SpaceX's first manned launch with its Dragon capsule isn't going to take place until 2018. The company had planned to carry out a manned mission for NASA next year, but it says further evaluation of its Falcon 9 fueling system is necessary following the September explosion.
Using an H-IIB rocket, Japan launched a cargo ship carrying a "space junk" collector to the International Space Station (ISS). The system is based around an electrodynamic tether that can swing through Earth's magnetic field and slow down debris currently orbiting the planet.
Mars One, a project that'll probably never put humans on Mars, has adjusted its timeline yet again. Its manned mission has a new launch date of 2031, five years later than before. The delay will allow Mars One to raise additional money and avoid large expenses for a longer time.
SpaceX has pushed back its next launch until early January. It was reportedly planning to launch in mid-December, but it now says a Falcon 9 rocket will bring up the Iridium-1 satellite next month. This will be its first launch since a rocket exploded in September.
Google will purchase enough solar and wind power by some point in 2017 to cover all of the energy used by its data centers and offices. The company is already the largest corporate buyer of renewable power in the world. Google is also releasing environmental update reports.
Uber is forming an AI research lab following its acquisition of Geometric Intelligence, an AI startup based in New York. The research is centered around technologies that'll be useful in the autonomous vehicle space. Geometric's 15 specialists are joining the lab to assist Uber.
Virgin Galactic's first independent flight with its VSS Unity spacecraft was successful. The craft went on a gliding flight over California's Mojave Air & Space Port after being released from the VMS Eve. It successfully returned to Earth from an initial 15 km altitude.
SpaceX's first launch since its September explosion is scheduled to occur on December 16. It'll use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch 10 satellites from Iridium Communications. When the Falcon 9 exploded a few months ago, it destroyed both the rocket and a satellite.
The Progress MS-04, a Russian resupply vehicle bound for the International Space Station, has been destroyed. Russian authorities lost contact with the ship after its launch from the Naikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last night. It was carrying three tons of food and fuel.
Ta'u, a small island in American Samoa that's inhabited by 600 people, has been upgraded from diesel fuel to solar power. A SolarCity/Tesla initiative is now supplying "nearly 100 percent" of the island's energy needs, significantly reducing its use of diesel.
In a visceral, emotional court case that made law history, a british, 14-year-old teenage girl suffering from a rare form of cancer won a landmark legal case in the UK courts, granting her the right to be cryogenically frozen until such a time as a cure is found for her disease.
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking, who happens to harbor serious concerns about AI, believes humans could be limited to living on Earth for just a thousand more years. Humanity will need to find a new place to set up shop if it's going to remain around for many more generations.
A lung cancer patient in China has become the first human on Earth to receive an injection of cells modified with CRISPR, a gene editing tool. Oncologists at Sichuan University used the CRISPR cells in the patient on October 28 and it appears the first injection went fine.
HB, a 58-year-old ALS patient, has become the first person with her condition to use an at-home brain implant for communication. Like many others with ALS, the disease has already removed her ability to talk, leading to the development of "locked-in" syndrome.
SpaceX should be on track for another rocket launch this year and it is close to figuring out the cause of its September rocket explosion. When the next mission occurs, it'll be the first since a Falcon 9 exploded on a Cape Canaveral launchpad, destroying the rocket.
More resources will be directed to projects involving microsatellites due to a plan from the White House. Mini satellites are increasingly being employed as a way to cover larger pieces of the planet at a lower cost. Multiple US agencies are involved in the White House plan.
Contact with the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars lander is gone. Data was sent from the Schiaparelli lander during the descent, but it suddenly stopped and no contact has been regained since. According to the ESA, contact was probably lost before the landing occurred.
There's a race for Mars taking place in the semi-private space industry, with SpaceX receiving most of the attention. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says his company will put humans on the red planet in the next decade and eventually establish a growing colony.
Blue Origin's latest test run involving its New Shepard rocket and a vehicle escape system went smoothly, including the landing of the rocket. Observers and Blue Origin itself weren't entirely sure the rocket would do anything other than crash into the desert.
A spaceplane that could one day be the largest in the world is being developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, a government-backed company. Information was shared by Lui Haiquang, a rocket scientist, during the International Astronautical Congress.