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Deep Space Industries plans robotic fleet to mine asteroids
Deep Space Industries have outlined their ambitious plan to mine asteroids for fuel and materials.
Listening to radio helps telescope track space debris
Moon Express tests flight software on prototype robotic lander
Swarm launched into orbit to check Earth's magnetic shield
Design contracts awarded for super-telescope array
Scientists create a box for Martian delights
Goodbye Cygnus as astronauts put out the trash
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Gravity-mapping satellite is set to plunge to Earth
ESA's gravity-mapping satellite GOCE has run out of fuel and is destined to crash to Earth in the next three weeks.
SpaceX makes another leap toward rocket reusability
SpaceX has been making progress toward its goal of reusable rockets in recent flights of its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket and Falcon 9 test rig, codenamed Grasshopper
World’s largest solar sail completes successful test
The Sunjammer Mission has successfully deployed a quadrant of its solar sail in a key milestone test on the way towards a launch slated for January 2015.
Bridget is put through her paces in Mars-like desert
A British-built robotic rover designed to explore Mars began tests this week in the closest martian environment on Earth, the Atacama Desert.
Japan aims to beam solar energy down from orbit
The Japanese space agency JAXA is developing a revolutionary concept to put “power stations” in orbit to capture sunlight and beam it to Earth.
NASA demonstrates the power of ion propulsion
NASA's NEXT project, has completed a test that powered the ion engine for over 48,000 hours on just 860 kg of xenon propellant.
Europe completes second instrument for James Webb Space Telescope
A fresh milestone in development of the James Webb Space Telescope has been achieved with the completion of Europe's second instrument for it, the Near-Infrared Spectrograph
NASA puts largest 3-D printed rocket engine component to the test
NASA has tested its largest 3-D printed rocket engine component during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust.
Spitzer celebrates ten years looking at the dark side of our universe
Launched on August 25 2003 NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (SST) is now celebrating ten years of illuminating the dark side of the cosmos with its infrared eyes.
Space companies make progress in testing landers
Two commercial rocket companies have demonstrated how they can control reusable landing craft by diverting them in flight.
Japan's HTV-4 cargo ship berths with ISS
Japan's HTV-4 cargo ship, carrying supplies and equipment, has successfully mated with the International Space Station
Laser communications set for Moon mission
An advanced laser system offering vastly faster data speeds is ready for linking with spacecraft beyond Earth following a series of crucial ground tests.
Luca controls NASA robot from orbit to help plan for Mars
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has controlled a robot on Earth from the International Space Station.
Ariane 5 delivers Europe's biggest ever satellite into orbit
The latest Ariane 5 rocket thundered into space through patchy cloud on Thursday night to deliver Europe’s biggest and most sophisticated telecommunications satellite ever built into orbit.
UK to invest £60 million in air-breathing rocket engine
The UK Government is to invest £60 million in the development of the world's first prototype Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE.
Veteran astronaut seeks funding to boost plasma engines
Developers of a plasma rocket engine are seeking funding from Kickstarter to promote their plasma propulsion technology.
Wanted - new owner for one of world's major telescopes
New owners are being sought for one of the world's major observatories, the James Maxwell Clerk Telescope, after UK funding ends next year.
UK pledges fresh support for revolutionary space engine
A revolutionary engine that can turn an aircraft into the orbiting spaceplane Skylon has won fresh backing.
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