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  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by zritic
    +45 +1

    Impossible Spaceship Engine Actually Works, NASA Report Reveals

    When a scientist announced last decade that he’d built a new form of spacecraft propulsion called the EmDrive that didn’t require conventional fuel, it sounded too good to be true. But the great thing about science is that you don’t have to take someone’s findings at their word; you can test it for yourself. NASA did just that—and while the space agency hasn’t officially released its findings yet, a leaked copy of NASA’s report reveals the EmDrive seems to work as advertised.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +16 +1

    Best weather satellite ever built rockets into space

    The most advanced weather satellite ever built rocketed into space Saturday night, part of an $11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting and save lives. This new GOES-R spacecraft will track U.S. weather as never before: hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, wildfires, lightning storms, even solar flares. Indeed, about 50 TV meteorologists from around the country converged on the launch site—including NBC's Al Roker—along with 8,000 space program workers and guests.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by sauce
    +2 +1

    Nasa's 'impossible' EmDrive could work, study says

    The so-called 'impossible' hypothetical EmDrive thruster, that was designed to propel craft through space using electromagnetic waves, is scientifically possible, physicists have said. Since the theory behind the EmDrive was released in 2006, the potential thruster has proved controversial. Until now, a lack of independent verification left the device open to criticism, but a new peer-reviewed paper, looking at the 'impossible' drive, is set to change this by giving the propulsion method more credibility than it has had before.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by aj0690
    +17 +1

    NASA Team Claims ‘Impossible’ Space Engine Works—Get the Facts

    After years of speculation, a maverick research team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center has reached a milestone that many experts thought was impossible. This week, the team formally published their experimental evidence for an electromagnetic propulsion system that could power a spacecraft through the void—without using any kind of propellant.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by zritic
    +34 +1

    NASA will give you $30,000 if you can solve their 'space poop' problem

    NASA needs help solving one of its most basic — and critical — problems, and the winning idea could land you $30,000. The problem is this: During launch and entry, astronauts are locked into their suits, unable to access any part of their body for hours. As a result, if they need to urination, defecate or are menstruating, they must do so in special adult diapers.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zyery
    +23 +1

    NASA Launching 8 Small Satellites Monday to Improve Hurricane Forecasts

    With some help from NASA satellites, the Global Positioning System could be key to getting a better understanding of hurricanes, and help improve forecasts for their strength when they make landfalls. The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission will use radio signals from the GPS satellites to measure the wind speed near the ground in the tropics, between 35 degrees north and 35 degrees south where most hurricanes are born.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by jasont
    +29 +1

    We finally have a computer that can survive the surface of Venus

    Venus is one of the most inhospitable places in the solar system. Descending through the clouds of boiling sulphuric rain is actually the easy bit—the hard bit is not being cremated by the surface temperature of 470°C (878°F) or crushed by the atmospheric pressure, which is about 90 times that of Earth, the same as swimming 900 metres under water.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by ppp
    +41 +1

    Self-Healing Transistors for Chip-Scale Starships

    Working with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), NASA is pioneering the development of tiny spacecraft, each made from a single silicon chip, that could slash interstellar exploration times. Speaking at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco last December, NASA’s Dong-Il Moon detailed this new technology, which is aimed at ensuring such spacecraft survive the potentially powerful radiation they’ll encounter on their journey.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by sasky
    +23 +1

    NASA is planning to send a life- detecting lander to Europa

    NASA is just about to turning its vision of search for life on Europa into reality. Outlining an initial set of objectives for a proposed mission NASA has released a report. According the report, the objective behind the proposed mission to the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon is to search for the evidence of life.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Nelson
    +34 +1

    ISRO: ISRO sends record 104 satellites in one go, becomes the first to do so

    Of 104, three belongs to India, while 96 was that of USA and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, and UAE.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by canuck
    +19 +1

    NASA Wind Tunnel Tests X-Plane Design for Quieter Supersonic Jet

    Supersonic passenger airplanes are another step closer to reality as NASA and Lockheed Martin begin the first high-speed wind tunnel tests for the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane preliminary design at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The agency is testing a nine percent scale model of Lockheed Martin’s X-plane design in Glenn’s 8’ x 6’ Supersonic Wind Tunnel. During the next eight weeks, engineers will expose the model to wind speeds ranging from Mach 0.3 to Mach 1.6...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +2 +1

    SpaceX to fly two space tourists around the moon in 2018

    Elon Musk said two tourists will travel around the moon in 2018 with SpaceX.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by gottlieb
    +29 +1

