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A conceptual image of an aircraft powered by the new SABRE engine. (Image courtesy BAE Systems)

BAE Looks to Develop New Hypersonic Engine

The British defense giant BAE Systems Pls plans to team with a smaller specialty propulsion company to develop a new hypersonic engine. The London-based defense…





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Elon Musk’s Obsession with Soviet-Era Rockets

It’s hard not to like Elon Musk, who has turned his eclectic interests into a variety of market-disrupting businesses. The billionaire entrepreneur behind such companies as the online…










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Bezos Unveils New Engine for Military Rockets

Jeff Bezos, founder of the online retailing giant Amazon.com, has unveiled a new commercial engine design for legacy military rockets. Bezos, who also heads up the private…



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Video: SpaceX Rocket Explodes over Texas

An experimental reusable rocket made by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. exploded over Texas on Friday, the company announced. The test booster, known as the F9R…



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Future Uncertain for Russian Rocket Engine

The U.S. Air Force hasn’t yet decided what to do about its reliance on the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine, the service’s top civilian said. “There’s…


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Musk: Spacecraft Will Land Like a Helicopter

The head of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. said his company’s new spacecraft is designed to fly from outer space to Earth and, like a helicopter, touch down…