Satellite navigation system receivers were the primary driver of the global space economy last year, according to the international nonprofit industry group, the Space... Satellite navigation system receivers were the primary driver of the global space economy last year, according to the international nonprofit industry group, the Space Foundation, headquartered in Colorado Springs. The nonprofit reported that the space economy grew globally more than 9 percent, reaching a total of $330 billion, according to its publication, The Space Report 2015: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity.
A few months ahead of the first visit by a British astronaut to the International Space Station , the United Kingdom Space Agency has published its first strategy on human spaceflight , promising greater involvement in crewed missions and perhaps even participation in a mission out into the solar system. The United Kingdom for decades has declined to send people into space; it preferred to focus on the commercial and scientific aspects of spaceflight through its satellite-building industry and its membership of the European Space Agency .
Low-cost probes, an extraterrestrial submarine and spacecraft propelled by electric sails: these are but three of the seven projects moving on to Phase II of NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program. All the entries have only just begun development, since the program's specifically meant for early-stage research projects.
Space Pen owner Cary Fisher helps to celebrate their 40th anniversary of company holding some of their American flag themed pens on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Tucked in a corner of Boulder City near the State Veterans Home, Fisher Space Pen has been patenting space-ready pens since 1965.
The "Tape Wormhole" at the Liberty Science Center, along with the "Tape Gemini" capsule, is an interactive exhibit for space lovers young and old. The Liberty Science Center in New Jersey is currently inviting visitors to crawl through a space-time wormhole and explore a scale model of a Gemini capsule that sheltered astronauts in space in the 1960s - both made from rolls of translucent packing tape.
Over the last few years, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has helped launch the commercial space flight business. His company, Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, could boast of a string of successes ferrying cargo to the International Space Station and sending satellites into orbit.
In the days leading up to doomed SpaceX Cargo Resupply Service mission 7, Observer Innovation was granted behind the scenes access to NASA Kennedy Space Center's research facilities and a chance to join Administrator Charles Bolden as he presented a powerful memorial to the families of the lost Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttles. The Columbia STS-107 mission marked the beginning of the end for America's celebrated human spaceflight program as the Space Shuttle disintegrated upon reentry, killing all 7 of it's crew members.
This summer, electroactive polymers designed by US entrepreneur Lenore Rasmussen are spending three months on board the International Space Station to test their radiation resistance. Rasmussen has been working on them for 12 years in the hope of one day improving prosthetics and robotics.
The Swiss "Clean Space One" project has come up with a cleanup satellite to capture space debris. In a so-called "Pac-Man" solution, it will capture an old satellite before destroying it in the Earth's atmosphere.
An influential group of US astronomers has laid out its vision for the biggest and best space telescope yet - a worthy successor to the much-loved Hubble Space Telescope that some say could cost US$10 billion or more. The proposed High-Definition Space Telescope would have a mirror up to 12 metres across.
Photographer Ralph Mirebs once again enters off-limits Russian space launch facility ground in Kazakstan at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This time he's not at Site 112A with the USSR's versions of the space shuttle.
NASA's New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto. The mission operations center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, lost contact with the unmanned spacecraft at 1:54 p.m. EDT July 4 and regained communications with New Horizons at 3:15 p.m. EDT, through NASA's Deep Space Network.
As an Indian rocket is getting ready to put five British satellites into orbit on July 10, officials at the Sriharikota space port are also working on an Indian satellite launch, an official said on Monday. India will launch a communications satellite GSAT6 sometime after July 10. "Work is progressing smoothly for the July 10 night rocket launch.
Actually, [Gordon] is a photographer, and he wants to capture candid moments and fleeting expressions. What better way to inspire wonder and amazement than to be able to produce a giant soap bubble on demand? And what better way to do it than with an intricate, computer controlled giant bubble machine ? [Gordon's] inspiration for the bubble producing mechanism comes from the end effector of the Canadarm robotic Space Shuttle arm, which used a cable-grapple design to snare and secure payloads.
I'm a science journalist and author of "Distant Wanderers: the Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System" who writes about over-the-horizon technology, primarily astronomy and space science. I'm a former Hong Kong bureau chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and former Paris-based technology correspondent for the Financial Times newspaper who has reported from six continents.
The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" black holes in the universe than were previously thought. Supermassive black holes are powerful cosmic "drains" sucking material into a point of infinite density formed from the compressed mass of hundreds of thousands to billions of suns.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft break apart shortly after liftoff from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, June 28, 2015. The rocket was carrying supplies to the International Space Station.