Cars In Space

When it comes time for an automaker to take photos of their new car to distribute to the media and to stuff in brochures, they normally pick a location like, I don't know, an Italian villa or a country road or a racetrack. Other times, they choose outer space. » 3/10/15 5:15pm 3/10/15 5:15pm

There's Going To Be A Race On The Moon

There's been a bit of hooning on the moon before (Apollo 16, see below), but there's never been anything involving more than one wheeled vehicle that could really be thought of as a 'race.' But that looks like it's about to change, with the possibility of a three-way rover race coming in 2016. FINALLY. » 2/24/15 12:02pm 2/24/15 12:02pm

What's The Craziest Non-Car Made By A Carmaker?

Chrysler is a company now known for making dowdy family cars, pickup trucks, and the occasional Hellcat. But long before the modern-day era of staid sedans and Italian ownership, there was the Chrysler Space Division. And the Chrysler Space Division made rockets. » 2/24/15 11:36am 2/24/15 11:36am

This Is An Official Portrait Of Astronaut Leland D. Melvin 

Astronaut Leland D. Melvin worked for NASA for 25 years, heading the Vehicle Health Monitoring team for the X-33 space shuttle successor, leading NASA's office for education and outreach program in the 2010s, and logging over 565 hours in space. Also, he likes dogs. » 1/28/15 4:43pm 1/28/15 4:43pm

NASA And Nissan Are Teaming Up To Make Robo-Cars Of The Future

Now that everyone's getting on the autonomous car bandwagon, each manufacturer needs its own angle. Audi takes its cars to the track, Mercedes makes its cars look like an egg, and Google's cars just have a weird face. Nissan, however, has gone with the betterment-of-humanity route, and just teamed up with NASA. » 1/08/15 8:05pm 1/08/15 8:05pm

​Orion's Second Launch Attempt Was A Go

After delays caused by errant boats and high winds, NASA's new deep-space exporation craft, Orion, finally got into orbit this morning for its first unmanned test flight. The full launch video is above there, and continues all the way into orbit. It's fascinating to watch. » 12/05/14 10:07am 12/05/14 10:07am

What You Need To Know About Tomorrow's Orion Spacecraft Test Flight

Tomorrow is a big deal for those of us who one day hope to open the first Pinkberry on Mars: it's the first test of humanity's first interplanetary-capable manned spacecraft, Orion. The four-hour test will prove the spaceworthiness of the capsule. So what, exactly, will it be doing up there? » 12/03/14 5:50pm 12/03/14 5:50pm

The First 3D-Printed Object In Space Was Just Made On The ISS

If we're going to venture out into space in a serious way, at some point we're going to need to be able to manufacture stuff. Replacement parts, tools based on needs we don't yet know, novelty Pez dispensers, etc. 3D printing is probably the best way to do this, and a major first milestone was reached on Tuesday. » 11/27/14 9:00am 11/27/14 9:00am

Watch The Incredibly Violent Antares Rocket Explosion From The Pad

An Antares supply rocket headed for the International Space Station blew to smithereens just above the launch pad last month, and video of it was pretty crazy. But also, it wasn't quite as subway-mumbling insane as it could've been, because the video was from far away. Here's that huge explosion close up. » 11/26/14 1:29pm 11/26/14 1:29pm

Why Elon Musk's 'X-Wing' Rocket Isn't As Crazy As It Sounds

Elon Musk really understands the internet. This is, of course, news only to newborns and the recently coma-awoken, but it's impressive to see in action. This weekend, Musk tweeted about 'X-wing' developments to his rocket, making a technical recovery system seem like sci-fi, even if it actually makes perfect sense. » 11/24/14 10:30am 11/24/14 10:30am

Another Massive Fireball Was Just Caught On Russian Dashcam

If you were driving along at saw what looked to be, at the very least, a small atomic explosion in the night sky, you might pull over. At the very least, to process what just happened. Not in Russia, where the second meteor in a year appears to have exploded over western Siberia. » 11/18/14 2:20pm 11/18/14 2:20pm

Elon Musk's Mass-Produced Internet Satellites Could Put WiFi Everywhere

Satellite-industry professional Greg Wyler has left Google to team up with nerd-entrepreneur-extraordinaire Elon Musk and develop a squadron of satellites that could beam WiFi just about anywhere, and eventually everywhere, on Earth. » 11/10/14 1:25pm 11/10/14 1:25pm

Watch NASA's Unmanned Antares Rocket Explode Seconds After Launching

An unmanned Antares rocket was set to launch this evening from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, but the event ended in an explosion seconds after it began. An investigation is underway. [UPDATED] » 10/28/14 6:48pm 10/28/14 6:48pm

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