Space Tech in Science Fiction
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Author (Publication Date)

E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Joe Haldeman (1974)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Cordwainer Smith (1960)
Henry Kuttner (1938)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1928)
Poul Anderson (1954)
Arthur K. Barnes (1938)
Garrett P. Serviss (1898)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1951)
Nelson S. Bond (1941)
J.M. Walsh (1932)
Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
Percy Greg (1880)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
Iain M Banks (2004)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Ray Cummings (1930)
Olaf Stapledon (1930)
Olaf Stapledon (1937)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Eando Binder (1953)
Nat Schachner (1941)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1951)
Emmett McDowell (1946)
Garrett P. Serviss (1898)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
David Lasser (1931)
Percy Greg (1880)
Arthur C. Clarke (1976)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Robert Heinlein (1948)
Nat Schachner (1932)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Ray Cummings (1936)
Philip K. Dick (Ace)
Edmond Hamilton (1936)
Isaac Asimov (1953)
Gordon R. Dickson (1960)
Jane Webb Loudon (1828)
Robert Heinlein (1957)
Robert Heinlein (1982)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Larry Niven (1985)
Edmond Hamilton (1932)
George Griffith (1901)
Edward Everett Hale (1869)
Alan E. Nourse (1956)
Larry Niven (1976)
H.G. Wells (1901)
Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
John Varley (1977)
Nelson S. Bond (1941)
Robert Heinlein (1958)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
Jack Williamson (1931)
Paul Schneider (1966)
Joe Haldeman (1974)
Jules Verne (1867)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
H. Beam Piper (1952)
Greg Bear (2014)
Larry Niven (1994)
Bruce Sterling (1985)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
George Lucas (1976)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Isaac Asimov (1962)
Edmond Hamilton (1936)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
Arthur C. Clarke (1961)
Arthur C. Clarke (1961)
Cordwainer Smith (1950)
Otto Willi Gail (1929)
Garrett P. Serviss (1898)
Larry Niven (1970)
Ray Cummings (1936)
Nelson S. Bond (1941)
Ray Cummings (1936)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Ray Cummings (1936)
Larry Niven (1994)
Jack McDevitt (2002)
Frank Belknap Long, Jr. (1937)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (Astounding)
John W. Campbell (1931)
Orson Scott Card (1985)
Russell Hoban (1996)
Hal Clement (1956)
Edward Everett Hale (1869)
John W. Campbell (1931)
John W. Campbell (1931)
Jules Verne (1867)
William Gibson (1984)
Murray Leinster (1953)
James Blish (1952)
Jack Williamson (1931)
Margaret Saint Clair (1949)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Jack Williamson (1936)
Olaf Stapledon (1937)
Frank K. Kelly (1933)
George O. Smith (1942)
W.F. Wallace (1952)
Edmond Hamilton (1942)
Harry Gore Bishop (1907)
Kurd Lasswitz (1897)
Malcom Jameson (1939)
George O. Smith (1947)
Malcom Jameson (1961)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Ray Cummings (1930)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Robert Heinlein (1948)
Jack Williamson (1936)
Poul Anderson (1950)
Frank Belknap Long, Jr. (1946)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Murray Leinster (1953)
Edmond Hamilton (1931)
Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
Robert Heinlein (1942)
John W. Campbell (1930)
Edmond Hamilton (1938)
Alfred Bester (1974)
Frank Belknap Long, Jr. (1937)
William Gibson (1988)
Robert Heinlein (1950)
Kirk Meadowcroft (1928)
Harry Harrison (1959)
Arthur C. Clarke (1961)
Robert Forward (1985)
E.C. Tubb (1958)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Ray Cummings (1936)
John Berryman (1939)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Douglas Adams (1979)
Murray Leinster (1953)
Larry Niven (1994)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
Robert Heinlein (1939)
Isaac Asimov (1942)
Harry Gore Bishop (1907)
James Blish (1957)
Harry Harrison (1963)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
Larry Niven (1970)
Murray Leinster (1956)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Larry Niven (1966)
Jules Verne (1867)
Larry Niven (1971)
Jules Verne (1867)
Jack Vance (1962)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1934)
Robert Heinlein (1966)
Ray Cummings (1930)
Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Brian Aldiss (1962)
Robert Heinlein (1952)
Robert Heinlein (1961)
W.F. Wallace (1952)
