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    US to spend $110 billion in technology for basic research to counter China

    The United States Senate has cleared an effort by legislators to set up USD 110 billion in technology funding for basic research as a measure to counter China amid strained ties and fierce competition between the two countries. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted...
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    Featured US sixth gen fighter making rapid progress, to enter service by end of decade

    Biggest thing to me is Airmen have already flown it and it’s been shown off to members of Congress. This fighter is a lot further along than most people have realized.
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    NASA firming plans for 2026 Mars Sample Return Mission

    Plans are firming up to bring a sample of Mars back to Earth in 2031. A joint webinar last month by NASA and Lockheed Martin, which has participated in NASA sample return missions before, l went over the Mars sample return mission and how NASA's Perseverance rover will support that effort. The...
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    Featured US sixth gen fighter making rapid progress, to enter service by end of decade

    The Air Force is preparing to unveil a new 30-year fighter force design that includes at least two all-new fighters, a much greater use of autonomous and unmanned aircraft, a new way of providing close air support, and a narrowing timeline for retiring aircraft such as the A-10, F-16, and F-22...
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    Featured China Mars rover successfully landed

    No, after 40 years, NASA has been to every planet in the Solar System, and continues to lead the way in space exploration. When China achieves something of note in space, outside the shadow of NASA, let me know. Following others is easy, leading the way is hard. Just look at SpaceX today...
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    Featured China Mars rover successfully landed

    NASA and Perseverance just achieved the first powered flight on another planet and will collect the first Mars samples for a return mission. We’re at the forefront, you are a follower.
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    Featured China Mars rover successfully landed

    The US launched its first satellite less than 4 months after the Soviets and first man in space only 3 weeks after. In space and aeronautics engineering that’s a razor thin lead. If you want an example of dominance, China just visited its first planet in the Solar System, while NASA has visited...
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    Featured China Mars rover successfully landed

    The US landed its first lander on Mars in 1976 and rover in 1997. So yes Waz, China is literally years behind.
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    Featured China Mars rover successfully landed

    The Soviets had a minuscule lead at best for several years then got thoroughly crushed in the late 60s. Since then, NASA has essentially owned the heavens.
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    Featured China Mars rover successfully landed

    The first American satellite was launched less than 4 months after USSR Sputnik. The first American in space was less than 1 month after Gagarin. The US and Soviet Union were essentially deadlocked in a race. Meanwhile it’s been decades since the US successfully landed a rover on Mars. There’s...
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    U.S. senators close to announcing $52 billion semiconductor funding deal

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. senators are close to unveiling a $52-billion proposal Friday that would significantly boost U.S. semiconductor chip production and research over five years sources briefed on the matter said. Senators Mark Kelly, John Cornyn, Mark Warner and Tom Cotton...
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    SpaceX reveals first orbital Starship flight plan, launching from Texas and returning near Hawaii

    The SpaceX community believes the first flight for Super Heavy will be orbital launch. Ambitious, but that’s how Musk rolls!
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    SpaceX reveals first orbital Starship flight plan, launching from Texas and returning near Hawaii

    I think it’ll be late summer/fall when we see orbital launch. SpaceX is still building out its GSE, has to stack the launch table on the orbital mount, and build out the launch tower. The next 2 sections for the tower look almost complete for stacking. And you’d think they’d want to flight test...

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