Space Exploration Technologies

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…

3 months 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…

3 months ago

A New Technique to Make Lighter Radiation Shielding For Spacecraft: Rust.

A new technique for creating lighter and cheaper radiation shielding involves a secret ingredient: rust!

6 months ago

Astronomers Have Some Serious Concerns About Starlink and Other Satellite Constellations

Picture the space around Earth filled with tens of thousands of communications satellites. That scenario is slowly coming into being,…

6 months ago

Underwater Robot Captures its First Sample 500 Meters Below the Surface of the Ocean

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) says their underwater robot has just completed the first-ever automated underwater sampling operation. The…

7 months ago

If Astronauts Hibernated on Long Journeys, They’d Need Smaller Spacecraft

There's a disturbing lack of hibernation in our space-faring plans. In movies and books, astronauts pop in and out of…

9 months ago

Stingray Glider to Explore the Cloudtops of Venus

Researchers at the University of Buffalo's CASH Lab are working on a glider inspired by the stingray to explore Venus.

9 months ago

Skylon’s SABRE Engine Passes a Big Test

Reaction Engines Ltd. recently passed a major milestone with the development of their SABRE engine, which could lead to spaceplanes…

9 months ago

A Private Company in China Plans to Launch Reusable Rockets by 2021

A Chinese company is planning to launch a rocket with a reusable booster in 2021. The company is called i-Space,…

10 months ago

An Army of Tiny Robots Could Assemble Huge Structures in Space

A team from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) recently unveiled their prototype for a new assembler robot, which…

10 months ago