spacecraft

  • Running at 150,000 RPM, this tiny motor could help satellites keep on course

    Running at 150,000 RPM, this tiny motor could help satellites keep on course

    The future is small in space: picture Cubesats the size of toasters and Femtosats an inch across crowding the skies. A newly invented motor that’s both tiny and powerful goes hand in hand with that vision, providing compact spacecraft with the ability to adjust their position without using a drop of fuel. Read More

  • Juno probe’s tiny sensors to perform big science around Jupiter

    Juno probe’s tiny sensors to perform big science around Jupiter

    One of the striking things about the Juno probe, I remarked to one of its creators, is its simple and streamlined design — compared to other spacecraft, at least. The engineers had a hell of a time packing everything in there, but it helps when critical sensors have shrunk in size from “breadbox” to “soup cracker.” Read More

  • India flight tests new reusable space plane

    India flight tests new reusable space plane

    India has successfully completed their first small step toward joining the other players in the market of reusable spacecraft. On Monday, the Indian Space Research Organization (India’s version of NASA) launched a 22-foot winged spacecraft to an altitude of 65 kilometers (about 40 miles) and navigated the vehicle back down into the Bay of Bengal, east of India. The entire mission… Read More

  • Deep Space Industries partners with Luxembourg to test asteroid mining technologies

    Deep Space Industries partners with Luxembourg to test asteroid mining technologies

    Deep Space Industries, the asteroid mining company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Luxembourg Government to co-fund the development and launch of DSI’s first spacecraft. Known as Prospector-X, the small spacecraft will test key technologies in Low Earth Orbit that will be necessary for future asteroid prospecting. The agreement is a small, but important step toward… Read More

  • NASA’s Super Guppy Gives Mars-Bound Spacecraft A Lift

    NASA’s Super Guppy Gives Mars-Bound Spacecraft A Lift

    Today the Orion capsule, NASA’s spacecraft designed to bring humans to Mars, starts its next phase of development at Kennedy Space Center. The remarkable part is that just this morning, that large spacecraft was at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. In order to carry Orion from New Orleans to Cape Canaveral, NASA recruited their Super Guppy aircraft. The Super Guppy has… Read More

  • Explosion In Mojave Desert Kills Two, Injures Four

    Sad news today as an explosion in the Mojave desert has claimed two lives and injured four others at the site of Richard Branson’s SpaceShipOne project. Engineers there were testing a spaceship motor when a flow of nitrous oxide was ignited, causing a large explosion. Scaled Composites, LLC, is the company that Branson has contracted with to head up the SpaceShipOne project. The six… Read More

  • Amazon's Bezos Shows Off Egg-Shaped Spacecraft

    So, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, formed a aeronautics company called Blue Origin a few years back. They’ve been working on the ugliest personal spacecraft ever for a while. Virgin definitely has the edge on design here, but check out what Bezos’ little egg can do in the above video. I don’t see many-a-flame, do you? It only got 85-meters high though, so don’t get… Read More