Category: Real Technology

Routine Access to Space – Sooner Than We Thought?

In a previous post on launch and reentry, I referenced Reaction Engines and their revolutionary SABRE (Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) technology. This engine represents the closest we’ve come to developing true reusable space access. This week, […]

Augmented Reality – Yes, It’s a Real Thing

When Google Glass was unveiled in 2012 and launched in 2013, many thought it would revolutionize the way people live their lives. Google announced its new wearable technology in style. Vogue devoted a 12-page spread, models […]

Millennium Falcon vs. The Stellarator

If you found your way to this site, then you probably know the Millennium Falcon, the iconic spaceship depicted in the Star Wars films. The Stellarator is likely just slightly less well known, though bears […]

Dangers of Space Travel: Launch and Reentry

Space travel is dangerous – mostly during launch and reentry. Of the four fatal accidents during space flight, one happened during launch (Challenger), and three happened during reentry (Soyuz 1, Soyuz 11 and Columbia). The two […]

A Concorde, Rail Gun and Air Hockey Table Walk into a Bar – Out Walks a Hyperloop

At the D11 Tech Conference in 2013, Elon Musk gave an interesting interview. He talked at length about Tesla, his iconic electric car company; SpaceX, his private space company; and his concept of a hyperloop. […]

Is There Anything Quite So Cute as a Baby Elephant? How About One Free of Cancer?

I’ve always been fascinated by elephants. As a young child I had a lot of exposure to the majestic creatures. My family lived in India and at the time they were everywhere. I can even […]

3-D Printing: Can it Enable Space Colonization?

You’re a space colonist. You’ve just embarked on a one-year journey to Jupiter’s moon Europa. It’s the adventure of a lifetime, you aspired to this, you trained for it, you got up the nerve to […]