SpiderFab 3-D robotic printer Since the 1970′s, space-based solar power has been a futuristic fantasy but the advent of 21st century 3-D printing may bring it a step closer to reality. (Video)
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“I don’t know of any astronauts who think we’re alone in the universe,” Chris Hadfield. Chris Hadfield is a reasonable man. He is a former astronaut, former commander of the International Space Station, and a social media superstar.
An American Columbus for the space age should generate space colonies with a population of 300,000 people within about 25 years of the start of space colonization. Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October in the U.S. Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival [...]
Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX, Elon Musk’s commercial space company, has just launched a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit carrying a Canadian Space Agency satellite, CASSIOPE. Part of the satellite’s payload is Cascade, a prototype for a super-fast space-borne file-transfer system—a kind of digital courier service.
An example of Contour Crafting. Researchers at the University of Southern California believe that within a couple of years 3D printing techniques will be used to construct entire buildings in less than a day. (Video)
Japan has launched a rocket, Epsilon, into space in what it hopes will be the start of cheaper space exploration. The rocket is about half the size of normal rockets, and relies on artificial intelligence to do its final safety checks–meaning just eight people were at the launch site, rather than the 150 needed for [...]
NASA is organizing the Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program that will send packs of seed material to the ISS. When humans begin colonizing space there is one challenge we’ll be facing, how to get food to those colonies. The idea of farming in space is hardly a new one. Astronaut Don Pettit successfully grew a zucchini, [...]
Slingatron A Kickstarter project, Slingatron, that combines a slingshot capable of hurling objects into orbit and a space-bound railroad just might actually send you to space one day. (Images and video)
New findings show that planets orbiting red dwarf stars are more likely to be habitable than previously believed. Only about a dozen potentially habitable exoplanets have been detected so far but, scientists say the universe should be teeming with alien worlds that could support life. The Milky Way alone may host 60 billion such planets [...]
Colorado wildfire Colorado wildfires that are still raging and have devastated tens of thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes, bringing calls for the marshaling of local, state and federal resources to combat the infernos.