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Dragonfly is a ‘relocatable lander’ drone designed to fly on Saturn’s Titan moon

September 16th, 2020 at 3:20 pm » Comments Off

It turns out that Titan, one of Saturn’s many moons, is a relatively optimal place to fly a drone. This is due to the fact that Titan’s atmosphere is four times denser than the Earth’s. So when NASA chose Titan as the next location to “search for the building blocks of life,” they decided to […]

Alphabet’s Loon balloons are helping scientists study gravity waves

September 13th, 2020 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

  The research could lead to better models for predicting the weather.  In between beaming internet to people in developing countries and sometimes passing for UFOs, Alphabet’s Loon balloons have been busy helping scientists study how our planet works. A team led by Stanford professor Aditi Sheshadri recently published a report on gravity waves, ripples […]

Here’s how asteroid mining will transform the world

August 23rd, 2020 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

Asteroid mining sounds fantastically futuristic, but it is almost feasible with existing technology. We have already landed spacecraft on asteroids and taken samples. Now all of that “simply” needs to be done at a much larger scale mining a well-scouted space rock. The payoff for humanity will be astronomical.

The big future of satellite internet just took a promising step forward

August 16th, 2020 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

As companies like SpaceX and Amazon scramble the satellites to build internet constellations, an old piece of tech gets an update. Some of the biggest companies in the world, like Amazon and SpaceX, are looking towards space for the future of the Internet. Satellite-based Internet is a nascent enterprise, but analysts believe that broadband Internet […]

Virgin Galactic offers peek inside new space plane for tourists

August 7th, 2020 at 1:44 am » Comments Off

Inside of VSS Unity unveiled, showing the cabin in which six passengers will be able to float in zero gravity on the edge of space Virgin Galactic has revealed the interior of its centrepiece space plane, showing off a cabin with new custom seats and a “space mirror” in a virtual tour of what its […]

Hope Probe: UAE spacecraft blasts off in first ever mission to Mars

July 31st, 2020 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

Mission had been delayed twice due to bad weather The United Arab Emirates has launched its first mission to Mars, the first of three missions to the Red Planet to take place this month. The Hope Probe launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center for seven-month voyage, facing off bad weather which caused the mission to […]

Space tourists could ride this cosmic balloon to the edge of space

July 19th, 2020 at 2:53 am » Comments Off

  Competition in the space tourism industry is heating up, and a new company is taking a unique approach to near-space exploration. The prospect of space travel has long-since enchanted humanity. Now, as competition heats up across the burgeoning spaceflight industry, this sci-fi fantasy may soon become reality. The company Space Perspective is offering a […]

Send your ashes into orbit for a funeral in space

July 14th, 2020 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Services such as Celestis and Aura Flights send remains to the skies in an epic final journey. Even in the freezing cold, Steven Schnider would often drag his wife Christine outside to look up at the night sky. He’d point out everything from planets to comets to satellites he’d tracked down using an app called […]

Chinese automaker plans satellite network to support autonomous vehicles

July 11th, 2020 at 12:01 am » Comments Off

Geely’s constellation will provide connectivity to its next-gen autos.  One of the most important components in an autonomous vehicle is its communications technology—which allows it to access the data needed to navigate its route. Chinese automobile company Geely has developed a solution to maintain a reliable data feed for its products: making its own satellite […]

NASA is offering $35,000 in prizes to design a toilet that will work on the moon

July 9th, 2020 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

NASA is seeking new designs for a toilet that will work on the moon. (CNN)NASA wants you to help put the loo in lunar, so it’s offering $35,000 in prizes to design a toilet that can be used on the moon. The space agency has set an ambitious goal of sending astronauts back to the […]

Architects have designed a Martian city for the desert outside Dubai

June 24th, 2020 at 2:29 am » Comments Off

  Martian city for the desert outside Dubai  Dubai is a city where firefighters use jetpacks, archipelagos are built from scratch, and buildings climb into the clouds; a slick metropolis in the middle of a vast red desert. First-time visitors would be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled onto a film set for a sci-fi […]

Scientists create world’s most heat resistant material with potential use for spaceplanes

June 11th, 2020 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Unmanned aircraft flying in the upper atmosphere. Reusable spacecraft would make space exploration both more cost-effective and accessible, which is why space agencies have been actively pursuing their development. However, spaceplanes are subjected to extreme temperatures on exiting and re-entering the atmosphere. So, materials which can withstand the scorching temperatures are needed in their construction. […]

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