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The Gov't will Go to the Moon and Mars, Rite after this commercial break...
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There would be PLENTY of $$$ for Space spent BETTER if you bring ALL troops home, close ALL bases overseas, and don't give space money $$$ to NASA/JPL fuck-ups but give the $$$ to Elon Musk and his crew.

Better outcome, better and more solid evidence he can make things bigger, faster, safer, and done before launch date.

Keep the competition from sending little ufo-lasers to their launchers.

Would LOVE to have Elon put first woman boots on Moon and NOT NASA and then Band Danse-du-ventre

The fat lady has sung and shown NASA/JPL the bureaucrats they are NOT 'scientists'.

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MARCH 19, 2020
SpaceX plans first manned flight to space station in May
[Image: thebillionai.jpg]The billionaire's Falcon 9 rocket will transport Nasa crew-members
Elon Musk's SpaceX will send astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time in May, NASA said, announcing the first crewed launch from the United States to the platform since 2011.
The tech entrepreneur's company will launch a Falcon 9 rocket to transport NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in a first for the space agency as it looks to cut costs.
"NASA and SpaceX are currently targeting no earlier than mid-to-late May for launch," the US space agency said in a statement Wednesday.
In March, Musk's Crew Dragon capsule made a round trip to the ISS, which is in orbit more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth, with a mannequin on board, before returning to the Atlantic after six days in space.
Since the last US space shuttle mission in 2011, after 30 years of service, only the Russians have been going back and forth to the ISS.
SpaceX has made the trip 15 times since 2012, but only to refuel the station.
It is not the only private company servicing NASA: Boeing has also won a contract and is developing its own Starliner capsule.

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SpaceX Dragon has made several resupply trips to the International Space Station but May's launch will be the first crewed mission

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SpaceX Starship Is One Step Closer to Taking Flight After Fiery Raptor Test

The Starship is getting ready for launching off after its fourth full-scale prototype just fired up and survived the experience.

By  Fabienne Lang

May 06, 2020

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SpaceX is getting closer and closer to its goal of launching its Starship rocket up to Space. Its fourth full-scale prototype fired up its Raptor engine for the very first time on May 5th, and it was a success!

Since its creation, this is the largest significant milestone in SpaceX's Starship program, as its Starship serial number 4 (SN4) prototype's static fire test, the latest in its range of rapid-fire testing over the last few days, went to plan.


Biggest technical milestone

So far, this is the biggest technical milestone for SpaceX's Starship program. After undergoing a number of tests in the last few weeks and days, the Starship rocket and its Raptor engine successfully passed the engine's rapid-fire test, also known as the ignition test.

This was a historic launch for the program, which occurred at 8:57 PM, CDT on May 5th.

The entire test took just around three seconds to be completed, after which Elon Musk, SpaceX's CEO and founder, posted a positive tweet about the moment.

Quote:Starship SN4 passed static fire
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2020

Now that the test has been successful, the Starship SN4 will potentially go through a few more tests before being cleared for its preparations for a 150 meter (500 foot) hop test later this month. First, however, SpaceX needs the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a launch license.

The Starship rocket is already all prepped with landing legs installed and won't be needing a nosecone for the upcoming short and slow hop test. What SpaceX may need to still do, though, is install an altitude control system of some sort before SN4 can safely fly.

You can learn all about Starship by reading its Users Guide, posted online by SpaceX.


GO ELON !!! LilD

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China's New Spacecraft Has Successfully Landed Back on Earth With Its Cabin Intact

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9 MAY 2020
China's new prototype spacecraft "successfully landed" on Friday, marking an important step in its ambitions to run a permanent space station and send astronauts to the moon.

The spacecraft - which was launched Tuesday - arrived safely at a predetermined site, the China Manned Space Agency said, after a hitch in an earlier part of the key test.

It said the cabin structure of the spacecraft had been confirmed on site as being intact.

The test vessel was launched with a cargo capsule aboard a new type of carrier rocket from the Wenchang launch site on the southern island of Hainan.

The space agency said the vessel was in orbit for two days and 19 hours and had completed a number of experiments.
The return has verified the spacecraft's capabilities such as its heat resistance - vehicles re-entering Earth's atmosphere face high temperatures.

It is hoped the spaceship will one day transport astronauts to a space station that China plans to complete by 2022 - and eventually to the Moon.

The new prototype expands the number of crew that can be sent into space to six from three in an earlier model.
Friday's safe landing follows a snag in an earlier part of the test when an unspecified "anomaly" occurred during the return of the cargo capsule, which was designed to transport equipment.

The completion of the experiment had involved the maiden flight of the Long March 5B rocket, and came after two previous failures - the Long March 7A malfunctioned in March, while the Long March 3B failed to take off in early April.

Catching up

Observers said the successful mission marks a milestone for China.

