September 6, 2018

GOING (WAY) UP. For more than a century, the scientific community has kicked around the idea of space elevators. Specifics vary, but the basic design involves a vehicle of some sort that travels along a cable that spans from the Earth all the way up into space.

So far, space elevators have been little more than a sci-fi pipe...

September 6, 2018

TOO MANY PORTS. In all of 2017, 29 spacecraft launched from three launchpads in the U.S.

So why do we now have 10 active spaceports — sites for launching or receiving spacecraft — when seven of them are just taking up space?

That’s the question explored in a report published by WIRED on Wednesday.

The problem se...

September 6, 2018

A mock-up of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is on display Aug. 13 at the company's Hawthorne headquarters. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

NASA conducted an “extensive review” of SpaceX’s ground operations, rocket design, escape systems and “operational history,” an agency official said Friday.

“Safety for our personnel...

"Welcome to the new space race, which now includes Orion Span, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. For now, however, we’d much prefer an earthly luxury hotel experience to one that will set us back $9.5 million a stay."

— Deanna Ting

Aboard the International Space Station, an as...

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