Holy Crap, NASA Is Considering Improvements To Orion That We Proposed

I'm not going to lie; I'm pretty excited about this. Let me make this clear right up front, though: I don't actually think NASA is using my idea, as such. But, NASA has announced it's considering an addition to the Orion spacecraft that's exactly like what I proposed last year. Hear me out. » 10/10/14 2:33pm 10/10/14 2:33pm

First Ever Inflatable Space Station Module Set To Launch Next Year

Bigelow Aerospace has been experimenting with the concept of inflatable space modules for quite some time, and they're finally ready to put it to a real test: at least two years docked to the ISS. Now, finally, ISS astronauts and cosmonauts can have those zero-g wrestling tournaments they want so badly. » 10/08/14 7:40pm 10/08/14 7:40pm

Engineering Professor: Rocket Boots Are Possible Thanks To The Segway

Rocket boots are one of those things that comes up again and again in science fiction because the fundamental idea is so basic and desirable. More stylish than a jetpack, too. Iron Man loves them, as does the Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. I just never thought they could work, until I talked to Dr. Larry… » 10/07/14 7:00pm 10/07/14 7:00pm

Sore Loser Puts SpaceX And Boeing Spaceship Development On Hold

In September, NASA announced it would be funding two private spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to and from Earth orbit: Boeing's CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon V2. A third competitor, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser, wasn't picked, and as a result, Sierra Nevada is challenging the decision, placing all projects on… » 10/06/14 3:50pm 10/06/14 3:50pm

What NASA Isn't Saying In NASA's Big Rocket Announcement

Yesterday, NASA announced that they'd reached a milestone in the development of America's next major space transportation system, the SLS (Space Launch System). They'd reached Key Decision Point C, which is a crucial review and approval point. The SLS looks promising, but NASA isn't talking about some important things. » 8/28/14 2:28pm 8/28/14 2:28pm

Watch This Russian Rocket Explode Resulting In A Massive Shockwave

From Foxtrot Alpha: A Proton-M rocket carrying a GLONASS satellite exploded just after leaving the launch pad last summer, and it was chock full of rocket fuel. The shock-wave from the blast is made incredibly clear some ten seconds after the flailing rocket detonates in a huge fireball. » 8/23/14 3:05pm 8/23/14 3:05pm

Why NASA's "Impossible" Engine Is Likely Just That

Like anyone else who periodically tries to convince their spouse to eventually die on Mars with them, I was very excited to hear about a revolutionary new spacecraft propulsion system, from NASA, no less. It seemed too good to be true, so I steeled myself for disappointment and asked our physicist, Stephen Granade. » 8/05/14 3:02pm 8/05/14 3:02pm

SpaceX Can Now Land Rockets Like Old Sci-Fi Drawings Did

One of the biggest problems with rocket boosters is that you cram them full of amazing materials and engineering, and then ditch them after the first trip. It'd be like buying a Porsche 918, driving it to the coast, and then jumping out of it just before your let it drive off a pier. It's sort of crazy. SpaceX thinks » 7/24/14 3:58pm 7/24/14 3:58pm

This Is What Its Like To Power Through Descent Into The Atmosphere

Elon Musk's humanity-altering company, SpaceX (no, not Tesla), is trying its darndest to create a re-useable rocket booster. But they're not trying to do it with parachutes, followed by a big splashdown. They're trying to do it with more rocket fuel, and this video is proof of a big step toward that goal. » 7/22/14 6:50pm 7/22/14 6:50pm

The Painful Truth About NASA's Warp Drive Spaceship From A Physicist

I'll be honest — this is not the post I wanted to write. When NASA released their new renders of a hypothetical future faster-than-light spaceship, I wanted to believe that such a craft was mere decades away from reality. Then I made the mistake of asking someone much smarter than me about it. » 6/16/14 12:00pm 6/16/14 12:00pm

The SpaceX Dragon V2 Design Was Inspired By A 60s Space Movie

Yesterday, potential supervillain Elon Musk unveiled the new manned spacecraft from SpaceX, the Dragon V2. It's a large-crew capacity capsule, and will be the first of its kind to actually fly. This fundamental idea was inspired by a 60s space thriller that was so awful MST3K lampooned it. But it brought up some good… » 5/30/14 8:44pm 5/30/14 8:44pm

Here's Your First Look At The Dragon V2, America's Newest Spaceship

SpaceX has just officially announced their new manned-variant of their Dragon capsule, and it looks like a pretty sweet ride. So far we've seen some details, and we generally know what the layout is, but this is the first full view of the capsule so far. Should be a nice upgrade from the old Soyuz. » 5/29/14 10:20pm 5/29/14 10:20pm

This NASA Rocket Test Will Absolutely Blow You Away

The Peregrine Hybrid Sounding Rocket is meant to shoot to the very edge of space, conducting research as it goes. But at the moment, it's still in development. It might be a small research rocket, but it's got what seems like Satan's intestinal discomfort exploding out the back. Don't watch this with headphones. » 5/26/14 3:00pm 5/26/14 3:00pm