Many manmade objects are in orbit around Earth. How do we know which are which? The problem is, we don’t. Not always, anyway. Oftentimes, we…View More How would ELROI let us know which satellites are which?
Mercury, one of Earth’s rocky neighbors, is one of our Solar System’s most enigmatic planets. It is notoriously difficult to study due to its close…View More How did MESSENGER revolutionize our understanding of Mercury?
Robots are critical for expanding humanity off-planet. They help not just with exploring distant parts of the universe, but also with advancing our economic activity…View More How will robotics advance the space economy?
Robotic emissaries explore the universe for us. Whether traveling to our moon, to other planets, or beyond the Solar System, robots are sometimes much more…View More How will robotic exploration of the universe evolve?
How does the Earth system function? The Earth system is incredibly complex, and understanding how it works is important for the survival of our species.…View More How does artificial intelligence advance Earth system modelling?
Blockchains are decentralized systems of ledgers that record transactions. They contain chains of “blocks”, batches of validated transactions, which cannot be altered without also altering…View More How do blockchains help space exploration?
Exploring Mars is tough. Robotic emissaries have been crawling over the planet’s surface for years, but they move slowly. Flying may be the next stage…View More Floating in the Atmosphere: Sailplanes on Mars
Perhaps the most important result of human space exploration is that it has caused us to better appreciate our own planet. But despite massive progress…View More Eyes in the Sky: Distributed and Autonomous Earth Observation
Swarms of small satellites and robots will revolutionize our exploration of the cosmos. That’s the vision behind ongoing miniaturization efforts in the field of aerospace…View More Swarms of Satellites: Miniaturizing Space Exploration
The student-led Alabama Rocket Engineering Systems (ARES) plans to shoot rockets off the surface of the Earth. Besides giving university students valuable opportunities to learn…View More Featured Project: Alabama Rocket Engineering Systems