Andrew Jones, who reports on China's space activities for the SpaceNews website, said the country can "move ahead with its space station plans, and the first module may now launch in early 2021."

"The successful landing of the new spacecraft from a high orbit also shows China is serious about sending astronauts beyond low Earth orbit - something only NASA has achieved - and eventually sending its astronauts to the Moon," he added.

Chen Lan, an independent analyst at, which specialises in China's space programme, added: "We can say that China has now similar manned space capability of the US and Russia."

Beijing has invested heavily in its space programme in recent years as it plays catch-up to the United States, which is the only country to have sent a man to the Moon.

Assembly of the Chinese Tiangong space station, whose name means "Heavenly Palace", is expected to begin this year and finish in 2022.

China became the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon in January 2019, deploying a lunar rover that has driven about 450 metres (1,500 feet) so far.

© Agence France-Presse


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U.S. Navy Might Have Robo-Ships Way Too Similar to Star Destroyers

The DARPA project could move the Navy far ahead with its unmanned technology.

By  Fabienne Lang

May 12, 2020

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NOMARS artist concept and the Star Wars' Star Destroyer 1, 2 

An unmanned ship could sail the seas at any time of year, never to be slowed down by human illness or mishaps. Moreover, it could take over mundane yet necessary duties, or extremely risky operations.

The U.S. Navy has teamed up with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, to put together a completely unmanned, autonomous, robotic ship concept — the NOMARS (No Manning Required, Ship). If successful, this could be a huge jump forward over current unmanned surface vessel developments.


NOMARS Robo-ship

The NOMARS ship would most likely be much smaller than regular crewed vessels as its designers could remove all sections related to humans out of the ship. Gone are the berths, the ship's bridge, the combat information center, the mess, the recreation room, the bathrooms, and even the hallways.

The concept ship sits low in the water and comes with a high mast to capture all communication and sensors. As per the artist's illustration of NOMARS, it would have four angled launchers for missiles. No windows, rails, or walkways would be necessary.

Quote:Here’s the DARPA project it says could pull the Navy a decade forward in unmanned technology
— Defense News (@defense_news) May 6, 2020

One thing to note, though, DARPA has cautioned that it may not even be possible to put together a completely unmanned ship, but if that is possible it would be a huge asset to the Navy of the future.

For instance, a ship such as the NOMARS could take over the required duties that are plainly boring but necessary such as sailing down the coastline of certain countries and eavesdropping on their radio, radar, and cell phone communications. In slightly more exciting times, it could be used for especially risky maneuvers and hopefully save human lives.

In the future, a NOMARS-type of ship is inevitable in Navies around the world. So don't be too surprised when in 30 years' time you see robo-ships sailing the seas for the U.S. Navy, or U.S. Air Force unmanned planes swooping through the skies.


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SpaceX Is About to Launch Two Astronauts Into Space in a Historic First
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25 MAY 2020

In the beginning, everyone was skeptical. But Elon Musk's SpaceX defied expectations - and on Wednesday hopes to make history by ferrying two NASA astronauts into space, the first crewed flight from US soil in nine long years.
US President Donald Trump will be among the spectators at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to witness the launch, which has been given the green light despite months of shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The general public, in a nod to virus restrictions, has been told to watch via a livestream as Crew Dragon is launched by a Falcon 9 rocket toward the International Space Station.
NASA's Commercial Crew program, aimed at developing private spacecraft to transport American astronauts in to space, began under Barack Obama.
But his successor sees it as a symbol of his strategy to reassert American domination of space, both military - with his creation of the Space Force - and civilian.
He has ordered NASA to return to the Moon in 2024, an unlikely timetable but one that has given the storied space agency a boost.
In the 22 years since the first components of the ISS were launched, only spacecraft developed by NASA and by the Russian space agency have carried crews there.
NASA used the illustrious shuttle program - huge, extremely complex, winged ships that carried dozens of astronauts into space for three decades.
But their staggering cost - US$200 billion for 135 flights - and two fatal accidents finally put an end to the program. The last shuttle, Atlantis, landed on July 21, 2011.
After, NASA astronauts learned Russian and travelled to the ISS in the Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan, in a partnership which survived political tensions between Washington and Moscow.
But it was only ever meant to be a temporary arrangement. NASA had entrusted two private companies - aviation giant Boeing and upstart SpaceX - with the task of designing and building capsules that would replace the shuttles.
Nine years later, SpaceX - founded by Musk, the outspoken South African entrepreneur who also built PayPal and Tesla, in 2002 - is ready to launch.
'Success story'
At 4:33 pm (2033 GMT) on Wednesday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to take off from Launch Pad 39A with the Crew Dragon capsule at its top.
NASA has awarded SpaceX more than US$3 billion in contracts since 2011 to build the spacecraft.
The capsule will be crewed by Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, both veteran space travelers - Hurley piloted Atlantis on its last trip.
Nineteen hours later they will dock at the ISS, where two Russians and an American are waiting for them.
The weather forecast remains unfavorable, with a 60 percent chance of bad conditions, according to Cape Canaveral forecasters.
The next launch window is Saturday, May 30. The launch has taken five years longer than planned to come about, but even with the delays SpaceX has beaten Boeing to the punch.

