A 4G network on the Moon is bad news for radio astronomy

Radio telescopes are incredibly sensitive to phone network interference.

Emma Alexander, PhD Candidate in Astrophysics, University of Manchester • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Square Kilometre Array project frets about satellite interference

There are worries that satellite mega-constellations could interfere with the Square Kilometre Array.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: astronomy broadband space-exploration spacex oneweb communications-satellites

Vera Rubin: Super telescope's giant camera spies broccoli

The camera detector for the Vera Rubin Observatory takes its first test images in the laboratory.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astronomy space-exploration spacex communications-satellites

SpaceX: Musk's 'Mars ship' prototype aces 150m test flight

A prototype of the engine for SpaceX's next-generation Starship vehicle has made a 150m test "hop".

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
Aug. 5, 2020 ~2 min

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SpaceX: Nasa crew describe rumbles and jolts of return to Earth

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley describe returning to Earth from the ISS in SpaceX's vehicle.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
Aug. 4, 2020 ~4 min

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Nasa SpaceX crew return: Astronauts set for ocean splashdown

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken's SpaceX capsule will make the first crewed US water landing in 45 years.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Aug. 1, 2020 ~6 min

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SpaceX: Crew Dragon is returning to Earth – here’s when to hold your breath

Extreme velocities and temperatures makes the return flight to Earth the most perilous part of a space mission.

Heather Muir, PhD in Computational Physics, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Kathy Sullivan: The woman who's made history in sea and space

Kathy Sullivan is the first person to ever travel to both space and the bottom of the ocean.

By Kelly-Leigh Cooper • bbcnews
June 13, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: spacex-launch

Have you got what it takes to become an astronaut in the new era of human spaceflight?

Empathy and scientific knowledge will be key for astronauts looking to travel to Mars.

Adam Hawkey, Associate Professor, School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Solent University • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~8 min

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First space tourists will face big risks, as private companies gear up for paid suborbital flights

When it comes to commercial space tourism, suborbital flight are the first frontier. But what are the risks? Are there health requirements? What should you know before taking such a way-out trip?

Sara M. Langston, Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~9 min

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