Tech Archive
30 January 2015, 11:02 AM ET
Europe is set to send its first 3D printer into the final frontier this year to experiment with zero-gravity manufacturing on long space voyages.
29 January 2015, 06:30 AM ET
The asteroid-mining firm Deep Space Industries (DSI) is investigating the feasibility of injecting microbes into space rocks far from Earth, to get a jump on processing their valuable resources.
28 January 2015, 12:40 PM ET
NASA is gearing up to test an innovative new robot built to explore some of Earth's most inhospitable places: the fiery heart of volcanoes. And the hardy robot may one day help scientists explore volcanoes on other worlds.
27 January 2015, 07:35 AM ET
The Planetary Society's first LightSail spacecraft will blast off in May from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, to test out critical systems and technologies ahead of a more involved orbital trial in 2016.
23 January 2015, 06:52 PM ET
The NASA rover landed on the Red Planet on Jan. 25th, 2004 (Jan 24th PST). It has driven 25.9 miles since.
23 January 2015, 06:36 PM ET
The gravity and atmosphere of the Red Planet are far different than that of Earth. Helicopter design would have to be altered - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Bob Balaram explains the challenges.
23 January 2015, 02:15 PM ET
NASA is planning to do science operations with the Curiosity rover using software co-developed with Microsoft for its new wearable technology, the HoloLens.
23 January 2015, 10:26 AM ET
Planet Labs has raised $95 million from investors in its latest round of financing. The company designs and builds sharp-eyed Earth-observation satellites that are just 12 inches long by 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall.
23 January 2015, 07:29 AM ET
Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36, a facility at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
22 January 2015, 11:46 AM ET
The groundbreaking technology needed for the Space Telescope had to invent itself. Retired NASA employees describe the build out. And the push back they received from some ground-based astronomer colleagues.
20 January 2015, 03:00 PM ET
WorldVu Satellites has secured Qualcomm and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group as investors in the OneWeb satellite Internet constellation.
20 January 2015, 01:45 PM ET
SBIRS will be among the first programs subjected to an acquisition reform initiative that will help find favorable trade-offs between cost and capability.
20 January 2015, 11:38 AM ET
Elon Musk says SpaceX has filed paperwork for a global satellite Internet project to eventually include some 4,000 satellites and service within 5 years.
15 January 2015, 12:43 PM ET
NASA's SMAP’s (Soil Moisture Active Passive) large antenna will give let the satellite measure wide swaths of land. Obtaining worldwide soil moisture measurements every 2 or 3 days, SMAP may boost crop productivity, protect forests and ameliorate flo
12 January 2015, 05:23 PM ET
For the first time in more than three years, a space shuttle main engine has roared to life in support of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket. The SSME, renamed the RS-25, fired Jan. 9 at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
10 January 2015, 08:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company also aimed to bring the Falcon 9's first stage down on an "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean.
10 January 2015, 06:02 AM ET
SpaceX will attempt the first-ever ocean platform landing of reusable rocket stage during the Jan. 6, 2015 launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship. See photos from the mission here.
09 January 2015, 11:50 AM ET
Binoculars are great for all kinds of stargazing, for beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Here are some of the best binoculars for astronomy.
09 January 2015, 10:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the company's unmanned Dragon capsule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday; forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance of good weather.
08 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum invites the public to stroll through half a century of spacewalks. "Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity" presents artifacts that relate the continuing story of EVA.
07 January 2015, 05:11 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule are now scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday. You can watch the launch live here on Space.com, beginning at 3:30 a.m. EST.
07 January 2015, 07:11 AM ET
The moon harbors lots of potentially valuable raw materials, but it's hard to pinpoint one that will drive an entire extractive industry, experts say.
06 January 2015, 10:30 AM ET
A tiny, self-contained greenhouse has been selected to fly on the robotic lander that Red Planet colonization effort Mars One intends to launch in 2018, group representatives announced today (Jan. 5).
05 January 2015, 07:45 PM ET
In a first for space flight, SpaceX will attempt to fly its Falcon 9 booster rocket to a safe landing aboard an offshore platform.
05 January 2015, 07:29 PM ET
SpaceX will try to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a precision landing on a floating platform Tuesday morning. But there's no guarantee the ambitious maneuver will work.
31 December 2014, 08:05 AM ET
NASA has proposed a new citizen science challenge called the 20-20-20 Airship Challenge that calls for high-altitude and long-duration airship designs.
30 December 2014, 12:22 PM ET
Tiny CubeSats could soon play a big role in space exploration. For example, one of these miniature satellites — NASA's 'IceCube' craft — is set to blast off in 2016 to test technology for a future mission.
29 December 2014, 03:56 PM ET
The first-ever hand tool to be emailed up to the International Space Station can now be downloaded to anywhere on Earth.
24 December 2014, 01:05 PM ET
A NASA team is putting the finishing tweaks on its amazing, and somewhat creepy, climbing robot RoboSimian, a four-limbed automaton built to compete in a U.S. military robotics challenge in 2015.
23 December 2014, 04:22 PM ET
The wrench, along with the 19 other objects built by the orbiting 3D printer thus far, will travel to Earth early next year, where engineers will compare the objects with ground samples produced by the same machine before it launched.
23 December 2014, 06:30 AM ET
A new type of 'Thunderwear' underwear aims to protect workers (such as welders) from sparks generated as they do their jobs. The heat-resistant material was developed as part of a space technology transfer program at the European Space Agency.
22 December 2014, 03:01 PM ET
Engineers with NASA’s Advanced Concepts Lab at the Langley Research Center in Virginia have dreamed up a wild idea for sending astronauts to Venus.
19 December 2014, 12:02 PM ET
An ambitious private space exploration project that aims to land a moon-drilling probe on the lunar surface by 2024 now has the money it needs, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that raised more than $1 million.
17 December 2014, 04:30 PM ET
See photos of India's new Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III rocket and the CARE crew capsule prototype in these photos from the Indian Space Research Organisation. The test launch is set for December 2014.
17 December 2014, 10:37 AM ET
Imagery from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite show lighting patterns change on holidays around the world. Energy usage varies across across different cultural and socioeconomic areas.