Incredible Technology - Space Travel and Exploration

At the center of space exploration beats a heart of incredible technological marvels and innovation that inspires scientists and engineers to reach for the stars. See some of the wildest space tech concepts here, as well as technologies needed to ensure humanity's expansion across the solar system.
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Orbiting 'Rest Stops' to Repair Crumbling Satellites?
Satellite Fueling Station in Action
June 18th, 2015
NASA hopes to match commercial efforts in the future satellite-repair industry.
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'Floating Cloud' Could Replace Mirrors on Future Space Telescopes
Orbiting Rainbows Laser Light Reflectionsa
June 16th, 2015
Using clouds of glitter to reflect light could be a way of reducing the mass of telescopes that rockets need to heft into orbit, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggests.
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Supersonic Parachute on NASA 'Flying Saucer' Apparently Fails in Test (Video)
The giant supersonic parachute on NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator only partially deployed during a June 8, 2015 launch test. The parachute was 100 feet wide, the largest supersonic parachute ever to be tested, NASA says.
June 8th, 2015
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.
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UrtheCast Releases High-Definition Video From Space Station Camera
UrtheCast Camera on International Space Station
June 18th, 2015
UrtheCast, the Canadian company that runs commercial cameras on the space station, released June 17 the first HD video taken by one of its cameras there.
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New Spaceship Antenna Prevents Radio Silence During Fiery Re-Entry
 Superhot Plasma Around a Spacecraft
June 16th, 2015
A new kind of spaceship antenna may help future astronauts stay in contact with ground control despite the fiery sheaths of superhot plasma around their spacecraft during re-entry, researchers say.
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U.S.-Japan Missile Interceptor Makes its First Flight
Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block 2A Interceptor
June 8th, 2015
A new missile interceptor co-developed by the United States and Japan made its maiden flight June 6 in a non-intercept test.
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NASA 'Flying Saucer' Launch Delayed by Rough Seas, Next Try Wednesday
NASA's second Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is prepared for a June 2015 flight test at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Launch is now set for June 8.
June 2nd, 2015
An innovative saucer-shaped parachute that NASA scientists have nicknamed their "flying saucer" will have to wait an extra 24 hours before launching on its latest test flight after rough ocean conditions delayed a planned launch today (June 2).
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LightSail Solar Sail Ends Test Flight with Fall Back to Earth
LightSail in Orbit
June 18th, 2015
The Planetary Society’s impressive solar sail experiment has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. Following its deployment in Earth orbit on May 20, LightSail-A deployed its solar sail on June 7.
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SpaceCom Conference Launches Registration for Commercial Space Meeting
International Space Station with Earth backdrop
June 11th, 2015
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.
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NASA Developing Plans for Human Missions to Cislunar Space in 2020s
Lockheed Jupiter System for Cis-Lunar Missions
June 2nd, 2015
While NASA does not yet have specific plans for human missions beyond 2021, the agency is in the early stages of developing a sequence of missions in cislunar space in the 2020s to prepare for later missions to Mars.
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