Space Exploration http://aviationweek.com/taxonomy/term/39781/more en ‘Distant Worlds’ Are Too Far; Lunar Landing Is Another Story http://aviationweek.com/space/distant-worlds-are-too-far-lunar-landing-another-story <div class="node-body article-body">While building a lander to put humans on the Moon and elsewhere looks possible in 4-5 years, the financial commitment needed to do so is much less certain.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/distant-worlds-are-too-far-lunar-landing-another-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/distant-worlds-are-too-far-lunar-landing-another-story#comments Space Exploration Aviation Week & Space Technology Space AW.com Space North America Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:00:00 +0000 1592331 at http://aviationweek.com Blue Origin New Virgin Orbit Formed To Lead SmallSat Launch Vehicle http://aviationweek.com/space/new-virgin-orbit-formed-lead-smallsat-launch-vehicle <div class="field-deck"> Smallsat launch vehicle production site ramps up as Virgin Orbit forms to lead the rocket venture </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Virgin is forming a dedicated new company, Virgin Orbit, to spearhead the development, testing and operation of its LauncherOne low-cost smallsat launch vehicle.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/new-virgin-orbit-formed-lead-smallsat-launch-vehicle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/new-virgin-orbit-formed-lead-smallsat-launch-vehicle#comments Space Exploration Aviation Week & Space Technology Space AW.com Space North America Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:00:00 +0000 1589501 at http://aviationweek.com Virgin Orbit Early Manned Moon Shot Possible, But Is It Worth It? http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/early-manned-moon-shot-possible-it-worth-it <div class="field-deck"> Trump space spectacular may open a door for NASA </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Trump administration’s space agency transition team, NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are all working on various approaches to a crewed Moon flyaround.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/early-manned-moon-shot-possible-it-worth-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/early-manned-moon-shot-possible-it-worth-it#comments Space Exploration In Orbit Aviation Week & Space Technology Space In Orbit AWST illustration North America Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:00:00 +0000 1587501 at http://aviationweek.com NASA Hosted Payload To Help Climate Science And Fossil-fuel Industry http://aviationweek.com/space/hosted-payload-help-climate-science-and-fossil-fuel-industry <div class="node-body article-body">Data from the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory also is expected to help researchers aid governments in meeting carbon-reduction goals as well as farmers.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/hosted-payload-help-climate-science-and-fossil-fuel-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/hosted-payload-help-climate-science-and-fossil-fuel-industry#comments Space Exploration In Orbit Aviation Week & Space Technology Space In Orbit AWST North America Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:00:00 +0000 1559941 at http://aviationweek.com NASA Momentum Builds For International Moon Base http://aviationweek.com/space/momentum-builds-international-moon-base <div class="node-body article-body">Jan Woerner’s Moon village concept is looking better to NASA, and the Trump administration could move things along faster.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/momentum-builds-international-moon-base" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/momentum-builds-international-moon-base#comments Space Exploration In Orbit Space AW.com In Orbit North America Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 1554961 at http://aviationweek.com Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics How ESA, Roscosmos Are Furthering Mars Exploration Technologies http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/how-esa-roscosmos-are-furthering-mars-exploration-technologies <div class="field-deck"> ESA’s ExoMars will go on with biological search, despite probable lander crash </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Although ExoMars mission's landing demonstration may have failed, the orbiter’s mission to search for life will continue. </div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/how-esa-roscosmos-are-furthering-mars-exploration-technologies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/how-esa-roscosmos-are-furthering-mars-exploration-technologies#comments Space Exploration Space Space AWST Europe illustration Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1528311 at http://aviationweek.com Latest Chinese Manned Space Mission Marks Step Toward Station http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/latest-chinese-manned-space-mission-marks-step-toward-station <div class="field-deck"> China’s space program takes next well-planned steps for ambitious orbital laboratory </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The rendezvous and docking of Shenzhou-11, a manned mission launched on Oct. 17, with the Tiangong-2 orbiting laboratory relied on improved technology. </div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/latest-chinese-manned-space-mission-marks-step-toward-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/latest-chinese-manned-space-mission-marks-step-toward-station#comments Space Exploration Space Space Asia Pacific AWST Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1528341 at http://aviationweek.com Podcast: In Space, International Cooperation Counts http://aviationweek.com/space/podcast-space-international-cooperation-counts <div class="node-body video-body">Missions tend to fare better when countries share information and technology. That certainly appeared to be the case last week - from Russia's Soyuz launch , to China's Shenzou mission, Antares's return to flight, and a rocky landing on Mars.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/podcast-space-international-cooperation-counts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/podcast-space-international-cooperation-counts#comments Space Exploration Podcast Space Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0000 1528991 at http://aviationweek.com ExoMars’s Schiaparelli Demonstrator Set To Land On Mars http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/exomars-s-schiaparelli-demonstrator-set-land-mars <div class="node-body article-body">The ExoMars—for “exobiology on Mars”—mission begins with a landing demonstration.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/exomars-s-schiaparelli-demonstrator-set-land-mars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space-exploration/exomars-s-schiaparelli-demonstrator-set-land-mars#comments Space Exploration Space AWST Europe Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1526591 at http://aviationweek.com ESA Imagery From India’s Mars Orbiter Mission http://aviationweek.com/space/imagery-india-s-mars-orbiter-mission <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Indian Space Research Organization’s mission has been circling the red planet since Sept. 24, 2014, returning a trove of data and imagery. </div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/imagery-india-s-mars-orbiter-mission" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/imagery-india-s-mars-orbiter-mission#comments Galleries Space Exploration Space AW.com Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1524291 at http://aviationweek.com