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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These Quadcopter Dropships Could Land Rovers on Mars (Video)
The ESA's new dropship is designed to target areas safe for landing and lower rovers onto the surface of Mars.
July 21st, 2014
A dropship quadcopter designed by the European Space Agency could be landing rovers on Mars in the future.
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NASA's Robot Astronaut Inspiring Tech Advances Here on Earth
Astronaut Nyberg and Robonaut 2 in a Moment of Levity
June 29th, 2014
A humanoid robot aboard the International Space Station is inspiring technology that could be useful to both astronauts and people on Earth. Tech developed during the Robonaut program is being adapted into several spinoffs.
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NASA 'Flying Saucer' Launch Delayed to Saturday by Bad Weather
At the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project team awaits their next possible launch window.
June 11th, 2014
NASA's self-proclaimed 'flying saucer' just can't seem to get off the ground, and it's all Mother Nature's fault.
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Military Satellites Likely Saw Missile Strike on Malaysian Airlines Flight
An artist's image of a GEO satellite
July 18th, 2014
When a missile struck Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, it's likely that heat from the explosion was detected from space by a sophisticated network of military satellites.
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New Ion-Propulsion System Could Deliver Time Capsule to Mars
Time Capsule to Mars Cubesat
June 26th, 2014
A student-led mission aims to send a time capsule to the Red Planet, using a new, more compact kind of propulsion system.
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NASA Spinoffs Brings Space Tech Down to Earth (Video)
Self-Portrait by Freshly Cleaned Opportunity Mars Rover in March 2014
June 11th, 2014
The products that NASA develops have filtered into everyday life for decades, and for decades the publication "Spinoff" has chronicled their progress. The latest issue is now available for free online, and what's inside may surprise you.
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Peter Glaser, Father of Solar-Power Satellite Idea, Dies at 90
Peter Glaser Portrait
June 9th, 2014
An imaginative inventor and space pioneer has passed away. Peter Glaser, who introduced the idea of using satellites to beam solar energy from space down to Earth, died May 29 at the age of 90 at his home in Lexington, Mass.
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How Spaceflight Software Helps Fight Bank Fraud
Spacecraft from the European Space Agency inspired bank fraud protection software.
June 17th, 2014
Software that controls spacecraft is being adapted as a way to detect bank fraud.
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Autonomous Robots to Battle for $1.5 Million NASA Prize
NASA 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge organizers monitor the Wunderkammer team robot during level one of the challenge at Institute Park, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. The annual contest awards
June 10th, 2014
NASA is offering $1.5 million in prize money this week to inventors who build a robot that can navigate a mock-alien landscape and scoop up geologic samples without any help from human controllers.
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