Bigelow’s already demonstrated that inflatables can be deployed and operated in space. Now they’re moving closer to demonstrating an inflatable habitat with actual people in it: On the BEAM: Headed for the Space Station.
In its packed configuration tucked aboard SpaceX’s Dragon resupply spacecraft, BEAM will measure approximately 8 feet in diameter.
Once BEAM is […]
This is the Drone Helicopter NASA Scientists Want to Send to Mars
Amusing. If lift is the limiting factor rather than volume or mass, that suggests to me that a bunch of these things could be sent on a single entry vehicle. Not unlike a certain NIAC proposal we put in last year, as it […]
NASA’s $349 million monument to its drift
And naturally, because the article mentioned the Tea Party, it’s somehow the Tea Party’s fault. Sure, Republican officials appear to hold much of the blame in this, but WaPo appears to have guessed correctly that its loyal readership/cult would snap up the bait and blame it all […]
EFT-1 is in orbit. Splashdown will be around 11:29ET.
Here’s the launch video up to booster sep.
ETA: walked into the office lobby just now, just in time for the splashdown. “Stable 1″. Nice.
Congratulations to everyone on the team who made this happen.
ETA: Looks like it might have lost an uprighting bag […]
Livestream of EFT-1 launch here.
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
I hope my old teammates are wearing lucky ray-gun-girl bowling shirts for the occasion. (Haven’t asked, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some sort of memo came down about that in the past two weeks.)
Looks like there will be Predator drone video of […]
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.
New Nanomaterial Takes the Stink Out of Submarine Air
Unlike amine, which is a liquid, the new material looks like sand. In fact, it is sand, except it is covered with tiny pores, each filled with molecules that selectively pull CO2 out of the airstream. Together, sand grain and molecule are called Self Assembled Monolayers […]
I like the simplicity of this, and the inventor mindset the exercise represents: NRL Invents CubeSat Release Mechanism To Deploy Solar Panels, Tethers
It’s a good motivation to me to do more monkeying around with ideas like this.
Humans may only survive 68 days on Mars.
Tl;dr: Mars One has ten years to come up with Mars-workable versions of common industrial processes and improve the capabilities of 3D printing and desktop machining.
Speaking of the latter – I went to the Maker Faire in Loveland last weekend, and ran into these guys, who […]
Yep, we got selected under the “Adapt Commercial Spacecraft for the Asteroid Redirect Vehicle” category: NASA Selects Studies for the Asteroid Redirect Mission
ExoTerra Resource in Littleton, Colorado: The “Multipurpose SEP Module for ARM and Beyond” study will define concepts for an extensible multipurpose Solar Electric Propulsion module designed for launch on Falcon 9.