articles tagged: spacecraft
surfing the light fantastic: how nanoscale etchings could revolutionize solar sails
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surfing the light fantastic: how nanoscale etchings could revolutionize solar sails

If you want to explore our solar system, you need to prepare for multi-year journeys. But a new discovery in nanoscale engineering could help cut the travel time between worlds.

why nasa may be trying to quietly put the sls out of its misery
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why nasa may be trying to quietly put the sls out of its misery

NASA appears to be sick and tired of having to wait until the mid-2020s to return to the Moon on a future rocket that will be inferior to the private ones already flying, and easily lapped by ones currently being built.

why the future is steampunk: steam-powered spacecraft could explore asteroids
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why the future is steampunk: steam-powered spacecraft could explore asteroids

Buckle up steampunk enthusiasts, it turns out that not only are steam-powered space probes possible, they might be perfect for hopping between comets and asteroids on research and mining missions.

why luxury spaceships would be worth their price tag
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why luxury spaceships would be worth their price tag

If we're going to have astronauts working and living in space for years at a time, cramming them in tight, fixed spaces without artificial gravity is doing them, and us, a major disservice.

is ssto coming back from the brink of death?
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is ssto coming back from the brink of death?

Single stage to orbit spacecraft have been mothballed for decades. But with the potential of space tourism, there may be an incentive to take another run at designing them.