Virgin Galactic was forced to abort its first powered spaceflight in two years after the craft's rocket engine failed to ignite. There was a trail of smoke as the VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo vehicle - which could one day send tourists into space - glided down to safety as the test flight came to a premature end on Saturday morning. Developed by Richard Branson’s space tourism company, the craft was attempting to reach suborbital space, but achieved just one second of powered flight before the engine failed. The Unity vehicle took off from the Spaceport America site in New Mexico desert in the US, and was piloted by former Nasa astronauts CJ Sturckow and David Mackay. There were no passengers but it was carrying instrument-laden dummies that were supposed to gather data during the flight, Space.com reported. The Unity was also carrying science payloads belonging to Nasa onboard. It was the first powered flight from the New Mexico base and the first such mission in … [Read more...] about Virgin Galactic aborts first powered spaceflight in two years as rocket engine fails
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(CNN) By 2035, NASA wants to land humans on Mars . But reaching the red planet, on average around 140 million miles away , will be a mammoth feat. Colder than Antarctica and with little to no oxygen , Mars is a hostile environment. The longer it takes astronauts to get there and the longer they stay, the more they are at risk. That's why scientists are looking at ways to reduce trip time. Seattle-based company Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has proposed a solution: a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) engine that could get humans from Earth to Mars in just three months. Currently, the shortest possible trip for an unmanned spacecraft is seven months, but a crewed mission is expected to take at least nine months. The idea of nuclear rocket engines dates back to the 1940s, but the technology has only recently been revisited as a solution for deep space exploration. Michael Eades, director of engineering at USNC-Tech, says … [Read more...] about Nuclear-powered rocket could get astronauts to Mars faster
SpaceX has successfully landed a prototype of its next-generation Starship rocket, marking a major breakthrough for the private space company. A video of the six-minute flight (above) shows the rocket making a slow and careful approach to the landing spot, similar to how SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket descends at the end of its missions. Of the four previous attempts to land the rocket, three ended in explosions after heavy landings, while an anomaly caused the other Starship prototype to explode minutes after making what at first appeared to be a decent landing. The fifth try, however, saw the SN15 prototype make a perfect touchdown, with no post-landing anomalies reported. SpaceX’s successful effort took place at its test site in Boca Chica, Texas, on Wednesday, May 5. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, confirmed the perfect mission in a short post on Twitter, saying: “Starship landing nominal!” Starship landing nominal! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2021 At … [Read more...] about Watch SpaceX land its next-gen Starship rocket for first time
Home Two wheelers oi-Punith Bharadwaj By Punith Bharadwaj Published: Friday, April 30, 2021, 17:51 [IST] Triumph Motorcycles has increased the prices of certain models sold in the Indian market. This includes the Street Triple R, the Rocket 3 R and the Rocket 3 GT. The prices increase ranges between Rs 31,000 and Rs 1.05 lakh. Starting with the Street Triple R, the motorcycle has received a price increase of Rs 31,000. The street-naked middle-weight performance motorcycle now retails at Rs 9.15 lakh, ex-showroom (India). This makes the Triumph Street Triple R now Rs 81,000 more expensive than its arch-rival, the Kawasaki Z900 in the country. However, it is Rs 1.65 lakh cheaper than the BMW F 900R, which is also another motorcycle placed in the same segment. Coming to the brand's flagship motorcycles, the Rocket 3 R and the GT models. The Triumph Rocket 3 R's price has gone up by Rs 85,000, while the GT variant … [Read more...] about Triumph Street Triple R & Rocket 3 Models Prices Hiked: Here Is The New Price List!
PARIS: China´s rogue rocket is in an uncontrolled free-fall towards Earth and no one knows where or exactly when it will burn through Earth´s atmosphere, but the risk of debris hitting an inhabited area remains very small, experts told AFP Friday. What happened? On April 29, China launched the first module of its "Heavenly Palace" space station, a milestone in Beijing´s ambitious plan to establish a permanent human presence in space. The module was propelled by a powerful Long March 5B rocket, whose first stage is currently descending Earthward. If Chinese ground engineers have no control over the booster stage´s trajectory, it is not due to a technical failure or some unexplained glitch. The rocket was designed that way. From a low Earth orbit, bodies are drawn gradually by gravity towards the surface of the planet. Such objects are usually consumed by heat as friction from an increasingly dense atmosphere increases on approach. But the Long March rocket is so … [Read more...] about China’s 18-tonne rocket in free fall towards Earth