NASA to Cultivate Lettuce in Space

September 13, 2013 / No Comments

American space agency NASA is now going in for another experiment at its International Space Station. The agency is set to cultivate lettuce plants for making the space station self sufficient in terms of food. According to an article in the September issue of ‘The Modern Farmer’, NASA’s vegetable production system starts on an experimental basis this December. The system will ...

NASA Aims at Cut in Fuel Consumption with new Tech

January 28, 2013 / No Comments

It would be good to think of an aircraft that would run on reduced fuel. Fuel consumption being an important factor, NASA aims at developing an aircraft which would help reduce the consumption rate. They have developed an innovative flying wing aircraft which consumes about 50% fuel than what the others do. The new X-48C flying wing aircraft uses less fuel than ...

NASA Unfurls Plans for Largest Solar Sail Ever

September 30, 2011 / No Comments

NASA is on cloud nine. It has plans to expand its exploratory horizons through deploying solar sails that will harness solar power. This will increase spacecraft efficiency and lower operating costs. NASA recently unveiled plans to advance the technology by rolling out the largest-ever solar sail created--- in 2015. The next-gen solar spacecraft will deploy and operate a sail seven times ...

NASA Green Flight Challenge Gets Google Sponsorship

August 3, 2011 / 1 Comment

Yet another competition that would exhibit the ultimate in creativity is coming your way.  The contest will showcase ideas in the aircraft designing domain by the CAFE foundation (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency).  Google will be sponsoring the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The competition will start on September 25 and will run through October ...

Space Tourism May Have Immediate Impact on Climate

October 28, 2010 / 1 Comment

Space tourism flights, such as that planned by British billionaire Richard Branson, is likely to contribute in increasing carbon footprint which in turn leads to global warming and climate change.  According to new research, these flights could have an even more immediate impact on the world's climate.

MIT designed aircraft cuts fuel consumption to just 1/3 of the normal

May 18, 2010 / No Comments

It seems as if a wave of technological and scientific advancements is all set to revolutionize the aviation industry worldwide. After daily news snippets, citing one or the other breakthrough in the field, its researchers from MIT, that is once again riding the wave.

NASA’s SOLO-TREC robot powered by ocean’s thermal energy

May 6, 2010 / No Comments

NASA’s has learnt to harness ocean’s thermal energy to drive its new robot. Called SOLO TREC this wax filled buoy requires no battery change and completely relies on renewable energy for its oceanic maneuverings.

NASA Launches Solar Powered WISE Telescope to Detect Asteroids

December 15, 2009 / No Comments

Asteroids have a way of getting past our eyes in space, and sometimes reach dangerously close distances without being detected. Stray asteroids getting close to our planet are not a good thing in the least, but then there is also a chance of vast knowledge that can be gained from such heavenly bodies. NASA's new, solar powered WISE (Wide-field Infrared ...

NASA Launches Ares I-X Test Rocket

October 28, 2009 / No Comments

NASA's Ares I-X test rocket lifted off at 11:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All told, the flight test lasted about six minutes: the launch from the newly modified Launch Pad 39B, a two-minute powered flight, and then a splashdown of the rocket's booster stage nearly 150 miles downrange.

NASA Ready to Test New Ares I-X Rocket (Video)

October 22, 2009 / 1 Comment

NASA's  new Ares I-X  test rocket is on the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in preparation for its debut launch scheduled for October 27. The Ares I-X  is a prototype for the Ares 1 rocket NASA plans to use to launch its shuttle successor, the Orion spacecraft. The flight test will provide NASA with an opportunity to ...