Slingatron vision is to launch payloads into orbit
Emerging technologies may fuel revolutionary horizontal space launcher
(PhysOrg.com) -- As NASA studies possibilities for the next launcher to the stars, a team of engineers from Kennedy Space Center and several other field centers are looking for a system that turns a host of ...
New 'retention model' explains enigmatic ribbon at edge of solar system
(Phys.org)—The vast edges of our solar system—the boundary at the edge of our heliosphere where material streaming out from the sun interacts with the galactic material—is essentially invisible. It emits ...
35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars (Update)
Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars.
J-2X engine ready for second test series
(Phys.org) -- The next-generation engine that will help carry humans deeper into space than ever is back, bigger and better. The J-2X engine is currently on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center ...
NASA's space launch system using futuristic technology to build the next generation of rockets
(Phys.org)—NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. is using a method called selective laser melting, or SLM, to create intricate metal parts for America's next heavy-lift rocket. Using this ...
NASA to launch smartphone-operated nanosatellites
NASA is relying on a small team of engineers at its Ames Research Center at California's Moffett Field to develop three nanosatellites operated by smartphones.
NASA tests limits of 3-D printing with powerful rocket engine check
The largest 3-D printed rocket engine component NASA ever has tested blazed to life Aug. 22 during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust.
Student-built rocket with experimental motor blasts to 1st-place finish
(Phys.org) -- A team of University of Washington students designed a unique rocket motor and launched it 5 miles up to claim first prize this summer in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.
Review: BlackBerry Q10, the keyboard strikes back
The BlackBerry has finally caught up to the world of touch-screen smartphones. It took time—six years, from the launch of the first iPhone—and it may be too late to save the company that makes it. But ...
NASA chief: Visiting an asteroid is all agency can afford
A NASA plan to send astronauts to an asteroid was met with skepticism Wednesday when NASA Chief Charlie Bolden presented the idea to top space officials in Congress - though their doubts may not be enough ...
Microsoft tablet Surface to start at $499
Microsoft says its first tablet computer, the Surface, will start at $499 when it goes on sale Oct. 26.
Hot-fire tests show 3D printed rocket parts rival traditionally manufactured parts
What can survive blazing temperatures of almost 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit without melting? What did not break apart at extreme pressures? What is made by a new process that forms a complex part in just one ...
Soyuz rocket launches two Galileo satellites
A Soyuz rocket launched two Galileo satellites into orbit on Friday, marking a crucial step for Europe's planned navigation system, operator Arianespace announced.