NASA rocket scientists in Alabama are testing an old engine that was designed for the 1969 moon mission. They're trying to see what the old technology can teach them, as they prepare for a return to the moon.
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The commercial space company that recently delivered cargo to the ISS, tested its new Merlin 1D rocket engine, capable of 147,000 pounds of thrust. It was test fired for 185 seconds, the full duration necessary for their Falcon 9 rocket launches. Credit: SpaceX
British inventor Richard Brown has built a unique jet engine-powered motorbike, fitted with an afterburner, which he plans to drive at more than 700 kph (440 mph) to break the world land speed record. It will be Brown's second attempt, after trying but failing to beat the current record in 1999. Jim Drury reports.
Another key component of NASA's new Space Launch System, the J-2X rocket engine, is put to a 500-second firing test at NASA's Stennis Space Center on Nov. 9 The J-2X rocket engine will help carry the Orion spacecraft and its crew, cargo, equipment and science experiments beyond Earth orbit. The new SLS, heavy-lift rocket will be safe, affordable and sustainable, and help NASA explore deep space.
With an initial public offering on the Nasdaq, Zipcar, Inc. raised more than $174 million. The company has yet to make a profit, but investors are betting its lead over competitors will pay off.