Is the U.S. ready for a full-blown war in space? Experts say that the US Military considers the prospect and is gearing up for a potential space warfare by developing weapons that could only exist in science fiction dreams.
China is NASA's biggest rival in space exploration with plans to land "taikonauts" on the moon by 2036 and Mars thereafter. Along the way, President Xi Jinping hopes the space missions will spawn a wave of Chinese innovation in robotics, aviation and artificial intelligence, among other leading 21st-century technologies.
A NASA mission's GPS prowess is now part of the record books: The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission just broke a Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal. The four MMS satellites set the new space record by using GPS navigation at an altitude of 43,500 miles above Earth's surface.
Starting later this month, NASA plans to launch a group of very tiny satellites into space. These cutting-edge devices will orbit the Earth, taking atmospheric measurements, monitoring storms, and studying factors associated with climate change.
China just launched its Long March-5 heavy rocket into orbit in the country’s latest step on a path to establishing a manned space station and building a lunar base on the surface of the moon. Despite Beijing’s push into orbit, China is still playing catch up with the United States, but America could wind up losing the space race if it can’t recommit to STEM education and funding NASA.
China says a pair of astronauts aboard have entered the country's orbiting space station for a month-long stay. The 30-day mission is China's longest and most ambitious to date, displaying the growing sophistication of the country's manned program that first launched a human into space 13 years ago.
The United States is one step closer to eliminating its reliance on Russian technology to launch its military satellites. The Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator, a U.S. Air Force technology effort focused on development of Oxygen Rich Staged Combustion rocket engine technology, has recently completed its first full-scale component test at 100-percent power. The development of Oxygen Rich Staged Combustion technology has been deemed a critical technology for the nation to help eliminate the United States’ reliance on foreign rocket propulsion technology.
To protect the Arctic from climate change, scientists require a detailed map which they can slowly update and reference over time. Such a resource has, until now, been difficult to produce because traditional capture methods -- low-flying aircraft, for instance -- are expensive or ill-equipped to deal with the region's harsh weather patterns. That's now changed, however, thanks to a project spearheaded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Science Foundation.
Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, has partnered with Discovery Education to launch the next phase of Generation Beyond, an initiative to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to prepare today's middle school students nationwide for deep space exploration.
When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 60 miles in diameter, beaming internet connectivity down from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet to people within a 60-mile communications diameter for up to 90 days at a time. It will be part of a future fleet of drones.