Rowling’s curious cosmic vacancy

Author J.K. Rowling, best known for the Harry Potter series of bestselling books, is back in the headlines with the release of her first post-Potter novel, The Causal Vacancy. In the publicity surrounding the release of the book, Rowling has made some space-related headlines by suggesting she created a cosmic vacancy, if you will, by [...]

Sarah Brightman may be the next commercial visitor to the ISS

Space tourism company Space Adventures sent out a media advisory Wednesday morning about a press conference the company plans to hold in Moscow on October 10. “Sarah Brightman will be in Moscow to make a ‘groundbreaking’ announcement,” the advisory states, without offering details about that announcement. Brightman, an “international singing superstar” in the words of [...]

Grasshopper to make its first hop soon

Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, an investor in SpaceX, was recently at the company’s Texas test facility and got a look at Grasshopper (above), SpaceX’s reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator. About a year ago SpaceX revealed its plans to develop a reusable version of the Falcon 9 rocket, including a first stage that would fly [...]

Antares inches closer to launch

Illustration of Orbital’s Antares rocket lifting off from the Mid-Altantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in Virginia. (Credit: OSC)

In July, Orbital Sciences Corporation announced a new schedule for the initial tests of its Antares rocket, including the first launches of the vehicle that will be used to send the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the ISS. [...]