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Dec 27, 2016

So About That Physics-Defying NASA Thruster That Supposedly Works

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel

When NASA scientists think they’ve built something that breaks the laws of physics, do you take them at their word?

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Dec 26, 2016

China Claims Promising Results In EmDrive Testing, Stakes Big Claim In ‘Space Race’

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Could the so-called EmDrive be close to debuting for real, helping spacecraft travel through space and producing thrust without the help of propellant? One month after NASA’s exciting study on the drive that suggested it may work, Chinese researchers have just confirmed that they’ve been running some tests on their own version of the drive in low-Earth orbit, adding some intrigue to what some have called a modern-day “space race” with the U.S.

According to Digital Trends, the EmDrive was originally designed in 2001 by Roger Shawyer as a propulsion system that doesn’t rely on conventional means to operate. That means that it doesn’t make use of fuel to do its work, thus making spacecraft considerably lighter and easier to maneuver, while also potentially reducing costs. Another exciting aspect of the drive is its potential to push spacecraft to unusually high speeds – as Digital Trends described it, that could mean sending humans to the outer reaches of the solar system in mere months, instead of years.

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Dec 24, 2016

Interstellar Human Hibernation –Science of Deep-Space Travel from From ‘Aliens’ to ’Arrival‘

Posted by in categories: alien life, food, science, space travel

In “Passengers,” a 2016 science-fiction thriller film two space travelers wake up 90 years too soon from an induced hibernation on board a spaceship bound for a new planet. From “Aliens” to “Interstellar,” Hollywood has long used suspended animation to overcome the difficulties of deep space travel, but the once-fanciful sci-fi staple is becoming scientific fact. The theory is that a hibernating crew could stay alive over vast cosmic distances, requiring little food, hydration or living space, potentially slashing the costs of interstellar missions and eradicating the boredom of space travel.

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Dec 22, 2016

China claims success with new ‘reactionless engine’ EmDrive

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In what appears to be the latest breakthrough in space travel technology, China claims it has made a great leap forward with its ‘reactionless’ Electromagnetic Drive, or simply, EmDrive – an engine that uses only the power of electromagnetic radiation contained within a microwave cavity.

The EmDrive flies in the face of physics – going against the law of conservation of movement; producing mechanical movement but without an exchange of matter.

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Dec 22, 2016

5 Reasons Trump Should Commit To A Crewed Lunar Return

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A few end of year thoughts on why the incoming Trump Administration should make a crewed lunar return its first priority.

A few reasons why the incoming Trump Administration should make a crewed return to the Moon its first space priority. NASA astronauts should once again trod the regolith.

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Dec 22, 2016

Could Dark Matter Be Powering The EMdrive?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, space travel


It might not work at all, but if the thrust is real and we detect no reaction, could the discrepancy be due to dark matter?

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Dec 19, 2016

Ispace, Inc.

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

According to recent studies, the Moon houses an abundance of precious minerals on its surface, and an estimated 6 billion tons of water ice at its poles. In particular, water can be broken down into oxygen and hydrogen to produce efficient rocket fuel. With a fuel station established in space, the world will witness a revolution in the space transportation system.

To achieve this, ispace is developing micro-robotic technology to provide a low-cost and frequent transportation service to and on the Moon, conduct lunar surface exploration to map, process and deliver resources to our customers in cislunar space.

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Dec 13, 2016

Reviewing Space developments in 2016 and the next big future in space

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, space travel

This is one of the Nextbigfuture article series reviewing developments in 2016 and looking ahead to developments over the next few years. Here we look at 2016 in space. Later articles will look at medicine, life extension, energy and other areas. Previously we reviewed computers and artificial intelligence

The biggest developments in space in 2016.

SpaceX had several successful launches and landed several rocket stages but had an accident which has grounded SpaceX. They hope to launching again in January 2017.

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Dec 12, 2016

EM Drive

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The EM Drive has finally passed peer review, but we still don’t know how it works.

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Dec 10, 2016

NASA and Stephen Hawking are working on a nano-starship that can travel 1/5th the speed of light

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, space travel

NASA researchers have joined forces with Stephen Hawking to build a nano-starship that can travel one-fifth the speed of light.

If successful, the ship, called “StarChip” could reach Earth’s closest star system, Alpha Centauri, in 20 years.

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