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NASA, SpaceX Share Data On Supersonic Retropropulsion

According to Gene Kranz in his book, Failure Is Not an Option, “When reporters asked Shepard what he thought about as he sat atop the Redstone rocket, waiting for liftoff, he had replied, ‘The fact that every part of this ship was built by the low bidder.'”

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Looks like NASA has made a decision to use both Boeing and SpaceX.

Each will need to complete 5 major milestones set by NASA

More information here

NASA to Make Major Announcement Today About Astronaut Transport to the International Space Station.

See official statement:
“NASA will make a major announcement today at 4 p.m. EDT regarding the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States. The agency will make the announcement during a news conference from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

A brief question-and-answer session with reporters on site will take place during the event. Media will be able to ask more detailed questions related to the program in a teleconference shortly afterward.”  READ MORE HERE

Streaming will start at 4pm : http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

CSXT(Civilian Space eXploration Team) launched their new “GoFast” rocket on July 14th to an confirmed altitude of 73.1 miles or 385,800 feet. This is the second successful space launch for the team. The CXST first entered the record books in 2004 becoming the first amateur rocket to reach space.The top speed of the new GoFast 2014 rocket was 3420 mph. According to Ky Michaelson the amateur rocket accomplished the following for amateur rocketry:

  • World record highest altitude rocket launch
  • World record fastest speed rocket launch
  • First photo taken from space on-board an amateur rocket
  • Second amateur rocket in history to reach space

CSXT Team photo: Ky Michaelson

CSXT Team photo: Buddy Michaelson

LAUNCH VIDEO:

Video of 2004 launch

Ky Michaelson posted the results on Facebook. 

CSXT site

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NASA has validated a new type of propulsion called the Emdrive. This type of Microwave induced propulsion requires no on-board propellant. So you can see why this would be an attractive alternative to current propulsion systems.

Wired online has a great article on this:

Link to Wired article

You can also view the original Emdrive site here

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