The US launch industry is in a state of rapid expansion. For the past several decades, government policies have promoted its development. In the last…
A four-man team in South Africa recently broke an amateur rocketry record by launching a homemade rocket to ten kilometers’ altitude. Two of the members…View More How do you break an African amateur rocketry record?
Among space enthusiasts, much time is spent debating how to advance humanity’s engagement with space. Oftentimes, these conversations focus on promising technologies – space robotics,…View More How can international space law facilitate space business?
One major technological change happening right now is the development and spread of virtual reality and augmented reality. Once confined to sci-fi novels, these technologies…View More How will virtual and augmented reality affect sustainability?
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?
The TRAPPIST-1 system is notable for having Earth-like planets that may be habitable. They are rocky and in the so-called “habitable zone” where water may…View More What do we know about the TRAPPIST-1 system’s habitability?
Space is more turbulent than it first appears. Space weather, specifically radiation and plasma emanating from our Sun, can affect Earth’s habitability. It can also…View More How well can we forecast space weather?
One of the great benefits of engaging with space is being able to look back on our own planet. Earth observation is an active area…View More How does one commercialize Earth observation?
Stars are dynamic entities. They emit radiation and charged particles that affect the planets that orbit them. This “space weather” is thus an important factor…View More How does stars’ radioactivity affect the habitability of nearby planets?
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?
Astrobiology is a relatively recent area of study that investigates the origin and evolution of life in the universe. Being an astrobiologist combines perspectives from…View More What’s it like working as an astrobiologist?