James Webb Space Telescope reaches deep-space destination

After a 30-day journey, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has reached its destination at the Lagrange 2 (L2) point about one million miles (1.5 million km) from Earth. At 2:00 pm EST, it fired its main engines for 297 seconds to alter its velocity by 3.6 miles per hour (1.6 m/s) and send it into its new orbit.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: NASA, James Webb Space Telescope … [Read more...]

Radian One unveils plans for single-stage to orbit spaceplane

A new company has entered the commercial space race. Startup Radian Aerospace has emerged from stealth to announce it has secured US$27.5 million in seed funding to develop a single-stage to orbit (SSTO) spaceplane called Radian One, which is designed to lift and land horizontally.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: Commercial, Launch Vehicles … [Read more...]

USAF makes first eVTOL flight remotely controlled by an Air Force pilot

The US Air Force's AFWERX technology accelerator program has announced that in December 2021 it successfully completed the first flight of an electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft with an Air Force pilot at the remote controls.Continue ReadingCategory: Military, TechnologyTags: US Air Force, eVTOL, Aircraft, Flight, Flight Tests … [Read more...]

Defiant X attack helicopter completes first mission profile test flights

With the decision on the replacement of the US Army's UH-60 Black Hawk fleet coming down to the wire, the partners behind the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant have announced that their candidate advanced rotorcraft has completed its first mission profile test flights.Continue ReadingCategory: Military, TechnologyTags: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Helicopters, Aircraft, Flight Tests … [Read more...]

Indicators of life in Martian meteorite may be due to ancient water

A mystery that has puzzled scientists for over 25 years may finally have been solved as a new study led by the Carnegie Institution for Science's Andrew Steele suggests that signs of ancient life in a famous Martian meteorite may be due to geochemical processes.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: Mars, Life, Geology … [Read more...]

New Atlas – New Technology & Science News 2022-01-15 09:50:00

In an echo of the Cold War, Russia's first newly manufactured Tupolev Tu-160M (NATO designation Backfire) supersonic nuclear heavy bomber completed its maiden flight on January 12, reaching a height of 600 m (2,000 ft) during its 30-minute test.Continue ReadingCategory: Military, TechnologyTags: Aircraft, Russia, Nuclear weapons, Flight Tests … [Read more...]