Tech Archive
18 August 2015, 07:39 AM ET
Every space-exploration mission could soon by manned. That's the vision of SpaceVR, a startup that aims to launch virtual-reality cameras to the International Space Station, the moon, Mars and anywhere else that spacecraft may travel in the future.
17 August 2015, 11:28 AM ET
Space enthusiasts and sci-fi fans, rejoice: The space elevator may be one step closer to reality. A Canadian space company has been awarded a patent for a space elevator that would reach 12 miles (20 kilometers) above the surface of our planet.
13 August 2015, 11:02 PM ET
Scientists at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, are developing a "gecko gripper" system that could help robots inspect and repair the International Space Station.
13 August 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The X-37B spacecraft launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20, kicking off a mission dubbed OTV-4 (short for Orbital Test Vehicle-4).
12 August 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Space manufacturing company Made In Space is teaming with NanoRacks, which helps commercial customers make use of the International Space Station, to develop an orbital construction-and-deployment service for tiny satellites known as cubesats.
12 August 2015, 06:56 AM ET
A constellation of new NASA profile pages have gone live on Tumblr — including profiles for astronaut Peggy Whitson, the Juno mission to Jupiter and the Curiosity rover on Mars.
11 August 2015, 03:46 PM ET
More than 6,000 'Star Trek' fans are now part of a giant online tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who played the Vulcan alien Spock on the famed series.
11 August 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The space agency just opened the latest round of its Cubesat Launch Initiative, which provides rocket rides for tiny spacecraft developed by researchers at NASA, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.
11 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Planetary Resources deployed its first spacecraft from the International Space Station last month. The Washington-based asteroid-mining company hopes to begin transforming asteroid water into rocket fuel within the next decade.
10 August 2015, 02:30 PM ET
SpaceVR launched a Kickstarter campaign today (Aug. 10) to help get its high-definition 3D camera, known as "Overview One," to the International Space Station.
10 August 2015, 12:15 PM ET
The first Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope is now in operation on Haleakala – on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system being developed by the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA.
09 August 2015, 10:35 AM ET
NASA needs your help to bolster current earthquake detection technologies, and they’re offering $25,000 to the team that develops the best way to detect an oncoming quake.
07 August 2015, 04:45 PM ET
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems new contracts to continue their work under "Phase 1B" of the XS-1 space plane program.
05 August 2015, 01:40 PM ET
NASA's Swamp Works development team wants to put drones on Mars, distant moons and the airless, sunless landscapes on asteroids.
05 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA has given the go-ahead to a mission called Lunar IceCube, a public-private partnership that will send a tiny cubesat to do water-ice prospecting from an elliptical orbit around the moon.
04 August 2015, 03:59 PM ET
Six people spent two-thirds of a year in the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) analog pretending to be Martian astronauts. Here's a look inside the science, work and fun they had during their time on "Mars."
04 August 2015, 03:16 PM ET
As NASA gears up for the launch of its next great space telescope in 2018, a model-making team is asking for help to create miniature versions of the huge observatory for public outreach.
04 August 2015, 11:31 AM ET
A 21-foot-long articulate robotic arm has landed at Marshall Space Flight Center to create parts for the Space Launch System rocket.
03 August 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Broomfield, Colorado-based Escape Dynamics announced July 17 it carried out a small-scale test in the laboratory of its beamed microwave thruster. In that test, the company beamed microwave energy to a thruster, heating helium propellant and generating a
03 August 2015, 06:38 AM ET
Signs life on planets outside our solar system could be found in exoplanet atmospheres, but possible "false positives" are making scientists cautious.
02 August 2015, 09:30 AM ET
It's a tech geek's dream in the underwater lab hosting four "aquanauts" for 14 days this month. Among the crew's need-to-have items is a cutting-edge Microsoft virtual-reality headset that one day will go to space itself.
31 July 2015, 02:17 PM ET
NASA has a new launch pad for small rockets, and it's open for business to companies hoping to send light satellites into the final frontier.
31 July 2015, 08:45 AM ET
XCOR Aerospace, a company developing a two-seat suborbital spaceplane for tourism and research applications, plans to raise its ticket prices by 50 percent next year, the company announced July 16.
30 July 2015, 08:04 PM ET
Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are developing the Extreme Access Flyer system, an airborne robotic vehicle similar to quad-copters. It’s mission would be to retrieve samples that might otherwise be inaccessible and to map terrain.
30 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and India's Mangalyaan probe both began circling the Red Planet last September, bringing the total number of operational Mars orbiters to five — the most ever.
29 July 2015, 01:43 PM ET
Got questions about artificial intelligence? Stephen Hawking has answers.
29 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers are making strides on a radio telescope array that would be unfurled on the farside of the moon by an unmanned rover operated by astronauts hovering nearby at a gravitationally stable point in space.
28 July 2015, 04:51 PM ET
In order to begin addressing looming problem of human-created orbital debris, the Swiss Clean Space One project is developing a satellite to capture a test Cubesat.