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A NEW VISION The last decade has seen a resurgence of NASA’s bold visions, from returning humans to the moon after a 50-year hiatus to colonizing Mars. President George W. Bush...
September 11, 2017 | Source: Naval Aviation News, navalaviationnews.navylive.dodlive.mil, 14 March 2017, Jeff Newman
Ramjet: New Threats Call For Old Tech
The U.S. Navy took the first step to reintroducing to the fleet an old-but-much-needed technology when it successfully tested a solid-fuel ramjet engine at Naval Air Warfare...
July 27, 2017 | Source: Space Flight Now, spaceflightnow.com, 26 July 2017, Stephen Clark
SpaceX Tweaks Dragon 2 Design, Nixes Propulsive Landings
SpaceX’s upgraded Dragon capsules will not return astronauts to Earth for powered landings as originally envisioned, company boss Elon Musk said Wednesday, a design change that...
July 3, 2017 | Source: Pacific Scientific, psemc.com, 21 March 2017, Steve Nelson
PacSci EMC Compact Modular SmallSat Propulsion System
Pacific Science EMC announces the release of its new Modular Architecture Propulsion System (MAPS™) for the small satellite market. The compact design of MAPS is a breakthrough in...
June 5, 2017 | Source: Popular Mechanics, popularmechanics.com, 2 September 2016, David Hambling
The Impossible Propulsion Drive Is Heading to Space
The EmDrive, a hypothetical miracle propulsion system for outer space, has been sparking heated arguments for years. Now, Guido Fetta plans to settle the argument about...
Space Travel Aided by Plasma Thrusters: Past, Present and Future
Introduction Like other contemporary energetic and propulsion technologies, electric propulsion—of which plasma thrusters are a subset—has been around for nearly a century. As...
March 27, 2017 | Source: Georgia Institute of Technology, smartech.gatech.edu, December 2016, Jonathan Y. Huang
When Opportunity Doesn’t Knock: Examining Military Non-Investment in Emerging Technologies
Why do militaries invest in some emerging technologies but not others? Conventional wisdom suggests that capable states have reasons to hedge their bets and invest in emerging...
Survivability and Vulnerability
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Aug 17 2017
2017 Strike Challenge
2017 Strike Challenge – Domestic Capabilities and Specialized Response Equipment Demonstration For 2017, Strike Challenge affords U.S. industry the opportunity to present current...
Survivability and Vulnerability
March 13, 2017 | Source: NASA Tech Briefs, techbriefs.com, 1 December 2016, John H. Glenn Research Center
NASA Distributed Propulsion & Energy Harvesting Hummingbird Engine
A new engine concept from NASA’s Glenn Research Center allows for truly distributed propulsion. The concept enables airframe and system modularity by allowing parts to be swapped...
February 13, 2017 | Source: Business Insider, Dave Mosher
Revived Cold War Tech for Long Duration Flights Could Solve Earth's Energy Crisis
Humanity is in a serious pinch for energy. The world population may balloon to 9 billion people by 2040, up from 7.36 billion in 2016, and researchers believe this will translate...