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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'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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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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Stem Cells Survive Wild Ride on Prototype Space Capsule
Terminal Velocity Aerospace Technicians Work on the RED-4U capsule
August 25th, 2015
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.
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NASA's Wild 'Windbot' Concept Aims to Sail in Jupiter's Sky
NASA 'Windbot' Proposed for Jupiter Mission
July 28th, 2015
NASA is looking into a wild idea to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter or other gas giant planets using a robotic spacecraft designed to sail across extraterrestrial skies.
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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 Laser-Communication Tech for Spacecraft Zaps Forward
OPALS laser beaming data to Earth
September 3rd, 2015
NASA is working to develop laser-based communications systems that will allow far-flung spacecraft to beam data home far faster than previously possible.
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Wild Inflatable Space Elevator Idea Could Lift People 12 Miles Up
Thoth Technology Space Elevator
August 17th, 2015
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.
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