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#1 Bingo

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Posted 29 November 2015 - 12:54 PM

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket this week made history when it landed intact in Texas.

The unmanned crew capsule returned safely from a test flight that took it 330,000 feet into the air.

The New Shepard could become the first reusable booster -- it's scheduled to return to space in a few months.

It's now tucked into a storage facility at a launch site in West Texas.

Blue Origin, founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, aims to lay the foundation for an enduring human presence in space -- a goal that reusing rocket boosters could help to achieve.

Commercial spaceflight companies have been engaging in a quietly competitive race, with each careful not to give away too much, while working to gain mindshare despite the public's loss of passion for space exploration following the Apollo missions.

Tesla Motor CEO Elon Musk's SpaceX and others have been pursuing reusability aggressively, believing that it is one of the "most game-changing technology developments available in the immediate future," said Dale Ketcham, chief of strategic alliances at Space Florida.

"The deployment of that capability into the marketplace will provide a competitive cost advantage to commercial launch providers that will be unrivaled," he told TechNewsWorld.

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#2 Bingo

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:23 AM

In other space news...

 

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin made a dramatic escape after their Soyuz booster rocket failed just two minutes after launch Thursday.

After blasting into the sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the crew was forced to make a dangerous “ballistic re-entry” into Earth’s atmosphere.

Ballistic re-entry uses atmospheric drag to slow the spacecraft and can expose crewmembers to G-forces 10 times great than those on Earth, according to New Scientist. Popular Mechanics describes ballistic re-entry as “steep and short” compared to the long, flat profile of a “controlled descent.”

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#3 Bernard

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:55 AM

A few interesting things about this:

 

1) Soyuz has always carried three people to the ISS but was only carrying two

2) The backup crew included Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jaques and is/was scheduled to fly to the ISS on December.20th, the first Canadian on the ISS since May 2013

3) The three astronauts currently on the ISS were supposed to return in December.   This will be the first time in 11 years where only three people are on the ISS for an extended period



 



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