December 2013

Why the next decade’s hot space race revolves around the moon

December 6th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If China’s just-launched Chang’e 3 lunar probe (quaintly known as the Jade Rabbit) drops its robotic rover down on the Moon’s surface in mid-December as scheduled, it will be the first soft landing on our nearest celestial neighbor in 37 years. It also kicks off a resurgence of interest in [...]

November 2013

High-Tech VASIMR Rocket Engine Could Tackle Mars Trips, Space Junk and More

November 21st, 2013|Categories: News, Photography, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Scientists are making progress on an advanced space propulsion system aimed at a variety of uses, including reboosting space stations, cleaning up space junk and powering superfast journeys that could reach Mars in less than two months. Led by former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz, Ad Astra Rocket Co. is developing [...]

Bigelow report calls for use of COTS model for cislunar transportation

November 12th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , |

A report prepared by Bigelow Aerospace for NASA concludes that the commercial approach that the space agency used successfully for developing commercial cargo transportation to the International Space Station should also be applied to developing transportation beyond Earth orbit, including in the vicinity of, and to the surface of, the [...]