Virgin Galactic rocket plane could reach ‘space altitudes’ during next test

  An artist’s impression of the Virgin SpaceShipTwo (Virgin Galactic/PA) Virgin Galactic said its space tourism rocket plane could reach “space altitudes” for the first time as early as Thursday. The company said its SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, has entered the next stage of testing which will “expand the envelope for altitude,…

SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at International Space Station

  The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft approaches the robotic arm (Nasa TV/AP) A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies has arrived at the International Space Station – after a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out. The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape…

Astronauts arrive safely on International Space Station

  Soyuz took off from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just after 11.31am GMT (NASA/PA) The latest batch of astronauts to take up residence on board the International Space Station (ISS) have arrived safely following a six-hour flight. Astronauts Anne McClain from American space agency NASA, David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Space…

Tesla’s Elon Musk says there’s a ‘70% chance’ he will go to Mars

Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk has reiterated his hopes of personally travelling to Mars, claiming there is a “70% chance” he will go to the red planet. In a new interview for the Axios on HBO documentary series, he said a “recent number of breakthroughs” had been made that excited him, and which he…

Russia space agency chief aims to verify US moon landings

The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has said that a proposed mission to the moon will be tasked with verifying that the American moon landings were real. “We have set this objective to fly and verify whether they’ve been there or not,” said Dmitry Rogozin in a video posted on Twitter. Mr Rogozin was…

BAE Systems to provide technology to track space missions at Goonhilly

BAE Systems has announced today (July 17th, 2018) it will supply deep space technology which will allow Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) to communicate with unmanned and robotic missions to the Moon and Mars. The partnership – announced at the Farnborough International Airshow – will involve close working on the current deep space programme with the…

WATCH: Putin is now ruining space too

According to the TMRO Space Pod, Ukraine's space industry is on the verge of collapse. I know what you're thinking: "Ukraine has a space industry?". Turns out it does - and it is rather important, and a major manufacturer of rockets. Unfortunately, Vladimir Putin's invasion of Crimea and support for rebels in Eastern Ukraine has…

Raspberry Pi is going to SPACE!

British Astronaut Tim Peake has tweeted a photo of himself today wearing a Raspberry Pi t-shirt - and a reminder that the tiny computer will be blasting off with him when he goes up to the International Space Station. Its all part of the "AstroPi" competition, which is encouraging kids to submit code to be…