Seattle snapshots: Northern Lights put on a great show

Monday night provided a rare opportunity for space-enthusiasts and photographers as the Northern Lights were visible around the northern part of the world. Several Seattleites snapped some amazing photos, like the one above from GeekWire reader Richard Burte at Snoqualmie. He also created a gallery from last night. Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, appear when… Read More


Boeing wants to take down space junk with clouds of gas

Orbital debris, also known as space junk, is a problem that many people in government and the commercial space industry are hoping to solve — clearing the Earth’s orbit of old satellites and other equipment. So here is Boeing’s idea: Get rid of the rubble with clouds of gas. In a patent application recently made… Read More


No borders: Space heroes join together for epic night

They were all up on stage when the cosmonaut Valery Kubasov was introduced. With a lapel full of medals he strode across stage. As he walked past Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell, and almost every other living American space hero, the Soviet anthem blared out over the audience. Soyuz nyerushimyy respublik svobodnykh / Splotila naveki Velikaia Rus. I wasn’t… Read More


Pictures: Boeing drops its spaceship from 14,000 feet

 Here’s another milestone in the commercial space race: Boeing says it completed a successful test yesterday of the parachute drop system for its CST-100 spacecraft, releasing the capsule from a helicopter at 14,000 feet. Boeing says the test, conducted over the Delamar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nev., involved the entire landing system of the… Read More


Space robot company may pull an asteroid into orbit

More details emerged today about Planetary Resources, and the Bellevue-based startup’s plans are sounding more and more like something out of a science fiction novel. One idea the company is considering: Bringing an asteroid into orbit near Earth to allow robots to mine it for precious metals, according to a New York Times article today… Read More


This 25-year-old adventurer can win a trip to space

Seattle’s Lauren Furgason, a 25-year-old brand strategist at design firm Hornall Anderson, is one of five finalists who will compete next month in a competition to win a trip into space. Hosted by the Space Needle as part of its 50 year anniversary celebration, the final competition will include an Amazing Race-style activity to see who… Read More


Mining a $20 trillion asteroid? New clues emerge about space robot startup

We’ve been digging up details this week about a Seattle-area startup that is developing robots to explore space, led by the former flight director for NASA’s Mars Rover missions, along with some of the biggest names in commercial spaceflight, and backed by investors and advisers including Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, along with filmmaker James Cameron. What… Read More

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Secretive space robot startup Arkyd to unveil ambitious plans, backed by big names

[Follow-Up: Space robot venture includes Google’s Page and Schmidt, aims to expand Earth’s resources] Arkyd Astronautics, a Seattle-area startup led by a NASA veteran and involving some of the biggest names in the commercial space industry, is preparing to unveil its mission “to revolutionize space exploration activities and ultimately create a better standard of living on… Read More


Boeing spaceship emerging from Space Shuttle’s shadow

Boeing is showing that it’s serious about developing a new spaceship, announcing that it will base the operations and manufacturing for its Crew Space Transportation program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the longtime home of the Space Shuttle program. The company’s CST-100 spacecraft will hold up to seven people. It’s designed initially for… Read More


Bezos’ Blue Origin declines to testify at U.S. House hearing

Participants in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program — private companies working on spacecraft to take U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station — testified today during a hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. But one participant was conspicuously absent: Blue Origin, the company founded by CEO Jeff Bezos, which is slated to… Read More