Northrop Grumman Unveils Concept for XS-1 Military Space Plane (Image)
Northrop Grumman's XS-1 Space Plane Design
August 22nd, 2014
This week, aerospace firm Northrop Grumman released artwork depicting its conception of the XS-1 space plane, which it's designing under a $3.9 million contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
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Russia Reignites Its Rocket Industry with New Angara Booster
A Russian-built Angara medium-lift rocket launches on its maiden test flight from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on July 9. 2014.
August 19th, 2014
Russia's recent maiden launch of its new Angara rocket is a harbinger of bigger boosters to come. The successful test flight also marked the country's first new launch vehicle to be built from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union.
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SpaceX Taking 3D Printing to the Final Frontier
SpaceX Tests 3D-Printed Engine Part
August 21st, 2014
As SpaceX gets ready to launch astronauts into space in the coming years, the California-based company is also pushing the frontier in another field: 3D printing.
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Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US Military
 SKYLON Concept Space Plane 2
August 18th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which is intended to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said.
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How Will Earth's Leaders Respond to a Real Asteroid Threat?
Asteroid Threat: NEO Space Situational Awareness 2
August 13th, 2014
A special U.N. action team has recommended the creation of an international warning network, which would gather and analyze asteroid data and provide timely warnings to national authorities if a potentially hazardous space rock were to threaten Earth.
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UK to Launch Commercial Spaceport by 2018
U.K. Spaceport Concept Art
August 6th, 2014
The U.K. government is laying the groundwork for its first spaceport in anticipation of a growing space tourism demand and a growing space plane industry by 2030, according to a new timetable.
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Atomic Clock Will Fly to Space Station in 2016
PHARAO Atomic Space Clock
August 21st, 2014
A new atomic clock is due for installation on the International Space Station in 2016, ushering in a new age of physics experiments probing the relationship between space and time.
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Astronaut in Space Test Drives Robot on Earth (Video)
A rover controlled by German astronaut Alexander Gerst on the International Space Station takes a test drive around the European Space Agency's ESTEC Center (European Space Research and Technology) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
August 15th, 2014
Test-driving a new rover is a routine procedure for space scientists, but last week's trial in Germany was different: While the rover was here on Earth, its operator was floating 250 miles (400 kilometers) above on the International Space Station.
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'Orbiting Rainbows' and 4 Other Wild Space Tech Ideas Win NASA Funding
Proposed Hybrid Spacecraft/Rover System
August 8th, 2014
NASA has selected its latest batch of high-tech ideas for the future of space exploration, with the agency funding five bold concepts that range from an innovative asteroid-mapper to a colossal "orbiting rainbow" that could see objects in ultradeep space.
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