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It was believed that running more propellant through a Hall thruster would wreck its efficiency, but new experiments suggest they might power a crewed mission to Mars.

Plasma thrusters used on satellites could be much more powerful

Ever since the first close-up picture of Mars captured in 1965, the hazy and pink world has revealed its mysterious veil. The pace of human exploration of the unknown universe has never stopped. Over the past decades, we have discovered that today’s Martian wasteland hints at a once active world where volcanoes raged, and flash floods rushed over the land.

Looking for Signs of Life on Mars-Case Study of Mars Rover Development

In January 2023, the Caltech Space Solar Power Project (SSPP) is poised to launch into orbit a prototype, dubbed the Space Solar Power Demonstrator (SSPD), which will test several key components of an ambitious plan to harvest solar power in space and beam the energy back to Earth.

Caltech to Launch Space Solar Power Technology Demo into Orbit in January

In this episode, we talk about a microsatellite from MIT that is testing autonomous flight while in Earth's orbit. This technology could help improve the agility and robustness of future satellite missions.

Podcast: Self-Flying Satellite's Successful Space Mission

Lincoln Laboratory’s Agile MicroSat will be the first small satellite to demonstrate long-duration, low-altitude flight with autonomous maneuvering.

Tiny satellite tests autonomy in space

Industry leaders gather to share knowledge and reward emerging talent.

21st Precision Fair Trade Show Showcases Young Talent and Latest Industry Developments

Bion Space became one of the finalists in the Stratosphere Satellite research and engineering program. Their project became a part of a research probe sent into the stratosphere on November 19 to analyze the way lower gravity can affect the biomimetic process of bone-like tissue formation.

Students Launch Stratosphere Satellite to Analyze Bone Tissue Formation in Low Gravity

In this episode, we talk about how a method leveraging ground data and satellite imagery can help prevent wetland losses.

Podcast: Fighting Wetland Loss From Outer Space

The student winners of the High-Temperature Carbon-Fiber 3D printing challenge have ambitions to build better rovers.

Lunar Rover Arm Brings Increased Functionality to space missions.

In this episode, we talk about the moonshot plan to beam energy harnessed from the sun in space to anywhere on planet earth.

Podcast: Beaming Clean Energy From Space

A new attack discovered by the University of Michigan and NASA exploits a trusted network technology to create unexpected and potentially catastrophic behavior

Cyber vulnerability in networks used by spacecraft, aircraft and energy generation systems

The origin of Mars’ two moons, Phobos and Deimos, is still unclear. To unravel this mystery, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is scheduled to launch in 2024.

A rover for Mars' moon Phobos

New research uses NASA satellite observations and advanced computing to chronicle wetlands lost (and found) around the globe.

Satellites Help Scientists Track Dramatic Wetlands Loss in Louisiana

Springs, squeegees and soda straws function with a common property — they are rigid in one direction and flexible in another. Structures like these, with properties that vary across dimensions, have played critical roles in human technology from the longbow to the booster rocket.

These engineers drew inspiration from geometrical frustration

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