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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 […]

Alphabet will use beams of light to deliver internet in Kenya

November 22nd, 2020 at 4:35 pm » Comments Off

The moonshot project has a new name, too.  It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Alphabet’s Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) project. If you’ve forgotten all about it, we don’t blame you: the acronym doesn’t stick in the mind quite like Google Fiber or Project Loon. To solve the problem, Alphabet’s ‘X’ division has […]

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 […]

SpaceX Starlink : User terms of service declare Mars as ‘free planet’

November 11th, 2020 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

SpaceX has released its terms of service to beta testers, and it makes a strong statement about Mars’ future government. STARLINK’S BETA TEST IS REQUIRING PARTICIPANTS TO RECOGNIZE MARS AS A “FREE PLANET.” It’s an unusual bit of fine print, and the implications go far beyond securing good internet on Earth. SpaceX’s internet connectivity constellation […]

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 […]

Satellites are mapping out every tree on earth using artificial intelligence

October 26th, 2020 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Scientists have mapped 1.8 billion individual tree canopies across millions of kilometres of the Sahel and Sahara regions of West Africa. It is the first time ever that trees have been mapped in detail over such a large area. So how was it possible? Researchers analysed a huge database of satellite images using artificial intelligence. […]

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 […]

Project Olympus : ICON chosen by NASA to develop moon base 3D printing tech

October 18th, 2020 at 5:27 pm » Comments Off

The hype around additive construction continues to grow. Unlike the days in which WinSun would “3D print” a six-story apartment building, we’re seeing numerous projects undertaken by a variety of firms around the world. All of this seems to demonstrate that, despite the hype, there is real technological value there. When that same value will […]

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 […]

Work begins on Starlink-like constellation of small hypersonic missile-tracking satellites

October 14th, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

The Pentagon’s grand space strategy envisions a shift from larger, expensive satellites to massive constellations of smaller, easier to replace ones.  The U.S. military has hired L3Harris and SpaceX to build small satellites with powerful infrared sensors capable of spotting and tracking ballistic missiles and hypersonic weapons. These satellites could become part of a large […]

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