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FAA Grounds Bezos After New Shepard Booster Goes Up in Flames

FAA Grounds Bezos After New Shepard Booster Goes Up in Flames

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos during a post-launch briefing on July 20, 2021.Photo: Tony Gutierrez (AP) Suborbital flights of Blue Origin’s space tourism rocket are suspended pending a Federal Aviation Administration review of Monday’s in-flight anomaly. No passengers were aboard at the time, but the apparent booster failure triggered the vehicle’s capsule escape system. 02:49 …

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Stacey Morgan recounts hitting “the wall” during her husband’s spaceflight

Stacey Morgan recounts hitting “the wall” during her husband’s spaceflight

Enlarge / Stacey Morgan and her four children watch Drew Morgan launch in July 2019. Stacey Morgan One of the very first things that a new NASA astronaut learns is that there is no “I” in team. As part of their nearly two years of training before becoming eligible for flight assignments, prospective astronauts are …

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Elon Musk Picks Wildly Ambitious Target of Next Month for First Starship Orbital Launch

Elon Musk Picks Wildly Ambitious Target of Next Month for First Starship Orbital Launch

Starship is designed to carry astronauts and cargo to the Moon, and maybe even further destinations like Mars.Photo: SpaceX Yesterday, Elon Musk said Starship will be ready for its first orbital launch next month, followed by monthly liftoffs from the company’s south Texas base. It’s an ambitious timeline, but the private space company has not …

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Astra's failed rocket launch reminds us spaceflight can be difficult

Astra’s failed rocket launch reminds us spaceflight can be difficult

An Astra rocket launch from the Cape on Sunday failed.It’s the second time the start-up was unable to put satellites into orbit. It’s known as the ‘little rocket’ as the Astra Venture-class vehicle is much smaller than the other private space companies’ rockets like SpaceX and Blue Origin. On Sunday’s mission, California-based Astra was due …

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