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Delivering a business case for rocket cargo

Some in the space industry have long believed that reusable rockets could tap a large market for high-speed point-to-point transportation. Jeff Foust reports on how the US military is exploring a "Rocket Cargo" program that could do just that, if it can overcome technical and other obstacles.

Tue Feb 20, 2024 01:05
From Southwest Regional Spaceport to Spaceport America

New Mexico's Spaceport America is facing a lull in activity when Virgin Galactic stops VSS Unity flights later this year while developing a new line of suborbital spaceplanes. Thomas Matula argues this shows the flaws in the approach the state took to develop the spaceport as compared to the original visions for the site.

Tue Feb 20, 2024 01:05
The evolution of India's weather satellite programs

On Saturday, India launched its latest geosynchronous orbit weather satellite. Ajey Lele describes the evolution of India's weather satellites over the last several decades and whether the country's current capabilities are sufficient.

Tue Feb 20, 2024 01:05
Review: The Space Race

It's been more than 40 years since Guy Bluford became the first Black American in space, the culmination of efforts dating back more than two decades. Jeff Foust reviews a new documentary that profiles some of the first Black men who sought to become NASA astronauts.

Tue Feb 20, 2024 01:05
MSR at serious risk

Concerns about the budget and plans for NASA's Mars Sample Return (MSR) program came to a head last week when JPL laid off more than 500 employees, citing budget uncertainty about the program. Jeff Foust reports on the issues that have put the future of MSR into question for some.

Tue Feb 13, 2024 11:17
Nuclear Transit: nuclear-powered navigation satellites in the early 1960s

A precursor to GPS was the Transit series of navigation satellites, dating back more than 60 years. Dwayne Day discusses some of the early Transit satellites that used nuclear rather than solar power.

Tue Feb 13, 2024 11:17

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