US military to test hypersonic vehicle over Pacific: X-51A to reach Mach 6
The US military plans to launch a hypersonic unmanned vehicle in a test flight Tuesday over the Pacific, with the X-51A due to reach mind-boggling speeds of Mach 6, a spokesman said.
EU wants life-saver tests on cars, motorbikes
Bent on saving hundreds of lives lost on Europe's roads each year due to faulty vehicles and motorbikes, the EU will call for tougher technical tests in proposals to be unveiled Friday.