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Virgin Galactic 3rd supersonic burn pushes dark plume zone

The photos of the third supersonic flight by the Virign Galactic SpaceShip Two show it at the edge of the ‘dark plume’ zone of rocket flight at close to 70,000 feet.

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Watch this sub-orbital space, Breitling backs rocket rides

Yet another way to take a sub-orbital joyflight is being proposed, this time by Swiss Space Systems (S3) which claims a powerful roster of aerospace industry supporters.

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Now its Space balloons versus Virgin rocket rides

It sounds just like being at the bar at the back of an Emirates A380, except there will be fewer people, much bigger windows, and when you peer out of them you’ll probably be in the mood to pour yourself more than a few stiff drinks.

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Ten years after Concorde, Branson has an answer

The sub orbital thrill ride concept, extended to flights as far as the other side of the world, is fundamentally the same as delivering a nuclear warhead to a target. But nicer of course.

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Scramjet 1 suffers a ‘perfect’ failure

As space failures go, the inability of Australia’s Scramjet 1 hypersonic test vehicle to return a result has been a ‘perfect’ but unfortunate outcome.

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Australia’s Scramspace 1 rocket ready for its fiery fall to earth

As soon as today the first and largest project funded by the Australian Space Research Program, a vehicle called SCRAMSPACE 1, is due to plunge back to earth over a rocket range in northern Norway in a brief flight test at hypersonic speeds.

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Long voyage to study mystery moon lights begins

Over 41 years since they first puzzled astronauts, a space craft is going to fly through the zone where mysterious lunar lights have been seen

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Virgin Galactic 2nd test flight sets new height, speed markers

Far away from polling booths in Australia, a rocket rider fires its engines on the edge of space and the pilots tell mission control it’s all ‘Yee ha’.

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Perspectives: All of us, all of our times, in a few pixels

If the traffic seems insufferable, and your flight has gone, is delayed, or outright cancelled,  don’t you wish you were somewhere else?

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A note from Buzz Aldrin

A tweet from Buzz Aldrin. 44 years ago today Neil took this photo of me at Tranquility Base on the moon. We all miss you Neil. http://buzzaldrin.com/files/15.jpg

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Virgin rocket rider starts its engine

It may have only been a small push for a rocket rider on the doorway to space, but Virgin Galactic’s brief transonic powered flight brings the start of the age of mass commercial space flight much closer.

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Meanwhile on Mars, spacecraft missing 41 years found?

Not everyone has been convinced by reports in the last week that the Soviet era Mars 3 lander missing for 41 years has been found by amateur astronomers searching through archived Mars orbiter images of the red planet. However NASA, which had agreed to a call to program in March this year a new pass [...]

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ISS snapshot: This isn’t your tame flexi-thrust takeoff

Thanks to Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, who was at a cruising altitude of maybe 400,000 metres at the time,  this is what a real takeoff looks like.

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Dragon corrects launch problem on third flight to ISS

The privately owned SpaceX rocket company passed an unexpected test today on its third supply mission to the International Space Station using the Falcon 9 launcher and reusable Dragon spacecraft.

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METEOR dawn meets social media over Siberia

At Chelyabinsk we have glimpsed the risks that fill our place in the cosmos. They will challenge our species, one way or another, for the rest of our days.

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