The retired commander of the U.S. Strategic Command says the tens of thousands of satellites that SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon are planning to put into orbit over the next few years will require a new automated system for space traffic management - and perhaps new satellite hardware requirements as well. Retired Gen. Kevin Chilton laid out his ideas for dealing with potentially catastrophic orbital traffic jams at the University of Washington on Friday, during the inaugural symposium presented by UW's Space Policy and Research Center. "We need to develop technologies that will improve space domain awareness, that will enable autonomous… Read More
Boeing might be taking the last crucial steps to prepare for its first crewed Starliner capsule spaceflight, but it's also busy turning sci-fi into reality right here on Earth - by helping Disney build X-Wing large-scale starfighters to celebrate the opening of the 'Rise of the Resistance' ride at Disney World in Florida. Earlier this week when the ride opened during an evening ceremony, X-Wings "roughly the size of a family van" flew over the event, as described by The Drive, which first identified earlier spy shots of the vehicles as potentially being based on Boeing's aerial cargo drone. Boeing has since confirmed its involvement, but they aren't providing more info than that the...
Boeing and launch partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) completed a key step today in pursuit of launching U.S. astronauts aboard their commercial spacecraft. The rehearsal paves the way for the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT) that NASA, ULA and Boeing are targeting for December 20 (which just changed
SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including "mighty mice" for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of a brewery's malt house. The Dragon capsule also is delivering holiday goodies for the six station residents. SpaceX recovered the new booster on a barge just off the coast in the Atlantic several minutes following liftoff so it could be reused.
Significant additional regulatory requirements or delays in returning Boeing Co's 737 MAX to commercial service could cause it to cut or temporarily halt production of the aircraft, it said in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday. Boeing said it does not expect 737 MAX order cancellations due to the grounding of its best-selling single-aisle jet to have a material impact on revenues or earnings. The 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling plane, has been grounded worldwide since March after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people in the span of five months.