‘Flash crash’ rips through Asia’s currency markets sending the yen into orbit and the Aussie dollar crashing to Earth

Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images Japan’s yen has gone into orbit on Thursday, breaking through key technical support levels as rising global growth risks nudged investors into a rush to safe haven-assets. Apple cut its sales forecast for its latest quarter, citing slowing iPhone sales in China, while Chinese manufacturing reads added to the burden […]

Chinese probe in lunar orbit and set to make historic 1st landing on the 'dark side' of the moon

China is set to become the first nation to explore the far side of the moon, after Chang’e-4 lunar probe entered a planned orbit, ahead of its much-anticipated landing on the unexplored part of Earth’s satellite. “The probe has entered an elliptical lunar orbit, with the perilune [closest point] at about 15 km and the […]

Space wishes: ISS crew reveals which superpower would be handy in orbit

Ahead of Monday’s launch to the International Space Station, cosmonauts told the media which superpower would have helped them in space, and what they might do in their own back yard with their new knowledge of the Soyuz rocket. Russian cosmonaut and Soyuz MC-11 commander Oleg Kononenko said an ability to shift between human and […]

Watch Soyuz rocket deliver Russian navigation satellite into orbit (VIDEO)

A video shows a Soyuz-2-1b rocket successfully blasting off into space from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia as it delivered a navigation satellite into orbit. The launch was conducted on Saturday night. The rocket was equipped with upper stage Fregat, which propelled a GLONASS-M satellite into orbit. The satellite is part of Russian national […]

Unlike Some Automakers, BMW’s Keeping Its Visions of the Future in (Very) Low Earth Orbit

A big question mark hanging over the auto industry concerns the rate of electric vehicle adoption, but BMW — unlike some of its rivals — isn’t prone to wild predictions about the public’s enthusiasm for clean, green EVs. Despite rolling out a global plan earlier this year for 25 plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles by […]

The world’s largest airplane may launch a new space shuttle into orbit

Enlarge / The Stratolaunch aircraft has a wingspan of 117 meters. (credit: Stratolaunch Systems Corp.) As Stratolaunch Systems Corp. has rolled its super-massive aircraft out of the hangar during the last year and performed some ground-based tests, there has been one big unanswered question—what is the purpose of building the largest airplane in the world? […]

The Tesla Roadster that SpaceX is launching to Mars orbit is equipped with cameras — and Elon Musk says they’ll provide epic views

SpaceX/YouTube SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is scheduled to launch from Cape Kennedy Spaceport in Florida this afternoon. Instead of carrying steel or concrete to test the rocket’s capabilities, it’s going to carry a Tesla Roadster, helmed by a dummy named “Starman.” The Roadster is equipped with three cameras, so Musk said it should provide some “epic views” — […]

Japan launches smallest rocket ever to carry satellite into orbit

Japan has set a new spaceflight record — and unlike most of these feats, it’s defined by what wasn’t involved. The country’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched the smallest-ever rocket to carry a satellite into orbit, a modest SS-520 sounding rocket modified with a third stage inside its nose cone to get its […]

‘The real rocket man’: Flat-Earther to launch himself into orbit from ghost town

Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes intends to finally launch himself into orbit in a homemade rocket on Saturday – right over the Route 66 ghost town of Amboy, California. An earlier attempt to launch the steam-powered rocket was thwarted at the last minute by a US federal agency, saying Hughes had no permission to use public […]