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  • These chip-sized spacecraft are the smallest space probes yet

    08/31/2017 5:53:31 PM PDT · by ETL · 65 replies
    Prototypes ride on satellites in low Earth orbit to test how their circuitry fares in space Spacecraft have gone bite-sized. On June 23, Breakthrough Starshot, an initiative to send spacecraft to another star system, launched half a dozen probes called Sprites to test how their electronics fare in outer space. Each Sprite, built on a single circuit board, is a prototype of the tiny spacecraft that Starshot scientists intend to send to Alpha Centauri, the trio of stars closest to the sun. Those far-flung probes would be the smallest working spacecraft yet. “We’re talking about launching things that are a...
  • This is the Strangest Idea Ever for a Spacecraft Propulsion System: Ferrofluids

    07/14/2017 12:22:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    .universetoday.com ^ | 7/13/2017 | Matt Williams
    Thanks to improvements in technology, small satellites – which are typically defined as those that weight less than 500 km (1,100 lbs) – can perform tasks that were once reserved for larger ones. ... Little wonder then why researchers are looking at various types of microthrusters to ensure that these satellites can maneuver effectively. ... MTU research team began conducting a study that considered ferrofluids as a possible solution. As noted, ferrofluids are ionic liquids that become active when exposed to a magnetic field, forming peaks that emit small amounts of ions. These peaks then return to a natural state...
  • SpaceX To Make History With Launch Of Recycled Dragon Spacecraft

    06/01/2017 6:50:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/01/2017
    While the concept is not new — the space shuttles, for instance, flew multiple times in orbit — it’s important for saving money as well as technical reasons, he noted. SpaceX refurbished the Dragon for Thursday’s planned launch with a new heat shield and fresh parachutes for re-entry at mission’s end. There were so many X-rays and inspections that savings, if any, were minimal this time, said Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of flight reliability for SpaceX. The vast majority of this Dragon has already been to space, including the hull, thrusters and tanks. It’s packed with 6,000 pounds of station...
  • Russian Space Agency Confirms Progress Cargo Spacecraft Burns Up in Atmosphere

    12/01/2016 2:54:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    sputniknews.com ^ | 12/1/2016
    Russia's Roscosmos space corporation reported earlier on Thursday it had lost telemetry exchange with the Progress MS-04 space freighter some six minutes after the launch on board a Soyuz carrier rocket. The Roscosmos press service stressed that the loss of the cargo ship will not affect the routine operations of the ISS and the crew. A state commission currently analyzes the incident.
  • Houston We've Got A Problem: NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Is In Emergency Mode

    04/09/2016 7:40:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    TechTimes ^ | 4/9/16 | Catherine Cabral-Isabedra
    Kepler spacecraft is in emergency mode, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in a statement. Charlie Sobeck, Kepler and K2 mission manager at NASA's Ames Research Center announced that after a scheduled contact with mission operations engineers last April 7, it was discovered that Kepler is presently in emergency mode (EM), the spacecraft's lowest operational mode. The team is working on recovering from EM, as it consumes significant amount of fuel. Since the spacecraft is 75 million miles away from Earth, even with the speed of light, communication takes about 13 minutes for the message to travel from the...
  • JPL and Its Spacecraft Exploratory Missions

    08/06/2015 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Once you visit the Space Flight Operations Facility, "I've been to the center of the Universe." On a recent trip to California, I was constantly reminded of what is wrong with California, a state whose economy was so booming decades ago that, had it been a stand-alone state, it would have been the world’s sixth largest economy. Looking at this state now, ravaged by years and years of Marxist policies, open borders, unchecked illegal immigration, anchor babies, multiculturalism, insane diversity rules, sanctuary cities, multi-lingual school system, illegal voting, tax everything and tax again, and environmentalist-driven water use plans including but...
  • Experience Earth on 'Pluto Time' with this NASA tool

    06/13/2015 2:51:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    c|net ^ | 6/6/15 | Amanda Kooser
    Visit another world without ever leaving your yard. A NASA website gives you the time of day when light on Earth is the same as you would see on Pluto.You can't fly to Pluto. You will never have the opportunity to set foot on its inhospitable surface. It took NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over nine years just to get close. Don't let this deter you from experiencing a little bit of Pluto back here on Earth. NASA has unveiled a "Pluto Time" website that helps space fans replicate the light conditions on the dwarf planet from any location in the...
  • NASA developing faster-than-light space travel technology

    05/06/2015 8:58:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | May. 04, 2015 - 3:31 | Fox News
    NASA developing faster-than-light space travel technology Concept could revolutionize travel [Video]
  • Building a Homemade Spacecraft

    04/05/2015 6:47:41 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | VICE
    [VIDEO] Anyone with some brains and lots of courage can build their own space rocket using everyday, off-the-shelf products. We recently flew to Denmark to meet the founders of Copenhagen Suborbitals, a non-profit open-source D.I.Y. space endeavor.
  • Deep Space Industries - Mining The Universe For The Future

    12/12/2014 3:44:39 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Deep Space Industries
    The human race is ready to begin harvesting the resources of space both for their use in space and to increase the wealth and prosperity of the entire world. Promotional DSI Video
  • Orion Spacecraft Complete

    10/30/2014 1:14:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Oct 30, 2014 3:15 p.m. ET | PRNewswire
    <p>NASA and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft. The spacecraft will remain inside NASA's Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center until it rolls to launch pad 37 in November.</p> <p>"An empty shell of a spacecraft arrived to Kennedy Space Center two years ago, and now we have a fully assembled Orion standing 72 feet tall," said Michael Hawes Lockheed Martin Orion program manager. "We're ready to launch it into space and test every inch."</p>
  • NASA Spacecraft Will Sniff Out Earth's Carbon Dioxide (OCO-2)

