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Space junk: a recycling station could be cleaning up in Earth orbit by 2050

Recycling satellites could provide not just raw materials for more construction in space, but a revenue stream to fund it. My research showed that an orbit 150 km further out that GEO Gateway Earth would have access to the whole of GEO. From there whole satellites could be taken by space drones into the floating recycling centre for a tune-up if needed.

Moon landing anniversary: One small step for man…a giant leap for space robots

A sustainable space program requires reliable, fully autonomous robotic systems both for maintaining the existing space infrastructures and for building new ones beyond low Earth orbits. Autonomy is particularly essential to near-future space robotic systems as they must operate in harsh and partially understood environments.

From miniature satellites to giant sun shields – the extreme technology transforming space engineering

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing. This was possible thanks to an extraordinary acceleration of space technology. Within a remarkably short period of time leading up to the event, engineers had mastered rocket propulsion, on-board computing and space operations, partially thanks to an essentially unlimited budget. Since the days of these heroic endeavours, space...[Read More]

Would your mobile phone be powerful enough to get you to the moon?

The Apollo computer was state-of-the-art in its time, but what would have been different if the moon landing had the state-of-the-art computers that are available today? I suspect that the software development time would have been a lot faster, due to the software development tools that are available today. It would have been a lot quicker to write, debug and test the complex code required to d...[Read More]

You can only buy Range Rover’s Virgin Galactic Astronaut Edition if you’re going to space

How far would you go in order to secure a limited edition... anything? Would you be willing to pay extra? Do something silly on camera? Travel large distances? Yeah, about that last one... Land Rover has an upcoming Range Rover dubbed the Astronaut Edition, a partnership with Virgin Galactic. The catch? You're going to have to sign up to travel to space if you want one of your very own. 

Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon lunar lander, plans to start constructing a moon base

A blue moon, if you're being technically correct (the best kind of correct), is the second full moon to appear in a single calendar month. A Blue Moon, though, is the lunar lander unveiled by Amazon head and Blue Origin founder, Jeff Bezos. 

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane, completes its first flight

So… what if we take the launchpad closer to the actual orbit? That’s what the guys over at Stratolaunch is trying to accomplish by building (and flying) the biggest aeroplane in the world.

How SpaceX lowered costs and reduced barriers to space

On March 2, SpaceX launched its first test of an unmanned Dragon vehicle which is designed to carry humans into low Earth orbit and to the International Space Station. If the test is successful, later this year, SpaceX plans to launch American astronauts from United States soil for the first time since 2011.

Space subjects that will get the world’s attention in 2019 – and beyond

The first few days of 2019 brought remarkable news from outer space. On January 1 NASA’s New Horizons space probe made the most distant planetary flyby ever, and captured images of a small object 4 billion miles away from earth. The following day, China landed its Chang’e 4 rover, named Jade Rabbit 2, on the far side of the moon – another first. This suggests that 2019 will be a big year for...[Read More]

Stuffed Ep 09 – Major General Charles Bolden on space travel, Musk and the perils of bicycles

Major General Charles Bolden is a former astronaut, fighter pilot and NASA administrator. He sat down with Stuff magazine publisher and editor-in-chief Toby Shapshak and Stuff editor Craig Wilson to talk about his illustrious and varied career, how seeing the earth from space changed the way he thinks about it, and how bicycles might be more dangerous than space shuttles. As it’s not every d...[Read More]

Astronaut joins electronic music group Kraftwerk live from space

If you’ve heard about Kraftwerk, the German electronica group, you’ll know that their sound is bordering on extra-terrestrial communication and has many musical themes about space. Someone might have taken this too literally and invited an actual astronaut in orbit to join a live show. At the band’s recent gig in Stuttgart, Germany, Kraftwerk invited German astronaut Alexander Gerst to tune ...[Read More]

Elon Musk is launching a Tesla into space – here’s how SpaceX will do it

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled for launch on February 6, and the entire space industry is watching with anticipation. Aiming for first flight of Falcon Heavy on Feb 6 from Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy. Easy viewing from the public causeway. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2018 What is so special about this rocket? This vehicle will be the first of its kind, t...[Read More]

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