Over the past 50 years, getting to space hasn’t become any easier technically speaking. It still requires using huge rockets to create a massive enough amount of force to push a payload beyond the grip of Earth’s gravity.
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Forty-five years ago, Ernst Stuhlinger, the associate director of science at Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Center, an original member of Wernher von Braun’s Operation Paperclip team, was asked by Sister Mary Jucunda, a Zambia-based nun, how he could suggest spending billions of dollars on spaceflight when many children were starving on Earth.
Raytheon is moving into the next generation of surveillance, while most of the country is still focused on the growing number of drones in this country – both military and civilian.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Trying to work out how to safely deliver astronauts to the surface of Mars, NASA will be testing flying saucers.
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.
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.