Since 2015, it’s been official US policy that companies can own the materials that they can retrieve from space, thanks to a piece of legislation known as the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act. The Trump administration further clarified this idea with an executive order earlier this year, encouraging companies and international partners to use the resources that they recover from space. And in May, NASA announced the creation of the Artemis Accords, a set of standardized guidelines for countries about how to explore the Moon and utilize its resources. … [Read more...] about NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from private companies
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Blue Origin raised the stakes Saturday by testing its engine in a non-nominal flight. The company's engineers restarted the BE-3 engine just 3,600 feet above the ground at high thrust. Had the test failed the rocket would have crashed, but everything went smoothly. Bezos apparently expected it to because for the first time he announced a launch test in advance. He tweeted out details as the rocket lifted off and returned to the West Texas site. … [Read more...] about Why Blue Origin’s latest launch is a huge deal for cheap space access
Laika, a stray dog scooped off the streets of Moscow, launched on the Soviet Union's Sputnik 2 mission in November 1957, just a month after Sputnik 1's liftoff opened the space age. The 11-lb. (5 kilograms) mixed-breed quickly died of overheating and circled Earth as a corpse until April 1958, when Sputnik 2 fell back into the atmosphere and burned up. … [Read more...] about Laika and her crew: ‘Space Dogs’ documentary explores Moscow through a stray’s eyes
Manova is a combination of private and public spaces, and during my demo, I see both. When I put on the headset, I'm in the private sphere, a minimalist home. I can sit on the couch in my living room and watch a movie by myself or invite friends to join me. The next moment, I follow my XRSpace guide to zap myself to a T-Mobile-branded sports arena to watch a basketball game from the center court line. The game is real, with real players, and I have the best seat. … [Read more...] about This VR startup wants to use 5G to blow up social distancing
For example, in April and again in July, the Space Force detected an anti-satellite missile test conducted in low Earth orbit by Russia. The April test "provides yet another example that the threats to the U.S. and allied space systems are real, serious and growing," Space Force commander Gen. John "Jay" Raymond stated following that incident. … [Read more...] about Countries around the world want a Space Force — but why?