May 4, 2015 - The current United States House Committee on Science and Technology would rather have NASA get out of the science business and just focus on technology for human missions to space. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone considering the "I'm not a scientist" Senator Ted Cruz is at the helm.
May 4, 2015 - Should this be a surprise to anyone who has studied radiation and its impact on living things? Conventional propulsion and shielding technologies will not cut it on a six-month voyage through Deep Space to Mars.
April 26, 2015 - A battery-powered rocket? Who would have thunk it?
Well a combined U.S. and New Zealand defense research company, Rocket Lab, partially funded by DARPA and venture capitalists, has developed a rocket called the Electron.
April 13, 2015 - In the recent NextSTEP announcements at NASA two partners were awarded contracts for cubesat development.
April 10, 2015 - Part of NASA's recent NextSTEP announcement included the awarding of projects to a number of companies focused on developing habitats for Deep Space missions.
April 8, 2015 - Water seems to be in the science headlines these days. We have NASA forecasting that California will be out of freshwater in a year while at the same time scientists report on the discovery of massive amounts of water in the form of extensive subsurface glaciers on Mars. What an interesting juxtaposition.
April 7, 2015 - NASA last week announced its NextSTEP 12 space technology commercial partnerships focused on helping to advance key technologies to move us here on Earth deeper into the cosmos. Each of the companies is receiving annual grants of between $400,000 and $3.5 million U.S.
March 28, 2015 - Several weeks ago I became aware of a book called "The Zamora Texts." Written in the form of lectures given in the year 9000 CE by Professor B. W. Yelita, of the Institute of Eschatological Studies, Guadalajara, Mexico, they tell the story of humanity's travails beginning with the dawn of civilization to the 10th millennium.
March 26, 2015 - When we think of NASA these days we have an impression of an agency that has lost its way for a number of reasons. One is budgetary constraints with NASA receiving little in the way of net new money from the federal government to initiate new programs.
March 11, 2015 - Keeping track of China's space ambitions is interesting. The country has borrowed technology extensively from the Soviet and current Russian programs for its human spaceflights and its development of robotic landers.