The company Nanoracks has booked a spot in SpaceX rideshare program for their Space Habitat Demo mission, where they will try to build a small space station from used rockets! On the other hand, China is busy preparing their most powerful rocket, ...
The company Nanoracks has booked a spot in SpaceX rideshare program for their Space Habitat Demo mission, where they will try to build a small space station from used rockets! On the other hand, China is busy preparing their most powerful rocket, the Long March 5, for the Chinese Mars mission.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is being tested for the upcoming SpaceX ISS launch: the CRS-19 cargo resupply mission. The SmallSat Rideshare Program offers free payload capacity in SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to small satellite operators. Nanoracks is sending eight cubesats and a space habitat construction experiment within a 2020 SpaceX rideshare opportunity to test the technology of building small space stations from space debris. Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule has been attached to the Atlas V rocket for an upcoming uncrewed test flight. We expect SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch astronauts to the ISS by mid 2020 and Boeing by late 2020. Hopefully we'll see more NASA and SpaceX collaboration in the future, especially after SpaceX manned capsule launching for NASA and SpaceX Starship landing on the moon before the SLS.
China is testing their Long March 5 rocket for the upcoming Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission. The same China Long March rocket is scheduled to launch China's first Mars lander in 2020, and even China's first manned mission to the moon afterwards. Besides, China is planning to build lunar bases and mine lunar resources e.g. 3 Helium-3 for fusion reactors.
NASA's Ames Research Center released a new animation showing the cloud evolution on Mars over a full day night cycle. It will be highly interesting to see what NASA Mars 2020 rover will find on this fascinating red planet. The National Academy of Sciences found evidence for ribose sugar in extraterrestrial meteorites, which is in our opinion a clear proof for the abundance of life in the universe.