Low-cost Astra rocket suffers upper stage failure, two NASA satellites lost

California-based Astra on Sunday launched two shoebox-size NASA satellites from Cape Canaveral in a modest mission to improve hurricane forecasts, but the second stage of the company’s low-cost booster malfunctioned before reaching orbit and the payloads were lost. “The upper stage shut down early and we did not deliver the payloads to orbit,” Astra tweeted. … Read more

NASA and SpaceX Postpone Launch of Crew Dragon

The Dragon launch was expected to bring two tons of supplies to the ISS as part of a resupply mission.photo: NASA The upcoming launch of an uncrewed SpaceX Dragon to the International Space Station has been postponed following a potential propellant leak, in what is a rare glitch for the reliable cargo vehicle. NASA revealed … Read more

Why human colonisers could become cyborgs to survive on Mars

While the idea of living on Mars may sound like the plot of the latest science fiction blockbuster, firms including NASA and SpaceX are seriously considering it as a possibility.  Several challenges currently stand in our way, including building a self-sufficient spacecraft that can take crew safely, and finding a way to shield astronauts from … Read more

Here’s the Latest Prototype of SpaceX’s Giant Starship

The video posted to NASASpaceflight’s YouTube channel showed the new prototype being rolled out to the testing area.screenshot: Gizmodo It’s been nine months since we last saw a new Starship prototype exit the SpaceX factory in Boca Chica, Texas. The unfinished rocket, designated S24, is slated for qualification testing, but the Elon Musk-led company still … Read more

Boeing lands Starliner capsule, completing a crucial test flight

Boeing’s Starliner capsule lands in White Sands, New Mexico on May 25, 2022 to complete the OFT-2 mission. NASA TV Boeing landed its uncrewed Starliner spacecraft in the New Mexico desert on Wednesday, completing a crucial test flight as the company prepares to carry astronauts. Starliner landed at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range, … Read more

Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 launch update: What’s at stake

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft aboard is seen as it is rolled out to the launchpad for the OFT-2 mission scheduled to lift off on May 19, 2022. Joel Kowsky | NASA Boeing is set to make another attempt to reach the International Space Station with its Starliner çapsule … Read more

Enough about Elon Musk’s Twitter deal. It’s time to talk about social media reform

CNN Business — While calls for coverage focused more on policy and less on personality are often sounded in media criticism, rarely has the need been so apparent as in the coverage the last month of Elon Musk’s move to buy Twitter (TWTR). While those of us in the media have been chasing Musk’s mercurial … Read more

Sunday Reading: Social-Media Disrupters | The New Yorker

This past week, Elon Musk declared that he would allow Donald Trump back on Twitter, then wavered over his planned purchase of the social-media behemoth. As billionaire tech magnates dominate the public square and transform how we consume information, we’re bringing you a selection of pieces about social-media disrupters and their impact. More from the … Read more

Elon Musk can’t just walk away from Twitter deal by paying $1 billion

Musk’s plan to buy Twitter has worried policymakers around the world. Joe Skipper | Reuters Elon Musk can’t just walk away from his deal to acquire Twitter by paying an agreed-upon $1 billion breakup fee. It’s not that simple. Musk Friday tweeted that he has decided to put his acquisition of Twitter “on hold” as … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Friday, May 13

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Dow futures pop after the 30-stock average’s six-session losing streak The Twitter logo and trading information is displayed as a trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, US, … Read more