Artist’s rendering of Prospector-1, which is expected to launch by the end of the decade. The water-powered spacecraft will visit an asteroid and assess its potentially mineable resources. Within a few years, the first commercial mining mission beyond Earth’s orbit could be underway. Asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries has announced that it will be sending a […]
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Stratolaunch will be the first air-launch platform of this scale and will rank among the largest aircraft in history. Not too long ago, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. The night of his launch – April 12, 1961 – I went out onto the front porch and stared up at the […]
Not too long ago, we had to assume that we would never be able to travel faster than light. This was based on scientists’ belief that we can travel through space but cannot change the nature of space itself. Then the idea of ‘Warp Drive’ came along to challenge all of the barriers that Einstein’s […]
Since Elon Musk founded a start-up space company over 14 years ago, the goal has always been the same: Establishing a colony on Mars. You’ll be amazed at how he’s planning to get there.
With the major advances in 3D printing technology, companies are looking to take it past the bounds of earth and start 3D printing in space. Opportunities like asteroid mining, cheaper repair parts for orbiting equipment, and even building extraterrestrial bases are becoming increasingly likely.
As early as 2018, SpaceX plans to send its Dragon spacecraft to Mars. The company hinted at series of missions designed to test how to land heavy payloads on Mars. If successful, the endeavor would make SpaceX the first private spaceflight company to land a vehicle on another planet.
People often say that sci-fi is becoming a reality whenever a bold new technology comes out. Usually that is a bit of an exaggeration. However, Harold White, a NASA engineer and physicist, is in the process of designing a spaceship that is truly straight out of almost every sci-fi story every written.
Competition is good. There’s no shortage of it between tech companies. Whether it’s fighting over a rocket launches or who’s going to win the online-video space, tech companies do a phenomenal job of disrupting traditional industries and themselves. Here are eight of the fiercest rivalries in tech.
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.
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.