State Department Official Suspects Russia May Have an Unknown Space Weapon

In a speech given earlier today, the State Department’s assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance, Yleem Poblete, mentioned that a Russian satellite made a series of maneuvers that are “inconsistent” with its expected behavior, and is behaving in a manner that suggests it could be…

NASA Announces First Crews for New SpaceX and Boeing Spacecraft

At the moment, there’s only one approved, legal way to get to the orbiting International Space Station as an American astronaut: in a Soyuz spacecraft. Maybe you could pay the Chinese for a seat on a Shenzou, but that’s a long shot. At the moment, it’s Soyuz or nothing, and that agreement ends in November 2019. NASA,…

The Three Things No One Ever Tells You About Teleportation

Even though the routine teleportation of humans and objects from one point in space to another is, at this point, entirely fictional, that doesn’t mean that people aren’t hiding things from you. Because, let’s face it, they are. I know most people are too chickenshit to take on Big Teleport, but I’m not, so get ready…

Chinese Space Agency Official Thinks Planned US Lunar Orbital Station Is Pretty Stupid

I’m not sure how closely you’ve been following the cislunar space real estate market, but NASA has been planning to build something in an interesting halo orbit around the Lagrange Point between the Earth and the moon. This station has been called the Deep Space Habitat or Deep Space Gateway in the past, but the…

Russia Will Stop Building Their 53-Year-Old Workhorse Proton Rockets And It's Partially Elon Musk's Fault

The Russian Proton rocket, the Soviet Union’s and then Russia’s primary medium-lift workhorse rocket, is finally being discontinued after a remarkable 53-year run. A Proton rocket launched the very first space station ever into orbit (and every Soviet and Russian one since). A combination of highly toxic fuels, a…

Trump's Space Force Idea That Was Already Real Long Before Trump Is Now 'Real'

Back in March, President Trump pulled the idea of a “Space Force” out of his well-seasoned anus and thought it was a fantastic idea. Funadamentally, it’s not a bad idea at all, and I know this because we’ve effectively had a Space Force for decades, even if it hasn’t been called exactly that. Now, he’s directed the…

Elon Musk's Tweet About Rockets On A Car Is The Same Idea I Had Six Years Ago

Come on, Elon, try to keep up. I know you’re busy running all those companies and spending some quality Grimes-times, but if you took a minute or two to do a quick Google search, you’d have noticed that I wrote about incorporating small rockets into a car just like you proposed in your tweet. This was back in 2012! I…

Trump's 'Space Force' Idea Sounds Kind Of Stupid But It's Been Around Forever

Just a little bit ago, President Trump, in a speech given to Marines in San Diego, described the need for a new military branch called the “Space Force.” He made it sound like this was an idea he just had, out of the blue, sort of like a joke, but, hey, it’s kind of awesome and we should really do it, right? Well,…

This Taxi Test Of The World's Biggest Airplane Looks Fake But Isn't

Scaled Composites’ Stratolaunch is the largest airplane in existence by wingspan, which is an insane 385 feet. It needs to be this big because this twin-fusalage’d aircraft isn’t really an aircraft at all—it’s an airborne rocket launching pad. This taxi test of the plane gives a good sense of just how huge this thing…