Tech Archive
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 Space.com'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.
19 August 2015, 10:27 AM ET
Call all fans of flight! According to NASA, it's National Aviation Day today (Aug. 19) and the space agency wants you to celebrate the technological marvel that is flight with a photo social media campaign.
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