Tech Archive
15 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
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.
14 August 2014, 10:19 PM ET
ESA's Eurobot was taken for a spin in Germany by astronaut Alexander Gerst, who was aboard the International Space Station. The test drive was part of a trial of new communications and operations technology.
13 August 2014, 08:01 AM ET
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.
08 August 2014, 06:04 PM ET
An amazing new video from NASA shows viewers the ups and downs of the first test of a system that could one day help the space agency land huge spacecraft on Mars or other planets.
08 August 2014, 04:30 PM ET
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.
08 August 2014, 02:07 PM ET
Planets with atmospheres are prime candidates for exploration. NASA deploys its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator to find fuel saving ways to land heavy rovers and possibly people. Principal Investigator Ian Clark narrates this supersonic test run.
08 August 2014, 12:30 PM ET
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.
07 August 2014, 12:15 PM ET
A NASA climate-and-weather satellite captured the rare sight of twin storms Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio from space as the swirling cyclones headed for Hawaii.
06 August 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Like a large jet airplane, Reaction Engines’ SKYLON will place a Personnel and Logistics Module in its payload bay, capable of carrying 8 astronauts and their gear to Low Earth Orbiting stations, factories, hotels or other facilities.
06 August 2014, 04:19 PM ET
The airframe of Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser space plane, which is designed to carry astronauts into space, was revealed on Aug. 1. The structure will be used in Dream Chaser's first orbital test launch, which is scheduled for November 2016.
06 August 2014, 03:52 PM ET
Reaction Engines, a private UK company, is developing the SABRE air-breathing rocket engine, which, it claims, can power an airplane-like vehicle named SKYLON to perform varied space missions for private industry, science, tourism and exploration.
06 August 2014, 12:58 PM ET
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.
06 August 2014, 06:19 AM ET
“We’re there!” Excerpted from ESA’s live broadcast, this was the moment on 6 August 2014 when the Rosetta Mission team learned their spacecraft had successfully achieved a meet-up with comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
05 August 2014, 03:10 PM ET
Four astronauts took to the sea to test technologies that could be used in space. The tests came amid spectacular simulated "spacewalks" during the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations mission.
05 August 2014, 04:55 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies launched AsiaSat 8 on a Falcon 9 rocket (9 Merlin 1D engines = 1.3Mlbs. thrust) from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:00am EDT on 5 August 2014. No test of recoverable-reusable booster was planned.
02 August 2014, 03:02 PM ET
From weird orbits of alien planets to a gecko-filled space capsule, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 2, 2014.
01 August 2014, 03:59 PM ET
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.
01 August 2014, 07:33 AM ET
NASA's next Mars rover could help humans get a foothold on the Red Planet.
01 August 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in July 2014.
31 July 2014, 03:24 PM ET
NASA's Mars 2020 mission will send a car-size rover to the Red Planet to collect samples. See how the Mars 2020 rover will work in this Space.com infographic.
31 July 2014, 02:41 PM ET
See photos and images of NASA's next Mars rover, a 1-ton robot launching toward the Red Planet in 2020.
31 July 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA's next big Mars rover launching in 2020 will be packed to the brim with high-tech instruments, including twin lasers, a water-hunting radar and a new drill to collect samples of Mars. See the seven science instruments on NASA's Mars rover 2020.
30 July 2014, 07:29 PM ET
Space agency officials will reveal the science gear they've chosen for the rover, which will launch toward the Red Planet in 2020, on Thursday at 12 p.m. EDT. You can watch the announcement live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
30 July 2014, 07:18 AM ET
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.
29 July 2014, 05:00 PM ET
NASA wants to create a robotic gas station in space. While that might call to mind visions of interstellar starships, the unmanned depot won't actually be used to refuel rockets leading to the outer solar system or other worlds; instead, it will be design
29 July 2014, 04:35 PM ET
A company plans to place two new cameras on the outside of the International Space Station in a bid to provide more live views of Earth from space.
29 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A new space plane prototype's launch in November could pave the way toward the creation of a reusable cargo vehicle that would survive the blistering re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, according to the European Space Agency.
29 July 2014, 09:52 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Gaia mission will produce a 3D map of the Milky Way Galaxy. It is carrying a billion-pixel camera that will map each star it can resolve more than 70 times. There may as many as 400 Billion stars in our galaxy.
28 July 2014, 08:00 PM ET
The three spacecraft — two of which are fully operational and one of which is an experimental satellite — blasted off today (July 28) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, riding atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket.
28 July 2014, 05:48 PM ET
The rover landed on the Red Planet in 2004 and has since driven a record 25.01 miles (40.02 km). The record was previously held by the Russian Lunokhod 2 which roved the lunar surface for 24.2 miles (39 km) in 1973. Full Story: http://goo.gl/C59h6r
28 July 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The founding population of an interstellar colony should consist of 20,000 to 40,000 people, one expert says. Such a large group would possess a great deal of genetic and demographic diversity, giving the settlement the best chance of survival.
25 July 2014, 07:25 AM ET
As the world celebrates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's giant leap to the moon, some people are eyeing the celestial body's bounty of resources. But it's unclear at the moment who is allowed to extract and profit from the moon's resources.