Riccardo Rambaldi

Mariner 4

Our Journey to the Red Planet: Will it be a reality soon?

The end of the last decade marks the 70th year of human endeavors for Mars travels, where USSR’s MARSNK1 being the pioneer mission. We are driven by the littleness of our home and the manifested curiosity of grasping the although-a-probabilistic fact that life exists other than Earth. Similarly, understanding a planet’s evolution, the links to …

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Join the PoliSpace introductory event on March 13th, 2021!

Carl Sagan, one of the most eminent astronomers, once said “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Carl Sagan, one of the most eminent astronomers, once said “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Almost one year ago, PoliSpace came to light. It started as a small yet ambitious idea, but soon it …

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Second Webinar: From Earth to Mars, one (small) step at a time

When you buy a new car, do you buy all of the gasoline you will ever use along with it? Probably not. However, this is how space missions are designed today, where all the necessary mission propellant is loaded into the spacecraft before launch. In his seminar, Dr. Davide Conte will be talking about his …

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Watch Perseverance’s landing on Mars live with PoliSpace!

Join us on February 18, 2021, and watch in live streaming the landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars! Launched on July 30, 2020, the rover is designed to better characterize the geology of the planet and seek signs of ancient life. In the past decades, every mission towards the red planet has shown that …

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Long March 8

China accomplishes a small step towards rocket reusability

Source: China National Space Administration In the new world of the competitive space domain, the reusable launch vehicle concept is gaining more considerable momentum. After the private firm SpaceX successfully demonstrated the technology, China’s new ‘Long March-8’, a medium-lift rocket, made its maiden flight on December 22. The vehicle was launched from Wenchang launch site …

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GPIM

The new beginning of “Green technology” in the space industry

The Indian national space agency (ISRO – Indian Space Research Organisation) recently announced they will utilise the latest green propulsion in its forthcoming manned space flight mission ‘Gaganyaan’ scheduled for 2021-22. ISRO chairman, Dr Sivan, acknowledged the necessity of adopting green technologies to ensure minimal environmental degradation. He also confirms all the propulsion stages may …

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Hayabusa2 sample

Hayabusa2 brings asteroid samples to Earth

A phenomenal mission by Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was initiated in 2014 with the task of attaining samples from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, located 300 million kilometers from our planet. The spacecraft Hayabusa2 touched-down on the bound asteroid on June 27, 2018.The craft, with its four small remote rovers, spent a year and a …

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Astra launch

Astra’s smallsat launcher achieves milestone in second launch

Astra, a space start-up company based in California, emerged as the latest rocket builder to reach space.On December 15, in their second attempt, they successfully launched Rocket 3.2 vehicle from Kodiak, Alaska after the failure of Rocket 3.1 on September 11 due to a problem in the guidance system. The test flight, with the objective …

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SN-8 flight

SpaceX’s Starship SN8 successful 12.5 km flight test

The vehicle SN8, the most updated Starship prototype, was initially scheduled for launch on December 8 after successfully accomplishing the fourth static test on November 25. The launch was called-off two seconds before the lift-off as SN8 noticed abnormalities with one or more of its three raptor engines. On December 9, the second attempt was …

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