Software upgrade for 19-year-old martian water-spotter

Artist’s impression of water under the martian surface. If underground aquifers like that really do exist, Mars Express has a good chance of finding them. The implications for human exploration and eventual colonisation of the red planet would be far-reaching. Credit: Medialab, ESA 2001 The MARSIS instrument on ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft, famous for its … Read more

VIGO Photonics’ IR Sensors Board NASA’s Orion: Week in Brief: 06/16/22 | Business | Jun 2022

GLASGOW, Scotland, June 17, 2022 — III-V Epia provider of compound semiconductor wafer foundry services, completed the Innovate UK-funded, SHARK-VECSELs project with the University of Strathclyde. The project saw the development of high-power, narrow-linewidth, visible lasers for next-generation, strontium-atom-based, quantum atomic clocks. The £50,000 (~$61,321) government SHARK-VECSELs project’s full name is Supply Chain for Strontium Clock … Read more

SpaceX’s next launch will bring a huge upgrade to the service

SpaceX is bringing Starlink to some of the coolest places on Earth. On Wednesday, Teslarati reported that SpaceX will likely host its second Starlink launch from the west coast of the U.S. as soon as Sunday, October 17. The mission is expected to launch 51 Starlink satellites, complete with optical interlinks that will enable the … Read more

NASA Astronauts Prepare to Upgrade the ISS Power System: How to Watch

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will do a spacewalk on Tuesday, August 24. NASA Flight Engineer Megan McArthur and ESA (European Space Agency) Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet will support the spacewalkers throughout the scheduled six-hour and 50-minute expedition. The next spacewalk will be the fourth, following … Read more

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reveals Starship factory upgrade plans

CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX is about to begin the construction of “a much larger high bay” adjacent to the existing structure, an 82m (~270 ft) tall building used to complete assembly of Starship and Super Heavy boosters. Construction starts soon on a much larger high bay just north of current high bay — … Read more

SpaceX’s Mars-bound rocket is getting a jaw-dropping upgrade

The Raptor, SpaceX’s rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars and beyond, is getting a sequel. Last week, CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that the company plans to build an engine known as “Raptor 2.” This would be a more powerful version of the Raptor engine, currently being used for the under-development Starship … Read more