    Inside NASA’s daring $8 billion plan to finally find extraterrestrial life

    A darkness has spread over the grim, airless field of ice that threatens to swallow us. Night has come to the nightmare glacier. But then we see the shiny spacecraft, with its four gangly legs extending outward to find purchase on the jagged ice. Within, scientific instruments begin to blink on, one by one. Soon, they will start sniffing for any hint of life on this most alien and mysterious of worlds in the Solar System: the Jovian moon Europa. Through the HoloLens each of us wears, we watch this simulation of what might happen about 15 years from now on the icy, forbidding moon.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Petrox
    +3 +1

    Asteroid Worth $10 Quintilian May Stay Out of Reach of Space Miners Due to the Cancellation of NASA’s ARM Mission

    The solution to all of Earth’s metal problems, or the space rock that would completely obliterate the world economy, will likely be staying well out of reach of astronauts due to the cancellation of the Asteroid Redirect Mission. This comes as the target of the Psyche Mission – Asteroid 16 Psyche – has been found to contain about $10 Quintilian worth of iron, not to mention a significant amount of nickel and probably trillions of dollars’ worth of other precious metals.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by socialiguana
    +22 +1

    Canada's first spaceport could host launches in 2020

    Canada will finally have its own spaceport courtesy of private space corporation Maritime Launch Services. The company plans to start building (PDF) the facility next year in an isolated town on Nova Scotia's eastern coast. It decided on the site after assessing 14 different candidates. The town's and surrounding areas' low population density and the fact that rockets launching from the spaceport will fly over a large body of water make it the perfect location.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +21 +1

    NASA’s meteorite-resistant space fabric is like futuristic chainmail

    NASA is usually so busy showing off all the awesome stuff it finds out in space that it’s easy to lose track of the cool projects it’s working on here on Earth, but the new “space fabric” designed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is just too cool to overlook. Like some kind of futuristic chainmail, it not only looks ridiculously awesome, it’s also a potential solution for protecting space-faring astronauts from debris like meteorites. The design of the fabric, which was led by JPL engineer Raul Polit Casillas, is such that it’s both flexible

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +24 +1

    Indian teenager 3D prints "world's lightest satellite" to launch on NASA rocket

    Indian teenager Rifath Sharook has designed the “world’s lightest satellite” using a 3D printed carbon fiber reinforced polymer. The satellite, which weighs just 64 grams, is expected to launch on a sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Island facility, Virginia in June. Sharook has named the 4 cm device the ‘Kalam Sat’ in reference to former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by socialiguana
    +21 +1

    Astronauts may wear eight-legged 'spider' spacesuits to crawl across the moons of Mars

    The devices, called "spider flyer-walker" suits, would have eight arms and allow astronauts to hop, crawl, or walk. When the first astronauts reach Mars in the 2030s, they'll never set foot on the planet's surface. Instead, NASA wants its plucky human crew to orbit the desert world for about a year, then return home. But that doesn't mean astronauts couldn't explore Phobos or Deimos — two tiny and intriguing moons of Mars.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by MNichols
    +1 +1

    The First Private Space Station Will Be Equipped to Manufacture

    Axiom Space plans to launch the first commercial space station which will function as a manufacturing hub.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +42 +1

    SpaceX successfully launches and lands a used rocket for the second time

    SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 rocket for the second time. The rocket’s first stage — the 14-story-tall core that houses the fuel and the rocket’s main engines — touched down on one of the company’s autonomous drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off from a launchpad at nearby Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s the 12th time SpaceX has successfully landed one of these rocket stages out of 17 attempts, and the seventh time it’s performed the feat at sea.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +2 +1

    Apollo 11: What Liftoff Looked Like

    It's one of the most immediately recognizable photographic sequences ever made: Ralph Morse's dizzying pentaptych capturing the July 16, 1969, liftoff of Apollo 11. Here, in five narrow frames, we witness—and celebrate—a distillation of the creativity, the intellectual rigor, the engineering prowess and the fearlessness that defined the best of the Space Race.

  • Video/Audio
    1 year ago
    by Appaloosa
    +22 +1

    Gearing up to search for life on Enceladus

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by messi
    +14 +1

    After Delays, SpaceX and Boeing Aim to Launch Astronauts Next Year

    Back in 2014, SpaceX and Boeing both received contracts under NASA's Commercial Crew Development program to build spacecraft that could carry astronauts to the International Space Station. The program is intended to allow NASA to launch astronauts on American spacecraft again, something that hasn't happened since the last flight of the space shuttle in 2011.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by ckshenn
    +13 +1

    Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Where is Cassini Now?

