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China plans 39 million-mile race to Mars to catch up with NASA

January 23rd, 2020 at 1:16 pm » Comments Off

“Mars Base 1” is a Mars simulation center in the Gobi desert. China is taking its rivalry with the U.S. to another planet. The Chinese space agency is preparing a mid-year mission to Mars, marking the most ambitious project on an exploration checklist intended to achieve equal footing with NASA and transform the nation’s technological […]



China makes major breakthrough in space propulsion technology

January 20th, 2020 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

The 20-kW Hall thruster in operation at a laboratory of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation  China has made a major breakthrough in the development of the Hall-effect thruster (HET), an important space propulsion technology. Researchers from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) have developed the country’s first HET with an input […]



1,000 Starships and 20 years are needed to build sustainable city on Mars, says Elon Musk

November 20th, 2019 at 1:25 pm » Comments Off

  The CEO of SpaceX took to Twitter to share the news of how dangerous and arduous the task continues to be. Elon Musk shared more details about what will be needed to reach Mars and to build a sustainable city there. The SpaceX CEO and his company have been working hard at their long […]



Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years

November 15th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went into a bit more detail about the timelines and vehicle requirements to not only reach Mars, but to set up a sustainable base on the Red Planet that can serve as an actual city, supporting a local population. That’s the long-term vision for Musk and his space technology company, after […]



SpaceX wants to land Starship on the Moon before 2022, then do cargo runs for 2024 human landing

November 3rd, 2019 at 3:20 am » Comments Off

Speaking at a quick series of interviews with commercial space companies at this year’s annual International Astronautical Congress, SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell shed a little more light on her company’s current thinking with regards to the mission timelines for its forthcoming Starship spacefaring vehicle. Starship, currently in parallel development at SpaceX’s South Texas […]



The biggest barrier to future space exploration is in our heads

October 30th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

With enough time, the technological challenges of sending humans to Mars and beyond are solvable. But psychologically, we’re not ready to leave our home. In 1945 British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke—now best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey—correctly predicted the invention of satellites, the first of which launched into space in 1958. Then […]



Massive, AI-powered robots are 3D-printing entire rockets

October 27th, 2019 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

To make a 3D-printable rocket, Relativity Space simplified the design of many components, including the engine.PHOTOGRAPH: RELATIVITY Relativity Space may have the biggest metal 3D printers in the world, and they’re cranking out parts to reinvent the rocket industry here—and on Mars. For a factory where robots toil around the clock to build a rocket […]



The next big leap in space travel will use hypersonic planes

October 18th, 2019 at 12:13 am » Comments Off

Scramjets capable of flying at Mach 15 will make it easier and cheaper to send spacecraft and people into orbit, says hypersonics expert Michael Smart. Sending satellites, spacecraft and humans into space is an expensive business. If humanity wants to venture further across the Solar System, we need ways of reducing the cost. Perhaps the […]



International Space Station crew 3D-prints meat in space for the first time!

October 18th, 2019 at 12:05 am » Comments Off

  For the first time in the history of space, meat was ‘created’ on the International Space Station (ISS) and no animals were harmed in the making of this 3D bio-printed ‘space beef.’ On October 7, Aleph Farms, an Israeli food company, announced that its experiment aboard the space lab resulted in the first lab-grown […]



This ‘Spaceplane’ could get you from Sydney to London in four hours

October 1st, 2019 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

  There are plans to start running test flights of the ‘hypersonic’ jet in the mid-2020s. Developers are working on a “hypersonic” jet engine that could see commuters flying from Sydney to London in four hours, and London to New York in one. It’s called a SABRE—that is, Synergetic Air Breathing Rocket Engine—and it allows […]



Scientists are starting to take warp drives seriously, Especially one specific concept

September 30th, 2019 at 12:04 pm » Comments Off

It’s hard living in a relativistic Universe, where even the nearest stars are so far away and the speed of light is absolute. It is little wonder then why science fiction franchises routinely employ FTL (Faster-than-Light) as a plot device. Push a button, press a petal, and that fancy drive system – whose workings no […]



Astronauts make cement in space for the first time

September 21st, 2019 at 1:07 am » Comments Off

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst works on an experiment aboard the International Space Station looking into how cement reacts in space. Concrete could provide humans in space with better protection from radiation and extreme temperatures than many other materials. In the future, when humans live in and visit space, they’re going to need places […]



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