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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Apollo 11's Vintage Tech: The Most Amazing Moon Landing Innovations
Apollo 11's Saturn V 1969
July 24th, 2014
While the Apollo 11 landing was on the cutting-edge of technology in 1969, today it's a demonstration of how much could be accomplished with so little.
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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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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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Virgin Galactic to Fly 12 Space Tech Experiments on Private Spaceliner
SpaceShipTwo at 71,000 Feet
June 9th, 2014
As Virgin Galactic prepares to carry paying tourists into space, it's also readying another source of flight cash: carrying tech experiments designed for microgravity.
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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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