    Cassini is one of the most ambitious efforts in planetary space exploration. A joint endeavour of NASA, ESA and the Italian space agency, Cassini is a sophisticated spacecraft exploring the Saturnian system since 2004. The final signal will take 83 minutes to reach Earth.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +15 +1

    Finnish Scientists Push for 50 Nano-Spacecraft to Explore 300 Asteroids

    A fleet of small spacecraft propelled by electric solar wind sails (E-sails) could catalogue nearby asteroids like never before.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +14 +1

    Blue Origin Conducts First Test of BE-4 Engine

    Blue Origin announced Oct. 19 that it conducted the first successful test of its BE-4 engine, a major milestone for both the company's launch vehicle plans as well as for United Launch Alliance. Blue Origin, in a tweet, said its first hotfire test of the BE-4 engine was a success. The company included a six-second video, taken from several angles, of the engine firing on a test stand, but provided no other information, including the date, duration or thrust level of the test. A Blue Origin spokesperson said the company was not releasing additional information about the test at this time.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by rhingo
    +11 +1

    Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

    Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin has successfully tested its main engine for the first time. The BE-4 engine is, as the name suggests, Blue Origin's fourth generation rocket. B-1 was a wee thing that boasted 2,200 pounds of thrust. B-2 hit 31,000 pounds and B-3 reached 110,000. The BE-4 cranks things up to 550,000 pounds from a single engine. By way of comparison, the Merlin engine used in SpaceX's rockets emit 190,000 pounds of thrust. Which is why SpaceX packs nine of them into a single Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by socialiguana
    +15 +1

    North Korea seeks to develop space program, vows to launch more satellites

    As North Korea forges ahead with its nuke and missile programs, Kim Jong Un is also trying to boost Pyongyang's power in space, vowing to launch more satellites and saying efforts to kneecap the Hermit Kingdom's space program are "not tolerable." North Korea announced the five-year space plan in its main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, on Monday, citing the regime’s goals of improving the economy and “livelihood” of North Korean residents, according to Yonhap News Agency.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by jackthetripper
    +14 +1

    'The Martian' author Andy Weir is convinced we'll colonize the moon — but says colonizing Mars doesn't make any sense

    Andy Weir, author of "The Martian", a realistic tale of survival in space, is about to release his second and highly anticipated novel, "Artemis"."Artemis" takes place on the moon in the 2080s at humanity's first and only lunar city of the same name. It's a riveting story about a high-stakes lunar heist featuring Jasmine "Jazz" Bashara, a Saudi-born woman and witty smuggler who has lived inside the aluminum bubbles of Artemis since she was a kid.

  • Current Event
    12 months ago
    by TNY
    +18 +1

    Study Finds SpaceX Investment Saved NASA Hundreds of Millions

    When a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft connected with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, it made history as the first privately-built spacecraft to reach the ISS. The Dragon was the result of a decision 6 years prior—in 2006, NASA made an "unprecedented" investment in SpaceX technology. A new financial analysis shows that the investment has paid off, and the government found one of the true bargains of the 21st century when it invested in SpaceX.

  • Expression
    11 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +17 +1

    MIT Just Won an Award for Its Mars City Design and We See Why

    There’s been serious talk of late about sending people to Mars, the goal of which is to establish a permanent colony on the Red Planet, perhaps within the next decade. Assuming astronauts can survive the six-month-long journey in one piece, human life in the lethal Martian environment presents its own challenges. Sustainable habitation requires shelter, water, food and recreation, none of which exist on Mars in any usable form...

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +10 +1

    SpaceX Falcon Heavy goes vertical with Musk’s Tesla as launch nears

    After approximately half a decade of concerted and less-than-patient waiting, long-time followers of SpaceX have, for the first time ever, seen SpaceX’s first completed Falcon Heavy rocket roll out to the launch pad and go vertical at the same complex that hosted every single Apollo moon landing, LC-39A. This is a historic moment in SpaceX’s […]

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by TheSpirit
    +15 +1

    Russian satellite lost after being set to launch from wrong spaceport

    Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday the loss of a 2.6bn-rouble ($45m) satellite launched last month was due to an embarrassing programming error. Russian space agency Roscosmos said last month it had lost contact with the newly launched weather satellite – the Meteor-M – after it blasted off from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome in the country’s far east.

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by aj0690
    +3 +1

    Testing the first electrostatic radiation shield in deep space

    Can we have Star Trek-style radiation shields on future space missions? TeamIndus is soft-landing on the Moon in 2018, carrying with it six student-built experiments under the umbrella of Lab2Moon. One of them is the EARS (Electrostatic Active Radiation Shield) experiment, aiming to change the future of radiation shields for spacecrafts and future space colonies. Seeing the potential of such an experiment, the Shiv Nadar Foundation decided to fund the aspirational idea proposed and led by Saumil, Aniket and Aishwarya.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by sasky
    +19 +1

    The biggest space missions and rocket launches we'll see in 2018

    There’s a lot going on. Next year is already overflowing with exciting missions to space. NASA is launching a new lander to Mars, as well as a spacecraft that will get closer to the Sun than ever before. And two of NASA’s vehicles already in space will finally arrive at their intended targets: one will rendezvous with a nearby asteroid, while another will pass by a distant space rock billions of miles from Earth.