Spacecraft

We Need a Better Way to Get to Space

We Need a Better Way to Get to Space

We’ve already taken baby steps out into the solar system. But cheap, affordable space travel would be revolutionary, heralding in technologies we haven’t even yet imagined.

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Breakthrough Propulsion Physics

Breakthrough Propulsion Physics

The term breakthrough propulsion refers to concepts like space drives and faster-than-light travel, the kind of breakthroughs that would make interstellar travel practical.

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Origami in Space

Origami in Space

An origami-inspired deployable solar array developed by Brigham Young University may point the way to the future of space exploration and settlement.

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The Moon was a first step, Mars will test our capabilities, but Europa is the prize

The Moon was a first step, Mars will test our capabilities, but Europa is the prize

The prize, Europa, a watery world. NASA The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system. Scientists have been trying for years to kickstart a mission to Jupiter’s most enigmatic moon, with very Earth-like concerns over costs keeping missions grounded until now. The European Space Agency’s ambitious mission to Jupiter, JUICE, will visit its fire-and-ice moons – v...

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Five Billion Years of Solitude: Lee Billings on the Science of Reaching the Stars

Five Billion Years of Solitude: Lee Billings on the Science of Reaching the Stars

Like many geeks of the post-Sputnik generation, I grew up hoping that space travel would be common by the time I reached middle age. Weaned on a youthful diet of speculative fiction by the likes of Ray Bradbury and Arthur Clarke, raised on Star Trek and The Outer Limits, and thrilled by real-life hero Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” onto the gravelly surface of the Moon when I was in elementary ...

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