Ruimtevaart Category

For the past 17 years, humans have been a continuous presence in space. Every day since november 2000, at least three people have been orbiting Earth in the International Space Station at all times. But now NASA and the other participating countries are looking toward what’s going to happen to the station in the future. Spoiler alert: Nobody knows. The International Space Station has been in orbit since 1998 when the first Russian module was launched. Over the years, the station has grown considerably by adding dozens of modules, dockingRead More
SpaceX is going to the moon. In 2018, Elon Musks enterprise wants to be the first private company to not only put people in space, but also to take them beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) for the first time in 45 years. The plans are very exciting, but there’s still a lot of work to be done before the mission will take off. When SpaceX says it’s “going back to the moon”, it doesn’t mean quite something similar to the Apollo-missions (at least the landing-missions from Apollo 11 and up).Read More
SpaceX has rounded off its investigation of the rocket that exploded somewhere last year. The company is back on track to ‘Return To Flight’, but what exactly happened with the Falcon 9 that blew up during a static fire test? What happened exactly? On September 1st, 2016, a Falcon 9-rocket exploded during a routine test. The rocket was scheduled to lift off 2 days later, carrying the Israeli made Amos-6 communications satellite. But during the static-fire engine test (a routine procedure before SpaceX-launches), a huge explosion destroyed the top halfRead More
Elon Musk gaat naar Mars. Een miljoen mensen gaan op een geterraformeerde planeet leven, op en neer gebracht door de grootste raketten aller tijden die honderden keren op en neer kunnen. Althans, dat is de science-fiction-visie van mad genius Elon Musk. Ruimtevaart voor de massa, een kolonie op Mars… Is dat wel te halen? En is er überhaupt wel een toekomst voor commerciële ruimtevaart? TL;DR: Commerciële ruimtevaart heeft zeker een toekomst, maar niet zoals Elon Musk die voor zich ziet. Het verschil tussen ruimtetoerisme en ‘commerciële ruimtevaart Allereerst is hetRead More
Een raket van SpaceX is ontploft tijdens een test. Dat kan grote gevolgen hebben voor de toekomst van SpaceX’ lanceerprogramma, maar wat precies? We kijken naar de gevolgen van de mislukte test, en naar wat er precies is gebeurd. Wat is er precies aan de hand? Een Falcon 9 van SpaceX is ontploft tijdens een ‘static fire-test’ op het lanceerplatform bij Cape Canaveral. SpaceX sloot vorig jaar een lease af met NASA om dat platform te gebruiken. De ontploffing vond plaats tijdens een test die SpaceX standaard uitvoert vóór iedereRead More
Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a decision that will have significant economic consequences. What about the country’s space program, which relies heavily the on ESA? Let’s look at what ‘Brexit’ means for the UK space program. The UK is a member of ESA, which furthermore consists of 21 other countries. ‘Brexit’ does not necessarily mean anything for the relationship between the two, because the European Space Agency is an independent body which isn’t a part of the European Union. That means there’s no immediate reason forRead More
Alright, let’s talk about it. Let’s answer the age old question, which is in the same line as “why are we here?” and “what happens after we die”? Let’s take a look at how you’d actually have sex in space. Has it ever been done before? Can it even be done? Let’s look at the issue with a scientific, dead serious, and above all mature look. Having sex in space is an interesting subject, and alluring for many reasons. Not in the least because floating around weightless would give sexualRead More
Russia finally launched its first ever rocket from the country’s new base: The Vostochny Cosmodrome. The country’s happy, but the construction of the controversial spaceport wasn’t without its problems. Let’s take a look at what Russia needs a new spaceport for anyway. Vostochny is the name of a brand new spaceport in the East of Russia. In fact, the name literally means “Eastern” in Russian. The port lies Far East of the country on the 51st Northern Parallel, in the Amur Oblast region.  Maiden voyage Russia has been building theRead More
“SpaceX gaat in 2018 naar Mars!” kopt het internet vandaag collectief. Dat is nogal eufemistisch als je ziet dat de honderden blogposts en artikelen zijn gebaseerd op slechts één tweet van het bedrijf. Wij gooien er daarom nóg zo’n blogpost bij door te kijken naar wat we wel en vooral niét weten over SpaceX’ illustere missie. Voor de duidelijk: Alle berichtgeving over SpaceX, alle analyses en speculaties, alles ‘wat we weten’ is gebaseerd op één enkele tweet: Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018. Red Dragons willRead More
The continent is ravaged with civil wars, disease, poverty and starvation, but Africa is using space programs more and more to combat those problems. Several countries have launched initiatives to use satellite technology and have set up astronomy programs. Let’s take a look at all space initiatives of ‘the forgotten continent’. South Africa By far the country with the largest space program on the continent. South Africa has a large and active space sector which is both government and privately funded. The country utilizes several satellites for remote sensing purposesRead More