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The Physics Behind “Intellstellar’s” Visual Effects Was So Good, it Lead to a Scientific Discovery

October 23, 2014

Kip Thorne’s concept for a black hole in Interstellar. Credit: Paramount Pictures
While he was working on the film Interstellar, executive producer Kip Thorne was tasked with creating the black hole that would be central to the plot.

Source: www.universetoday.com

The math for a rapidly spinning black hole yields a totally unexpected view of what such a thing would actually look like if we were to fly close to one.

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Txchnologist – Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Astrobotic Driving Down Price To Reach The Moon

October 23, 2014

#GErugged is off to the moon with our friends at Astrobotic. http://t.co/KlYQo9JW4s

Source: txchnologist.com

Astrobotic plans to make their Google Lunar X Prize entry affordable by selling rides to their competitors. If that plans work, they could ironically provide transport to the team that beats them in the 500 meter race to the prize.

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SpaceX Builds Enough Merlin 1D Engines for 10 Falcon 9 Flights

October 23, 2014

The 100th Merlin 1D engine to come off the assembly line. (Credit: SpaceX)
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (SpaceX PR) – Less than two years after SpaceX began producing the Merlin 1D engines that power the Falcon 9 rocket, the 100th Merlin 1D engine is complete.

Source: www.parabolicarc.com

With the completion of its 100th Merlin 1-D engine, 80 of which have already been launched, SpaceX has far surpassed the flight experience of either the engine powering the ULA Delta-IV or the ULA Atlas V. 

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How 3D Printing Could Help Replace Russian Rockets

October 23, 2014

The Pentagon could field an alternative to the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine faster, but the technology is unproven. By Marcus Weisgerber

Source: www.defenseone.com

Aerojet and Dynetics are working on a RD-180 replacement. 3-D printing technology could shorten development time, enabling it to power the Atlas V as soon as 2019.

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What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company

October 23, 2014

The Space Exploration Technology rocket factory is a large, white hangar-like building near Los Angeles international airport, with a parking lot filled with late-model motorcycles and Tesla electric cars. The vast metal structure once churned out 737 fuselages for Boeing. When you get through the front doors, past security and a cubicle farm stretching the width of the building, there it is: Science fiction being wrought into shape, right in front of you.

Source: qz.com

A well-written mini-biography of SpaceX. For a more detailed account, read Stewart Money’s "Here Be Dragons."

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Judge Knocks Down SNC’s Motion for Commercial Crew Work Stoppage

October 22, 2014

Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)
A Federal Court of Claims judge has rejected a motion by the Sierra Nevada Corporation to re-impose a stop-work order on NASA’s commercial crew program, according to press reports.

Source: www.parabolicarc.com

The on again, off again, on again, off again commercial crew contract is on again.

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NASA looks to SpaceX for Mars landing tips – Gizmag

October 21, 2014

During a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral in September, NASA sent a pair of chase planes up to take high-resolution images of the booster as it made a po…

Source: www.gizmag.com

NASA, wanting to learn how to successfully land on Mars, is paying close attention to the powered landings of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first stage as it returns from boosting satellites into orbit.

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