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A young girl sets out to prove herself by resolving a long-forgotten mystery. But when she gets close to the truth, what she thought was a harmless adventure becomes a threat to the future of the independent commercial settlements on Mars.

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NASA May Have Accidentally Created a Warp Field

Interesting, if true: NASA May Have Accidentally Created a Warp Field:

Which brings us to today’s warp field buzz. Posts on NASASpaceFlight.com, a website devoted to the engineering side of space news, say that NASA has a tool to measure variances in the path-time of light. When lasers were fired through the EmDrive’s resonance chamber, […]

What Do You Get When You Cross IRVE With a Shuttle-Era P/A Module?

ULA’s Vulcan recovery concept:

ULA CEO Outlines BE-4 Engine Reuse Economic Case

It amounts to severing the engines from the stage, post-separation, and bringing them down via IRVE-derived inflatable heatshields.

An interesting method, but AvWeek’s description makes it sound a bit crude compared to going all the way to a single P/A-module-like unit. It may […]

You Had Me at “Plug-Nozzle Aerospike”

Want: Firefly Space Systems charges full-speed toward low Earth orbit.

There seem to be quite a few entrants in the ALASA-class lately. Which is interesting on the one hand given DARPA’s work in this area 12-13 years ago, and amusing given SpaceX’s exit in favor of EELV-class launchers.

Orion spacecraft crew capsule completed and ready for fueling

Orion spacecraft crew capsule completed and ready for fueling. With “hyper propellants”.

They must have changed over from sedate propellants after I left the program.

I learned today that there will be two passengers on EFT-1, after all – the ashes of two long-time Orion employees who passed away recently.

F-1 Engine Recovery

Looks like some of Bezos’ sea-bottom treasure belonged to AS-506, aka Apollo 11’s Saturn V: SERIAL NUMBER 2044

Today, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news. One of the conservators who was scanning the objects with a black light and a special lens filter has made a breakthrough discovery – “2044” – stenciled in black […]

400 Seconds with the SRBs

This is one of the coolest space videos I have ever seen:

One Good Use for ISS

Whatever else good eventually comes out of the ISS, demonstrating VASIMR — and then using it to routinely reboost the station — might just be its best sci/tech achievement.

[h/t: Instapundit]

They Know Our Secrets

Someone at SciFi has been doing their homework as regards spacecraft metal fatigue — last night’s episode, No Exit, features character Galen Tyrol performing, of all things, a dye penetrant inspection of Galactica’s major structures.

I have a hunch that that is the first time an authentic non-destructive inspection technique has figured in a science […]

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