Category: Spacecraft

Mars Space Station in the Works

A manned mission to Mars was once the stuff of science fiction, now it is the equivalent of this generation’s Apollo Program. It will take a Herculean effort to send astronauts on a journey of hundreds of […]

DARPA’s New Space Shuttle Getting Closer to Reality

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, is known for conceiving and testing some pretty advanced (read: cool) stuff. One of the projects getting closer to fruition that is drawing considerable attention, both technological as […]

Inflatable Module Attached to Space Station

Earlier today, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was connected to the International Space Station (ISS). As I wrote just before it launched, it is a test for the use of inflatable spacecraft and will be […]

Visiting Nearby Stars Using Tiny Sails

What do Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg and entrepreneur Yuri Milner have in common – aside from being very rich? They want to build a bunch of tiny spaceships and sail them to nearby stars. They call […]

A Good Week for Landing Rockets

On Saturday private launch vehicle company Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket and capsule. The capsule released from the main rocket and reached an apogee of 64.2 miles before safely parachuting back to Earth. The […]

Lost in Space: Japanese Space Telescope Suffers Mysterious Fate

On February 17th, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hitomi Space Telescope on a mission to study highly energetic events in the cosmos by looking at x-ray emissions. It successfully got to its […]

Inflatable Space Station Module Nears Launch

A few months ago I wrote a post on Bigelow Aerospace’s B330 inflatable space module, and how the technology could facilitate trips to Mars. Inflatable modules offer more space for less launch weight than rigid […]

Fire in Space

A fire on board a spacecraft is typically not a good thing. Just ask any of the six members of the Mir team in February of 1997 when a fire broke out on the Russian […]

Blue Origin Getting Ready for Operations, Space Tourism

Elon Musk and SpaceX have been garnering many of the headlines in the private launch vehicle arena, but Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has been quietly achieving very positive, […]

Duel of the Space Telescopes: Hubble vs. Webb

In 1990 I joined NASA at Kennedy Space Center as a bright-eyed engineer straight out of college, and the Hubble Space Telescope was inside the payload bay of the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery at launch pad […]