Nuclear Rockets for Mars and Beyond

Nuclear Rockets for Mars and Beyond

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On the 6th Feb 2018 SpaceX’s first test launch of the Falcon 9 heavy, the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V, successfully launched the payload of Elon Musks own Cherry Red Telsa roadster, complete with the Starman mannequin, first into orbit and then on to what was meant to be Mars but now looks to be on  an elliptical orbit extending out to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Whilst the Falcon 9 heavy proved that it could launch a payload in to deep space, Starman and the roadsters journey itself is going to be a pretty leisurely …

To Mars by 1982 - A Manned Mission Too Far, Too Soon ?

To Mars by 1982 – A Manned Mission Too Far, Too Soon ?

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With all the talk of manned Mars missions by Elon Musk and SpaceX and more recently NASA, it’s easy to forget that Mars isn’t a recent obsession. Now before we get into the details, this video is little different, this is my first collaboration and part two of this series will done by Isaac Arthur, who will be looking at the Mars missions from the roots of sci-fi in the 1990’s to those that are proposed for the coming decades, there’s a link in the description that will take you there and if you have come over from Isaacs channel, …

Buran-Energia : The Soviet Space Shuttle 2.0 on a Moon Rocket

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To many the Soviet Space shuttle or Buran was just a copy of the NASA one, it looks surprisingly similar and was meant to do similar things but beyond the looks the two are really quite different, not only in the shuttle vehicles themselves but also the way it got into space, in many ways the Buran could be seen as the Space Shuttle 2.0. To build big things in space, you have to have an affordable way to get off the ground. As spectacular as the Apollo era rockets were on-camera, they were hardly efficient: the Titan IIIC cost …

TSR.2 - The Plane Shot Down by its Own Government

TSR.2 – The Plane Shot Down by its Own Government

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Its said that Modern aircraft have four dimensions – span, length, height, and politics. The TSR.2 was a world-beating jet bomber, which “got the first three right”, but ultimately fell foul of the last one. In 1957 British aviation was flying high, it was producing the most advanced jets in the world, ahead of everyone including the US. The English Electric Canberra set a world record for an altitude of 70,310 feet (over 21 kilometres). The Canberra was Britain’s first jet bomber, and was more capable than any other aircraft of its class, worldwide. It was widely exported, with America …

How China is taking on the world in space

How China is taking on the world in space

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This chart shows a recent survey of satellites and space junk in Low Earth Orbit, listed by the country responsible for creating it. The third country might surprise you: China has left almost as much debris as America or Russia, despite having a much shorter history in space. In fact, most of this was from just one missile test in 2007, when China fired a ‘Kinetic Kill Vehicle’ at one of its retired weather satellites. The missile hit at a relative speed of 8 kilometres per second (or 17,900 miles per hour), shattering the satellite into more than 900 large …