Jeff Bezos Wants You To Join Him In Outer Space

Thanks to the internet, just about anyone with a great idea can disrupt industries. That kind of thing simply isn't possible when it comes to developing new businesses for outer space.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, said Thursday that this difference is a central reason why he wanted to create his rocket company Blue Origin 16 years ago. Using his massive wealth from founding Amazon, Bezos said, he wants to help develop the "heavy-lifting infrastructure" to allow space startups to proliferate in the future.

Orbital ATK's Antares Rocket Returns To Flight With Gorgeous Night Cargo Launch

 WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — We have liftoff! For the first time in two years, an Orbital ATK Antares rocket has successfully launched into space, departing NASA's Wallops Flight Facility here this evening (Oct. 17) on a mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

SpaceX's Mars Plans Call For Massive 42-Engine Reusable Rocket

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk announced plans by his company to develop a large new launch vehicle and reusable spacecraft that could be ready to take large numbers of people to Mars as soon as the mid-2020s.

http://spacenews.com/spacex-unveils-mars-mission-plans/

 

 

China Launched Its Second Space Station This Morning

China successfully launched its second space station, Tiangong-2, at 10:04 a.m. EDT this morning on a Long March 2F rocket. The space station will serve as a laboratory and research facility for international science experiments as well as a stepping stone for a third, self-sustained space station that the People's Republic hopes to launch in the coming years.

How The Falcon 9 Explosion May Change SpaceX's Launch Schedule

While it’s still too early to know all the consequences of this morning’s SpaceX explosion, one thing is almost certain: the company’s future launches are likely to be delayed.

We don’t know what the root cause of the accident was, however, or how badly the rocket’s launch pad was damaged. Those are what will determine how long SpaceX is grounded from spaceflight — and whether the company’s business will suffer.

Venture Capitalists Fly Into Space Start-ups

It's not just ride-hailing apps and food-delivery start-ups anymore: Venture capitalists are now also exploring space for outsize returns.

Since January, investors have committed more than $200 million across 20 space-related deals, according to CB Insights. This is in addition to the $2.3 billion that they invested in 2015.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/31/venture-capitalists-fly-into-space-start-...

China Successfully Launches Long March 7 Carrier Rocket, Marking Another Milestone

China on Saturday carried out the maiden launch of its next generation Long March-7 rocket from the country’s new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the southern island province of Hainan. With the successful test of the medium-sized, two-stage rocket, China continues to race ahead with its ambitious space program.

http://www.ibtimes.com/china-successfully-launches-long-march-7-carrier-...

'Beam' Aboard: Experimental Inflatable Room Attached To Space Station

The International Space Station gained a brand new room on Saturday (April 16), but it will be another month before it grows large enough for the astronauts to enter.

A first-of-its-type inflatable structure, the BEAM — or Bigelow Expandable Activity Module — built by Bigelow Aerospace, was attached to the rear-facing port of the space station's Tranquility node. It is the first new addition to the orbiting outpost in five years.

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