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  • SpaceX Releases Falcon 9 First Stage Reentry Footage from Chase Plane

SpaceX has released a video from the July 14th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying six ORBCOM satellites showing the first stage reentry from a chase plane.

According to SpaceX the rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Towards the end of the video, the camera operator attempted to zoom in and unfortunately lost sight of the stage and was unable to capture the tip over into the water.

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  • SpaceX Releases Footage of Falcon 9 First-stage Splashdown

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. released an 80-second video July 22 showing the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage making a “soft landing” in the Atlantic Ocean following the July 14 launch of six Orbcomm satellites into low Earth orbit.

With a pair of geostationary-orbit-bound launches next up on the manifest — both for Hong Kong-based satellite telecommunications fleet operator AsiaSat — SpaceX said it will take a short break from additional booster recovery testing until a planned mid-September launch of a cargo-laden Dragon capsule to the international space station...

  • Crowdfunding Key for $25 Million Student-led Mars Mission

WASHINGTON — A project to send the first student-built small spacecraft to Mars plans to raise the bulk of its $25 million budget through crowdfunding, an effort that would make the mission among the largest such efforts in history.

Time Capsule to Mars, a student-led project supported by the advocacy group Explore Mars and several aerospace companies, plans to launch in the next five years a cubesat-class spacecraft to Mars carrying photos and other digital media. The spacecraft would burn up in the martian atmosphere except for a section carrying the media that is designed to...

  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Video Shows Imperial Forces Gathering At Frankfurt Airport In Germany

The set of the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII may be in a state of constant lockdown and secrecy, but that won't stop even the best of the movie set spies and inside agents from getting in for a look.

While J.J. Abrams and the cast of the sequel are hard at work filming, one spy did happen to infiltrate the Imperial base in Frankfurt, Germany.

A new video posted online shows that the Empire is alive and well and gathering their forces at the Imperial Starport (aka Frankfurt Airport).

Watch as an imperial shuttle is spotted coming in for a landing, flanked by two...

Somebody had the good sense to strap an HD camera to a Falcon 9 Reusable rocket, SpaceX's most powerful Vertical Takeoff/Vertical Landing vehicle. Here's what that camera saw on Tuesday, at the company's latest test launch.

We're pretty pleased with whoever's been tasked with filming SpaceX's test-launches. When the company conducted the first test flight of its Falcon 9R rocket back in April, they chose to film it from a hexacopter hovering near the launch pad. The video was stunning. Now, newly released footage from a test flight on Tuesday lets us watch the rocket launch from the...

  • NASA Is Working On A Warp Drive Ship And The Pictures Are Amazing

It seems like something out of Star Trek, but a team at NASA is hard at work on developing real warp drive (or faster-than-light travel), and artist renderings of the proposed ship look stunning.

In 2010, Dr. Harold “Sonny” White revealed that he, along with a team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, are hard at work on developing a functional warp drive. After collaborating with artist Mark Rademaker, White was able to show what a possible warp drive ship may look like (Rademaker’s images are viewable...

  • Sierra Nevada the billion dollar space company you've never heard of
Take a look behind the scenes at Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser shuttle, which they hope will secure a NASA contract and take astronauts into space.
 
You may have never heard of Sierra Nevada Corporation, but the aerospace company launches something into orbit every two to three weeks.
 
Their new space craft “Dream Chaser” is hoping to win the NASA competition in order to be able to shuffle humans back and forth to low earth orbit.
 
Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser is the only vehicle in the competition to be a...

--- Bloomberg's Emily Chang discusses Richard Branson's ambitions in space with Virgin Galactic. She speaks with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." 

To view the interview on the original site CLICK HERE.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who commanded the second-last space shuttle mission — and spent months at the side of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, while the congresswoman recovered from a near-fatal shooting in 2011 — has joined a venture to send tourists 100,000 feet up to get their own space-style view of Earth.

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Moon Express recently unveiled the MX-1 spacecraft design at the Autodesk University in Las Vegas.
The Mountain View, California-based company is in the commercial space race, competing for the $40-million-Google Lunar X prize.

The coffee-table sized...

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