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NASA unveils experimental electric aeroplane

NASA unveils experimental electric aeroplane
  With 14 electric motors turning propellers integrated into a uniquely-designed wing, NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental aeroplane. This plane, the agency’s first X-plane designation in a decade, has been designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell”.
22nd June 2016

Two technologies to help find other Earths

Two technologies to help find other Earths
Scientists are getting closer to finding worlds that resemble our own 'blue marble' of a planet. NASA's Kepler mission alone has confirmed more than 1,000 planets outside our solar system -- a handful of which are a bit bigger than Earth and orbit in the habitable zones of their stars, where liquid water might exist. Some astronomers think the discovery of Earth's true analogs may be around the corner. What are the next steps to search for life on these potentially habitable worlds?
5th May 2016

NASA works to improve solar electric propulsion

NASA works to improve solar electric propulsion
NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne of Redmond, Washington, to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities and enable deep space exploration missions, including the robotic portion of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and its Journey to Mars.
22nd April 2016


Slimmed down aircraft wings reduce fuel & emissions by 50%

Slimmed down aircraft wings reduce fuel & emissions by 50%
Every bit of weight on an aircraft increases the fuel, emissions and money required to put it in the air. NASA and Boeing have been working together to design a longer, thinner and lighter wing – so different from typical commercial transport aircraft wings that it requires a brace, or truss, to provide the wing extra support.
8th April 2016

NASA to build a quieter supersonic passenger jet

NASA to build a quieter supersonic passenger jet
The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA's award of a contract for the preliminary design of a 'low boom' flight demonstration aircraft. This is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA's New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
1st March 2016

Geckos inspire the ultimate outer-space adhesive

Geckos inspire the ultimate outer-space adhesive
A piece of tape can only be used a few times before the adhesion wears off and it can no longer hold two surfaces together. But researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, are working on the ultimate system of stickiness, inspired by geckos. This article's main image shows an artist's conception of a future robot that could use its "gecko" feet to carry out, for example, ISS maintenance.
17th August 2015

NASA seeks CubeSat payload providers

NASA seeks CubeSat payload providers
Space enthusiasts have an opportunity to contribute to NASA’s exploration goals through the next round of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. The Initiative provides access to space for CubeSats developed by NASA centres, accredited educational institutions and non-profit organisations, giving CubeSat developers access to a low-cost pathway to conduct research in the areas of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations consistent with NASA's Strategic Plan.
11th August 2015

Crippled probe discovers distant relative

Crippled probe discovers distant relative
“The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment,” said 17th-century mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer Johannes Kepler. Inspired by his work, NASA's Kepler mission has just ‘unearthed’ (sorry) what could easily be seen as one of the greatest results of human endeavour yet - evidence of an Earth-like planet in the habitable zone around Kepler-452.
24th July 2015

Take off like a helicopter, fly like a plane

Take off like a helicopter, fly like a plane
On 19th August, National Aviation Day, pilots, engineers and passengers alike will reflect on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future - an aircraft with 10 electric motors that can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane? Forget future - this is a concept currently being developed by NASA researchers, under the name Greased Lightning, or GL-10.
16th July 2015

NASA telescope detects stratosphere

NASA telescope detects stratosphere
  NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected a stratosphere, one of the primary layers of Earth’s atmosphere, on a blazing-hot exoplanet known as WASP-33b.
12th June 2015

Spacecraft's success celebrated as it nears its end on Mercury

Spacecraft's success celebrated as it nears its end on Mercury
After extraordinary findings and technological innovations, a NASA spacecraft launched in 2004 to study Mercury will impact the planet’s surface, most likely on 30th April 2015, after it runs out of propellant. NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will impact the planet at more than 8,750mph on the side of the planet facing away from Earth, out of view of engineers.
20th April 2015

Project may enable aircrafts powered by electric motors

Project may enable aircrafts powered by electric motors
The arrival of a unique experimental demonstrator at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center may herald a future in which aircrafts are powered by electric motors. The Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech) project will test the premise that tighter propulsion-airframe integration, made possible with electric power, will deliver improved efficiency and safety, as well as environmental and economic benefits. 
23rd March 2015

Submarine space mission aims to explore Titan's seas

Submarine space mission aims to explore Titan's seas
Dropping a robot onto a comet was arguably one of the most audacious space achievements of recent times, but one concept mission being studied by NASA could top even that. Scientists are proposing to send a robot submarine to the oily seas of Saturn's moon Titan. The seas are filled with hydrocarbons like methane and ethane, kept in their liquid states by an average temperature of -180°C.
19th March 2015


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