A Slow Descent: Boeing’s Parachutes for NASA

Boeing parachutes being tested for NASA

While the takeoff is the most commonly watched part of a space expedition, the re-entry is equally important. The biggest challenge, of course, is ensuring that the spacecraft doesn’t burn up upon hitting the atmosphere. Another task is finding the proper landing site- most frequently, a large and empty body of water. Instead of rockets […]

Comparing Space Tourism

A man enjoying his space tourism trip.

Commercial space travel is on the edge of becoming a reality. This is largely in part due to the efforts of three companies: SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin. But while the end goal is the same, how do these companies stack up against each other? SpaceX GOALS FROM SPACE TOURISM: While the exact details […]

Virgin Galactic’s Countdown to Launch

virgin galactic

The concept of commercial space travel is, in many ways, still science fiction. It is expensive and dangerous and requires technology that’s still being developed. However, a few names do pop up when discussing the topic. One is Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, but there is competition- Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic, the space travel division of […]