Tag: spacecraft

NASA Grants Elon Musk's SpaceX $69 Million Contract To Fly Spacecraft Into Asteroid: What's The Objective Of DART Mission?

SpaceX was recently awarded a $69 million US space agency contract to fly spacecraft into asteroids. What is the main objective of NASA’s DART mission?

Space April 16, 2019

Technical Glitch Caused Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft To Crash On The Moon

Israel falls short of landing the Beresheet spacecraft on the moon, coming close to making a soft landing before its sudden crash on the surface. What caused the crash?

Space April 13, 2019

Self-Driving Spacecraft May Protect Planet Earth From Asteroid Collisions

Self-driving cars are old news as self-driving spacecraft emerges. ESA is building an autonomous spacecraft called Hera as part of a planetary defense mission to binary asteroid system Didymos.

Space April 9, 2019

Start-Up Wants To Use Heat From Spacecraft Reentering Atmosphere To Roast Coffee Beans

Space Roasters said that by 2020, they hope to offer the first space roasted coffee beans to the public. The company is already in talks with providers to launch their technology to outer space before it reenters the atmosphere.

Space January 29, 2019

WINE Spacecraft Can Propel Itself To Asteroids Using Steam Instead Of Fuel

A new type of spacecraft can extract water from planetary bodies and turn it into steam energy to propel the vehicle deeper into space. This project aims to reduce the costs related to building such technology in the future.

Space January 14, 2019

Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch Postponed Yet Again To 2019 Date

The Delta IV Heavy rocket will try again to launch on Jan. 6, 2019 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The exact time of the liftoff has yet to be announced.

Space December 29, 2018

Startup Wants To Use Mercury In New Propulsion Systems

A company has reportedly been developing new propulsion systems that will use mercury. While NASA has experimented with mercury in the past, there have been concerns over exposing people to the toxic chemical.

Space November 22, 2018

Persistent Bacteria On Spacecraft May Complicate Search For Alien Life

A group of chemists discovered that bacteria lurking in the recesses of spacecraft are resistant to NASA’s stringent cleaning measures. If left unchecked, the microbes could invade other worlds and confound humanity’s search for extraterrestrial life.

Space June 7, 2018

First Luxury Space Hotel To Offer 'Astronaut In Training' Experience For $9.5 Million

Aurora Station guests can enjoy out-of-this-world comfort with a spacious facility while completing their 12-day basic spaceflight training. By the end of the orbital vacation, they are coming home with an astronaut certification from Orion Span.

Space April 7, 2018

Goodbye, Cassini: NASA Spacecraft To End 20-Year Voyage By Crashing Into Saturn

NASA's Cassini is now on course to crash into Saturn on Sept. 15. The end of the 20-year mission of the spacecraft, which has explored Saturn for the past five months, has resulted in overflowing expressions of grief.

Space September 13, 2017

Boeing And DARPA To Build XS-1 Hypersonic Spaceplane

DARPA has chosen Boeing to design, build and test its Experimental Spaceplane, XS-1. Check out why the hypersonic spaceplane, called the Phantom Express, is so unbelievably cool and when it’s expected to launch on its first flight.

Space May 25, 2017

NASA's Cassini Ends Date With Saturn: Here Are Some Of The Best Images Snapped By This Spacecraft

Cassini spacecraft, now in the final phase of its mission, has made a successful dive between Saturn and its rings. It is now gearing up for the final plunge into the planet's surface in September.

Space April 30, 2017

Cassini Spacecraft Beams Back Data After First Of Last 22 Orbits Around Saturn And Fatal Plunge

The Cassini spacecraft is alive and transmitting data. It successfully completed its first of 22 planned passes through the gap between Saturn and its massive ring system on April 26, before its anticipated fatal plunge in September.

Space April 27, 2017

Space Debris Is A Growing Threat, Scientists Warn

Scientists sound the alarm on space debris and their dangers on satellites and spacecraft. Find out, for instance, how protected the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit is.

Space April 20, 2017

NASA Develops ‘Sensory Skin’ To Detect Damage Outside Spacecraft In Real Time

A new invention by NASA scientists acts like a 'sensory skin' and picks up signs of damage to spacecraft interior in real time. Learn more about the Flexible Damage Detection System currently in development.

