Archive for the ‘space’ category
Apr 27, 2017
Posted by Odette Gregory in categories: business, government, space, space travel
“The space race has changed since the Soviet Union sent Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, into space in 1957. The fight for domination is now between private companies rather than governments.”
Apr 27, 2017
Posted by Klaus Baldauf in category: space
China and Europe are looking to build a human outpost on the moon.
Representatives of the Chinese and European space agencies have discussed collaborating on a moonbase and other possible joint endeavours, according to spokespeople and media reports.
The work was first revealed by Tian Yulong, the secretary general of China’s space agency, who told Chinese state media about the talks. Pal Hvistendahl, a spokesperson for the European Space Agency, confirmed the discussions.
Apr 27, 2017
Posted by Klaus Baldauf in categories: business, food, space
NASA is all about solving challenges, and the goal of having a prolonged presence in space, or a colony on Mars or some other world, is full of challenges, including the necessity of growing food. Scientists at Kennedy Advanced Life Support Research are working on the Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse Project to try and meet that challenge.
The Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse Project (PLMGP) is all about growing vegetables for astronauts during extended stays on the moon, on Mars, or anywhere they can’t be resupplied from Earth. Beyond growing food, the Project aims to understand how food-growing systems can also be a part of life-support systems.
We’re working with a team of scientists, engineers and small businesses at the University of Arizona to develop a closed-loop system. The approach uses plants to scrub carbon dioxide, while providing food and oxygen,” said Dr. Ray Wheeler, lead scientist in Kennedy Advanced Life Support Research.
Apr 26, 2017
Posted by Brett Gallie II in categories: climatology, space, sustainability
Calling all UX Designers, Developers and tech Creatives to join us at this years NASA #SpaceApps Event: Virtually or in person to solve earth science & climate change challenges : https://2017.spaceappschallenge.org/
Space Apps 2017.
Apr 25, 2017
Posted by Brett Gallie II in categories: energy, space
The Middle East has an outsize impact on energy here on Earth. One analyst thinks some regional powerhouses may leverage that role into the development of natural resources in space.
Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are developing space programs and investing in nascent private space commodity initiatives, said Tom James, a partner at energy consultant Navitas Resources. Doing so could give them a foothold in building extraterrestrial reserves of water — a substance likely to fuel travel within space — and other resources that could be used for in-space manufacturing.
Apr 24, 2017
Posted by Andreas Matt in category: space
The “outside the universe” question gets tricky right off the bat, because first you have to define the universe. One common answer is called the observable universe, and it’s defined by the speed of light. Since we can only see things when the light they emit or reflect reaches us, we can never see farther than the farthest distance light can travel in the time the universe has existed. That means the observable universe keeps getting bigger, but it is finite – the amount is sometimes referred to as the Hubble Volume, after the telescope that has given us our most distant views of the universe. We’ll never be able to see beyond that boundary, so for all intents and purposes, it’s the only universe we’ll ever interact with.
Apr 23, 2017
Posted by Klaus Baldauf in categories: robotics/AI, space
Conceptual artist Efflam Mercier, who has previously created images of an AI interstellar probe has now created images of ChipSats, a new class of space system that has the size of a fingernail and a mass of less than 10g (atto-sat class). i4is has started developing a ChipSat in the context of Project Glowworm.
Apr 21, 2017
Posted by Odette Gregory in category: space
“Over the last few months, Thomas Pesquet has been able to bring Space into thousands of households, especially their younger members.”
Apr 18, 2017
Posted by Dan Kummer in category: space
NASA says a 2,000-foot-wide space rock will pass within 1.1 million miles of our planet this week.