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Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne Reaches Space, Deploys Payloads for NASA, Academia

Photo Credit: Virgin Orbit Less than eight months after its maiden mission suffered a premature engine shutdown, Virgin Orbit has triumphantly flown its LauncherOne rocket to space for the very first time. The air-launched booster was laden with a battery of nine CubeSats for NASA experimenters and eight academic institutions spanning the United States from Tennessee to California, from Florida ...

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Virgin’s satellite launcher reaches orbit for first time

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket fires its NewtonThree main engine moments after release from the Boeing 747 carrier jet, named “Cosmic Girl.” Credit: Virgin Orbit An air-launched rocket built by Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached orbit Sunday for the first time, delivering 10 experimental CubeSats for NASA and positioning the company for the start of commercial operations. The success adds another ...

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Blue Origin successful demonstrates New Shepard crew capsule upgrades

(14 January 2021 – Blue Origin) Blue Origin has successfully completed its 14th mission to space and back today for the New Shepard program. The New Shepard crew capsule outfitted with astronaut experience upgrades landing at Launch Site One. (courtesy: Blue Origin) Mission NS-14 featured a crew capsule outfitted with astronaut experience upgrades for upcoming flights with passengers onboard. Capsule ...

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How to Keep Drones Flying When a Motor Fails

Robotics researchers at the University of Zurich show how onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably – even without GPS. When one rotor fails, the drone begins to spin on itself like a ballerina. (Picture: UZH) As anxious passengers are often reassured, commercial aircrafts can easily continue to fly even if one ...

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Infostellar introduces its new Chief Technology Officer

(11 January 2021 – Infostellar) Infostellar has announced the arrival of Steve Montgomery as the company’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO). In this role, Steve will lead the company’s efforts in building and operating Infostellar’s global network of ground stations, including partner and company-owned assets. Steve will also leverage StellarStation by driving the technical development and expansion of the company’s ground ...

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James Webb Unfolds Sunshield

It’s almost time. Soon the James Webb Space Telescope will be on its way to the Sun/Earth L2 Lagrange point and will begin its at least 5-year science mission. Really, it’s going to happen. Despite several delays since the program began in 1996 and a budget that has exceeded the original by several billion dollars, the launch of the JWST ...

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