Space Exploration Technologies

“Ain’t like Dusting Crops!” How We’ll Actually Navigate Interstellar Space

May the 4th be With You! Blasting out of Mos Eisley Space Port, the Millennium Falcon carries our adventurers off…

1 month ago

Astronauts Will Soon be Getting a Space Fridge, Keeping Everything Cold in Zero-G

One of the least known of NASA’s funding mechanisms is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  This program, required…

2 months ago

Plasma Thruster Could Dramatically Cut Down Flight Times to the Outer Solar System

I just finished the most recent season of The Expanse - my current favourite Sci-Fi series. Unlike most of my…

4 months ago

New Drones for Exploring Mars are Getting Tested in Iceland

It's looking more and more like the future of space exploration could involve drones in a big way. We've already…

5 months ago

A Robot Made of Ice Could Adapt and Repair Itself on Other Worlds

Some of the most tantalizing targets in space exploration are frozen ice worlds. Take Jupiter's moon Europa for instance. Its…

5 months ago

Room-temperature Superconductivity Achieved for the First Time, but There’s a Catch

One of the most interesting things about space exploration is how many technologies have an impact on our ability to…

8 months ago

New Receiver Will Boost Interplanetary Communication

As we explore the solar system, we'll need an interplanetary communication network that can keep up. A new receiver might…

8 months ago

Finally! A Solution to Deal With Sticky Lunar Dust

As a wise man once said, “I don’t like sand.  It’s coarse and rough and irritating - and it gets…

9 months ago

One Step Closer to Interstellar Travel. A Successful Microgravity Test of a Graphene Light Sail

If we want to travel to the stars, we're going to have to be creative. The answer might be light…

1 year ago

New Photos From LightSail 2

Ten months in space! The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft just reached that milestone. And the fine folks at the…

1 year ago