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Hypergravity helping aircraft fly further

(Phys.org)—ESA research has helped to develop an aircraft-grade alloy that is twice as light as conventional nickel superalloys while offering equally good properties. The path to creating this alloy required ...

dateNov 06, 2012 in Engineering
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The rocket that thinks it's a jet

(PhysOrg.com) -- A reusable spaceplane that can take off from a conventional aircraft runway, carry over twelve tonnes to orbit and then return to land on the same runway could be less than a decade away thanks ...

dateFeb 19, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Exploring the universe with nuclear power

In the past four decades, NASA and other space agencies from around the world have accomplished some amazing feats. Together, they have sent manned missions to the Moon, explored Mars, mapped Venus and Mercury, ...

dateFeb 02, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Why are reusable rockets so hard to make?

SpaceX is attempting a huge feat in spacecraft engineering. It is seeking to land the first stage of its Falcon 9-R rocket on a floating platform at sea. Normally this would end up at the bottom of the ocean. ...

dateJan 09, 2015 in Space Exploration
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