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Boeing's test flight of its Starliner failed due to serious software issues, and will have to be redone.
"It's been a real success story," Scott Hubbard, former director of NASA's Ames Center in Silicon Valley who now teaches at Stanford, told AFP.
"There was huge skepticism," Hubbard, who met Musk before the creation of SpaceX and also chairs a SpaceX safety advisory panel, recalled.
"Senior people at the legacy companies, Lockheed, Boeing, would tell me at a conference that these SpaceX guys don't know what they don't know," he told AFP.
SpaceX finally came out on top with its cheaper Falcon 9 rocket, the first stage of which comes back to land vertically on a barge in the Atlantic.
Since 2012, SpaceX has been resupplying the ISS for NASA, thanks to the cargo version of the Dragon capsule.
The crewed mission, called Demo-2, is crucial for Washington in two ways.
The first is to break NASA's dependence on the Russians. But the second is to catalyze a private "low Earth orbit" market open to tourists and businesses.
"We envision a day in the future where we have a dozen space stations in low Earth orbit. All operated by commercial industry," said NASA boss Jim Bridenstine.
Musk is aiming higher: he is building a huge rocket, Starship, to circumnavigate the Moon - or even to travel to Mars and ultimately make humanity a "multi-planet species".

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MAY 25, 2020
China space programme targets July launch for Mars mission
[Image: calledtianwe.jpg]Called 'Tianwen', the Chinese mission will put a probe into orbit around Mars and land a rover to explore and analyse the planet's surface
China is targeting a July launch for its ambitious plans for a Mars mission which will include landing a remote-controlled robot on the surface of the red planet, the company in charge of the project has said.
Beijing has invested billions of dollars in its space programme in an effort to catch up with its rival the United States and affirm its status as a major world power.
The Mars mission is among a number of new space projects China is pursuing, including putting Chinese astronauts on the moon and having a space station by 2022.
Beijing had been planning the Mars mission for sometime this year, but China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has confirmed it could come as early as July.
"This big project is progressing as planned and we are targeting a launch in July," CASC said in a statement issued on Sunday.
CASC is the main contractor for China's space programme.
Called "Tianwen", the Chinese mission will put a probe into orbit around Mars and land the robotic rover to explore and analyse the surface.
It will take several months to cover the roughly 55 million kilometres (31 million miles) distance between Earth and Mars, which is ever-changing due to their planetary orbits.
China has already carried out a similar mission to the Moon, and in January 2019 landed a small rover on the dark side of the lunar surface, becoming the first nation to do so.

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Graphic on current active satellites and rovers on and around planet Mars
The US, which has already sent four exploratory vehicles to Mars, intends to launch a fifth this summer. It should arrive around February 2021.
The United Arab Emirates plans to launch the first Arab probe to the Red Planet on July 15 from Japan.

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Launch scheduled at 4:30 EST today!
Launch scrubbed because of weather.
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SpaceX Dragon launch was awesome.
One of the crew released a small dragon balloon to show zero-g. 
1st stage made a routine landing.
Trump was there to see grandiose visions. 
If anything 'WE' might expect to find on the Moon, and later Mars, is actually found to be there, just which nation or private company would you expect to release information about it?
I rather think any nation's military/Private industry will keep it under wraps.
We may be in for a big disappointment if we expect to be kept informed about any high tech that can be back engineered, or for that matter any large structures, and especially any humanoid remains therein. Those will be very problematic for them....and I do very much expect those, and those will prove to be a very large fly in their Buttermilk explaining those away. Certainly keeping THAT a secret for long. We may be treated to any number of teases as they dance around trying to explain the unexplainable.
Of course, if you've been listening in here, you'll have a leg up on the rest.
So, the words Autumn and Fall are not to be capitalized?
They are in my world!

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there a thing of which it is said, "See, this is new?"It has been already, in the ages before us. Ecc 1: 9-10
The Vatican would have to issue its Imprimatur, as well as the requisite Nihil Obstat,
on any such discoveries,
both to ensure that roads always lead to Rome 
as well as keep the faithful on the straight and narrow.
The official recognition of the existence of tic-tacs
indicates that The Holy See accepts that fact
as well as the implications deriving thereof.
Without such official stamp of approval
military chaplains would be faced with an impossible task.

