Author: Liam Murphy

Liam Murphy is an esteemed author specializing in the field of aerospace and defense. With a deep passion for exploring cutting-edge technology and its impact on global security, his insightful writings provide valuable insights into this dynamic industry's advancements and challenges.

A Chinese spacecraft successfully landed on the far side of the moon, boosting the nation’s bid to rival the US in the race to return humans to the lunar surface after more than fifty years. The China National Space Administration announced that Chang’e-6 “successfully landed at the designated landing area,” the Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. Chang’e-6 will aim to be the first mission to collect samples from the moon’s far side and return them to Earth. This mission is China’s second to the far side, following the Chang’e-4 landing in 2019. No other country has landed on this more…

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Airbus (AIR.PA), opens new tab is facing new pressure on its planned production ramp-up for passenger jets as the world’s largest planemaker struggles to overcome continued parts and labour shortages, industry sources said on Thursday. It was not immediately clear whether the slowdown would put at risk overall delivery targets for 2024 since deliveries lag output decisions by months, but the sources said assembly of several dozen jets could be delayed in the second half. Several airlines could see individual deliveries – already running an average of 1.5 months behind schedule – further delayed, the sources said, asking not to be identified.…

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Boeing’s highly anticipated Crew Flight Test for the longstanding CST-100 Starliner project has arrived. Following a postponement from the originally planned May 1 launch, Monday is poised to mark the commencement of Boeing’s ambitious space exploration endeavor. Here’s what you need to know. What is Boeing’s Starliner? Boeing’s Starliner represents their venture into space tourism, aiming to offer a shuttle replacement capable of round-trip journeys to space. Positioned as a contender against Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, one standout attribute of the Starliner, demonstrated in past test flights, is its ability to land on earth rather than…

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Hubble Network has achieved a historic milestone by establishing a Bluetooth connection directly with a satellite, marking a significant technological validation for the company. This breakthrough potentially paves the way for connecting millions of devices worldwide. In March, the Seattle-based startup deployed its initial two satellites into orbit as part of SpaceX’s Transporter-10 ride-share mission. Since then, the company has verified that it successfully received signals from the embedded 3.5mm Bluetooth chips, even from distances exceeding 600 kilometers. The potential for space-integrated Bluetooth devices is boundless. According to the startup, its technology finds applications across various sectors such as logistics,…

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Tonight, a big asteroid will come near Earth, but don’t worry, scientists say it won’t harm our planet. Key Facts Key Background Asteroids are rocky leftovers from when the solar system formed about 4.6 billion years ago, according to NASA. They’re smaller than planets but travel around the Sun like planets do. NASA is working harder to keep Earth safe from asteroids. In 2022, they tried to move an asteroid’s path for the first time. They sent a spacecraft to hit the asteroid and change its orbit a bit. Another mission called OSIRIS-REx explored a big asteroid called Bennu. It…

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SpaceX, a company known for being friendly to businesses, moved its official registration from Delaware to Texas, according to a report by Bloomberg. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, openly criticized Delaware and a judge’s decision that canceled his $55 billion pay plan for Tesla. On Wednesday, Musk shared the decision to relocate to Texas on his social media platform, X (formerly Twitter). The paperwork was submitted just under a month after a judge in Delaware canceled Elon Musk’s $55 billion pay plan for Tesla. This decision put Musk’s position as the world’s wealthiest person at risk. The judge made…

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On Saturday, Aditya-L1 arrived at the position in space where it can now constantly observe the Sun. The spacecraft has been journeying towards the Sun for four months since its launch on 2 September. India’s space agency, ISRO, launched it shortly after India achieved the historic feat of landing near the Moon’s south pole. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the mission a “landmark” and an “extraordinary feat.” Sharing on X, previously known as Twitter, Mr. Modi expressed, “It highlights the unwavering commitment of our scientists in accomplishing one of the most complex and intricate space missions.” India’s inaugural mission to…

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SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, broke its own record for rocket launches in 2023. They successfully completed 96 missions, launching rockets into orbit approximately every four days. This included 91 launches with the Falcon 9 rocket and five with the Falcon Heavy. This surpassed their previous record of 61 launches in 2022. To put it in perspective, they launched the Falcon 9 more times in 2023 than in the entire first decade since the rocket was first introduced. SpaceX’s Remarkable Achievements in 2023 In the course of this year, SpaceX achieved significant milestones. They successfully landed their 250th orbital rocket…

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Blue Origin, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, is getting ready to launch its New Shepard rocket after more than a year. The company mentioned on Tuesday that “We’re targeting a launch window that opens on Dec. 18 for our next New Shepard payload mission,” Blue Origin said in social media posts, shortly after Bloomberg reported the target date. The upcoming launch, known as NS-24, will be a cargo mission carrying various research and scientific items. This launch is significant because it marks the return to flight for the suborbital rocket. It had been more than 14 months since its…

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Amazon recently purchased three rocket launches from SpaceX for its Project Kuiper internet satellites. This might be unexpected, as Amazon’s Kuiper system is in direct competition with Elon Musk’s Starlink in the satellite broadband market. Both Starlink and Kuiper are huge projects with the goal of creating networks using thousands of satellites in space to provide services to a wide range of customers, from regular consumers to governments. Amazon’s Rocket Orders Before, Amazon placed a significant order for rocket launches from three of SpaceX’s main competitors, including Blue Origin, which is owned by Jeff Bezos. This decision faced criticism in…

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