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NASA’s SLS rocket test wasn’t a great look

January 18th, 2021

NASA’s long-awaited Space Launch System (SLS) was tested in Mississippi this past weekend. The core stage of the rocket, which is the part that will provide the oomph to send missions into space, was fired up for a planned 8-minute test. Unfortunately, the stage shut down after just one minute, and NASA says there was …

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Coronavirus test breakthrough could return results much faster

April 24th, 2020

A new coronavirus testing method returns results faster, and more efficiently than traditional tests. The new method wouldn’t require that samples be sent away for testing and could speed up the rate at which results are confirmed.  Health experts estimate that the true number of coronavirus cases is far higher than the reported figures.  Visit …

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SpaceX Starship prototype explodes during pressure testing

April 3rd, 2020

SpaceX Starship prototype SN3 was destroyed during a pressure test early this morning, producing a massive cloud of steam before the vehicle crumpled and collapsed.  This is now the second time a Starship prototype has endured such a failure during pressure testing, with a similar incident occurring back in November 2019.  Elon Musk notes that …

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Game-changing 2-minute coronavirus test’s FDA approval was false

April 3rd, 2020

A rapid-result coronavirus antibody test that supposedly gained FDA approval had not actually been approved by the FDA at the time of the company’s announcement.  The company, Bodysphere, says the mixup was simple human error, though it insists that its product works as intended and it is now eagerly awaiting a real approval from the …

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SpaceX parachute test didn’t go smoothly and may threaten NASA launch

March 26th, 2020

SpaceX attempted to test its Crew Dragon parachute system but the test was cut short after the dummy object with the parachutes installed on it became unstable during ascent.  The helicopter crew hauling the object had to release it, destroying it in the process. The test was obviously not completed as intended.  NASA and SpaceX …

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Here’s when you can watch SpaceX blow up a rocket (on purpose!)

January 11th, 2020

In its pursuit of revolutionizing many aspects of the space industry, SpaceX has never been shy about its failures. In fact, it’s made a habit of celebrating them at every opportunity, casually poking fun at all of its own shortcomings, many of which resulted in rockets exploding when they definitely weren’t supposed to. Next week, …

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon blew up in April, but it’s alive again

November 14th, 2019

SpaceX has enjoyed many successes in 2019. It delivered many satellites into orbit for its clients, it launched the Falcon Heavy again, and it sent an empty Crew Dragon to the International Space Station in a successful demonstration of its crew-ferrying capabilities. It was all going so well… until it didn’t. Unfortunately, a static fire …

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NASA fires up Orion’s engines for critical test

August 8th, 2019

NASA is sending humans back to the Moon. Nobody knows for sure whether that will happen in 2024 or a somewhat later date, but it’s definitely happening in the near future. When those important missions finally launch, the Orion service module will play a big role, and NASA just conducted a very important test to …

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SpaceX’s recent parachute tests came up short of expectations

May 10th, 2019

NASA is desperate for its own transportation solution to send astronauts to and from the International Space Station. It’s paid both SpaceX and Boeing huge sums of money to figure it out, and while both companies have consistently missed their projected milestones with regards to manned spaceflight, SpaceX has successfully completed a (unmanned) trip to …