Space March 27, 2017

NASA’s Van Allen Probe Finds Fewer Superfast Electrons In Earth’s Inner Radiation Belt

There is good news to flying spacecraft, as NASA’s Van Allen probe found that the inner radiation belt of Earth has only a few super electrons or relativistic electrons, implying that radiation levels are relatively lower than expected.

Earth/Environment March 16, 2017

China's Space Plans: First Chinese Cargo Spacecraft Will Lift Off In April

As part of its plans to advance the country’s space programs, China will send its first cargo spacecraft into space in April this year. The spacecraft will dock with China’s space laboratory known as the Tiangong-2.

Space February 14, 2017

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Grazes Saturn’s Rings, Captures Closest View Of Ringed Planet’s Tiny Moon Daphnis

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured close images of Saturn’s tiny moon, Daphnis. The probe is grazing Saturn’s outer rings as part of the first phase of the end of its mission on the Ringed Planet.

Space January 20, 2017

NASA Cassini Spacecraft To Wind Down Last Year On Saturn With ‘Brand-New’ Mission

The Cassini Spacecraft will mark its last year on Saturn with a brand new mission. The spacecraft will fly between the planet's rings to collect highly relevant data.

Space October 26, 2016

Juno Spacecraft In Safe Mode After Latest Jupiter Flyby, Delivers Intriguing Data On The Gas Giant

NASA's Juno Jupiter spacecraft had shifted to safe mode just hours before it was supposed to make a closer approach to the planet. Safe mode implies the spacecraft will be in a cautious mode and would not pick up any scientific data.

Space October 21, 2016

China’s Shenzhou-11 Spacecraft Successfully Docks, Transports Two Chinese Astronauts To Tiangong-2 Space Lab

The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft has successfully docked at the Tiangong-2 space lab, confimed Chinese authorities. The state TV beamed live videos of the astronauts floating in zero gravity and entering the space lab through a designated pathway.

Space October 19, 2016

Mysterious UFO 'Orbiting' Sun And 'Sucking' Sun's Energy Discovered By UFO Hunters And Alien Conspiracy Theorists

A space enthusiast spotted a UFO orbiting the sun. The UFO hunter says the mysterious object, which was captured by a camera on NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, appears like it was sucking the sun’s energy to proliferate itself.

Space September 21, 2016

Lost Spacecraft Regains Contact With NASA After Nearly 2 Years Of Silence

After nearly two years alone on the other side of the sun, a lost spacecraft has finally regained contact with Earth. Mission scientists are planning to perform further recovery processes to save the spacecraft.

Space August 22, 2016

NASA Funds Man In Space Concept To Turn Asteroids Into Spacecraft

NASA provides funding for California-based company Made in Space in its exploration of asteroids as autonomous spacecraft. Learn more about this groundbreaking concept toward the end goal of space colonization.

Space June 7, 2016

Tiny 'ChipSats' Could Help Mankind Reach Alpha Centauri

Tiny, floppy disk-sized satellites may soon lead mankind into deep, interstellar space. In late August, the satellites will be dispatched at the ISS for testing.

Space June 3, 2016

India Launches Reusable Space Shuttle

The Indian Space Research Organisation launched its indigenous space shuttle in a display of its ability to develop reusable spacecraft. How will this shape India's lofty space exploration goals?

Space May 23, 2016

Hitomi Spacecraft Meant To Hunt Black Holes Lost In Space JAXA Declares

The Hitomi spacecraft is officially lost in space, according to a new announcement from JAXA. What happened to the Japanese space observatory, meant to find black holes far from Earth?

Space April 29, 2016

Mars Seen In Most Detailed Images Ever - Featuring Beagle 2 Lander

The Beagle 2 lander, lost on Mars in 2003, has been photographed by astronomers using a new imaging technique. How did they pull off this trick?

Space April 27, 2016

Can Kepler Telescope Be Brought Back From Emergency Mode And What Would It Mean If It Can't?

The planet-hunting Kepler observatory is in emergency mode, hampering observations of distant planets. Can the vehicle be revived for the mission to continue?

Space April 11, 2016

Metal Foams Hold Promise Of New Technologies And Protection

New metal foams could be used in a wide range of applications, from armor to shape-shifting vehicles that can dive under water and fly through the air. How are these new generation of materials created, and what are their uses?

