The rover race is on
The December 2016 deadline for Google Lunar XPRIZE competitors to reach the moon and traverse its surface is approaching, and with $2.25…
Satellite launch successful
SpaceX is on its way to delivering NASA’s DISCOVR satellite to orbit after a succesfull rocket launch today, a feat that will make it…
New attempt tomorrow
SpaceX aborted the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket today due to problems with an Air Force radar tracker. The mission is designed…
Cloudy with a chance of space
Will you need a raincoat or shorts tomorrow? Chances are the weather data you use to determine the answer comes from the…
One small step
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is taking humanity back to the moon, and $6 million in early prizes went out Monday to help the…
sorting, not hoarding
When choosing which phone to buy, the furthest thing from your mind is where to store your photos. This can lead to buying a phone with very little on device storage.
To the stars
SpaceX has raised a $1 billion financing round from Google and Fidelity, which now own just under 10 percent of the ambitious…
COO joins the flock
Satellite startup Planet Labs has raised a fresh $95 million — $70 million in Series C funding and $25 million of debt…
WorldVu rebrands as OneWeb
There are billions of people who do not have access to the internet, and tech’s biggest brands want to change that. Qualcomm and…
Screw you, spare parts
Stuck in space without a part you desperately need? That’s not such a big deal anymore, thanks to a 3D printer that…
Mars is passing gas
Methane, in small quantities, is a constant on Mars. The scientists behind the Curiosity rover have seen that for years now. But…
An astronaut installed Made in Space’s printer this morning. It will print a series of test parts before being replaced by a permanent machine next year.
The European Space Agency was able to collect quite a bit of data from the comet’s surface, and will spend years analyzing exactly what it means. The Rosetta spacecraft is still safely orbiting the comet.
Philae is safely on the surface, despite a hiccup during landing that caused its harpoons to fail to fire into the comet to anchor it. The first photos show a rocky landscape.
Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures signed a 60 year lease with NASA to restore and run the historic airplane hangars. What exactly it will do with the campus is not yet known.
Synthetic biology has opened up the possibility of turning microbes into just about anything–from fuel to medicine. Astronauts strapped for space could someday produce more by carrying microbes that can turn their new environments into everything they need.
Orbital Sciences’ rocket exploded and crashed just after launching last week. It was scheduled to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.
The National Transportation Safety Board is now looking into the incident that killed one pilot and injured another.
One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the plane failed two minutes into its flight. The craft was using a type of fuel that Virgin Galactic had never flown before.
The Soviet-era engines were already scheduled to be replaced in two years. Orbital Sciences’ CEO also acknowledged a possible delay in the company’s launch schedule next year.
A commercial rocket exploded shortly after launch on its mission to resupply the ISS.
The startups CEO believes the world needs to start quantifying its health the same way humans already are with wearable devices.
Six people will spend the next eight months in a habitat in Hawaii meant to simulate living on Mars. Among other tasks, they will test a virtual reality program built to help astronauts tackle mental health problems and homesickness.
To gather precise data on more than a billion stars and other phenomena in our galaxy requires some intense data collection equipment and processing tools.
The silicon chips in smartphone cameras are affected by cosmic rays. A new app translates that into trackable data.
The spacecraft will study the planet’s atmosphere and surface. It cost only about a tenth of the NASA orbiter that recently reached Mars.
A 3D printer could save astronauts in an emergency by providing access to a specialized tool they never thought they would need. Made in Space will use what it learns from this printer to develop a second version set to launch next year.
NASA will award $6.8 billion in initial contracts to the first-ever space taxis made by private companies. They will lift the U.S.’s reliance on Russia to get astronauts into space.
Before a new machine or good heads into space, it’s helpful to test it on a suborbital flight where a specialized plane flies in…
The panel’s report states that it is unclear that the rover’s original science goals have been met, and what exactly it will accomplish in the future.
The first images released by DigitalGlobe show an airport and neighborhoods in Madrid. Their quality had to be reduced because it is not yet legal for the company to release images accurate at such a small scale.
A SpaceX F9R rocket exploded during a test over Texas today after an anomaly was detected. The rocket’s software automatically blew up…
Twenty years after its founding, Microlaunchers could finally find the interest it needs to build huge fleets of small rockets.
The funding adds to the $245.5 million the company has already raised. SpaceX is on the verge of trying out a reusable rocket that could dramatically lower its launch costs.
It’s expensive and difficult to communicate with satellites, especially if an organization is only launching one or two. Spaceflight will allow paying customers to reach their spacecraft wherever they are above Earth.
NASA isn’t done investigating Mars for its past (and present) capability of hosting life. Its upcoming 2020 rover will have added abilities like radar that can probe the planet’s surface hundreds of feet down.
