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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Space Tech Meets Earth-Based Industry in SpaceCom Conference
Soyuz TMA-17M Spacecraft Docked to the ISS
November 16th, 2015
The first annual Spacecom meeting, which is being held in Houston this week, aims to help Earth-based industries take advantage of space technologies and new business opportunities in space.
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Does Science Drive the Success of 'Star Trek'?
Star Trek: Axanar screenshot
October 27th, 2015
With several "Star Trek" fan projects getting funded by independent crowdsourcing platforms lately, it's clear the franchise still has a lot of support after nearly five decades since "Star Trek: The Original Series" first aired.
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Blue Origin Reaches Milestone in BE-4 Rocket Engine Development
Blue Origin BE-4 Engine Test
October 6th, 2015
Blue Origin said Sept. 30 that it has completed more than 100 developmental tests of its BE-4 engine, which the company is building both for ULA and itself.
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NASA's Innovative Drone Glider Prototype Aces Test Flight
Prandtl-D No. 3 Research Aircraft
November 11th, 2015
A remotely piloted glider, with a wing designed like a bird's wing, could increase the efficiency of planes on Earth, or even inspire aircraft that cruise through the Martian atmosphere.
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'Moonspike' Kickstarter Project Aims to Crowdfund Rocket to the Moon
This Moonspike graphic depicts the private project's mission plan to launch a crowdfunded rocket and slam a titanium probe into the moon's surface. Moonspike's Kickstarter crowdfunding project launched on Oct. 1, 2015.
October 1st, 2015
The Moonspike Kickstarter campaign launched today (Oct. 1) to raise $1 million to send a titanium payload crashing into the lunar surface to kick up a plume observable from orbit, its backers say.
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NASA's Next Nuclear-Powered Mars Rover: Building the Beast
Curiosity's Sky-Crane Maneuver
August 27th, 2015
NASA's next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, is slowly coming together. And while the Mars 2020 mission is largely based on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity now exploring the Red Planet, there are a variety of distinctions that set it apar
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Space Elevator Concept Stars in 'Sky Line' Documentary
'Sky Line" Space Elevator Documentary
November 10th, 2015
Going up? Attention space elevator button pushers! A feature-length documentary called Sky Line is being released this month, an impressive view that follows a group of scientists and entrepreneurs as egos collide in an attempt to reach for the stars.
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US Spy Satellite Launches Into Space Along with 13 Tiny Cubesats
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the classified NROL-55 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, as well as 13 tiny cubesats for the NRO and NASA, during a pre-dawn launch
October 8th, 2015
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasted off today (Oct. 8) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and 13 tiny spacecraft sponsored by NASA and the NRO.
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US Air Force Eyes Blast Detection Satellite
GEOStar-1 Platform
September 9th, 2015
The U.S. Air Force hopes to build an experimental satellite to detect nuclear explosions and monitor the space environment from geosynchronous orbit.
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