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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...
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...
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...
February 27, 2017 | Source: NASA, nasa.gov
NASA Spacecraft to Test 'Green' Propellant Passes Major Preflight Milestone
Like all rocket engines, the small thrusters that a spacecraft or satellite fires to maintain or change positions need fuel. Currently, many use hydrazine -- a toxic and corrosive...