April 9, 2016

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Makes Trajectory Adjustment For July 4 Jupiter Rendezvous

The first of the two trajectory adjustments of the Juno spacecraft was executed to adjust its flight plan and set the stage for its arrival in Jupiter this July. What will the much-awaited Jupiter flyby reveal about the gas giant?

Space February 6, 2016

Boron Nitride Nanotubes Hold Key To Fuel-Efficient Fighter Planes, Space Shuttles

Boron nitride nanotubes are believed to help produce better, more efficient fighter planes and space shuttles in the future. Researchers credit the outstanding strength of BNNT-epoxy interfaces for this possibility.

FUTURE TECH January 8, 2016

Orbit ATK Successfully Launches Cygnus Spacecraft To Deliver NASA Supply To ISS

The cargo-laden Orbit ATK Cygnus spacecraft successfully lifted off towards the International Space Station on Dec. 6 after four launch attempts were delayed. The ULA Atlas V rocket-powered spacecraft will deliver supplies to the ISS.

Space December 7, 2015

NASA To Tech Times: 'No, That Really Wasn’t A UFO'

After conspiracy theorists cried UFO at a photo tweeted by a NASA astronaut, Tech Times received confirmation that the light is just part of the Space Station itself.

Space November 24, 2015

World View Successfully Tests Flight Of Balloon-Powered Spacecraft

World View Enterprises reports that it has completed the test flight of a scaled-down version of its balloon-powered passenger capsule at a site in northern Arizona over the weekend. The company said the successful testing of the model brings it one step closer to launching its near-space exploration service.

Animals October 28, 2015

Potentially Dangerous Bacteria Thrive At The International Space Station, NASA Warns

NASA researchers sequenced genetic data from dust in an air filter and two used vacuum bags to check for bacteria at the International Space Station. Separate studies previously found that bacteria thrive better in space than on the ground.

Space October 27, 2015

Pluto's Patterns And Pits Captured By NASA LORRI Puzzle Scientists

Puzzling surface features on the dwarf planet suggest the tiny, distant world is still active, researchers say. It is just one of the many intriguing discoveries being sent back by the New Horizons’ spacecraft.

Space October 19, 2015

Space Station Astronauts Film Beautiful Floating 'Bubbles' Of Liquid In HD

The beautiful footage is part of a new series of high-definition videos coming out of the International Space Station.

Space October 13, 2015

Is SpaceX Going To Mars? Rumors Of A Red Planet Mission Circulate After Cryptic Tweet From Space Journalist

People on social media have speculated about a possible SpaceX mission to Mars following a recent tweet by a space journalist Chris Bergin that hinted at the firm's future projects. Observers believe the space company could be planning to build a colony on the red planet or even a million-man spacecraft.

Space October 10, 2015

Team Of Engineers Launch Project Moonspike, The First Crowdfunded Rocket That Will Send Your Digital Memories To The Moon

A team of independent rocket engineers is attempting to built the first crowdfunded rocket that will be sent to the moon with memories provided by its Kickstarter supporters.

FUTURE TECH October 1, 2015

DARPA Space Plane May Reach Speeds In Excess Of Mach 10

DARPA has selected three awardees of $6.5 million each to develop and design the concept of a space plane that will be able to send small spacecraft in orbit, fly at Mach 10 speed, return to Earth and go back to space repeatedly, while costing less than $5 million each flight. Designs should be completed a year from now, and a prototype should be sent to space in 2018.

FUTURE TECH August 16, 2015

NASA Releases 3D Printable Model Of Curiosity Rover

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has released a 3D printable file of the Curiosity Rover in their website. Now, people may have their own replica of the Mars exploratory space device.

Space August 16, 2015

New Type Of Ceramic Could Lead To Better Power Plants And Spacecraft

Researchers have been given an EAGER grant to pursue a study that aims to build spacecraft and power plants with a new type of ceramic. The UT Arlington blended different ceramics of the same family and came up with a ceramic that can both withstand extreme heat and collision.

August 3, 2015

Disintegration Of Progress Spacecraft Causes Reshuffling Of Russian Launch Dates

Progress 59 has been lost, and Roscosmos’ investigation into the incident has prompted the space agency to reschedule some of its upcoming launches.

Space May 12, 2015

Out Of Control Russian Spacecraft Burns Up Upon Reentry Into Earth's Atmosphere

The out of control Progress 59 spacecraft re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and burned over the central Pacific Ocean. The spacecraft was carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

Space May 9, 2015

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