Tech Archive
11 September 2015, 05:09 PM ET
A new antenna design could permit Mars rovers to contact Earth directly, rather than through a spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet, and increase total communication time.
10 September 2015, 03:13 PM ET
Texas-based Firefly Space Systems, which is developing rockets dedicated to getting small spacecraft aloft, has conducted a ground test of its Firefly Rocket Engine Research 1 (FRE-R1), company officials announced today (Sept. 10).
10 September 2015, 09:00 AM ET
The "Red Dragon" sample-return mission would grab samples collected by NASA's 2020 Mars rover and send them rocketing back toward Earth, where researchers could scrutinize the material for possible signs of past Red Planet life.
09 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force hopes to build an experimental satellite to detect nuclear explosions and monitor the space environment from geosynchronous orbit.
08 September 2015, 04:03 PM ET
On Sept. 7th, 2015, European astronaut Andreas Mogensen – orbiting 240+ miles up and flying at 17,000+ mph – placed a peg in a hole on Earth; a demonstration of teleoperation using a force-feedback controlled machine system built by ESA.
08 September 2015, 03:40 PM ET
Researchers tested two "hedgehog" robot prototypes this summer to get an idea of the machines' potential to explore space locations inaccessible to conventional rovers.
08 September 2015, 12:46 PM ET
Small bodies have low gravity, presenting a challenge for exploration. Rovers can’t roll without traction. Stanford University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing two robotic ‘cubes with spikes’ that can operate in any position.
04 September 2015, 11:35 AM ET
The long-delayed first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle is now scheduled for April or May of 2016, a company official said Sept. 1.
03 September 2015, 05:00 PM ET
NASA is working to develop laser-based communications systems that will allow far-flung spacecraft to beam data home far faster than previously possible.
03 September 2015, 01:44 PM ET
Technology created to remove plant-killing ethylene from International Space Station crop growing experiments has been applied to an air purification system on Earth.
03 September 2015, 06:00 AM ET
The proposed Comet Hitchhiker spacecraft would sling itself from one comet or asteroid to another using a harpoon and a superlong tether. This strategy could allow relatively fast and low-cost exploration of distant targets, its developers say.
02 September 2015, 03:57 PM ET
NASA is teaming up with California-based company Arx Pax, which has developed a real-life hoverboard using a technology called Magnetic Field Architecture. The goas is to find a way to manipulate tiny satellites called cubesats.
01 September 2015, 07:53 AM ET
Researchers are testing designs for a starshade, which whould block the light from a star while allowing emissions from much dimmer orbiting planets to be spotted by a future space-based telescope.
30 August 2015, 11:24 AM ET
If funded, the tiny Twinkle telescope will look at the atmospheres of close alien planets, including "super-Earths."
30 August 2015, 11:00 AM ET
A Japanese cargo ship that arrived on Monday at the space station delivered an astrophysics telescope that will join the flagship Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer in hunting for cosmic rays.
28 August 2015, 09:33 PM ET
From stunning rainbow jets to Saturn's Moon Dione, don't miss these amazing space images.
28 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Syfy network's space-based TV series "Dark Matter" wraps up tonight (Aug. 28) with back-to-back episodes and a shocking revelation.
28 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Whizzing across the solar system to a pinpoint landing is still just a dream for robotic spacecraft engineers — but a new technology co-developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) could make distant destinations easier to reach precisely.
27 August 2015, 05:05 PM ET
NASA's next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, is slowly coming together. And while the Mars 2020 mission is largely based on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity now exploring the Red Planet, there are a variety of distinctions that set it apar
27 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are building eight suitcase-sized satellites that they say will drastically improve hurricane forecast and warning systems.
26 August 2015, 06:37 PM ET
Scientists and engineers at the space agency's Langley Research Center in Virginia dropped a Cessna 172 from a height of 100 feet, in a crash test that was captured on video. The plane hit belly first, then flopped over onto its back in the dirt.
26 August 2015, 02:39 PM ET
The test occurred on Aug. 26th, 2015 at NASA's Langley Research Center. They were testing the emergency locator transmitter aboard the 1974 Cessna 172.
26 August 2015, 05:00 AM ET
India's first mission to the Red Planet, called the Mars Orbiter mission, is slated to launch from Satish Dhawan Space Center on Oct. 28, 2013. See photos from the mission's preparation here.
25 August 2015, 06:45 AM ET
Despite a rough landing, stem cells riding in a prototype capsule survived a long fall back to Earth during a drop test — part of an initiative to conduct research on the cells in space.
25 August 2015, 06:30 AM ET
Commercial space stations could become a reality within the next 10 years if entrepreneurs and NASA can properly manage the tricky transition from the government-run International Space Station to privately built and operated facilities.
25 August 2015, 06:30 AM ET
How much of the technology in "The Martian" actually exists, or is in the works, today? Read on to find out what NASA's developing for real-life manned Mars exploration.
24 August 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Ten years after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, NASA has helped scientists better understand why the storm was so devastating, and how to save lives in the future.
24 August 2015, 07:40 AM ET
A potential advancement in the United States’ electric propulsion capability for the future of spaceflight is being underscored by a new NASA contract to support work on the VASIMR project - short for the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket.
23 August 2015, 03:33 PM ET
Scientists created a "magnetic wormhole" in the lab, a Canadian company got a patent for a huge inflatable space elevator and the mystery of the "singing" comet may be solved. Here are's top stories of the week.
20 August 2015, 08:41 PM ET
A frozen observatory has spotted ghostly, nearly massless particles coming from inside our galaxy and points beyond the Milky Way. Finding these cosmic neutrinos also sheds light on the origins of cosmic rays, the researchers said.
20 August 2015, 07:25 AM ET
The Missile Defense Agency hopes to draft a preliminary design for a new kill vehicle by the end of the year.
19 August 2015, 12:35 PM ET
Wildfire smoke can be seen blanketing northern California and Washington state in new images taken by NASA satellites.