A major breakthrough in physics and a potent weapon in the ever-widening battle for information supremacy, the quantum satellite Mozi, on orbit at around 500 kilometers, is a symbol of both scientific progress and a harbinger of a new era of ultra-secure communications. As we’ve reported before, the Mozi (sometimes anglicized as “Micius”) satellite is […]
In a speech to the graduating class of astronauts and NASA, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the National Space Council would be re-formed by the Trump administration, and that he himself would serve as chair. The self-described “lifelong NASA fan” said he was especially privileged to de delivering the speech on his birthday. While […]
Astronauts aboard the ISS began the process of grappling the Dragon CRS-11 spacecraft this morning at 0830R (8:30 a.m. ET). Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, of Expedition 52, are working to berth the spacecraft to the Harmony module of the ISS.
When the Dragon spacecraft from 2012’s SpaceX 4 mission successfully berthed with the ISS‘s Harmony module, the cargo capsule’s place in space-faring history was cemented, marking the first time a privately owned spacecraft berthed with the space station, vindicating long-held hopes that the commercial space industry could develop the ability to conduct complex operations in Earth’s orbit. Now the SpaceX/CRS-11 […]
On Wednesday, SpaceX founder and tech mogul Elon Musk suggested that he had done as much as he could to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to remain in the Paris Accords, the multi-national climate change mitigation pact, and said he would withdraw his council to the president if the U.S. withdraws from the agreement.
NanoRacks LLC is partnering with Boeing to build bigger airlock for ISS. The U.S. segment of the ISS will soon boast an airlock that can handle as many as three times the number of small satellites it can launch from the International Space Station in a single airlock cycle.
The Downlink interviewed Dr. Jon Dowling on the implications of the quantum communications satellite launched by China last summer. The quantum physicist and renowned professor provides insight into two superpowers’ race for the future of space, and information supremacy.
Abigail Harrison has dreamed of the stars since she was five years old. While it’s not unusual for children to fantasize about space adventure, it is unusual to find one that pushes that dream so hard toward reality – or for so many years.
When the CEOs of several major American companies met with the new leader of the free world two days ago, the conversation revolved around manufacturing restrictions and outsourcing — both in the crosshairs of President Trump’s agenda. The new president, four days into his term on the day of the meeting, which included CEO Marilyn […]
Lockheed Martin is building tools to help NASA with the hunt for data and more direct evidence of dark energy, the force physicists believe to be behind the universe’s accelerating expansion. The aerospace giant is developing a system of instruments that, if selected for production, will comprise the core tools installed on the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), […]