Scientists have just figured out the means by which a certain type of microbe can convert urine into hydrazine. Yes, that's right: these tiny bugs chow down on your pee, and then poop out honest to goodness rocket fuel.
Video cameras are small enough nowadays that you can strap them onto anything that moves, including fireworks. For the first time ever, check out what a bottle rocket sees as it launches, blows up, and then falls back to Earth.
It's more or less impossible for us puny humans to duplicate the raw epic power of a lightning bolt. They can travel at 140,000 mph (or about Mach 184 if you're counting), heat the surrounding air to three times the temperature of the surface of the sun, and transmit enough energy to toast approximately 100,000 slices of bread. To study a lightning bolt, you first have to capture it, and it turns out that the best way to do that is to fire rockets at thunderstorms. Yeah, it's probably best not to try this at home.
Copenhagen Suborbitals launched their homebuilt, $70,000 HEAT-1X rocket for the first time today, complete with the Tycho Brahe single person standing room only spacecraft on top. After a few minor delays, everything went more or less according to plan. Well, everything except for the parachute deployment, that is.
This week, Rocketdyne completed a series of tests on their launch abort system for Boeing's future space capsule, which would power it clear in the event of a primary rocket failure. And if you like watching rocket engine test firings, we've got some tasty video for you.
Chemical rockets operate on essentially the same technology that we've had since the 1930s, and it's dangerous, expensive, and very inefficient. It's high time for a better way of getting to space, and lasers might be the way to do it.
The jury's still out on NASA handing over the reins to private companies to lead us into space, but SpaceX, one of said companies, just launched its first spaceship into orbit with the intent of bringing it back safely. In fact, it's the first time a private spaceflight company has ever done this — bringing it back being the important thing.
With the shuttle fleet due to retire and the Constellation program — which was going to give NASA an option in deploying personnel to orbit and beyond — entirely scrapped, all eyes have been on what NASA will work on next. The agency has the answer.
Got some free time this weekend? And some pocket change? AND access to a hardware store? Then, my friend, you've got what it takes to make a sweet compressed-air rocket. As you can see in the above video, all it...
How do you enter your home? Through a normal door? Bo-ring! Just take a gander at this ludicrous entrance, which is made to look like you're entering a spaceship (or at least a spaceship from the set of a 70's...