January 2014

Hello, Newton: Virgin Galactic unveils its ‘other’ rocket engine

January 23rd, 2014|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MOJAVE, Calif. — Even as Virgin Galactic is testing the hybrid rocket motor that powers its SpaceShipTwo suborbital space plane, it's developing a different rocket engine for orbital flights. Now the company is taking the wraps off that kerosene-fueled powerhouse, known as the Newton. Two types of Newton engines have [...]

November 2013

High-Tech VASIMR Rocket Engine Could Tackle Mars Trips, Space Junk and More

November 21st, 2013|Categories: News, Photography, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Scientists are making progress on an advanced space propulsion system aimed at a variety of uses, including reboosting space stations, cleaning up space junk and powering superfast journeys that could reach Mars in less than two months. Led by former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz, Ad Astra Rocket Co. is developing [...]