The US has tried to make its stance very clear for companies, but there has been international debate about how to handle property rights in space for decades. Since 1967, the United States has been part of an international agreement called the Outer Space Treaty, which provides guidelines for how countries should explore space. The treaty states that countries cannot lay sovereign claim over a body in space, so the US cannot claim the Moon as a territory, for instance. But as interest in mining space resources has grown over the last few decades, the US has held the position that if you can extract something from space, it’s yours. … [Read more...] about NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from private companies
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Saturday's flight is significant not only because it continues to demonstrate the potential of reusable rockets to lower the cost of access to space. Regular flights have an added, critical benefit for any launch system. The more New Shepard flies, the more confidence Blue Origin will have in its reliability and safety, which is vital for a company that hopes to begin human test flights in 2017, and perhaps take paying passengers to space as early as 2018. … [Read more...] about Why Blue Origin’s latest launch is a huge deal for cheap space access
Kremser and Peter dug up stunning, never-before-seen footage of Laika and other Soviet space dogs. Some of these archival snippets show the pups being prepped for their landmark launches, their poor little bodies bristling with implanted tubes and wires. Other footage depicts post-landing processing of the shorn and wobbly strays fortunate enough to survive their orbital ordeals. … [Read more...] about Laika and her crew: ‘Space Dogs’ documentary explores Moscow through a stray’s eyes
Despite Chou's grand promises, the prototype headset was similar to other units I've tried. While XRSpace aimed to make the goggles smaller and sleeker than rival products, the orange plastic headset still was bulky. My eyes watered like crazy after using it for about 10 minutes, and I couldn't imagine wearing it for hours -- let alone all day. XRSpace says it has improved the headset since I used it last fall, including adding better padding and creating a white version. Still, no one could describe the look as "cool." … [Read more...] about This VR startup wants to use 5G to blow up social distancing
Friedling also brought up the issue of security for these private or science-focused satellites. "Do they want to be protected or escorted?" he asked, comparing these craft to private ships that were escorted in convoys during World War I to keep them safe from enemy attack from newly introduced submarines. … [Read more...] about Countries around the world want a Space Force — but why?