Modelling suggests a shift in thinking makes massive megastructure much more manageable. Andrew Masterson reports.
Virgin Galactic has shown the first firing of its spaceplane’s chemical rocket engine was no fluke, following last month’s effort with another successful outing In California. The latest test flight takes the tourist-carrying space vehicle a little closer to space, literally and figuratively.
ESA is examining three space mission concepts to fill the fifth medium class mission slot in its Cosmic Vision science program. The missions under consideration include a next-generation infrared space telescope, a surveyor craft that seeks out transient high-energy events, and a new Venus orbiter.
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Virgin Galactic’s passenger-carrying spaceship VSS Unity has completed its seventh unpowered glider test flight during which it reached a transonic velocity of Mach 0.9 (690 mph) – almost the highest it can attain without an engine.
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An international team of researchers led by Queen’s University Belfast has confirmed that the interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua is a rocky object coated with organic-rich substances that came from a planetary system similar to ours and has been floating through space for millions of years.
Assembly of a new giant Canadian radio telescope that has no moving parts yet is capable of scanning half the sky in a single day has been completed. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment is composed of four 100-m-long metal troughs covering an area the size of five NHL hockey rinks.
Scientists at MIT and non-profit research lab Draper are developing a sensor-equipped space boot that uses vibrations to guide wearers around obstacles, and now they’ve added an augmented reality display to provide visual feedback as well.