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Archive for Aerospace

SpaceX’s Reuseable Rocket

On January 10, 2015 SpaceX made an attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform 200 miles from Jacksonville, Florida. The company knew going into it that the odds of success were 50% or less. Unfortunately, the mission failed. Elon Musk, CEO…

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Beagle 2 Possibly Found After 11 Years

Beagle 2 is a probe that was scheduled to land on Mars on Dec 25 2003.  It was ejected from the Mars Express orbiter on Dec 19 but never seen after that.  The UK Space Agency suggested that the landing could have been affected by…

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Evolution of Aerospace Materials

Aerospace materials have greatly evolved overtime and what we once considered the best material for aircrafts is barely used today.  About 40 years ago, aluminum was the go-to material for the aerospace industry.  Back then, aluminum made up as much as 70% of an aircraft.  Today,…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

Orion is the name of NASA’s newest spacecraft that will take astronauts to Mars.  It has the largest heat shield every built to guarantee safe re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere for the four people who will be on board.  The heat shield was designed to be…

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UK Plans for Space Tourism

Britian is working on creating a spaceport for space tourism that is expected to be complete by 2018.  There are eight possible locations so far but it will most likely end up in Scotland.  The UK is hoping to capture 10% of the market in…

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Steel: The Dominant Foundation

Steel has been and still is the dominant foundation in many industries including aerospace, automobile, and consumer goods.  So what makes steel so desirable over other more lightweight and rigid materials such as carbon fiber?  The answer is simple: cost and shelf life.  Steel’s extreme strength…

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European Craft Lands on Comet

Philae lander, a European craft, took 10 years to get to the point where it could be sent to land on a comet.  It was finally sent toward the comet on Wednesday and successfully landed, making it a great historic achievement.  The lander was sent…

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Virgin Galactic Pilot Speaks After Surviving Crash

On October 31, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave desert killing one of the two pilots.  Peter Siebold, the pilot who survived, had deployed from the spacecraft before it hit the ground and it saved his life.  After being released from the hospital on…

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NASA’s Orion Ready for Flight Test

NASA has released plans for the test flight of Orion, despite the recent spaceflight accidents.  Orion is set to launch on Dec. 4 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The four hour test flight will evaluate launch operations, attitude control, avionics, the heat shield,…

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Minerals Found on Mars by Curiosity

Iron-oxide minerals were found on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity.  The minerals mapped from orbit was a big accomplishment for this mission.  Curiosity was able to obtain a sample by drilling into Confidence Hills.  Now, scientists can test the sample to confirm hypotheses they have been…

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