space
SpaceX is staffing 4 production shifts for 24/7 Starship construction operations. SpaceX has filed with the FCC for a sub-orbital 20-kilometer launch in the March 16-September-16 timeframe. This is mainly for staffing up 4 production shifts for 24/7 operations, but …
Momentus is a startup with $40 million in funding for development of microwave plasma propulsion. The microwave plasma propulsion can have three times the efficiency of chemical rockets while having as much power as chemical rockets. Other hyper-efficient propulsion is …
Momentus (www.momentus.space), provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, today announced a launch service agreement with Singapore-based companies, NuSpace and Aliena. Momentus Vigoride orbital transfer vehicle will carry the NuX-1 3U nanosatellite to its final orbit, after launching onboard a …
The Solar Orbiter is a NASA-ESA mission to look at the Suns poles. In the dark of space, Solar Orbiter faces temperatures of minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit. At closest approach, 26 million miles from the Sun, it will encounter intense …
Doug Plata describes how a few tele-operated robots can make roads and landings pads on the moon. The road would be built by robots to remove boulders. These would be followed by bulldozer bots to flatten the path. There would …
SpaceX Super Heavy Starship is tracking to a mid-2020 orbital launch. This is a summary of developments from a Mars Society presentation. The Super Heavy Starship development schedule has slipped a few months from the information in this presentation. The …
Doug Plata has proposed a solar drape concept for the moon. The moon has no wind and has one-sixth Earth gravity. A large robotic rover would place telescoping towers on the moon and thin-film solar cells that are like drapes …
Mars has a launch window every 26-months. The round trip travel time to the moon is about 11 days. This means that you could send 72 round trips to the moon for every launch window to Mars. Doug Plata has …
Accion Systems technology is built around a thruster chip architecture. Each chip houses hundreds of microscopic emitters that produce beams of ions generated from our novel propellant source: ionic liquid. They plan to eventually scale to millions of emitters per …
NASA has awarded a $142 million contract to Maxar Technologies of Westminster, Colorado,to robotically assemble a communications antenna and manufacture a spacecraft beam in orbit. The technology demonstration is slated to take place on NASAs Restore-L spacecraft, designed to service …