Have you ever wondered what a Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma thruster is? You might have, and not even realized it. The engine, seen above, is considered a bit of an anomaly. Previously laughed-off as science fiction nonsense, the actual engine has been built by two separate teams, and verified by NASA as legitimately usable.
A cancelled NASA program appears to be the source of a major stash of mirror components Corning will soon be donating to a private cause. Suggesting the original project will not be revealed due to customer confidentiality, Corning has made note that they’ll be sending the collection to BoldlyGo Institute. This group will be aiming to put its ASTRO-1 telescope into orbit within the next 15 years.
Though it is clear in some cases where you can't fly drones (avoid those military bases, folks), it isn't quite as obvious in other places, particularly if you're doing so as a hobbyist. This issue was demonstrated yet again when one Amazon worker flew his drone near the Space Needle in Seattle, and was later visited by the police as a result.
Now that NASA has shuttered their own shuttle program, and Russia is being Russia again, how are we going to get to space? One popular option is SpaceX, which is currently testing re-usable rockets. Currently unmanned, SpaceX’s trips to the International Space Station could see passengers soon.
The art of taking pictures of objects is space got recent attention via astronaut Reid Wiseman, who took a picture of dice floating in space and more, sharing the images over his Twitter. A Japanese artist has done something similar, teaming up with JP Aerospace to take pictures of plants in the stratosphere.
The surprisingly little-known series known as Space Hulk is back with a vengeance, this time taking on the world with Unreal Engine 4. Everything we’ve seen with the UE4 stamp of approval on its back thus far has looked fantastic, and Space Hulk: Deathwing is no exception to the rule.
NASA has given the green light to a 3D printer specially designed for the International Space Station, with the microgravity-ready fabricator now expected to blast off in August this year. Made In Space announced plans to put a 3D printer in orbit last year, working with the US space agency on the idea that, rather than ship specific components and parts to the ISS, it makes more sense to produce them on-demand.
Some people dream of the now, others of the future. NASA's Harold White is one of those who dreams of the future, working with a team at the space agency to develop a warp drive that can one day take spacecraft up to faster-than-light speeds. To showcase what this future spaceship might look like, he worked alongside artist Mark Rademaker to formulate an updated visual concept.