The startup will also improve its infrastructure for data collection and continue to add to its rapidly growing staff. It announced today that it has opened a second office in Singapore as well.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is now equipped with landing legs, which could eventually allow it to be reusable–a crucial step toward lowering…
University of Maryland researchers used a laser to create tubes of air that resemble fiber optic cables, negating the need for laying traditional infrastructure. They are working on increasing the range they can send a signal to 150 feet.
The San Francisco space startup can track a ship as it crosses an ocean and the health of crops across the globe. The result is images that are both beautiful and revealing.
The UK plans to open a spaceport in 2018 that would serve consumers and the emerging private space industry. The country is considering eight different locations.
Apple has done a pretty good job of getting your various media and photo libraries on to your iPod or iOS device. Getting them off is another matter entirely.
The Department of Commerce said this week that satellite company DigitalGlobe will soon be able to provide images to customers that are detailed at a scale of less than a foot.
The deal would be part of Google’s efforts to put hundreds of satellites into space, according to Sky News. Along with pursuing a joint venture with Virgin Galactic, Google would buy a minority stake for $30 million.
Made In Space’s printer passed its final NASA test ahead of schedule, allowing its launch date to be moved up from November. The machine will print 21 test parts once it arrives at the ISS.
Scientists have dreamed of sending a spacecraft through Titan’s thick orange atmosphere to get a look at its surface. Two $100,000 grants could put two preliminary plans into action.
The spaceship incorporates improved thrusters that would allow astronauts to separate from the bulk of the craft in an emergency. They also allow the craft to land on Earth or other planets.
Mice live roughly up to two years. Send them to the International Space Station for 6 months, and you can potentially tell…
Made in Space and Tethers Unlimited will pursue two systems for plastic recycling after receiving funding from NASA. Their solutions could cut how much material needs to be shipped into space.
The Dragon capsule will carry important science experiments to the International Space Station. It also holds a part needed to repair a backup computer on the ISS.
SpaceX will operate and pay for Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Flight Center for the next 20 years. The pad was originally used for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
The OPALS experiment could begin its journey to the ISS on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as early as Friday. It will use laser communication to beam data to Earth potentially 10 to 100 times faster than is currently possible.
The request is open to both national labs and private firms, and NASA plans to choose roughly four proposals.
As a part of a federal order to make technology transfer faster, NASA is building a central location for the public to dig into more than 1,000 of its past projects.
During one of the first demonstrations of Google’s Project Tango phones to the media, SPHERES project officials demonstrated how its infrared mapping abilities will give SPHERES robots new levels of autonomy.
The Asteroid Data Hunter Challenge begins today. It seeks improved algorithms that will help the space agency spot more asteroids.
The ISS crew will soon be growing veggies, upgrading an on-board robot and releasing a very interesting satellite into space.
Developing this kind of communication will help future astronauts make the transition to deep space exploration. The SPHERE robots’ abilities will be boosted later this year when NASA integrates them with Google’s Project Tango phones.
NASA is preparing to test new satellite refueling technology on the International Space Station. It names human exploration of distant space as a motivator.
Instead of commercial aspirations, SpaceIL wants to inspire a future generation of scientists. It is among 18 teams striving to reach the moon by the end of 2015.
Planet Labs’ CubeSats aren’t the only satellites being released from the International Space Station this month. Lithuania, for example, just released its first two satellites ever.
For the first time, the vast majority of the planets found are smaller than Jupiter, including many Earth-sized planets.
Southern Stars knew how to build a CubeSat. But getting it to space and communicating with it once it was there turned out to be more difficult than expected.
Astrobotic and Moon Express have a shot at all three categories, which cover landing, moving on the surface of the moon and imaging.
Two to four satellites will be released each day to cut down on confusion and ensure they are spaced out nicely around the Earth.
Planetary Ventures LLC will likely be charged with restoring Hangar One and operating the affiliated airfield.
A colony of ants arrived at the International Space Station this month. Researchers are interested in how they react to microgravity, as robots could use similar behavior to better explore difficult places, such as a collapsed building.
The education center and accelerator, which focuses on exponential technologies with big potential, will begin raising capital in the second quarter of 2014.
This neat simulation, developed by the ESA, shows the spacecraft Rosetta’s entire journey to meet its comet — and where it will go after it does.
The Rosetta has traveled the solar system for 10 years now, three of which were spent in hibernation to preserve energy. It will deliver a lander to the icy comet later this year.
Amid the private teams competing for Google’s $30 million prize, Penn State is relying on more than 80 students to help the Lunar Lion team reach the moon in 2015.
The “flock” of Doves will be released late this month or in February at the earliest, when they will begin sending back high-quality images of the Earth.
Tiny hairs allow the robot’s feet to adhere to angled surfaces and walk in low-pressure, low-temperature and zero-gravity settings.
