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NASA unveils 3D-printed Mars simulation habitat

NASA is getting serious about sending a manned mission to Mars. We may not have reached the Moon again yet, but the Artemis missions are going as planned. The next step, after reaching the Moon again, is to send humans to Mars. Now NASA is sending four volunteers to a Mars simulation to prepare for such a mission. The simulation is actually a large set built to include equipment that astronauts might need on Mars. The box is in a massive warehouse in the corner of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston,…

Relativity Space to Build Next Version of 3D-Printed Rocket

After its rocket failed to reach orbit last month, California-based Relativity Space doesn’t want to dwell on the past. Instead, the company is leaping forward with its next launch vehicle, which promises to be bigger and better.Astronomers Could Soon Get Warnings When SpaceX Satellites Threaten Their ViewOn Wednesday, Relativity Space announced its lessons learned from the launch of Terran-1, a 3D-printed, methane-fueled rocket that was set to break records on its first flight. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral…

Simple 3D-printed sperm-sorting device could help couples conceive

If a couple is having difficulty conceiving a child due to low-quality sperm, in-vitro fertilization is always an option … although it frequently isn't successful. A simple new device could help, by selecting only the best sperm to do the job.First of all, there are already methods of separating the strongest-swimming sperm from the duds.In one technique known as swim-up, a sperm-hospitable medium is placed atop a semen sample in a test tube, then left for about an hour. Only the healthiest sperm will swim up into that…

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 6 April 2023: World’s first 3D-printed rocket Terran 1

The space race has led to the creation of not only the government space agencies, but also to the establishment of privatized aerospace companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Relativity Space among others. Created and produced in the United States, Terran 1 represents one of the most innovative achievements of the aerospace manufacturing industry, being the world's first 3D printed rocket. Terran 1 is a spacecraft designed for modern times, specifically for the upcoming phase of satellite deployment and…

The First Launch of a 3D-Printed Rocket Wasn’t a TOTAL Failure

Screenshot: Relativity SpaceIn addition to passing Max-Q, the mission managed to complete main engine cut-off (MECO), stage separation, and the ignition of the lone second-stage Aeon vacuum engine. Roughly three minutes into the flight, however, the second stage engine appeared to sputter and then completely shut off, effectively ending the mission. The upper stage got no higher than around 81 miles (130 kilometers) above the surface and traveled no faster than about 4,600 miles per hour (7,400 km/hr), according to

World’s first 3D-printed space rocket lifts off

It was a glass half-full situation on March 22, 2023 when Relativity Space carried out the first successful launch of an almost entirely 3D-printed rocket from Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 11:23 pm EDT. Though the liftoff was successful and the first stage completed all of its mission goals, the second stage failed to fire and fell into the Atlantic Ocean.Yesterday's night time launch of the Terran-1 rocket, dubbed Good Luck, Had Fun (GLHF) was the third attempt by the company,…

Relativity’s 3D-printed Terran 1 rocket launches, fails to reach orbit

The company's Terran 1 rocket lifts off from LC-16 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.Relativity SpaceRelativity Space, a 3D-printing specialist, launched the inaugural flight of its Terran 1 rocket late on Wednesday night, which successfully met some mission objectives before failing to reach orbit.Terran 1 lifted off from LC-16, a launchpad at the U.S. Space Force's facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and flew for about three minutes. While the rocket cleared a key objective — passing the point of maximum atmospheric pressure…

Relativity Space launched its 3D-printed rocket, but failed to reach orbit

Relativity Space has finally launched its 3D-printed rocket after multiple scrubbed attempts, but the results are decidedly mixed. The startup's Terran 1 vehicle successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral late Wednesday, but it failed to reach orbit after the second stage engine ignited only momentarily. It's not clear what led to the failure, but Relativity is promising updates in the "coming days." The company still characterizes the mission as an accomplishment. Terran 1 endured Max-Q (maximum dynamic pressure), the…

Relativity Space’s Third Attempt to Launch 3D-Printed Rocket

A rocket built primarily from 3D-printed parts could finally take flight today, with Relativity Space targeting a late evening launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida. You can catch the action live right here.Update: 9:47 p.m. ET: Relativity is now targeting a T-0time of 10:38 p.m. ET.Original article follows.For California-based Relativity Space, the number of the day is three.Three, as in 3D-printed rocket, and three, as in the third launch attempt of Terran 1. And should the 9.3-metric-ton rocket successfully reach

Test Flight of 3D-Printed Rocket

The Indian Space Research Organization is preparing to launch 36 internet satellites for OneWeb, as the British company seeks to complete its first constellation and enable global-wide service. It’s one of several important launches planned for the coming week.OneWeb won’t be the only company launching internet satellites to orbit this week, with SpaceX also planning to add to its satellite fleet. Over in Russia, a classified payload appears set to go, in what is another busy week in spaceflight. As always, the dates and…