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June 19th, 2018 at 9:00 am

Uber shows its flying car prototype, which looks like a giant drone

Uber has unveiled its “flying car” concept aircraft at its second annual Uber Elevate Summit, which showcases prototypes for its fleet of airborne taxis.

The flying cars, which the company hopes to introduce to riders in two to five years, will conduct vertical takeoffs and landings from skyports, air stations on rooftops or the ground. Ultimately, company officials say these skyports will be equipped to handle 200 takeoffs and landings an hour, or one every 24 seconds. At first, the flying cars will be piloted, but the company aims for the aircraft to fly autonomously.

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November 27th, 2017 at 10:25 am

Asgardia, the world’s first ‘space nation’, takes flight

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The world’s first “space nation” has taken flight.

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November 21st, 2017 at 10:51 am

The 25 best inventions of 2017: Simpler home security and more

 

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A simpler home security system, a craft that will probe beyond the surface of mars, a VR headset and a DIY cooking companion.

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October 13th, 2015 at 10:01 am

Motherships are making a comeback for air launching rockets into space

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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.

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October 8th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Homesteading in space

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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.

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August 8th, 2015 at 9:08 am

The growing problem of space junk

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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.

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July 6th, 2015 at 11:44 am

NASA’s prototype drone aircraft destined for Mars

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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.   Continue Reading »

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July 6th, 2015 at 11:36 am

‘Smart’ LED farming: making space veg viable?

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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.   Continue Reading »

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June 29th, 2015 at 7:59 pm

DARPA says they are engineering the organisms that will teraform Mars

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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.   Continue Reading »

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June 4th, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Flying saucers on Mars to be tested by NASA

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Trying to work out how to safely deliver astronauts to the surface of Mars, NASA will be testing flying saucers.   Continue Reading »

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