Chinese Companies are Planning to Offer Space Tourism Flights by 2025

One of the more famous features of Space Age 2.0 is the rise of the commercial space industry, also known as “NewSpace.” While the space agencies of the world plan to send astronauts back to the Moon (this time, to stay), crewed missions to Mars, and robotic missions to every corner of the Solar System, … Read more

Airbus talks ESM delivery process for upcoming Artemis flights

The European Space Agency (ESA) is providing the European Service Module (ESM), the provider of propulsion and life support for the Orion crew capsule. The ESM sits on top of the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) on the Space Launch System (SLS), which is being prepared for its third launch attempt on the Artemis I … Read more

Canada eyes new astronaut flights with Axiom Space

Canadian astronauts may have a new pathway to exploring space. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) may fly hardware and astronauts aboard SpaceX spacecraft in the not-too-distant future, under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) brokered with Houston-based company Axiom Space that was announced (opens in new tab) on Wednesday (Sept. 21). The MOU means that potentially, … Read more

Beyond Artemis I—NASA plots cheaper rocket rollout while Congress calls for more flights

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain NASA has yet to get its next-generation moon rocket off the ground, but this week announced a shift in how it plans to pay for future launches while also falling under a new directive from Congress to increase the number of flights each year. Artemis I, a combination of the Space … Read more

EPA announces flights to look for methane in Permian Basin

Patches of land housing oil pumpjacks dot the landscape of the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Carbon Mapper, a partnership of university researchers and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, documented massive amounts of methane venting into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations across the Permian, a 250-mile-wide bone-dry expanse along the … Read more