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SpaceX Crew Dragon could fly astronauts to the ISS in early 2020

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, talks with SpaceX chief engineer Elon Musk, right, in front of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, about the progress to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station, from American soil, as part of the agency’s commercial crew program at SpaceX headquarters, in Hawthorne, Calif., […]

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Soyuz 61 leaves a ghostly trail as it tracks toward the ISS

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Yesterday, NASA’s Expedition 61 mission launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a Soyuz MS-15 rocket and docked to the International Space Station (ISS) some six hours later. From the ground, it was a spectacular liftoff as usual, but this time, the best view might have been from the space station […]

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The ISS’ spherical robot helper has returned to Earth

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ESA Humans are one step closer to having robot assistants in space. The IBM- and Airbus-made CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) robot returned to Earth on August 27th after successful testing aboard the International Space Station. The spherical machine demonstrated both its AI skills (such as recognizing astronauts and offering […]

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Watch astronauts install commercial spacecraft adapter on the ISS

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NASA NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan are floating around in low Earth orbit today, installing the second of two docking adapters on the International Space Station. The international docking adapters — or IDAs — will allow Boeing and SpaceX commercial spacecraft to connect to the ISS and deliver […]

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How HoloLens is helping advance the science of spaceflight

Engadget RSS Feed AR headsets haven’t exactly caught on with the general public — especially after the Google Glass debacle. Mixed reality technology has garnered a sizable amount of interest in a variety of professional industries, though, from medicine and education to design and engineering. Since 2015, the technology has even made its way into […]

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How NASA keeps its astronauts safe and sane in space

Engadget RSS Feed Astronauts endure one of the most dangerous, high stakes, high stress professions on (or off) the planet — a job matched in isolation, confinement and extremity perhaps only by arctic field scientists and ballistic missile submarine crews. Of course, the latter two rarely have to deal with radiation exposure, gravity changes, or […]

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NASA opens the International Space Station to commercial ventures

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NASA The International Space Station (ISS) is open for business. NASA announced today that it plans to commercialize the ISS, so that “U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit.” According to a press release, NASA will open the space station to private astronauts, […]

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SpaceX delivered 5,500 lbs of cargo to the International Space Station today

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully made its way to the International Space Station (ISS), with approximately 5,500 lbs of NASA cargo and science experiments. It launched Sunday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and it arrived today, joining five other spacecraft currently docked at the […]

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SpaceX says its Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed during test

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS A SpaceX official confirmed Thursday during a press briefing that one of the company’s Crew Dragon capsules meant for crewed spaceflight was destroyed, according to CNBC. The update from the company confirms reports that followed the failed April 20th test. SpaceX has yet to provide more details about […]

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Christina Koch will set a record for longest spaceflight by a woman

Engadget RSS Feed NASA Thanks to NASA’s recent schedule changes, astronaut Christina Koch will soon hold the record for the longest space flight by a woman. Koch arrived at the International Space Station on March 14 and has already conducted one spacewalk. She’ll now remain in orbit until February 2020, and she’ll surpass the current […]

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