Space

Watch Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge live

18 November, 2015 No Comments

NASA, MIT and DARPA will host the Fifth Annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Student Challenge today at 7:30am (EST). The event will take place at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Mass. where student teams from the US and other countries will join

SpaceX unveils its next generation Dragon V2

18 November, 2015 No Comments

Tonight at 7PM PT SpaceX will reveal Dragon V2 -their next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to space. UPDATE: read our de-briefing of the presentation below A brief but as always interesting press conference by Elon Musk presented the new version of the Dragon capsule, with

Robot selfies, and the road to self-recognition

18 November, 2015 No Comments

People take selfies with smartphones and digital cameras (or even with flying robots), and share them on social media, blogs, microblogs and image platforms for social purposes, and though selfies may just be a trend, they say a lot about the narcissism

Antares orb-3 accident

18 November, 2015 No Comments

A very unfortunate incident for NASA and the commercial orbital transportation services program took place yesterday. The Antares rocket that was about to send the Cygnus spacecraft on the ISS exploded a few seconds after its launch from NASA’s Wallops flight facilities. No casualties or

Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae makes first ever landing on a comet

18 November, 2015 No Comments

UPDATE: ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET), it’s the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved and

Google commits $1.36 billion for NASA facility, to house their robotics, space and flight technologies

18 November, 2015 No Comments

Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures has committed to a 60-year $1.16 billion lease of the 1,000 acre Moffett Field Naval Air Station. The agreement includes an additional $200 million to refurbish the hangars and improve the site with a museum and educational facilities. Hangar One,

One giant leap: Rosetta and the space mining frontier

18 November, 2015 No Comments

The Rosetta mission’s dramatic rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured the attention and imagination of the world earlier this month. It was thrilling to see an ambitious 10-year program – spanning billions of miles traveled, with four separate gravity assists from the Earth and Mars

Philae: A proof of concept for cometary landing

18 November, 2015 No Comments

We asked Alan Winfield what the first successful landing on a comet means for the future of space mining. Find out his answer below. The successful landing of Philae on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this November was an extraordinary achievement and of course demonstrates – despite the immense challenges –

Despite hard landing, Falcon 9 recovery attempt bodes well for future of reusable spacecraft

18 November, 2015 No Comments

Several hours ago, ISS astronauts opened the cargo bay of the Dragon spacecraft that was recently berthed to the space station. It was both the 7th successful Dragon mission and the 5th successful ISS dock (under NASA’s CRS program) — a perfect record, which on its own is

Blue Origin successfully tests autonomous suborbital system

18 November, 2015 No Comments

Fifteen years after it was founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin completed a successful test flight of its ‘New Shepard’ suborbital system and emerged from their secretive modus operandi, where only the absolutely necessary information were released, to take on a drastically more extrovert profile.

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