Tech Archive
20 June 2015, 08:26 AM ET
A spacecraft that will study Europa, one of Jupiter's icy moons with a potentially habitable environment, just passed a major hurdle.
18 June 2015, 01:55 PM ET
NASA hopes to match commercial efforts in the future satellite-repair industry.
18 June 2015, 12:41 PM ET
UrtheCast, the Canadian company that runs commercial cameras on the space station, released June 17 the first HD video taken by one of its cameras there.
18 June 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The Planetary Society’s impressive solar sail experiment has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. Following its deployment in Earth orbit on May 20, LightSail-A deployed its solar sail on June 7.
17 June 2015, 10:35 AM ET
Reaching a a maximum throat temperature of 1253°C, an additively manufactured combustion camber and nozzle by Airbus Defence & Space survived 618 ignitions, a total operation time of over an hour and one continuous 32 minute burn.
16 June 2015, 03:16 PM ET
Using clouds of glitter to reflect light could be a way of reducing the mass of telescopes that rockets need to heft into orbit, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggests.
16 June 2015, 11:01 AM ET
A new kind of spaceship antenna may help future astronauts stay in contact with ground control despite the fiery sheaths of superhot plasma around their spacecraft during re-entry, researchers say.
16 June 2015, 03:14 AM ET
Elon Musk's company has announced a new competition to build pods for the futuristic Hyperloop transit system.
15 June 2015, 02:50 PM ET
Two tiny cubesats, the first NASA plans to send to another planet, will keep watch on the agency’s InSight mission as it descends to the Martian surface.
13 June 2015, 10:09 AM ET
A robot designed to tunnel through thick ice caps and penetrate subterranean seas could one day explore the underground oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa — an environment potentially habitable to life.
13 June 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Robot-toting teams faced off in a NASA contest this week to see which automaton has the right stuff for working on Mars or other locations in the solar system.
12 June 2015, 03:11 PM ET
The many "faces" of Pluto are visible in new images by NASA's New Horizons probe, which is only one month away from the first-ever close encounter with the dwarf planet.
11 June 2015, 07:12 AM ET
Registration is now open for a November conference that aims to help bring space technologies down to Earth. The first-ever SpaceCom (short for the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition), which runs from Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 in Houston.
10 June 2015, 03:44 PM ET
LightSail, whose mission is funded by members and supporters of the Planetary Society, overcame two separate glitches before unfurling its solar sail on Sunday. A photo captured by the cubesat confirmed the successful deployment.
10 June 2015, 07:05 AM ET
European company Airbus has unveiled its plan to develop rocket engines that fly back to a runway and a reusable "space tug" upper stage — reusability concepts that mirror those being developed by SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.
09 June 2015, 04:10 PM ET
The 100-foot-wide parachute unfurled well and apparently inflated fully, or nearly fully, Monday before being ruptured by the fast-rushing air during the second flight test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project.
09 June 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Staying clean in space is a challenge, something that Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti knows well after spending several months on the International Space Station In two recent videos, Cristoforetti showed off the station's shower, as well as one
08 June 2015, 06:50 PM ET
The largest supersonic parachute ever built by NASA apparently tore apart during its 'flying saucer' test flight. The 100-foot-wide parachute only partially deployed during an ambitious test of Mars landing technology.
08 June 2015, 05:00 PM ET
The new motion picture, "The Martian," promises loads of thrilling action in its depiction of a human Mars mission gone awry. Matt Damon stars. Ridley Scott ("Alien") directs the story based on a novel by Andy Weir.
08 June 2015, 03:47 PM ET
A new missile interceptor co-developed by the United States and Japan made its maiden flight June 6 in a non-intercept test.
08 June 2015, 01:49 PM ET
The space agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle launched today (June 8) from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT; 7:45 a.m. local time in Hawaii).
08 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Spaceflight is going to the masses. Private companies, nonprofit institutions and individual citizens are increasingly looking to bankroll their space-themed projects via crowdfunding campaigns, some of which have raised more than $1 million.
07 June 2015, 07:52 PM ET
The tiny LightSail spacecraft overcame a battery problem — the second glitch it suffered after launching to Earth orbit last month — and deployed its solar sail Sunday (June 7), Planetary Society representatives said.
07 June 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists announced surprising discoveries about Pluto's moons, a spacecraft beamed home amazing images taken from a comet's surface, and the United Arab Emirates outlined its bold Mars plans. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
07 June 2015, 09:31 AM ET
From up-close looks at Saturn's "spongy" moon Hyperion to photos of the first NASA spacewalk, which occurred 50 years ago this week, don't miss these amazing space images.
05 June 2015, 07:48 PM ET
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) robot has 4 limbs and can become quite handy in disaster situations. The robot's mission (and how it could accomplish it) is the subject of the the latest "Crazy Engineering" episode from NASA JPL.
05 June 2015, 05:27 PM ET
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's RoboSimian – an apelike robot that is able to map its environment in 3D – will participate in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals today and tomorrow (June 6).
05 June 2015, 01:53 PM ET
The nonprofit Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft has not communicated with Earth since Wednesday afternoon (June 3), shortly after an apparently successful solar-panel deployment, mission team members said.
05 June 2015, 11:20 AM ET
Engineers are looking to automate some of the simple decision-making steps undertaken by Mars rovers and orbiters, which could dramatically improve the science they are able to perform in the search for habitable environments.
03 June 2015, 07:38 AM ET
The space agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle is scheduled to launch from the Hawaiian island of Kauai no earlier than 1:30 p.m. EDT on Monday (June 8), borne aloft by a giant balloon. You can watch the test live here at Space.com.
02 June 2015, 12:26 PM ET
When Alexei Leonov stepped out of his Voskhod 2 capsule on March 18, 1965, he became the first spacewalker ever.
02 June 2015, 11:34 AM ET
In August 2014, ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft will rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and deploy the Philae lander. See photos from the Rosetta comet probe.