President Robert Weiss said the private race to the moon is midstream and some teams are beginning to drop out. But others are doing well and ably on their way to space.
The lunar lander is built to carry materials to the moon and bring back mined minerals. The first launch is planned for 2015.
The spacecraft will spend 10 months journeying to Mars, where it will focus on the planet’s upper atmosphere. The data it collects could help explain the disappearance of water on the planet.
NASA has spent years perfecting data transmission between the Earth and space, starting in the 1960s with radio wave technology. The group…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24528306 The European Space Agency (ESA) is to start using 3D printing methods to create metal parts for rockets, jets and potentially…
Before space agencies send a rover to a distant planet, they have to test it on Earth. With little moisture and no vegetation, the rock-covered Atacama Desert does a great job of mimicking Mars.
3D printing and assembly in space could lead to bigger and better structures that are less expensive to make. Before their technology is a reality, Tethers Unlimited has to overcome a few engineering challenges.
The sparse amount of methane found on the planet’s surface keeps getting sparser, but future methane-finding missions will go ahead anyway.
From your desk to space, 3D printing technology is raising a whole host of new possibilities. These four were presented at the Inside 3D Printing conference in San Jose.
Satellites are built to withstand the great deal of radiation they are exposed to over their lifetime, but better understanding how cycles of extreme radiation work could lead to hardier designs.
NASA asked in June that citizens, labs and companies submit ideas for its asteroid initiative. Out of the 400 ideas submitted, the agency is moving forward with 96 ideas. The abstracts were released today.
Ferrofluids form spikes when exposed to a magnet, offering an alternative to the expensive, fragile needles researchers have been using to build tiny jet propulsion systems.
Around 200,000 volunteered computers donated 17,000 years worth of computing time in an 8 month span, aiding in the identification of 24 pulsars in the Milky Way.
When structures are built in space instead of on Earth, it cuts down on cost and engineering requirements. Tethers Unlimited’s first major goal is to build support structures for huge solar arrays.
Meet Mike Coletta, a ham radio hobbyist. He’s been using signals given off by the space fence to track near-Earth objects like satellites and space debris.
Kirobo will aid on experiments and provide companionship for incoming ISS commander Koichi Wakata. He is built to perform in zero gravity and can recognize speech and faces.
On Brainiac Day, the site is asking experts to aggregate some of their favorite videos. I took a crack at it myself.
The Mars rover has shown us sites where water once flowed on the now-dusty planet and spotted rocks that might have been ideal to host life.
The space company will send 28 satellites into orbit next year. They will take constant images of the Earth to provide monitoring tools for applications like agriculture and environmental protection.
Made in Space’s 3D printer, the first to work in microgravity, is safe to launch and operate in space, NASA has certified. It will board the ISS next year and be capable of printing everything from toilet pipes to life-saving tools.
Honeybee Robotics develops tools that can mine asteroids for water and drill deep beneath the ice of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This week, two of their engineer’s shared their experience testing a drill in Greenland.
Its parent company, NanoSatisfi, just landed $300,000 in funding that will go toward hiring. They will launch three satellites this year, with many more to follow.
The rover will likely collect rock cores, which are more likely to contain any preserved signs of life. NASA plans to someday return the samples to Earth.
The company plans to continuously monitor the atmosphere to better forecast severe weather and provide localized storm information.
A standard space currency would likely be cash-free, calling for a banking system unlike anything on Earth.
In a Reddit AmA, asteroid mining company Planetary Resources showed off the benefits and complications of their exciting techniques.
The robot, which is capable of working autonomously, will search for signs of life in soil samples. A complementary satellite will monitor the planet’s atmosphere for unusual gases.
What do you get when combining 3-D printing, collaborative design, and space? The opportunity for cheaper and better rocket engines. A $10,000 contest seeks to solicit just that with judges from MIT, NASA and TED.
Don’t have enough space to download your favorite app’s update? For those of us that fill our phones to the brim with apps and media, it’s a familiar scenario. However, there’s a neat trick to easily and temporarily reclaim space on your iOS device.
This week is World Space Week. While I’m not sure an article aimed at web working astronauts would have that big an audience, taking a look at an alternate meaning of the word “space” might. Your workspace isn’t the final frontier, but it’s important for productivity.
Google evangelist Vint Cerf, who many people think of as one of the fathers of the Internet, has his eyes on some…
As another week passes, the seams of Apple’s App Store have been stretched even further with a deluge of new releases. Digging…
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On the one hand, this video from CollectSpace demonstrating how an astronaut can drink from a cup while in space, is a…
A web worker’s office is her most important tool. Arranging it should be given more care and importance than setting up one’s…
Hard disk space can be extremely valuable, especially for notebook owners. I find myself constantly auditing the contents of my disk, usually…
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