outer space

  • Lego’s official ‘Women of NASA’ set goes on sale November 1

    Lego’s official ‘Women of NASA’ set goes on sale November 1

    Lego has a new set that originated by a member of its Lego Ideas fan-sourced creation platform: The Women of NASA, a package that includes NASA pioneers Nancy Grace Roman, Margeret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jamison, as well as a space shuttle model, the Hubble telescope and display stands for all. The Lego set was originally proposed by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock on the Ideas… Read More

  • SpaceX is working with NASA to identify landing spots on Mars

    SpaceX is working with NASA to identify landing spots on Mars

    SpaceX is already thinking about when its spacecraft will first touch down on the surface of Mars — either good planning or wishful thinking, depending on your perspective — working with NASA to ID and examine potential landing spots on the red planet. Read More

  • Blue Origin reveals the ‘New Glenn’ takeoff and landing sequence in new video

    Blue Origin reveals the ‘New Glenn’ takeoff and landing sequence in new video

    Blue Origin is working towards the first launch of its super heavy-lift rocket, the New Glenn. Bezos’s rocket company just released a video showing how the rocket will launch and land. Spoiler: It’s a lot like SpaceX’s Falcon 9. In the video embedded below, the rocket takes off from a pad close to a company facility and lands vertically on a large barge in a similar fashion… Read More

  • SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship failed to rendezvous with ISS, will try again Thursday

    SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship failed to rendezvous with ISS, will try again Thursday

    A GPS error prevented SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship from mating with the ISS early this morning. The craft was less than a mile away from the space station when the docking had to be aborted. NASA stated the Dragon craft and the ISS crew are safe. Another rendezvous will be attempted on Thursday. This is the first time SpaceX had to abort an ISS delivery mission as the company has… Read More

  • Boeing wants to turn satellites into a cheaper, highly-automated business

    Boeing wants to turn satellites into a cheaper, highly-automated business

    Aerospace company Boeing is in the process of changing the way satellites are built and made operational, according to the Wall Street Journal, with an eye toward automating much of the process and making it easier to ramp production while also increasing overall efficiency. Boeing’s efforts reflect the general transformation of the private space industry, driven by pressure put on… Read More

  • John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, has died at 95

    John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, has died at 95

    John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and the oldest human to travel into space, died today at 95 years old. Today, we join the world in mourning the passing of legendary astronaut, senator and Ohioan John Glenn. https://t.co/L66WmMJgHi pic.twitter.com/ny3NPpm0nk — Ohio State (@OhioState) December 8, 2016 Glenn was hospitalized over a week ago at the The James Cancer… Read More

  • This Indian team plans to be the first private company to land on the moon

    This Indian team plans to be the first private company to land on the moon

    TeamIndus, a private company located in Bangalore, India, is the one and only Indian entrant into the Google Lunar X-Prize, the international competition to land a private spacecraft on the moon. For TeamIndus, there are a few, exciting things at stake. If they’re first in the competition, they’ll win $20 million and become the first private company to land on the moon. If… Read More

  • A failed lander and a working orbiter – everything we know about ESA’s ExoMars mission

    A failed lander and a working orbiter – everything we know about ESA’s ExoMars mission

    Update (October 21st 11:30 am PT) With the help of NASA, ESA has located their failed Schiaparelli lander. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a Mars-orbiting satellite equipped with cameras, was able to image the Schiaparelli landing site. In the before and after images above you can see a large dark dot above a smaller white dot. Preliminary analysis suggests that the smaller white… Read More

  • China’s longest human spaceflight mission begins on the Chinese space station

    China’s longest human spaceflight mission begins on the Chinese space station

    Two taikonauts (Chinese astronauts) have docked to the Chinese space station, Tiangong-2, kicking off the nation’s longest human spaceflight mission to date. Watch LIVE: #Shenzhou11 and #Tiangong2 set for orbital docking #Today at 19:30UTC https://t.co/6LJ8qJnY0O cc: @Astroguyz pic.twitter.com/hOsiWR3BWX — Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) October 18, 2016 Over the course of 30 days… Read More

  • Ikaros: Photos of solar-powered "Space Yacht" in outer space

    We first blogged about Ikaros, a solar powered “space yacht” developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in September last year. The idea was to use solar photons to propel satellites in outer space to boost energy-efficiency. That yacht was eventually launched on May 21, and now we have the first pictures of Ikaros moving through outer space. Read More

  • Sharp develops efficient solar cells for use in outer space

    Earlier this year, we reported twice about Japan’s serious plans to go to outer space to generate solar energy and then beam it back to Mother Earth. And today, Sharp has shown the first solar cell that’s not only bendable (we’ve seen that before) but that also withstands conditions in space. In addition, the company says those cells boast a record-high solar efficiency of 36%. Read More

  • Japan to operate solar energy station in outer space

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has big plans: It wants to conquer outer space to generate solar energy by 2030. The idea is to collect solar power in space and beam it down to earth, in the form of lasers or microwaves. The so-called Space Solar Power System project is led by big corporations such as Mitsubishi, NEC, Fujitsu und Sharp. Read More

  • Japan to generate solar power in outer space, then beam it to earth

    This may sound ridiculous first time you hear it, but Japan is thinking about solar power from panels located in space to mother earth, or to be more exact, the nation of Nippon itself. According to the Nikkei (one of Japan’s biggest newspapers), the government plans to ask local technology companies to participate in the endeavor as early as next month. Read More

  • Japan to flood outer space with 100 mini satellites

    Japan wants to become a new force in space. The country is currently planning to launch a swarm of up to 100 mini-satellites, each costing between $3 million and $4 million. Sized at around 50cm, the cubicle-shaped satellites are supposedly not bigger than school backpacks. The 50kg-satellites will be used to track natural disasters, the weather and traffic jams. This initiative is part of… Read More