Aerospace

Space plane tech could power hypersonic aircraft​ for U.S. military

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which the English company Reaction Engines Ltd. is working on to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women to Blaze Trails & Embrace STEM Careers

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day in 1920 when women were granted the right to vote. Nearly 100 years later, we as women have come a long way and pushed many frontiers. But while women have broken through to the cosmos, on Earth we are still being left in the dust, specifically in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields -- better known as STEM.

Amazon looks to gain liftoff for drone delivery testing

Amazon is going on the offensive as it seeks federal approval to test its planned Prime Air drone delivery system. You are not likely to get a Prime Air drop on your porch anytime this year, or even next, but the online retailer, which announced plans for drone delivery last December on 60 Minutes, is making moves to spur development.

Image overload: Help us, NASA says

NASA is trying to catalogue thousands of images. Hundreds of volunteers have stepped up so far, classifying almost 20,000 photos, but NASA says multiple individuals should review each image to ensure accuracy.

Cubesats Driving Big Developments in Small Propulsion Systems

“With any satellite there’s a lot of mission capability you can get when you’re able to maneuver,” said Andrew Petro, NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program executive. “We are trying to do more things with these satellites and that requires mobility.”

NASA probe sees Pluto and its moon Charon like never before

The New Horizons probe used its onboard telescope to record a video of Charon and Pluto locked in their orbital dance. The movie is composed of 12 individual images taken from July 19 through July 24 — almost exactly one year before the spacecraft's flyby of the distant dwarf planet, which is scheduled for July 14, 2015.

US Navy practices retrieving Orion spacecraft

The U.S. Navy and NASA wrapped up the second round of practice recoveries of the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to bring humans to the moon, asteroids and, eventually, to Mars.

SpaceX to build private spaceport in Texas

Start-up rocket-maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has unveiled plans to build a commercial spaceport in Texas. The company, known as SpaceX and headed by billionaire Elon Musk, said it will build a facility exclusively to launch commercial satellites in Brownsville, a city located on the southernmost tip of the state on the border with Mexico.

NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet -- if they hold up. If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of months.

NASA Mars mission to try to turn Martian air into key rocket fuel ingredient: oxygen

NASA plans to make oxygen -- a key ingredient of rocket fuel -- on Mars early next decade. Space agency officials unveiled seven instruments they plan to put on a Martian rover that would launch in 2020, including two devices aimed at bigger future Mars missions.

Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive

Nasa is a major player in space science, so when a team from the agency this week presents evidence that "impossible" microwave thrusters seem to work, something strange is definitely going on. Either the results are completely wrong, or Nasa has confirmed a major breakthrough in space propulsion.

NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.

Simulations Help Prepare For Future Missions To Mars

EVEN astronauts sometimes pretend they are in space. Over the past week, two simulated trips came to a close. One took place on a Hawaiian volcano, while another dove deep to an underwater habitat off Florida's coast. In both cases, the crew was tasked with a vital mission: to learn more about themselves. But there's more to it than that.

CyberPatriot Having Big Impact on STEM Education and Career Choices, Data Shows

The Air Force Association's CyberPatriot Program Office released today results of its first comprehensive survey assessing current education and career pursuits of past participants of AFA's CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program.

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

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