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Blue Origin claims its sub-orbital rocket has made its third consecutive flight. The company’s goal is to eventually create a rocket that can take people into space and back for a fee, though it’s not yet sure how much that will be. But are there actually people who want to pay a lot of money to blast off on a dangerous rocket? Is there a future for space tourism? The real competitions race for space tourism really took off with the British Virgin Galactic, one of the many undertakings ofRead More
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SpaceX lanceert vanavond de Falcon Heavy. Als die lancering succesvol is is het niet alleen een vooruitgang in rakettechnologie, maar vliegt er ook een rode auto door het zonnestelsel. Dat laatste is een vulgaire publiciteitsstunt die niet alleen niets toevoegt, maar die een belangrijk vraagstuk ondermijnt. De payload van de Falcon Heavy die vanavond wordt gelanceerd is de cherry-rode Roadster van SpaceX- en Tesla-oprichter Elon Musk, met aan boord een crash test dummy. Er worden 3 camera’s op de Roadster gemonteerd, wat ongetwijfeld voor spectaculaire beelden gaat zorgen. Maar hoeRead More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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North Korea has claimed it launched another satellite into orbit, spreading anger throughout the international community. It’s not the first time the country has claimed a satellite launch, but how serious should we take the claims of the totalitarian state? Let’s take a look at North Korea’s controversial space program. North Korea has said it launched a satellite into orbit, using “a long-range rocket”, but it’s actually not quite clear what the object put into orbit was.  Kwangmyongsong The country itself has named the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, the successor to threeRead More