Large Hadron Collider could test hyperdrive propulsion
Dawn spacecraft begins approach to dwarf planet Ceres
(Phys.org)—NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft. Dawn launched in 2007 and ...
Dawn spacecraft gets cozy with massive asteroid
(AP) -- Scientists are busy poring over images of the massive asteroid Vesta, the first time it has been photographed up close.
NASA's new ion engine ready for missions in space
(PhysOrg.com) -- A small robotic surveyor arrives to explore a near-Earth asteroid. Another robotic spacecraft is returning to Earth with a pristine comet surface sample. Meanwhile, a robotic explorer is approaching ...
Dawn Spacecraft Fires Past Record for Speed Change (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Deep in the heart of the asteroid belt, on its way to the first of the belt's two most massive inhabitants, NASA's ion-propelled Dawn spacecraft has eclipsed the record for velocity change ...
German satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere
A German satellite the size of a car re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Sunday, officials said, adding they did not know yet if any debris had hit the Earth.
'Ferrari of space' set to fall to Earth
A science satellite dubbed the "Ferrari of space" for its sleek, finned looks will shortly run out of fuel and fall to Earth after a successful mission, the European Space Agency (ESA) says.
GOCE's electric ion propulsion engine switched on
(PhysOrg.com) -- GOCE's sophisticated electric ion propulsion system has been switched on and confirmed to be operating normally, marking another crucial milestone in the satellite's post-launch commissioning ...
Air Force eyes mini-thrusters for use in satellite propulsion
Mini-thrusters or miniature, electric propulsion systems are being developed, which could make it easier for the Air Force's small satellites, including the latest CubeSats, to perform space maneuvers and ...
Nanosatellites expected to benefit from advanced propulsion technology
A University of Michigan professor is developing an electric rocket thruster, NanoFET, that uses nanoparticle electric propulsion and enables spacecraft to travel faster and with less propellant than previous ...
NASA spacecraft making first visit to dwarf planet Ceres (Update)
A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.
Kickstarting tiny satellites into interplanetary space (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Two University of Michigan engineering professors are turning to the Kickstarter online community to help fund an interplanetary satellite mission.
ESA designs its smallest ever space engine to push back against sunshine
(PhysOrg.com) -- This month an ESA team is preparing to test the performance of the smallest yet most precisely controllable engine ever built for space, sensitive enough to counteract the force of incoming ...
Dawn spacecraft prepares for trek toward dwarf planet
(Phys.org)—NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant solar system destinations, to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. ...