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China's New Megarocket Design Shows NASA's SLS Is Already Obsolete

China’s New Megarocket Design Shows NASA’s SLS Is Already Obsolete

The launch of a Long March-2F Y12 rocket on June 17, 2021.Photo: Ng Han Guan (AP) Reusable rockets, whether large or small, are the future, and as a newly unveiled model of a Long March 9 launch vehicle suggests, Chinese rocket scientists are coming around to the idea. A team in China presented its updated …

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If SpaceX's Starship Goes Boom on the Launch Pad, NASA Has a Backup Plan

If SpaceX’s Starship Goes Boom on the Launch Pad, NASA Has a Backup Plan

SpaceX’s Super Heavy Booster 7 recently completed a 7 engine static fire test at Starbase.Photo: SpaceX SpaceX is moving ahead with plans to upgrade a launch pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, which will serve as a backup to the Kennedy Space Center pad the company currently uses to launch cargo and crews to …

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This Reusable Space Freighter Would 'Open the Door' to European Space Exploration

This Reusable Space Freighter Would ‘Open the Door’ to European Space Exploration

Artist’s conception of SUSIE performing a vertical landing (video speed 2.5 times). Gif: ArianeGroup/Gizmodo French aerospace company ArianeGroup has revealed a concept for a reusable upper stage spacecraft that would be capable of delivering heavy payloads to space and carry out crewed missions before landing vertically back on Earth. SUSIE, short for Smart Upper Stage …

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Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

A Falcon 9 rocket during launch this past July. Photo: SpaceX South Korea is embarking on its first lunar mission, and SpaceX has been brought in to help. You can catch this historic launch live right here. Hard to believe, but the upcoming launch marks the first time that SpaceX will directly send a payload …

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