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Meet the Enthusiasts Trying to Build an Elevator to Space

0<p>SHARES<p>Like all paradigm changing ideas, it at first seems impossible—instead of a harrowing launch to space aboard a powerful, flaming rocket, climb …

Engineering

Cubesats to go interplanetary with tiny plasma drives

Cube satellites – the current craze among space researchers with more ideas than money – could take a step farther out into deep space, if the …

UK government excited by 'disruptive' Sabre engine

<b>The UK government is putting £60m into the revolutionary Sabre engine, but its inventors will need about four times this sum to produce the final design.</b><p>Discussions with private investors are now under way to secure the additional funding, says project leader Alan Bond.<p>Sabre is a jet-cum-rocket …

Aviation

Plasma thruster could propel small satellites into deep space for cheap

A few years from now, we might be able to send small satellites into deep space for cheap using a new propulsion system being developed by University of Michigan engineers -- assuming they raise enough money via Kickstarter. Called CAT (CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster), it's designed to propel 10 x 10 x …

Dragon Roadmap: From domestic crew independence to humans on Mars

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is continuing to make solid progress during the early years of its incremental roadmap, a path that has a firm focus on …

CAT: A Thruster for Interplanetary CubeSats

<b>Send your name and message into interplanetary space engraved on gold panels!</b><p>Update 2: Deep Space Industries endorses the CAT engine: …

Video: SpaceX Grasshopper rocket test flight.

SpaceX is a privately owned company making a lot of headway into making travel into space easier, cheaper, and, honestly, cooler. They have two …

Weird Quantum Tunneling Enables 'Impossible' Space Chemistry

A weird quirk of quantum mechanics is allowing a chemical reaction thought to be impossible to occur in cold gas in outer space.<p>In the harsh …

An "Elemental" Explanation of Dark Matter

Atoms, string theory, dark matter, dark energy… there’s an awful lot about the Universe that might make sense on paper (to physicists, anyway) but is …

Dark Matter

Building PayPal Galactic for Off-World Payments Will Take Years

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Developing a cosmic cash system to meet the needs of future space tourists and interplanetary settlers is a complicated task …

Aliens

Africa s energy poverty, as seen from space

As we have seen many times before, viewing Earth from space can tell us a lot about the planet we inhabit. Seen from space <i>and</i> at night, and we can …

ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone

<b>Missed the Kickstarter? Pledge during our Grace Period or Join the ARKYD cause at Planetary Resources: www.planetaryresources/kickstarter/</b><p>From all of …

Asteroid Miners to Use 3D Printing for Space Telescopes

3D printing could help the asteroid-mining industry get off the ground.<p>Billionaire-backed asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources is teaming up …

Space Exploration

Send your own Pocket Spacecraft on a Mission to the Moon!

<b>22/8 -</b> We're funded and on our way to the Moon!<p><b>12/8 -</b> Space exploration: Micro and Macro - audio and images exploring past, present and future …

The Arkyd 100 Space Telescope

About a month ago, Planetary Resources—the company that caused quite a stir a while back when announced its intention to mine asteroids—created a</b> …

'Pocket Spacecraft' Kickstarter gives backers control over a tiny space-bound flying machine

Commercial space travel has become increasingly mainstream in the past decade, from "space tourism" flights to NASA's public-private partnerships with SpaceX and others. But the latest push isn't just to take space into the private sector — it's to get citizens involved in the process. Copenhagen …

Month in Space: How to experience the overview effect

Astronauts have known about the overview effect for decades — and now they're giving the rest of us a taste as well.<p>The overview effect is the spiritual feeling that comes over spacefliers when they see the whole Earth from above. That sight delivers the realization that there are no true borders …

Three New Earth-like Planets --"Candidates for Interstellar Robotic Probes"

"This discovery is really the start of a whole new era studying Earth-like planets that may have liquid water on the surface," said Maria Womack, …

NASA's InSight Mission to Mars

In August 2012, around the same time that Mars Science Laboratory <i>Curiosity</i> landed in Gale Crater, NASA announced a new mission to Mars. This new …

How Cold is Space?

If you could travel from world to world, from star to star, out into the gulfs of intergalactic space, you’d move away from the warmth of the stars …

Universe

MARS [NEW!!!]Constellation(DEFUNCT)/SLS : Manned Mission to Mars/ SLS ARCHITECTURE

Vast Crater Found Under Antarctica Ice Cap

One method is to drill holes through kilometres of ice to the water – a difficult endeavour in the harsh conditions of the polar regions.<p>By combining …

Bad is the new good in management – except that it isn’t

There is a brand new fashion in management circles. It doesn't yet have a name so I'm calling it "White is the new black," because it involves taking something we all think is bad and telling us that it's good (or vice versa).<p>Everyone loves this latest fashion. It's refreshing. It's …

Sapphire launch footage

China Readying 1st Moon Rover for Launch This Year

As three Chinese astronauts zip around the Earth aboard a prototype space station, the country is gearing up to launch its first moon rover in the …

Space Science

House GOP: Don't grab an asteroid — let's put bases on moon and Mars

House Republican leaders want to push for outposts on the moon and Mars — and they want to push NASA's plan to snare an asteroid into the dustbin, according to a discussion draft of their space spending plan.<p>"It is the policy of the United States that the development of capabilities and …

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