Spacecraft propulsion

December 6, 2018

The Most Powerful Ion Drive in Space Is Ready for Its to Visit Mercury

The BepiColombo mission to Mercury that left Earth on Oct. 19 has a long, seven-year journey ahead of it, but the spacecraft just ticked off an important milestone. On Dec. 2, the […]
October 31, 2018

Virgin Orbit Shows off its “Launcher One”, a Rocket Carried by an Airplane

The commercial space sector is about to get a little more crowded. SpaceX and Blue Origin have created headlines with their ongoing development of reusable launch […]
August 7, 2018

Parker Solar Probe will go 25 times closer to the sun and withstand 520 times the solar intensity

The Parker Solar Probe should be launched August 11, 2018 on a Delta IV Heavy class launch vehicle and an upper stage based on the STAR-48B […]
June 29, 2018

Boeing unveils design for hypersonic passenger plane

Boeing has revealed a concept design for a hypersonic aircraft that could reach most locations in the world within one to three hours. The American aerospace company showed a […]
November 3, 2015

NASA CONFIRMS YET AGAIN THAT THE 'IMPOSSIBLE' EMDRIVE THRUSTER WORKS

Engineer Roger Shawyer’s controversial EM Drive thruster jets back into relevancy this week, as a team of researchers at NASA’s Eagleworks Laboratories recently completed yet another round of […]
August 7, 2014

Did NASA Validate an “Impossible” Space Drive? In a Word, No.

Physicist John Baez has another, more colorful word to describe the spate of recent reports about a breakthrough space engine that produces thrust without any propellant. […]
August 2, 2014

NASA successfully tests microwave thruster, paving the way for speedier space travel

As with airplanes and many other self-powered machines, the fuel a shuttle engine requires can weigh nearly as much as the object it’s propelling, increasing costs […]
September 25, 2013

NASA's Innovative Ion Space Thruster Sets Endurance World Record

A five-year test of NASA’s latest ion drive for future spacecraft has set a new world record for the longest single space engine test. The space […]