Interstellar Technologies’ privately-developed MOMO-5 rocket falls short of reaching space – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Private launch companies seeking to lower the coast of reaching space continue to develop new vehicles, and the latest to attempt a trip to space is Interstellar Technologies (IST), a Japanese private launch company founded in 2003. The company first launched a vehicle in 2017, but the launch didn’t go exactly as planned and…

Here’s what Virgin Orbit hopes to achieve with their first full orbital test launch on Sunday – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Virgin Orbit held a press briefing on Saturday hosted by CEO Dan Hart and VP of Special Projects Will Pomerantz. The company aims to fly its first ever orbital test launch on Sunday, at roughly 9:30 AM PT (12:30 PM ET), though there’s flexibility for that to move depending on preparations and weather. If…

SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft launch is officially cleared to proceed for May 27 target – TechCrunch

[ad_1] SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed a key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conducted by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch. This final stretch check, conducted over the past few days after the Crew Dragon spacecraft was…

CMU’s tiny robot rover passes NASA design review ahead of 2021 trip to the Moon – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Carnegie Mellon University is one step closer to operating its robotic rover on the surface of the Moon: The school’s diminutive bot has passed a crucial NASA design review, performed by the agency in collaboration with Astrobotic, whose Peregrine lunar lander will be providing the ride for the robot down to the surface of…