Space Travel

To Explore Alien Planets, We Need a Better Braking System

Traveling 4.37 light years at 20 percent the speed of light (i.e. <i>really fast</i>) for two decades seems like a difficult journey. It’s the trip that …

Space

The warp drive: from science fiction towards science fact?

Not so long ago we had to assume that we’ll never be able to travel faster than light. This was based on scientists’ sensible belief that we can …

Physics

Why you should take a closer look at this week's NASA bill

U.S. President Donald Trump receives a NASA jacket during a signing ceremony for S442, the NASA transition authorization act, in the Oval Office of …

NASA

Easter Egg Establishes MASS EFFECT’s Spacefaring Story Started with SpaceX

Despite setbacks, rigorous competition, and political turmoil, it’s an exciting time for space travel. Flexing against the yolk of Earth’s gravity is …

SpaceX

NASA test fires rocket engine for future Mars mission

NASA tested part of the rocket that will likely take humans to Mars at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on March 23. The engines will power the agency's new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on future deep space missions.<p>This is the second RS-25 engine test for 2017 and the space agency has …

Space

The Proper Role of NASA

The U.S. government has long funded missions of exploration to seed future growth. Famously, Lewis and Clark were sent to explore the American West …

Space

SpaceX Is Making a Permanent Home for Itself in Florida's Space Coast

After a lengthy month-by-month stay, SpaceX has decided to put down roots in Florida. The private spaceflight company has leased Port Canaveral on a …

SpaceX

McKinney High students blasting off to NASA rocket competition | McKinney

In a farm pasture near Gunter, about an hour north of Dallas, a group of McKinney High School students blasts a NASA rocket just before dusk with the …

NASA

First made-in-Alberta satellite gets grounded — again

'There's been a couple of issues that were identified with the rocket over the last couple of weeks'<p>The fate of a University of Alberta satellite is …

Space Science

Billionaires Investing in Space Exploration

1 Elon Musk, Space X and Tesla Founder and CEO<p><b>Space Co:</b> The company on every space geek's mind: SpaceX.<p><b>Enterprises:</b> Musk has been collaborating with …

Space Science

Internet In Space: NASA Developing High-Speed Laser Communication Systems

NASA is working on a long-term technology demonstration of a laser-based communication system that could eventually enable high-speed internet …

Space

Stephen Hawking, Given Two Years to Live in 1963, Is Going To Space

Stephen Hawking gave an interview to Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain”, where he confirmed that he’ll be going to space on Richard Branson’s …

Physics

There's Something Familiar About This Rocket Elon Musk Wants to Send to Space - Bloomberg

If the rocket Elon Musk’s SpaceX expects to launch next week looks familiar, that’s because it is.<p>The Falcon 9 rocket slated to take off from Kennedy …

SpaceX

SpaceX Outbids ULA for Military GPS Contract Igniting Fierce Launch Competition

Upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 blasts off with Thaicom-8 communications satellite on May 27, 2016 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force …

SpaceX

Trump’s space bill promises humans on Mars by 2030s. Elon Musk isn’t happy

The new Nasa Transition Authorization Act 2017 promises $19.5 billion in funding from next year. What does this mean for the space agency?<p>Donald Trump has passed the first US law in seven years that outlines Nasa’s long-term future. It stipulates that the space agency will continue to focus on …

Space Science

Spacewalking Astronauts Prep Space Station to Dock with Commercial Spaceships

Two astronauts wandered outside the confines of the International Space Station today (March 24), embarking on the first of three spacewalks …

NASA

SpaceX Might Use a Mysterious Robot for its Next Rocket Landing

SpaceX isn’t really a stranger to using autonomous technology as part of its space operations. The company has already accomplished several rocket …

SpaceX

NASA will soon launch Roomba-like robots to stalk and spy on astronauts

Astronauts locked inside the International Space Station (ISS) are about to get some new robotic friends: three autonomous cubes that will float around and record their every move.<p>The free-flying robots are called Astrobees, and they might prowl around the ISS, film astronaut activities, power new …

NASA

SSL sues rival Orbital ATK over theft of trade secrets: lawsuit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Space Systems/Loral is suing rival Orbital ATK over an alleged theft of proprietary data and business plans for an in-space satellite servicing technology, according to a complaint filed on Thursday.<p>The lawsuit is the second in six weeks involving the companies and …

SSL

US Navy reviving ramjet missile technology using cheaper model rocket parts

US Navy engineers are using affordable off-the-shelf equipment for a solid fuel air-launched ramjet.<p>The US Navy has decided to revisit decades-old …

Aerospace

Ariane 5 launch halted indefinitely as Kourou unrest continues

WASHINGTON — An Ariane 5 launch already twice delayed by French Guiana labor unrest was put on indefinite hold Thursday as protests shut down roads, …

South America

Note to Congress: Magical Thinking Won't Get You to Mars

Who knew getting to Mars could be so easy? After millennia of gazing wonderingly at the Red Planet and more than half a century of firing robot …

NASA

The ISS is Still the Only Place We Can Do Space Experiments

The International Space Station serves as a living monument to international scientific cooperation. It’s far more than just a symbol, though. It’s …

Space Science

Dime-Size Thrusters Could Propel Satellites, Spacecraft

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A new propulsion engine with dime-size thrusters could be used to propel a host of spacecraft, from small satellites to crewed …

Space Science

Reach for the Stars, Mr. Trump

In his inaugural address, President Trump said he wants to “unlock the mysteries of space.” A necessary first step will be to determine the future of the International Space Station. Mr. Trump has had his struggles, to put it mildly, in adapting to his new job. But this is one challenge for which …

NASA

Somebody Just Buy the ISS Already

Two hundred and twenty miles above Earth flies the International Space Station, a $70 billion1 engineering marvel that no one has any idea what to do …

Space Science

SpaceX and NASA Are Looking for Places to Land on Mars

SpaceX, the aerospace company led by Elon Musk, is working with NASA scientists to locate possible landing sites on Mars.<p>Paul Wooster, who manages …

SpaceX

This Russian ISS Module Has Been Delayed For a Decade and It's Still Not Ready to Fly

Russia's next big piece of the ISS hits with another snag just a few months before launch.<p>After years of delays, the Russian component of the International Space Station—which Roscosmos originally planned to deploy in 2007—finally looked like it was ready for launch. However another problem with …

NASA

US President Donald Trump plans to send humans to Mars!

US President Donald Trump has signed a new bill authorizing nearly USD 20 billion for NASA programmes, that include human exploration of the red …

NASA

A Space Odyssey: Making Art Up There

If you’re an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, you spend much of your time running science experiments. Among the jobs for Thomas Pesquet, a 39-year-old Frenchman currently there on a six-month stint: using virtual reality to gauge the effects of zero gravity on his hand-eye …

Space