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Jun 21, 2016

Virtual Reality Rollercoaster

Posted by in categories: space travel, virtual reality

This rollercoaster will transport you to the middle of a virtual space battle.

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Jun 21, 2016

Techshot accomplishes 3D bioprinting in zero gravity

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, space travel

NASA contractor Techshot have become the first to 3D print a heart structure in zero gravity using human stem cells. Together with 3D bioprinter developers nScrypt and bio-ink specialists Bioficial Organs they have successfully printed cardiac and vascular structures, and believe this could further 3D bioprinting efforts on solid ground.

Techshot have been developing technologies for NASA, SpaceX and other partners for more than 25 years. They have tech aboard the International Space Station among other places, and are also known for combining their aerospace specialism with the medical sector, having built the Bone Densitometer zero-gravity X ray machine.

NScrypt are responsible for building the world’s first 3D bioprinter back in 2003, and have been working on micro-dispensing and 3D printing systems for years. Also in the team was Bioficial Organs, which has grown out of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, and specializes in organ 3D printing innovations.

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Jun 20, 2016

SpaceX lays out a roadmap to getting humans to Mars in a decade

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has always had the dream of sending the human race to Mars. Now, thanks to SpaceX’s advancements, that dream is not far off. In an interview with The Washington Post, Musk divulges some new details on his plan to get to Mars.

The first step in his plan is to send an uncrewed spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018. These missions will continue every two years when Earth and Mars are at closest approach supplying rovers and science experiments to the Red Planet, and testing pertinent systems of the spacecrafts.

“Essentially what we’re saying is we’re establishing a cargo route to Mars,” Musk told The Post. “It’s a regular cargo route. You can count on it. It’s going happen every 26 months. Like a train leaving the station.”

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Jun 19, 2016

China is in preliminary talks with Ukraine to finish the second Antonov 225 cargo plane

Posted by in category: space travel

China is in talks with the Ukraine to finish a half built second copy of the Antonov cargo plane. It would likely cost about $300 million to complete the plane.

The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Soviet Union’s Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes (710 short tons). The Antonov An-225, initially developed for the task of transporting the Buran spaceplane, was an enlargement of the successful Antonov An-124. The first and only An-225 was completed in 1988.

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Jun 18, 2016

City on Mars: A Mars City Design Workshop

Posted by in categories: space travel, sustainability

Join this workshop where esteemed speakers and selected teams will guide us in building a sustainable city on Mars.

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Jun 18, 2016

China opens space station to rest of the world with United Nations agreement

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

China has signed an agreement with the United Nations to open its future space station to spacecraft, science experiments and even astronauts from countries around the world.

The agreement was laid out by Ms Wu Ping, Deputy of China’s Manned Space Agency (CMSA), in a presentation at the UN’s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) annual session in Vienna on Tuesday.

The move is aimed at boosting international cooperation in space and spreading the benefits of on-orbit research and opportunities provided by the Chinese Space Station, the core module of which will launch in 2018.

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Jun 17, 2016

New video makes NASA’s next Jupiter mission look like a blockbuster

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA’s new trailer for its Juno mission to Jupiter shows off the huge planet in all its scary glory.

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Jun 16, 2016

New technology aims to keep astronauts safe from hidden threats

Posted by in category: space travel

Technology invented in the Bay Area could help keep American astronauts safe from dangerous microbes on far away missions like a journey to Mars. (KGO-TV)

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Jun 16, 2016

New paper claims that the EM Drive doesn’t defy Newton’s 3rd law after all

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel

Physicists have just published new calculations that suggest the controversial EM drive — or electromagnetic drive — could actually work, and doesn’t defy Newton’s third law after all.

In case you’ve missed the hype, here’s a quick catch-up: a lot of space lovers are freaking out about the EM drive because of claims it could get humans to Mars in just 10 weeks, but just as many are sick of hearing about it, because, on paper at least, it doesn’t work within the laws of physics.

Despite that not-insignificant setback, the EM drive shows no signs of quitting, and test after test — including trials by NASA scientists at the Eagleworks lab, and an independent researcher in Germany — has conceded that the propulsion system, somehow, does produce thrust.

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Jun 15, 2016

EmDrive: Finnish physicist says controversial space propulsion device does have an exhaust

Posted by in category: space travel

Professor Arto Annila says basic principle of nature explains how photons are leaked from the cavity.

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