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Airbus and Bombardier Finalize Deal

Airbus and Bombardier Finalize Deal

​According to a dual announcement earlier this month, Airbus and Bombardier have finalized the C Series partnership agreement which was first announced on October 16th. Bombardier struck the deal with Airbus amid a trade dispute with Boeing, which claimed that the Canadian plane received illegal government aid that unfairly shut out the competition. The partnership… Continue Reading

Researchers Test Feasibility of EmDrive and Mach Effect Thrusters

Researchers Test Feasibility of EmDrive and Mach Effect Thrusters

​A team of physicists from Technische Universität in Dresden, Germany recently tested the feasibility of EmDrive and Mach Effect Thrusters. The EmDrive, an experimental space engine design, gained worldwide attention after NASA reported that the engine was being tested to discover its merits. Two years later, no further updates have been presented, which led the… Continue Reading

Engineers Design Self-Eating Rocket Engine for Launching Satellites into Orbit

Engineers Design Self-Eating Rocket Engine for Launching Satellites into Orbit

​Engineers from the University of Glasgow and Oles Honchar Dnipro National University in Ukraine recently built an autophage engine designed for launching satellites into space. Unlike standard models, this “self-eating” rocket engine could make the process of sending satellites into orbit easier and more affordably than ever before. ​Rockets typically use tanks, often much heavier… Continue Reading

NASA Plans to Send Robotic Helicopter to Mars in 2020

NASA Plans to Send Robotic Helicopter to Mars in 2020

​NASA has announced plans to send a small, autonomous flying machine, dubbed Mars Helicopter, alongside their new rover in the 2020 mission. The two will survey Mars, with the helicopter providing a bird’s eye view of the red planet. ​The helicopter will travel to Mars with the rover attached to its underbelly. Once they have… Continue Reading

Gardening in Space a Challenge for NASA

Gardening in Space a Challenge for NASA

As NASA and other space agencies explore the universe and scramble to make humanity’s dream of branching out onto other planets a reality, scientists continue to search for ways to make life sustainable in space. Astronauts have become accustomed to dehydrated foods and other similar sources of nutrition while in space, and scientists have also… Continue Reading

Southwest Requested More Time for Inspections, Second Engine Explosion Results in Tragedy

Southwest Requested More Time for Inspections, Second Engine Explosion Results in Tragedy

It was meant to be a day like any other as passengers boarded a Southwest flight bound for Dallas. Unfortunately, the plane experienced engine trouble, which resulted in an explosion mid-flight. When the explosion occurred, a piece of shrapnel shattered a cabin window, causing a woman to be partially sucked out. Oxygen masks were released,… Continue Reading

TESS SpaceX Launch

TESS SpaceX Launch

The search for extraterrestrial life is one that intrigues and inspires. Are we truly alone in the universe? Although the definition of extraterrestrial life is as vastly different as the planetary bodies which they may inhabit, the possibilities that could arise upon the discovery of life outside Earth are unlimited. If life can be sustained… Continue Reading

Flying Brain to Assist Astronauts Aboard Space Station

Flying Brain to Assist Astronauts Aboard Space Station

The International Space Station is gearing up for the introduction of a new assistant in the form of a spherical, floating robot named CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion), which is described as a “mobile and autonomous assistance system.” CIMON was developed as a joint venture between Airbus and Germany’s DLR space agency, and it is… Continue Reading

Tiangong-1 Update

Tiangong-1 Update

China’s prototype space station has reportedly lost control, and it is on a collision course with Earth. The website Satview has been tracking the space station, and reentry is estimated for Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:37 UTC. The website displays two tracking maps. One shows Tiangong-1’s current path on a global scale, while the other… Continue Reading

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