Space: the new frontier in clean energy

A decade ago, Col. M. V. “Coyote” Smith, while working for the Pentagon’s National Security Space Office, was given a mission to save the world – without any money and a six-month deadline. He jumped at the challenge. His space-based solar power proposal is in the running to win perhaps as much as $10 billion to develop and deploy such systems. Smith’s DOD proposal, entitled “Carbon-Free Energy for Global Resilience and International Goodwill,” is.. Read More

Deadline Extended for the SunSat Design Competition

The Ohio Team managing the 2016 SunSat Competition has decided to extend the deadline for participant registration. The new date for “Intention to Compete” submission is now January 25, 2016. If you are aware of students/faculty/scientists/engineers/professionals who are doing forward-thinking research and development in some area(s) of Wireless Power Transmission, please share with them our International SunSat Design Competition website. As you may know, $10,000 prizes were awarded to finalists announced at the.. Read More

NASA officials admit Space Launch System is a rocket without a plan

As reported at The Verge and NASA Spaceflight, NASA officials admitted today the Space Launch System is a vehicle without a mission plan. The agency acknowledged what is essentially an empty flight manifest for the SLS at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida during an all-hands meeting on Monday. A test flight of the rocket, which will send people into orbit around the Moon, was originally planned for no later than August.. Read More

NASA adds commercial mini-shuttle to space station supply fleet

Irene Klotz of Reuters reports that NASA has hired Sierra Nevada Corp to its list of companies to fly cargo to the International Space Station. Sierra Nevada will Join SpaceX and Orbital ATK. The Dream Chaser is designed to land horizontally on a runway, similar to the Space Shuttle. Full story here.

Space Solar Power is in the Semi-Finals!

An impressive team of government and industry mavericks has responded to the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s Innovation Challenge for the Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (D3) Innovation Summit in December with a bold idea for “Carbon-Free Energy for Global Resilience and International Goodwill.” The carbon-free energy source the team proposes is solar power harvested in space and transmitted to earth, an energy source that in the long run could replace all fossil fuels and is an energy source.. Read More

We Can Afford Mars—But Not the Way We’re Doing It Now Says NASA Cost Analyst

There is a new Mars program—the Evolvable Mars Campaign—circulating secretly within NASA and it’s unaffordable, says the Space Development Steering Committee’s Gerald Black, an Apollo program rocket scientist and GE aircraft engine specialist. But Black is not alone. An aerospace specialist from deep within the bowels of NASA agrees. He agrees in his role as a private citizen, not as a spokesman for NASA. Here’s the story. In a press.. Read More

Space Settlement, an Easier Way

“Space Settlement an Easier Way,” Al Globus, Stephen Covey, and Daniel Faber describe a relatively easy, incremental path to free space settlement by taking advantage of very low radiation levels in Equatorial Low Earth Orbit (ELEO) and higher rotation rates. Low levels of radiation in ELEO permit settlements with little or no radiation shielding. Higher rotation rates permit much smaller settlements. Together this reduces settlement design mass by two to three.. Read More

The Small Satellite and Small Rocket Revolution

The price of access to space is coming down. Dramatically. SpaceX is working on making rockets reusable, a trick that will cut the cost of access to space for humans and large cargos by roughly 90%. But the price of getting into orbit is being slashed by yet another force: a miniaturization revolution. Today a satellite that weighs twenty five pounds—the weight of your backpack–can do the job of a.. Read More

The Reality of Getting to Mars — NASA’s Impossible “Evolvable Mars Campaign”

There are two ways to get Americans to Mars. One is the way we can afford. The other is the way we can’t. NASA, operating in secret, has been forced to choose the path that will break the bank—the path we simply can’t afford. NASA is circulating an internal document called “Evolvable Mars Campaign: Status Update to SLS Evolvability TIM.” The pages of the Evolvable Mars Campaign are clearly marked.. Read More

AE585 Seminar | Entry, Descent and Landing Technology Investments Designed to Enable a New Era of Mars Exploration

Dr. Robert D. Braun David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology Abstract: In the past twenty years, significant advances have been made in our ability to land scientific payloads on the Mars surface. These advances have come largely from continued evolution and refinement of Viking-era spaceflight technology. Over the past five years, a suite of new EDL technologies has been.. Read More