TOP STORIES: October 2018

9 November 2018

Each month we round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.

Here’s our round-up for October:

NASA celebrates its 60th Birthday!

October 1st marked the 60th anniversary of NASA which started operations in 1958, two months after it was created by the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958. From putting humans on the moon for the first time in 1969 to launching Voyager 1 and 2 in 1977 which have gone on to become the furthest man-made objects from Earth, continuing to travel through interstellar space over 40 years later, having revolutionised our understanding of the solar system on the way, the US space agency has been instrumental in our exploration of space. Read more here.

Lockheed Martin Unveils Plans for Huge Reusable Moon Lander for Astronauts


Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin revealed its concept for a reusable, single-stage spaceship capable of ferrying four astronauts between lunar orbit and the surface of the Moon. Read more at

An artist’s illustration of Lockheed Martin’s crewed lunar lander, which is designed to let astronauts spend two weeks at a time on the moon’s surface.
Credit: Lockheed Martin


NASA issues call for payloads to go on commercial lunar landers

As NASA evaluates proposals for commercially developed small lunar landers, the agency is now seeking payloads that could fly on those spacecraft despite concerns from some scientists that they don’t know if their experiments are compatible with those landers. See more at SpaceNews.

NASA is seeking proposals for scientific and technology demonstration payloads that could fly on commercial lunar landers as soon as 2020. Credit: Astrobotic

NASA confirms new delays in commercial crew test flight schedule

In an Oct. 4 statement, NASA said the revised date for the uncrewed test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft was now January 2019. The vehicle could be ready for launch in December, the agency added, but scheduled it for January “to accommodate docking opportunities at the orbiting laboratory.” Read more at SpaceNews.

The updated schedules delayed SpaceX’s two commercial crew test flights by two months, while also moving Boeing’s two test flights into the spring and summer. Credit: Boeing/SpaceX