Mar 2, 2021
Bezos' Massive Rocket Delayed for Years. What Went Wrong?
In the fall of 2017, shortly after he became chief executive officer of Blue Origin, Bob Smith received an extensive briefing on the state of the New Glenn rocket program. The...
Feb 14, 2021
NASA's Only Path for Humans on Mars Is Nuclear Propulsion
Getting humans to Mars and back is rather hard. Insanely difficult, in fact. Many challenges confront NASA and other would-be Mars pioneers when planning missions to the red planet,...
Jan 18, 2021
NASA's Big Rocket Fails Its First Real Test
For a few moments, it seemed like the Space Launch System saga might have a happy ending. Beneath brilliant blue skies late on Saturday afternoon, NASA’s huge rocket roared to...
Jan 7, 2021
Reusable Rockets Set to Become the Norm
The notion of reusing rockets finally went mainstream in 2020. As the year progressed, it became clear that SpaceX launch customers have gotten a lot more comfortable with flying on...
Jan 5, 2021
SpaceX May Try to Catch a Falling Rocket With a Tower
To build a fully reusable launch system for its interplanetary Starship vehicle, SpaceX has had to solve myriad technical challenges, such as slowing the massive spacecraft down as...
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