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nasaCombined photon and particle beam for self-focusing propulsion beam

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There has been NASA development of laser (photon) beamed propulsion and particle beam propulsion. Both have scattering and focusing issues at long distances. They are looking at optimal cooling and other issues. There is a NIAC study of having particles …

nasaNew NASA Prize for Venus Rover

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NASA is continuing its use of prizes and challenges to more rapidly advance technology. They have a new prize to enable a key part of a Venus rover. This will be first of several challenges and prizes for the Venus …

futureNASA NIAC highlight reel and 2018 symposium livestream started

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Video highlights of technology that has been explored by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program. The first picture below is not Advanced propulsion. It shows a missile with holes in the front. It can be fired into an asteroid and …

futureTurbolift could reduce health problems of weightlessness or low gravity

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A new artificial gravity concept could help astronauts endure long-duration missions in the near-weightless environment of space. NASA 360 takes a look at the NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) known as Turbolift, a new approach to artificial gravity. This system …

darpaSpaceX would support space weapons race

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SpaceX and other commercial companies have talked about launching thousands of satellites for massive global internet networks. The US military will not be left behind in the shift from a few big satellites to thousands of more effective smaller satellites. …

dronesRobotic bumble bee sized drones will explore Mars by flying with flapping insect like wings

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Marsbees are robotic flapping wing flyers of a bumblebee size with cicada sized wings. The Marsbees are integrated with sensors and wireless communication devices. The mobile base can act as a recharging station and main communication center. The swarm of …

asteroidsSwarm of probes could measure the mass of asteroids and comets

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Swarm Flyby Gravimetry is a concept to determine the mass of asteroid or comets during flyby using a collection of small, disposable tracking targets called probes. The probes are deployed from a spacecraft and tracked as they pass near to …

nasaNASA Exoplanet Update

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Dr. John Callas, NASA/JPL provides an update on NASA Exoplanet work. This was at the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Southern California from Aug 23-26, 2018. There is work on improving internal …

astronomyIn first month of data the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has likely found 100-200 exoplanets

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Dr. Jeff Volosin, NASA Goddard describes the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The first month of orbiting space telescope data has just been dumped. 1500 transit events have been detected. 115 gigabytes of data was downloaded. The expectations is that …

nasaPictures and Video of the SpaceX Crew Dragon

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SpaceX revealed the SpaceX crew dragon which four NASA astronauts will ride into orbit in 2019. Two test flights must go well and then the SpaceX crew dragon will be certified for manned flights for NASA. SpaceX Crew Dragon ship …