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Quote:WASHINGTON — The NASA astronauts who flew on the SpaceX Demo-2 commercial crew vehicle said they were pleasantly surprised at how well the Crew Dragon spacecraft performed.
At an Aug. 4 press conference, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley praised SpaceX and NASA’s commercial crew program for their work developing the Crew Dragon spacecraft that they returned to Earth in two days earlier, completing a mission that lasted a little more than two months.
“I personally expected there to be more — certainly not issues with the vehicle, but some challenges or some things that were maybe not quite what we expected,” Hurley said, based on his experience flying on space shuttle missions. “The mission went just like the simulators. Honestly, from start to finish, all the way, there were no surprises.”

One example he gave was during reentry, where he expected the vehicle’s attitude control to diverge from plan as the spacecraft fell into the denser lower atmosphere shortly before parachute deployment. “I fully expected that to happen, and it did not,” he said. “The vehicle was rock solid.”

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Musk can launch and return humans safely.


His starship is go.

Cydonia awaits.

Quote:“Mars is looking real,” he wrote in a series of tweets shortly after the flight, referring to his long-term goal of going to Mars to make humanity multiplanetary. “Progress is accelerating.”

AUGUST 5, 2020
SpaceX completes test flight of Mars rocket prototype
[Image: thestarshipp.jpg]The Starship prototype was built in a few weeks by SpaceX teams on the Texas coast, in Boca Chica (pictured September 2019)
SpaceX on Tuesday successfully completed a flight of less than a minute of the largest prototype ever tested of the future rocket Starship, which the company hopes to use one day to colonize Mars.
"Mars is looking real," SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted in response to a fan.
The current Starship prototype is fairly crude: it's a large metallic cylinder, built in a few weeks by SpaceX teams on the Texas coast, in Boca Chica—but it's still smaller than the actual rocket will be.
Several previous [url=]prototypes
 exploded during ground tests, during a learning process of trial and error.
In images shared Tuesday by several space specialists, including the space news website, the latest prototype—dubbed SN5—reached an undetermined altitude before descending to land in a cloud of dust, demonstrating good trajectory control.
"And when the smoke cleared, she stood there majestically, after the 150 meter flight!" tweeted NASA's top scientist, Thomas Zurbuchen.
The so-called "hop test" was planned to reach a 150-meter (492-foot) altitude, but SpaceX has not confirmed any details about the test flight.
In 2019, an earlier prototype—the smaller Starhopper—flew to 150 meters in altitude and returned to land.
The Starship envisioned by Musk will be 120 meters tall and will be able to land vertically on Mars.

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This photo provided by SpaceX shows a prototype of its Mars ship, Starship, is launched on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in south Texas. Tuesday night's flight lasted barely 45 seconds, but was an important first for SpaceX's Starship. SpaceX chief Elon Musk tweeted: "Mars is looking real." Musk says several more short hops are planned before a test version of Starship aims for a high altitude. The latest prototype is relatively plain: It stands a full-scale 100 feet tall and resembles a steel silo with a cap on top. (SpaceX via AP)
"We are going to the Moon, we are going to have a base on the Moon, we are going to send people to Mars and make life multi-planetary," Musk said Sunday, after welcoming two NASA astronauts back from the International Space Station.
The astronauts had traveled in the Dragon capsule developed by SpaceX.

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SpaceX SN8 to launch and fly to 60,000 feet next week
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Elon Musk, head of SpaceX, has announced via Twitter that the company's SN8 rocket will take a test flight sometime next week. The plan is for the rocket is to soar up to 60,000 feet (18,300 meters) and then return to Earth in a controlled landing.

SN8 is one in a line of SpaceX's Starships that are predecessors to vehicles for missions to the moon and Mars. SN5 and SN6 recently completed tests of 500 feet each, which the company calls short hops, before returning to Earth. They were meant to test the integrity of the steel walls of the rocket. Both were launched at SpaceX's launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, and both had just one Raptor engine pushing them into the air. SN7 was intentionally destroyed in a test tank to determine the strength limits of the design. SN8 will launch from the same site and will have three of the Raptor engines to give it the power needed to reach the much higher altitude. The test next week will be the first time three of the Raptors will be tested together as a single unit.
Before the rocket can be launched, it must first undergo a few more tests. They are called static fires (in which the rocket is held down as the engines fire) and ground checkouts. SN8 (unlike its predecessors) will also be fitted with flaps to assist with steering and a nosecone, which will be used in the future to hold cargo or people. The addition of both, Musk notes, will give the rocket a look much like the final design. The plan also calls for turning off the three engines during the initial stage of a descent and controlled landing—the rocket will perform a belly flop routine to slow its descent for several minutes and then the engines will be restarted, allowing the rocket to land in an upright position.
Musk has suggested in the past that his Starships will be able to carry as many as 100 people at a time to the moon (or 100 tons of cargo). The ultimate goal, however, is carrying people and their cargo to Mars and back.

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