2022 Should See Start of Technology Demos Leading to High Resolution Exoplanet Imaging

A NASA NIAC Phase III is developing and plans to fly a 2022 TDM (Technology Demonstration Mission) to prove the SGLF’s (Solar Gravitational Lens Focus) mission architecture. They will then prepare a near-term (by 2024), low-cost (less than $40M) mission to fly through the solar system faster than any spacecraft ever ~7 AU/year, capable of …

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Cycler Satellites Will Shuttle Petabits of Info from Deep Space Missions

The Solar System Pony Express is a global, multi-spectral, high-resolution planetary surveyor supported by regular visits from a cycler satellite network to retrieve petabits of data for transit to Earth. The “courier” satellites use optical communications to receive 1-3 petabits from the surveyor at least once per year. They then travel close to earth where …

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Kilometer Structure from One SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon researchers have a NASA NIAC study into kilometer size structures deployable from a single SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. They are using flexible materials which would be able to expand to 150 times their packed size. They have made tiny prototypes of the planned materials and structures. They have modeled …

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Inspiration 4 Crew Returns Safely on SpaceX Crew Dragon

After three days on-orbit, Dragon and the Inspiration4 crew – the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit – has safely returned to Earth in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. They splashed down under parachutes. SOURCES- SpaceX Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular …

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