Tech Archive
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.
02 June 2015, 11:07 AM ET
NASA is celebrating the first U.S. spacewalk 50 years ago with a new documentary on the history of humans working in their own private human-shaped spacecraft. 'Suit Up' is narrated by actor Jon Cryer and recounts five decades of spacesuit technology.
02 June 2015, 06:14 AM ET
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project will test new technologies for landing future robotic and human Mars missions, and returning large payloads to Earth.
02 June 2015, 01:59 AM ET
In aviation and in space, a drone refers to an unpiloted aircraft or spacecraft.
01 June 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Borg-like assimilation may not be an interstellar reality, but having a resilient software system is essential to ensure your starship can cope with any scenario in the depths of space.
01 June 2015, 02:37 PM ET
The Planetary Society's tiny LightSail spacecraft has recovered from an apparent software glitch in orbit and is on track to deploy its solar sail as early as Tuesday (June 2), mission team members say.
01 June 2015, 09:08 AM ET
Engineers at Aerojet Rocketdyne assemble the ‘RS-25’ a.k.a. Shuttle Main Engine engine at NASA's Stennis Space Center. First fired in May of 1975, four such legacy-design motors will power the core of the Space Launch System.
31 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA announced the science instruments for its mission to Europa, SpaceX was certified for U.S. military launches and a tiny solar-sailing spacecraft suffered a glitch in orbit. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
30 May 2015, 11:13 AM ET
From a nebula's crimson heart to a dragon's-eye view, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 31, 2015.
29 May 2015, 03:39 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's fourth mystery mission of its X-37B space plane launches on May 20, 2015. How long the mission will last, and its exact purpose, is a mystery. See photos from the mission here.
29 May 2015, 02:30 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope has been wowing space fans with amazing cosmic views for 25 years, but only because of repairs and upgrades by visiting astronauts. See the tools astronauts used to fix and repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
29 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
NASA engineers talk about the specialized tools they developed to keep Hubble running for a quarter of a decade.
29 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Details about the X-37B spacecraft's current mission — known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4, or OTV-4 — are classified, but the satellite trackers' new observations are shedding some light on the vehicle's