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Virgin Galactic Gets Green Light for Space Flights

British billionaire and entrepreneur Richard Branson’s dreams of shuttling customers into space just became closer to reality than they have ever been. Branson’s space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, announced that it and the US Federal ...

Lockheed Martin using 3D Printing to Fend Off SpaceX

Lockheed Martin, the aerospace and defense contractor, is the Pentagon’s biggest supplier. But as competitors such as SpaceX continue to innovate, and at reduced prices, Lockheed Martin has been forced to compete by embracing 3D Printing. To ...

Russia Threatens to Leave the International Space Station

Recent statements made by Russian officials are provoking a precarious future for the International Space Station. On Tuesday, May 13, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin held a news conference at which he threatened to pull Russia out ...

Getting to Mars the Wrong Way

Land safely on Mars? Great idea, but hold the “safely.” Let us know if any part of the following scenario sounds like a good idea: A wealthy entrepreneur is planning a last-minute (as space exploration goes) mission to Mars because the only ...

Planetary Resources Kickstarts a Space Telescope for Everyone

Last year, Planetary Resources made a splash when they announced that they would be working to be the first company to mine an asteroid. Now, they’re bringing space exploration to the hands of desktop explorers by launching a million ...

Rants: Should Space Be Secret?

Might the government’s well-funded “black” programs, impervious to budget cuts, keep us boldly going? While the docking of SpaceX’s reusable Dragon capsule at the International Space Station was a major first for private spaceflight, two far ...