The Best Tool for Tracking Our Crumbling Infrastructure Is In Orbit

The sad state of America’s bridges is a perennial topic amongst engineers and a regular talking point for politicians, all of whom have a plan to fix them. An interesting post from the European Space Agency shows how one of the best tools for repair is actually hanging out in Low Earth Orbit. » 5/18/15 12:03pm 5/18/15 12:03pm

When We All Relocate to Space, At Least We'll Have Espresso

At parties—which I go to a lot—the question is often raised: if you were to travel to space, what would be the one earthly thing you’d have trouble giving up? FRESH COFFEE, we all yell. Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut at the International Space Station, has proven that we will never have to go without… » 5/04/15 5:20pm 5/04/15 5:20pm

We Finally Know Something About What The Shadowy X-37B Will Do In Orbit

In an unprecedented disclosure from the DoD, we have finally been told at least something in regards to what the USAF’s secretive X-37B spaceplane’s goals are for its upcoming flight. Among other things, it will test an exotic form of thruster propulsion that could have huge implications for future space development. » 4/27/15 4:12pm 4/27/15 4:12pm

60 Minutes Provides A Quality Primer On Anti-Satellite Warfare

After pimping Amazon delivery drones like an infomercial and throwing the F-35 program the ultimate softball, not to mention a series of other embarrassing screw ups, it looked like 60 Minutes was losing its luster. Yet last night’s extra-long segment on USAF Space Command and anti-satellite warfare was well worth… » 4/27/15 9:54am 4/27/15 9:54am

Now You Can See How Close to Perfect the SpaceX Landing Was

Yes, it’s true that yesterday SpaceX failed to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone barge in the ocean. But it wasn’t exactly a crash landing, like last year’s attempt. In fact, it was a nearly perfect landing — until the rocket began to tilt and fall over. This video shows you how close they came.
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Mars Mission Chooses 100 People Best Suited to Dying on Another Planet

Sure, the planned civilian mission to Mars is wildly unrealistic, and if it even if we got there everyone would probably starve, but it's still fun to think about. That's especially true when it comes to deciding what 100 people should be banished to space, never to return, as Mars One did today. » 2/17/15 10:52am 2/17/15 10:52am

This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that's both expensive and environmentally… » 2/04/15 2:57pm 2/04/15 2:57pm

Time Lapse Videos Capture The True Beauty Of Space At 17,150 MPH

Watching the world go by from the window of a plane at Mach 0.8 is hard to beat, but when it comes to an expanded world view, nobody gets a better picture than the residents of the International Space Station. Check out this time-lapse compilation by Germany's Alexander Gerst. » 12/27/14 11:59am 12/27/14 11:59am

That's No Moon! Did Russia Deploy An Experimental Killer Satellite?

Russia launched the Kosmos 2499 rocket mission back in May as part of what seemed like just another mission to further develop its constellations of 'Rodnik' communications satellites. Usually three satellites are released during these missions, but this one had a fourth object. » 11/21/14 1:48pm 11/21/14 1:48pm

These Are the First Images Sent Back to Earth By Rosetta and Philae

This morning marks one of the most exciting moments in space exploration in years: Rosetta's lander, Philae, will touch down on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It's still making its way down to the comet, but the little lander that could is already snapping photos and sending them home. » 11/12/14 10:22am 11/12/14 10:22am

Rocket Scientists Say Virgin Galactic Put Safety In The Back Seat

After Friday's tragic mid-air explosion and crash of Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two, rocket industry experts have come forward, saying the company was warned of dangers in using nitrous oxide fuel in its rockets. One expert even said she was "shocked, but not surprised" that the crash occurred. » 11/02/14 2:52pm 11/02/14 2:52pm

What It's Like To Fly Virgin Galactic To Space, And What That Means

Before you experience weightlessness on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, you'll be hanging on the belly of VirginMothershipEve then dropped and fired off like a missile. Here's what the ride will be like for those who can afford the $250,000 ticket, and what they mean by "space." » 10/06/14 4:38pm 10/06/14 4:38pm

Why the Human Body Can't Handle Heavy Acceleration

Our bodies are surprisingly resilient in many situations, but rapid acceleration is not one of them. While the human body can withstand any constant speed—be it 20 miles per hour or 20 billion miles per hour—we can only change that rate of travel relatively slowly. Speed up or slow down too quickly and it's lights… » 10/01/14 3:53pm 10/01/14 3:53pm

The Supersonic Nazi Rocket Concept Designed to Bomb Any City in 1 Hour

When WWII ended, American engineers examined a trove of Nazi concepts for rocket-powered weapons and airplanes. One of the most terrifying was Eugen Sänger's antipodal bomber, a manned supersonic plane designed to reach any city on Earth in one hour. Thank heavens it never worked. » 8/09/14 5:17pm 8/09/14 5:17pm