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The plan to turn scrapped rockets into space stations

November 23rd, 2020 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

Spent rockets are dangerous space trash, but they could be the future of living and working in orbit. IN EARLY OCTOBER, a dead Soviet satellite and the abandoned upper stage of a Chinese rocket narrowly avoided a collision in low Earth orbit. If the objects had crashed, the impact would have blown them to bits […]

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin venture fleshes out plans for 2023 cargo delivery to the moon

November 20th, 2020 at 1:21 pm » Comments Off

  An artist’s conception shows the human landing system that’s being developed by Blue Origin and its industry partners in the foreground, and Blue Origin’s Blue Moon cargo lander in the far background. (Blue Origin Illustration) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is working on a landing system that could put astronauts on […]

Small rocket company Rocket Lab aims for orbital reusability

November 16th, 2020 at 8:17 pm » Comments Off

  California-based Rocket Lab plans to make its orbital Electron rocket, pictured before a launch from New Zealand in June, reusable. ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) — Small launch company Rocket Lab has a big agenda for the end of 2020, including plans for its first liftoff from U.S. soil and its first attempt to […]

New nuclear engine concept could help realize 3-month trips to Mars

November 4th, 2020 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

The concept engine is twice as efficient as chemical rockets Seattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has developed a concept for a new Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) engine and delivered it to NASA. Claimed to be safer and more reliable than previous NTP designs and with far greater efficiency than a chemical rocket, the concept […]

For the first time in its history, NASA successfully collects sample from asteroid

October 22nd, 2020 at 11:59 am » Comments Off

Touchdown! For the first time in its history, NASA has successfully collected samples from the surface of an asteroid, using the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Tuesday. The small spacecraft has been orbiting Bennu, an asteroid 500 meters across, for almost two years. Around 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, the spacecraft completed a “Touch-And-Go” maneuver before […]

NASA advances plan to commercialize International Space Station

October 22nd, 2020 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Axiom Space habitat modules are depicted attached to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s plan to further commercialize work in low Earth orbit.   ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 12 (UPI) — The planned launch of a private commercial airlock to the International Space Station in November will accelerate NASA’s plan to turn the station […]

GITAI aims to bring autonomous robot workers to space

October 15th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

An artist’s rendering brings to life GITAI’s vision of robots working on the International Space Station. GITAI will conduct a technical demonstration of autonomous robot, S1, aboard the ISS in 2021. Upon hearing the phrase, “robots in space,” one might have an image flash of a corny 60s sci-fi movie, but startup GITAI has its […]

UAE to launch unmanned mission to the moon by 2024

October 10th, 2020 at 10:47 am » Comments Off

Emirati officials brief Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum about a possible moon mission, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 29, 2020. Gulf state boosts space program, could become fourth nation in the world to land on the moon. The United Arab Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024, a top […]

Chitin could be used to build tools and habitats on Mars, study finds

October 7th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

The manufacturing process would require minimal energy and no specialized equipment. Scientists mixed chitin—an organic polymer found in abundance in arthropods, as well as fish scales—with a mineral that mimics the properties of Martian soil to create a viable new material for building tools and shelters on Mars. Space aficionados who dream of one day […]

NASA funded scientist claims new thruster can approach the speed of light

September 28th, 2020 at 11:08 pm » Comments Off

The concept of interstellar travel has fascinated the human race for thousands of years. (TMU) – The concept of interstellar travel has fascinated the human race for thousands of years. Discoveries made in the last century, however, have both bolstered and dampened that fascination. While the number of habitable star systems available for visitation has […]

“Impossible” EmDrive engine could make interstellar travel a reality

September 27th, 2020 at 2:32 pm » Comments Off

Latest research aims to resolve whether the exciting and controversial thruster could actually work. The EmDrive could usher in an era of interstellar voyages for human beings. Or it could be a failed experiment that unsuccessfully tried to break the laws of physics. A pair of upcoming papers may just settle that decades-long argument. The […]

China is building a floating spaceport for rocket launches

September 18th, 2020 at 12:27 am » Comments Off

In the near future, launch facilities located at sea are expected to be a lot more common. SpaceX announced that it is hoping to create offshore facilities in the near future for the sake of launching the Starship away from populated areas. And China, the latest member of the superpowers-in-space club, is currently building the […]

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