There is literally a lot more to do in space than last week – or at least the number of active human satellites in Earth orbit has grown quite a lot thanks to SpaceXX's launch of the first 60 Starlink satellites. Other key areas of the commercial space are also seeing movement this week, as well as some ongoing activities to promote the ecosystem in early space launch.
Some New Space companies are expanding the benefits of helping them shake up an industry typically reserved for just a few deep-pocketed defense contractors, and NASA is preparing to explore space in many ways by one.
The 60 Starlink satellites that SpaceX launched this week are the first t specifically designated as tester vehicles, though it launched a batch of 60 earlier this year too. They will form the cornerstone of 300-400 or so, providing the first commercial service to US and Canadian customers next year if everything goes to SpaceX's plan for its new global broadband service.
In addition to building blocks for the first direct-to-consumer product to this company, this launch was also an opportunity for SpaceX to show how far they reach re-use. For example, it flew the company's first recovered rocket fairing, and also used the Falcon 9 booster for the fourth time ̵
Rosie the Robot can produce a startup vehicle about once every 12 hours – tackling the key task of processing Electron carbon composite stages in a way that cuts what takes hundreds of hours of work into something that can be done twice per day.
That's great, because the last time SpaceX fired the crucial Crew Dragon SuperDraco traction system, it exploded and took the capsule with him. The crew of the spacecraft can now move on to the next step of abortion demonstration on the flight (an emergency cancellation procedure that will allow astronauts on board to depart their lives in the event of a mid-flight emergency ) and then the test teams.
It's not that they will have to go out and fix something with zero gravity or something, but the few rich who paid Virgin Galactic $ 250,000 in space travel will have to train before to get on. They have already begun to do just that, as Virgin finds herself heading into the first half of next year for her first space travel to space travel.
They have a couple and this new one is being made in partnership with the US Air Force, along with allied government agencies in the Netherlands and Norway. This does not require participants to be moved to a central center during the program, which should mean more global appeal.
Bespin cloud cars were great, but a more realistic way to navigate the upper atmosphere of a gaseous planet may actually be with robotic poles that are actually fins. Yes, actually.
Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos has announced a multi-partner team that will work on the company's lunar land and its orbital delivery mechanism. The main ingredient there is longtime experts in the space industry Draper, who was born of MIT and who is perhaps best known for having developed the Apollo 11 guidance system. Draper will develop avionics and guidance systems for Blue Earth's lunar land, and Mike Butcher caught up with Draper CEO Ken Gabriel to discuss. (Crunch Subscription Required)