Posts Tagged "Spacecraft"

SpaceX’s Grasshopper VTVL takes a 40 meter hop

SpaceX’s Grasshopper VTVL takes a 40 meter hop

The SpaceX Grasshopper vertical takeoff vertical landing (VTVL) testbed has successfully flown to a height of 40 meters (131 ft), hovered for a bit and subsequently landed in a picture perfect test on December 17, 2012. The Grasshopper had previously taken two hops to less than 6 m (20 ft)…

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GRAIL spacecraft hit lunar mountain

GRAIL spacecraft hit lunar mountain

NASA’s two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft have struck the Moon in a controlled impact. At 5:28:46 EST (222846 GMT) Ebb, the first spacecraft, struck a mountain near the lunar North Pole. The second, Flow, hit about 20 seconds later. Because the impact occurred during a new moon,…

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SKYLON spacecraft’s engine passes critical test

SKYLON spacecraft’s engine passes critical test

Reaction Engines Ltd. announced on Wednesday the completion of a critical round of testing of its SABRE engine’s precooler system. The SABRE is a radical type of hybrid jet/rocket engine capable of propelling a spacecraft into orbit or an aircraft in the atmosphere, at a velocity of Mach 5 (3,800…

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NASA heli-capsule could let astronauts land anywhere

NASA heli-capsule could let astronauts land anywhere

Space exploration once captured the world’s imagination. In the 1960s and 1970s, children dreamed of satellites, lunar rovers, and walking on the moon. Today – decades after Sputnik, Neil Armstrong, and the Apollo missions – many children may not even know what a space capsule is. Some of those children…

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