Category: spacecraft

We’ve now passed the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, and all eyes are back on the Moon. NASA is planning to return to the Moon by 2024 with its Artemis mission, the Chinese have put the Moon firmly in their plans for space exploration, and even SpaceX thinks the Moon is the perfect destination to test out the capabilities of its Starship.

But what can you do with the Moon? Refuel spacecraft with resources drawn from the lunar regolith? Mine its helium 3 for your fusion reactors? Build a lunar amusement park?

In fact, the far side of the Moon might make one of the best platforms we have for radio telescopes. One side of the Moon is completely blocked from Earth’s constantly increasing radio traffic, giving it the perfect view to the most sensitive radio signals in the Universe.

A visit to the clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to check out the Mars 2020 rover, which is set to launch this summer.

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China’s space program is now one of the most powerful in the world. But despite all of the success, Chinese rockets are frequently launched over populated areas – sometimes crashing into towns and villages. This video looks at why China began doing this in the first place and how developing reusable rockets might fix this issue.

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Microgravity can be used to unlock old materials and make new ones in ways that can’t be replicated on Earth. Private companies know this, and are leading the charge toward the next gold rush. But can they turn low Earth orbit into a home for the next industrial revolution?

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In 2024, SpaceX aim to send the first humans to Mars. This will be the very beginning of Elon Musk’s goal to start a self sustaining colony on Mars. This video looks at how the first Martians will establish a base on Mars and how they will create rules and laws in order to grow the base into a thriving city.

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Extending humanity to other worlds in the Solar System is at the very limits of our modern technology. And unless there are dramatic discoveries in new propulsion systems or we learn how to build everything out of carbon nanotubes, the future of space exploration is going to require living off the land.

The technique is known as In-Situ Resource Utilization or ISRU, and it means supplying as much of your mission from local resources as possible.

And many of our future exploration destinations, like Mars, have a lot to work with. Let’s look at the raw materials on Mars that missions can use to live off the land and the techniques and technologies that will need to be developed to make this possible.

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When Voyager 2 took the first images of Neptune, it discovered an enormous dark spot similar to the one found on Jupiter. When it was observed just a few years later, the dark spot had completely disappeared. This video looks at how the storms on Neptune and Jupiter form and why we might see Jupiter’s Great Red Spot disappear in our lifetime.

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The YT-2400 light freighter was a YT-series light freighter produced by Corellian Engineering Corporation similar to the YT-1300.

Dash Rendar’s Outrider was a heavily modified YT-2400 freighter, and perhaps the most famous example of the starship amongst fringers.

 

Via Wookiepedia

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From the most basic rockets to future ships designed for interstellar or even intergalactic flight, spaceship design is all about mission purpose, available technology, and keeping your crew safe and comfortable.

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In the not-too-distant future, entirely new industries will be developed in space. But for these endeavors to be viable, we need to first get the necessary tools into orbit. That’s where one of the most crowded new sectors has developed. More than 100 privately-backed launch companies are in fierce competition to get payloads into space as fast, often and cheaply as possible.

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