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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

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

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

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

Scientists at the Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL, in collaboration with Beyond Gravity and with the support of the ESA, have developed a slip ring assembly that can more than triple the operational voltage of new-generation, high-voltage satellites.

Tackling the high-voltage needs of next-gen satellites

In this episode, we talk about how researchers are bringing affordable space technology to the masses via additive manufacturing along with a manufacturing approach that could serve as the keystone for wide scale use of affordable, semitransparent organic solar cells.

Podcast: 3D Printing Space Sensors & Solar Cell Windows

Cheap and quick to produce, these digitally manufactured plasma sensors could help scientists predict the weather or study climate change.

Researchers 3D print sensors for satellites

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is developing a new computer architecture that will provide On-Board Computers (OBCs) with more power as well as enabling them to repair themselves.

Smartphone technology provides satellites with increased computing power

Modulator could be used in quantum communications

Silicon-carbide modulator overcomes three-decades long 'missing block'

Using an artificial neural network, researchers at ETH Zurich have created the first high-​resolution global vegetation height map for 2020 from satellite images.

Neural network can read tree heights from satellite images

Having reached their orbit at an altitude of 23,222 kilometres, the satellites will operate together with the other satellites in the European satellite navigation system, Galileo, which makes highly accurate navigation signals available worldwide.

Two new additions to the Galileo satellite system

The chemical in moth balls, naphthalene, will be tested in space in a new satellite rocket propulsion system, Bogong, developed at The Australian National University (ANU).

Moth balls thrust satellites into space

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