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A $20 trillion rock could turn Planetary Resources into the richest company on Earth

November 19th, 2015 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Amun 3554 is a little more than a mile wide and it’s one of the smallest M-class (metal-bearing) asteroids yet discovered. Unless it ever decides to smash into us — a theoretical possibility, but extremely unlikely over the next few centuries — it will continue orbiting the sun, unknown and unmolested.

Space mining could cost less than building a gas plant on Earth

November 18th, 2015 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

According to research presented to a forum of company executives and NASA scientists, getting a mine up and running on the moon or an asteroid would cost less than building the biggest gas terminals on Earth.

Motherships are making a comeback for air launching rockets into space

October 13th, 2015 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

We usually think of rockets that are headed to space are being launched from the ground.  But, as demand for satellite launch services rapidly increases year-over-year, interest in air launching rockets is returning to a growing market of lighter-weight payloads. And those might want a mothership.

Homesteading in space

October 8th, 2015 at 6:18 pm » Comments Off

People rarely bring their houses with them when they move from one city to another — they just rent, buy or build a new one. Astronauts don’t have the luxury of a realtor on other planets, or even a hardware store in space.

Thoth Technology’s inflatable space elevator gets a lift

August 8th, 2015 at 9:22 am » Comments Off

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.

The growing problem of space junk

August 8th, 2015 at 9:08 am » Comments Off

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.

Goodbye drones, hello disposable satellites

August 5th, 2015 at 9:11 pm » Comments Off

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 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.  

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