propulsion

fusionEntrepreneurial Space Revolution

How big a deal was the success of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy? In 2010, NASA and the Augustine commission determined that it would cost $36 billion and 12 years to develop a heavy-lift vehicle. This meant that the Bush moon …

controversialUS Army Working With UFO Group on Controversial and Speculative Technology

Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge’s UFO research, called To the Stars Academy (TTSA), signed an agreement with the U.S. Army to study and develop advanced materials for beamed propulsion, inertial mass reduction and more. Online sources indicate that Tom DeLonge has …

propulsionOrbion Space Technology Solves Orbital Last Mile Issues

Dr. Brad King, CEO of Orbion Space Technology, was interviewed by Nextbigfuture. Brad King has two decades in the space field and many professional awards recognize his research contributions in propulsion. He has a Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from the …

futureRoadmap for Lab Experiments for Warp Drive

Joseph Agnew, undergrad and research assistant from the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Propulsion Research Center (PRC), presented the results of his study “An Examination of Warp Theory and Technology to Determine the State of the Art and Feasibility“. This …

energyGame Changing Direct Drive Fusion Propulsion Progress

Direct Fusion Drive, is a unique fusion engine concept based on the Princeton Field-Reversed Configuration (PFRC) fusion reactor under development at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The truly game-changing levels of thrust and power in a modestly sized package could …

materialsA SpaceCraft Could Get to 430,000 Miles From the Sun Using Proposed Coating

In 2018 the Parker Solar Probe launched and plans to approach the Sun to within 8.5 solar radii (4 million miles) of its surface. This is seven times closer than any previous mission. Researchers think a new coating could allow …

cubesatImproved Solar Sail

The conventional means of collecting and redirecting solar sail light uses a metal-coated polyimide film but this is sub-optimal and unstable because the very large and very thin sail must be rapidly slewed away from the sun line for navigational …

physicsMass Beam Propulsion

Gerald Nordley provided a mass beam propulsion overview at Space Access 2019. There have been many kinds of mass beam propulsion. Use of mass beams, instead of light, allows great efficiency by adjusting the beam velocity so the redirected mass …

newsUltrahigh Acceleration Neutral Particle Beam Driven Sails

James Benford presents his Ultrahigh Acceleration Neutral Particle Beam-Driven Sails at Space Access 2019. The Neutral Particle Beam-Driven Sails could enable an interstellar probe to alpha centauri that would be 1000 times larger and 60% of the speed of the …