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A new era of space exploration awaits

Following the end of The Second World War in the 1940s, international superpowers began testing rocket propulsion systems in aircraft, leading to supersonic planes such as the North American X-15 and eventually to the first Race for Space. Currently, a new competition is stirring between private companies looking to once again venture beyond our world.

Who’s Involved?

While there are many private companies conducting various kinds of work in the space industry, three stand above the rest. They’ve all showcased ingenuity, reliability, and signs for a successful future.

SpaceX

Likely the one most people have heard of, in recent years Elon Musk and…


A look ahead into what the future holds for the revolutionary aerospace company

On April 16, 2021 big news was issued from NASA regarding their future plans for the Artemis Program. Previously, they had announced that by 2024 astronauts are scheduled to land on the lunar surface once again, including the first woman and first person of color. If you wish to learn more about the Artemis Program, I suggest you take a look at one of my earlier articles linked below:

Anyways, how does the future of SpaceX tie into any of this? Well, NASA plans to use portions of their budget for Artemis to hire independent contractors that will provide additional…


Why Venus may be the better option for long-term colonization

There’s been a buzz of excitement in recent years about the potential colonization of Mars, significantly sparked by NASA’s Artemis missions and SpaceX’s continued testing and development of Starship. For most people, it’s fair to say that the first planet thought of for colonization is the red, dust-covered, freezing planet we call Mars. However, since the 1970’s scientists have been brainstorming colonization techniques for Earth’s sister planet, Venus. So, could Venus be a better option for colonization than Mars?

Pros

There are many advantages for choosing to colonize Venus over Mars…


Why America may be gone from the ISS sooner than you think

Costing NASA a whopping $4 billion a year just to keep it operational, the International Space Station is certainly no cheap endeavor for the government of the United States. Since the launch of its first module in November of 1998, the ISS has been an icon of human exploration. However, with the launch of its new Artemis Program, designed to get humans back on the lunar surface, NASA plans to stop their funding for the ISS.

Over the 20 years that astronauts have continously occupied the space station there have been a vast number of scientific experiments conducted there. Over…


The plane that brought America into the Space Age

On August 27, 1939 the first jet engine plane was flown by German test pilot Erich Warsitz. While the technology was available during the Second World War, it was not mass produced, so there were very few non-propeller aircraft on either side. Shortly after the war ended and companies stopped manufacturing goods specifically for troops, there were some advances to the jet engine.

Test pilots from around the country flocked to Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California to try out the new aircraft being developed by the military. …


Why SpaceX’s new technology is way ahead of its time

With a possible six different types, the reusable Starship rocket designed by SpaceX may be one of the most complicated pieces of machinery ever built, and a successor to the American Space Shuttle.

Starship is scheduled to make its first launch in 2023. There have already been a few successful test flights for Starhopper, an aircraft made to model the Starship. The Starhopper’s test on August 27, 2019 reached a maximum height of 150 meters (about 500 ft.), and autonomously returned to the ground without incident.

Granted, a 57 second…


Why asteroid mining may be more feasible than most people think

Mining on Earth is a difficult process. It requires large and heavy equipment to dig up the ground to find just a few fragments of a precious gem. Additonally, mining is taking away the natural environments of many species of animals. Mining here on Earth also causes climate change and deforestation, so why do we do it?

Mining companies exist because when they do find something, it is incredibly valuable. …


Why electric planes sound great, but aren’t very practical, at least for right now.

Recently, there has been some news circulating the development and testing of a new type of transportation: an electric plane. There have already been many electric planes manufactured that have worked and been able to fly reliably across somewhat long distances. The problem is that they are slow, really slow.

An airplane called the Solar Impulse 2 with solar panels on its wings can fly continuously using nothing but solar power and advanced aerodynamics. The drawback is its lack of sheer power, moving at an average…


For years, people have been wondering when the general public will have access to flying cars. Even now, these magical machines that combine air and ground travel are in development all across the globe. Since the early 20th century, people have been trying to build flying cars - so why don’t we have them now?

The problem with a machine that both flies and drives is that to make it safe enough to be on the road where it may be in an accident, the car portion must be heavier than the maximum takeoff weight of the plane portion, meaning…


A detailed look at the tools and technology needed to create a self-sustaining colony on the red planet

It’s human nature to always be looking ahead at what’s next. The minute Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the moon, scientists and civilians alike were already turning towards Mars, and wondering how we could go about landing humans there.

The Set-Up of a Colony

For there to be any well-working colony on Mars, there must be extensive research done ahead of time. Scientists and engineers need to determine the optimal locations of future landing sites and how to effectively transport crew and cargo to the Martian surface safely. …

Leo Ferguson

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