    06/13/2014 9:22:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/13/14 | Megan Gannon - LiveScience.com
    A new NASA spacecraft is about to embark on a mission to watch Earth breathe. Before dawn on July 1, the $465-million Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2 for short, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Then, from its perch 438 miles (705 kilometers) above the planet, the satellite will begin a two-year study of how carbon dioxide (CO2) — a heat-trapping gas that is driving climate change — cycles through the Earth's atmosphere. [6 Unexpected Effects of Climate Change] Human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, now add nearly 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the...
  • Visual Guide – the Making of a DIY Space Capsule

    12/08/2013 2:52:19 PM PST · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    slashdot ^ | Friday December 06, 2013 @09:32AM | Posted by Soulskill
    Kristian vonBengtson writes: "Wanna build your own space capsule capable of doing an atmospheric re-entry on a suborbital mission? Well, here are some production hints and a visual guide." The initial stages begin with sketches on paper before moving to 3D design software. He writes, "A whole bunch of sketches were done to get some kind of initial idea of the size, subsystems layout and how to actually produce the capsule while keeping an open structure for further development and potential changes. One of the main concerns was the small size and the ability to easy install and replace avionics....
  • Gravity assist (spacecraft slingshot maneuver... how it works)

    09/28/2013 1:49:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    The Planetary Society ^ | 9/27/13 | David Shortt
    With the recent announcement by NASA that the 36 year-old spacecraft Voyager 1 has officially entered interstellar space at a distance from the Sun about four times further than Neptune's orbit, and with Voyager 2 not far behind, it seems worthwhile to explore how humans managed to fling objects so far into space. Interplanetary spacecraft often use a maneuver called a gravity assist in order to reach their targets. Voyager 2 famously used gravity assists to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the late 1970s and 1980s. Cassini used two assists at Venus and one each at Earth and...
  • Spacecraft Sees Giant 'Hole' In the Sun (Video)(SOHO - Solar and Heliospheric Observatory)

    07/28/2013 3:51:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/28/13 | SPACE.com - Megan Gannon
    A space telescope aimed at the sun has spotted a gigantic hole in the solar atmosphere — a dark spot that covers nearly a quarter of our closest star, spewing solar material and gas into space. The so-called coronal hole over the sun's north pole came into view between July 13 and 18 and was observed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO. NASA released a video of the sun hole as seen by the SOHO spacecraft, showing the region as a vast dark spot surrounded by solar activity. Coronal holes are darker, cooler regions of the sun's atmosphere,...
  • The First Interplanetary Photobomb

    07/17/2013 8:12:51 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    NASA ^ | July 17, 2013 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    Consider it the first interplanetary photobomb. On July 19th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will photograph Earth through the rings of Saturn--and NASA wants you to jump into the shot. "Cassini has photographed Earth before, but this will be the first time Earthlings know in advance their picture will be taken from a billion miles away," says Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. "We hope that people around the world will go outside to wave at Saturn while the photo-shoot is underway."
  • More Evidence The X-37B Spaceplane May Actually Be Spying On China

    01/05/2012 7:12:36 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-5-2012 | Robert Johnson
    More Evidence The X-37B Spaceplane May Actually Be Spying On China Robert Johnson Jan. 5, 2012, 9:26 AM Image: Air Force Responding to a report in Spaceflight magazine, Jonathan Amos at the BBC reports the U.S. Air Force's classified X-37B spaceplane is likely spying on China. Launched into orbit last March, the X-37B had its trip extended nine months in December without any explanation, leading to endless speculation about the ship's mission. Amateur space trackers have concluded that the X-37B is closely following the path of the Chinese spacelab, Tiangong-1. China has been reaching into space at breakneck speeds as...
  • Chinese spacecraft dock in orbit

    11/02/2011 7:17:19 PM PDT · by QuickSandWillow · 54 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 November 2011 | Jonathan Amos
    China has joined two space vehicles together in orbit for the first time. The unmanned Shenzhou 8 craft, launched earlier this week, made contact with the Tiangong-1 space lab at 1729 GMT. The union occurred over China itself. Being able to dock two space vehicles together is a necessary capability for China if it wants to start building a space station towards the decade's end. Although no astronauts were in the Shenzhou craft this time, future missions will carry people. Tuesday's procedure (Beijing time 0029, Thursday) took place at an altitude of about 340km. It was automated but overseen on...
  • NASA Spacecraft Snaps 1st Photo of Mercury from Orbit

    03/29/2011 3:46:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Space.com ^ | 3/29/11 | Nasa
    The first spacecraft ever to circle Mercury has beamed home the first-ever photo taken of the small rocky planet from orbit, showing a stark landscape peppered with craters. NASA's Messenger spacecraft snapped the new Mercury photo today (March 29) at 5:20 a.m. EDT (0920 GMT). The photo shows the stark gray landscape of southern Mercury, a view that is dominated by a huge impact crater. "This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the solar system's innermost planet," Messenger mission scientists explained in a statement. The new Mercury photo shows a region around the south...
  • China 'Developing Military Spacecraft'(resembles X-47B?)

    01/11/2011 6:28:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 01/12/11
    China 'Developing Military Spacecraft' China is making progress in building an "upper-atmosphere" jet fighter, an official said last week, adding to a flurry of speculation about China's growing air power. Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily on Tuesday said Shaanxi TV last Saturday quoted acting provincial governor Zhao Zhengyong as saying China has "succeeded in the test flight of a prototype aircraft that can fly through the atmospheric layer." Zhao was visiting a state-run aircraft corporation at Xi'an high-tech industrial development zone. The channel showed images of a prototype space fighter being assembled whose outward appearance was almost identical to a...