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Superjet desert tests pave way for ultra-fast commercial flights

Superjet desert tests pave way for ultra-fast commercial flights

The future of long-distance travel is looking more exciting than ever -- forget Amtrak, we'll have a Hyperloop. And what about flights? Work has been underway to create a so-called 'superjet' able to travel at ridiculously fast speeds, and that technology was recently successfully tested in the Australian desert. The effort, a collaboration between U.S. and Australian military research teams, involves hypersonic technology able to take planes from Sydney to London in a mere two hours.

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SpaceX shows suprise rocket landing from 3 different views

SpaceX shows suprise rocket landing from 3 different views

The rivalry between Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has just taken on a new angle and in a new arena. The two are now competing for YouTube views as much as successful rocket landings. On the heels of Blue Origin releasing a "ride-along" video of its landing last April from the vantage point of an onboard camera, SpaceX is now showing off its own, equally tense, landing from last week. And it has not one but three clips to show off. Sadly, none of them from onboard the rocket itself.

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Blue Origin’s rocket landing seen again from a camera

Blue Origin’s rocket landing seen again from a camera

There is a saying about how third time's a charm and for Blue Origin, backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, that definitely has a ring of truth to it. Early last month, the space travel company celebrated the third landing of its New Shepard sub-orbital rocket. Along with its third safe landing on terra firma, it was also the rocket's third flight as well, a major step forward in the quest for reusable commercial flight rockets. While Blue Origin doesn't have a new launching and landing yet, the company is filling in the gap by releasing a video of the rocket's April landing, this time from the vantage point of a camera on the rocket itself.

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SpaceX didn’t fail at landing a rocket at sea after all

SpaceX didn’t fail at landing a rocket at sea after all

Some recommend your expectations low so that you will be pleasantly surprised when you succeed but won't take it too hard when you fail. That might not be the reasoning behind SpaceX's less than enthusiastic outlook as it launched another Falcon 9 to put the JCSAT-14 commercial communications satellite into orbit. It already set a low probability for making a safe sea landing this time around because of the specifics of this mission. Well, guess what? SpaceX nailed it yet again. So yes, it successfully landed another rocket at sea.

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GoPro on rocket captures stunning videos in near-space

GoPro on rocket captures stunning videos in near-space

UP Aerospace Inc launched a 20ft. SL-10 rocket into space last November, and it did so with a GoPro action camera strapped to the side. That video was recently showcased by GoPro, showing stunning views of “near-space” as it reached an altitude of about 396,000 feet. In it, we see incredible views of Earth, space, and the rocket itself as its blasts free of its first stage.

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See SpaceX land a rocket at sea in 360-degree video

See SpaceX land a rocket at sea in 360-degree video

Back in early April, Elon Musk's SpaceX finally achieved its goal of landing its reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea. Shortly after, the space agency shared some impressive photos of the landing, but now they've gone one step further and released an amazing 360-degree video of the event. The footage gives you a first-hand look at what it would be like to stand on the floating platform as the rocket touches down above you.

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SpaceX successfully lands rocket on sea droneship for first time

SpaceX successfully lands rocket on sea droneship for first time

SpaceX has made history, successfully landing one of its rockets on a droneship in the ocean. A video shows the rocket pulling off a perfect landing, gracefully sliding down out of the sky and onto the landing pad, no hiccups or issues to be seen. This marks a first for the company; President Obama chimed in to congratulate it, saying, "It’s because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration."

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Blue Origin shares video of important third landing

Blue Origin shares video of important third landing

Over the weekend, Blue Origin, the space agency backed by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, made yet another successful landing of the New Shepard rocket. In fact, this is the third time that very same rocket was launched and landed, first in November and then in January. The company has finally shared the edited video footage of that launch. And while the video seemed almost ordinary and normal, which is probably part of the message, it almost belies the significance of Blue Origin's achievement in the fields of space science and space travel.

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Blue Origin reusable rocket completes third launch and landing

Blue Origin reusable rocket completes third launch and landing

Jeff Bezos and his private spaceflight agency Blue Origin are now three-for-three in successfully launching and landing their reusable rocket into space. Their New Shepard rocket — the same one that was launched and landed in November and again in January — repeated the feat once again on Saturday morning, lifting off at 11:18 AM Eastern. Bezos tweeted updates as the event took place, noting that the landing was "perfect."

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Blue Origin to launch its reusable rocket a third time

Blue Origin to launch its reusable rocket a third time

Blue Origin, the private space agency owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has revealed that for a third time it will be launching its reusable rocket later today, followed of course by another successful landing attempt. "Working to fly again tomorrow. Same vehicle. Third time. #LaunchLandRepeat," Bezos tweeted on Friday, indicating that they will be using the same New Shepard rocket that has already been launched and made a soft landing on two separate occasions.

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ExoMars 2016 is Go as rocket blasts off for Martian mission

ExoMars 2016 is Go as rocket blasts off for Martian mission

The European Space Agency's mission to Mars has successfully begun, though it'll be seven months before the Proton rocket reaches the red planet. ExoMars 2016 aims to sift through the Martian atmosphere in search of methane and other trace gases which, the scientists suggest, might indicate that there are active biological or geological processes underway on the distant planet.

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SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

Private space agency SpaceX was finally able to complete the latest launch of its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday afternoon, after more than a week of delays and difficulties. The Elon Musk-founded company had been commissioned by SES to send a communications satellite into orbit, a mission it was able to successfully complete. However, on SpaceX's longer term goal of landing re-usable rockets, this latest attempt was another bust.

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