In possibly his most glorious bit of "here's how you do it" video to date, serial DIY'er Ben Krasnow takes us through what it looks like inside a rocket during its burn. The hybrid rocket engine is built with acrylic to give us a view of the gaseous oxygen letting it rip.
Satellites, like the people who make them, come in all shapes and sizes. Their parts do as well. And while some thrusters are large and impressive, some satellites need smaller ones. So Paulo Lozano at MIT decided to build a rocket thruster the size of a penny.
Elon Musk, who helped launch PayPal, Tesla Motors and most recently SpaceX, is pretty dang serious about getting our asses to Mars. Before Curiosity, colonies on Mars were knocked back to the 2030s — or beyond, even. Now? We may only have to wait "12 to 15 years."
U.S. aerospace company Alliant Techsystems supported NASA's shuttle program by manufacturing the space agency's Solid Rocket Boosters (or SRBs), the pair of which provided most of the initial thrust to carry the spacecraft aloft. Now, the firm is looking to put that know-how toward building a manned launcher of its own.
Beyond the boundary of space, some 62 miles above the surface of the Earth, the wind is blowing like a hurricane. Too high for weather balloons and too low for satellites, we don't know much about this region, which is why NASA sent five sounding rockets up there in under five minutes this morning.
One thing we know is NASA knows how to launch a rocket. Now, the agency is upping its game by launching five rockets in five minutes to study the winds swirling in the atmosphere at the edge of space
Making a rocket engine isn't that hard: you can do it at home with some Diet Coke and Mentos. It's getting the rocket to go where you want it to that's the tricky part. Private spaceflight companies are in the same boat, so they've asked the guys who came up with the guidance computer for the Apollo program for help.
High up on the list of things that it seems like a very bad idea to swallow are hydrogen-powered rockets. But researchers looking for new ways to deliver drugs inside the stomach have developed little microrockets powered by microbubbles and steered by micromagnets that are apparently perfectly safe to ingest. Yum?
You remember SpaceShipOne, right? It's the passenger-carrying rocket ship that's boosted a big chunk of the way to space by that crazy airplane that's really two airplanes stuck together. A company called Stratolaunch is going to take this concept and supersize it to launch cargo rockets (and eventually passengers) to orbit.
I'm not entirely sure how drilling tiny holes into bullets will make them quieter, more accurate, and into rockets, but some Italian company says that's what they've done. It's just too bad that James Bond's done it already.