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Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announce $100M search for ET

July 24th, 2015 at 6:02 pm » Comments Off

Stephen Hawking, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, Martin Rees, Frank Drake and others have announced at The Royal Society a $100 million funding for Breakthrough Listen.  It is the “most powerful, comprehensive, and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth.”  

NASA’s prototype drone aircraft destined for Mars

July 6th, 2015 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

This may be the first aircraft to fly the Martian skies.  NASA revealed that they are building a Prandtl-m (Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars) prototype for a glider drone that would launch from a descending rover and survey landing sites for the eventual manned mission.  

‘Smart’ LED farming: making space veg viable?

July 6th, 2015 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

According to researchers at Purdue University, ’targeted’ LEDs could be the future of extraterrestrial horticulture, the tiny electrical components could lead a revolution in fine-tuning food production off (and on) Earth.  

DARPA says they are engineering the organisms that will teraform Mars

June 29th, 2015 at 7:59 pm » Comments Off

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology, that could excite or terrify you depending on how you feel about the military engineering totally new life forms.  

Flying saucers on Mars to be tested by NASA

June 4th, 2015 at 8:34 pm » Comments Off

Trying to work out how to safely deliver astronauts to the surface of Mars, NASA will be testing flying saucers.  

JAXA: Space sail producing energy

June 2nd, 2015 at 3:46 pm » Comments Off

Japan’s main space agency has said that they have successfully deployed a space sail 770 kilometers above the earth and that it has started producing power.  

Small ‘Cubesats’ finding a bigger role in space

May 26th, 2015 at 6:26 pm » Comments Off

When work on the first cubesat in 1999 began, Jordi Puig-Suari and Bob Twiggs has a rather basic goal - to develop a compact satellite that university students could build and use to conduct scientific experiments and test out new technologies.  

$2.25M prize offered by NASA for 3D printed deep space habitats

May 19th, 2015 at 4:55 pm » Comments Off

NASA is starting a competition to intended to encourage creative thinkers to design and build a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration, with a $2.25 million prize.  

NASA’s electromagnetic drive can produce thrust in vacuum

May 8th, 2015 at 3:56 pm » Comments Off

NASA is developing an electromagnetic drive to operate without rocket fuel, in a vacuum, is seemingly defying the laws of physics, and raising hopes for the future of space travel.  

NASA teams up with billionaire to mine the moon

March 19th, 2015 at 1:18 pm » Comments Off

Mountain View, California-based company, Moon Express is aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year.  Earlier this year they became the first company to successfully test a prototype of a lunar lander at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  

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