rocketry

  • Rotating rocket science

    Australian engineers complete successful test of new rocket engine.

    As Australia’s space industry gears up, a team of Australian researchers has successfully tested a new type of engine...

    Core Sciences March 1, 2021
  • A shadow pointing at the moon

    A rocket launch comes between the moon and the sun to produce a beautiful geometric alignment.

    This is a photograph of the Space Shuttle (STS-98) launch on 7 February, 2001 from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, U...

    Space June 24, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: It’s not coffee science

    How can engineers stop sloshing fuel making a rocket unstable?

    Scientist Hans Phipp Sueltrop, University of Canterbury PhD titleDevelopment of real-time disturbance models for roc...

    Technology November 30, 2017
  • The first photograph of Earth taken from space

    On 24 October 1946, rocket scientists captured the first images of Earth taken from space.

    This is the first photograph of Earth ever taken from space. It was captured on 24 October 1946 from a rocket 105 km ...

    Space October 24, 2017
  • 135 years ago today, the Rocket Age began

    Robert Goddard is as important to rocketry as the Wright Brothers are to powered flight, writes T...

    “Light this candle!” So astronaut Alan Shepard is credited with exclaiming after hours of sitting atop a Mercury-Reds...

    Technology October 4, 2017
  • Explosive failures in rocket landing

    To learn how to land a rocket safely, you might have to blow a few up.

    Space travel isn’t cheap. Getting a 20-tonne payload into low Earth orbit will set you back US $62 million, according...

    Technology September 26, 2017
  • 3D-printed rocket engine succeeds in first test fire

    An innovative ‘aerospike’ rocket engine constructed entirely by 3D printing has been fired by eng...

    All eyes recently have been on North Korea’s missile program, so few people realise that Australia, too, has recently...

    Technology September 11, 2017
  • We have liftoff

    A Soyuz rocket launches at night, headed for the International Space Station

    A Soyuz rocket lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.NASA/Joel KowskyThe Soyuz MS-05 rocket is launched at Baikonur ...

    Space July 31, 2017