Russia Reignites Its Rocket Industry with New Angara Booster
A Russian-built Angara medium-lift rocket launches on its maiden test flight from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on July 9. 2014.
August 19th, 2014
Russia's recent maiden launch of its new Angara rocket is a harbinger of bigger boosters to come. The successful test flight also marked the country's first new launch vehicle to be built from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union.
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NASA Is Building the World's First 3D-Printed Space Cameras
Cubesat with 3D Printed Parts
August 8th, 2014
NASA is already working on 3D printing rocket parts, a pizza maker and Hubble Space Telescope photos, but by the end of next month, a NASA engineer is expected to finish building the first space cameras made almost entirely out of 3D printed parts.
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Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US Military
 SKYLON Concept Space Plane 2
August 18th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which is intended to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said.
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How Will Earth's Leaders Respond to a Real Asteroid Threat?
Asteroid Threat: NEO Space Situational Awareness 2
August 13th, 2014
A special U.N. action team has recommended the creation of an international warning network, which would gather and analyze asteroid data and provide timely warnings to national authorities if a potentially hazardous space rock were to threaten Earth.
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UK to Launch Commercial Spaceport by 2018
U.K. Spaceport Concept Art
August 6th, 2014
The U.K. government is laying the groundwork for its first spaceport in anticipation of a growing space tourism demand and a growing space plane industry by 2030, according to a new timetable.
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NASA Urged to Accelerate 3D Printing on Space Station
3D Printer by Made in Space
July 30th, 2014
While praising NASA's efforts and focus on in-space manufacturing, the U.S. National Research Council report stressed that the agency should organize its various centers to identify priority projects for use on the station.
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Astronaut in Space Test Drives Robot on Earth (Video)
A rover controlled by German astronaut Alexander Gerst on the International Space Station takes a test drive around the European Space Agency's ESTEC Center (European Space Research and Technology) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
August 15th, 2014
Test-driving a new rover is a routine procedure for space scientists, but last week's trial in Germany was different: While the rover was here on Earth, its operator was floating 250 miles (400 kilometers) above on the International Space Station.
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'Orbiting Rainbows' and 4 Other Wild Space Tech Ideas Win NASA Funding
Proposed Hybrid Spacecraft/Rover System
August 8th, 2014
NASA has selected its latest batch of high-tech ideas for the future of space exploration, with the agency funding five bold concepts that range from an innovative asteroid-mapper to a colossal "orbiting rainbow" that could see objects in ultradeep space.
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'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests
Researchers around the world are working to develop and demonstrate new propulsion systems that could potentially open up vast stretches of the cosmos to exploration.
August 1st, 2014
Researchers have found that a "quantum vacuum plasma thruster" system, which requires no propellant, does indeed generate a small amount of thrust. If the technology pans out, it could greatly reduce the cost of spaceflight.
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