Edwin K. Sloat (1932)
Jack Williamson (1931)
Fred Hoyle (1957)
Larry Niven (1966)
Arthur K. Barnes (1938)
Murray Leinster (1953)
Manly Wade Wellman (1941)
Michael Flynn (1998)
Clyde Wilson (1938)
Larry Niven (1994)
Robert Heinlein (1966)
W.F. Wallace (1952)
Larry Niven (1969)
Manly Wade Wellman (1941)
Murray Leinster (1945)
Edmond Hamilton (1932)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Edmond Hamilton (1942)
George O. Smith (1943)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Theodore Sturgeon (1941)
Ray Cummings (1930)
Robert Heinlein (1939)
Ray Cummings (1930)
L. Ron Hubbard (1948)
Robert Heinlein (1948)
Robert Heinlein (1939)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Stanley G. Weinbaum (1935)
Michael Moorcock (1963)
Olaf Stapledon (1937)
David Brin (1979)
A.G. Stangland (1932)
Terry Bisson (1994)
Harry Gore Bishop (1907)
John W. Campbell (1931)
John Varley (1977)
H. Beam Piper (1952)
Arthur C. Clarke (1978)
Theodore Sturgeon (1941)
Carl Sagan (1985)
Murray Leinster (1945)
Greg Bear (2014)
Manly Wade Wellman (1941)
H.G. Wells (1923)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
Robert Heinlein (1948)
Jack Williamson (1936)
Clifford Simak (1956)
Jack Williamson (1936)
Edmond Hamilton (1934)
Olaf Stapledon (1930)
Murray Leinster (1947)
Cordwainer Smith (1953)
Emmett McDowell (1946)
Glen Cook (1985)
Otto Willi Gail (1929)
Roger MacBride Allen (1990)
Nat Schachner (1932)
Murray Leinster (1931)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1931)
Joe Haldeman (1974)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1928)
Michael Crichton (1969)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Greg Bear (2014)
Murray Leinster (1953)
John W. Campbell (1936)
John W. Campbell (1931)
Larry Niven (1965)
Gordon A. Giles (1937)
Jack Williamson (1931)
George Lucas (1976)
Frederic Brown (1949)
Jack Williamson (1938)
Isaac Asimov (1952)
Harry Harrison (1959)
Manly Wade Wellman (1940)
Manly Wade Wellman (1940)
Poul Anderson (1967)
George RR Martin (1977)
Edmond Hamilton (1931)
Larry Niven (1970)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1930)
Edmond Hamilton (1929)
Lester del Rey (1939)
Theodore Sturgeon (1950)
Author Unknown (1967)
Keith Laumer (1971)
Greg Bear (2014)
Larry Niven (1970)
Robert Heinlein (1939)
Leo Zagat (1932)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (1979)
Isaac Asimov (1941)
Arthur C. Clarke (1964)
Arthur C. Clarke (1964)
Kim Stanley Robinson (1995)
George O. Smith (1952)
Robert Heinlein (1948)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
E.R. James (1954)
Murray Leinster (1953)
Manly Wade Wellman (1931)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
John W. Campbell (1930)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1932)
Manly Wade Wellman (1941)
Nelson S. Bond (1941)
E.B. White (1950)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Clare Wagner Harris (w/MJ Breuer) (1929)
Garrett P. Serviss (1898)
Jack Williamson (1936)
Murray Leinster (1956)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1932)
Murray Leinster (1953)
Edmond Hamilton (1931)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
Jack Williamson (1931)
M. Breuer (w/J. Williamson) (1930)
Otto Willi Gail (1929)
Edmond Hamilton (1938)
Frederic Brown (1949)
Gordon A. Giles (1937)
Charles Sheffield (1979)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Jules Verne (1867)
Larry Niven w/Pournelle, Flynn (1991)
R.M. Williams (1944)
Poul Anderson (1948)
Edmond Hamilton (1946)
Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
Cordwainer Smith (1960)
Ray Cummings (1936)
Charles Stross (2005)
Clyde Wilson (1938)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
C.J. Cherryh (1991)
John Varley (2006)
Jack Williamson (1940)
Edmond Hamilton (1931)
George O. Smith (1944)
Larry Niven (1968)
Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1961)
Edwin K. Sloat (1932)
George Lucas (1976)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1985)
James Schmitz (1949)
Robert Heinlein (1948)
James Blish (1957)
Jerry Pournelle (w/L. Niven) (1981)
Edmond Hamilton (1936)
David Brin (1983)
Murray Leinster (1953)
Murray Leinster (1953)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1930)
Greg Bear (2014)
Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
Robert Heinlein (1950)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1931)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Stanley G. Weinbaum (1935)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
H. Beam Piper (1952)
Jack Williamson (1936)
Harl Vincent (1931)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1930)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1930)
George O. Smith (1942)
Edmond Hamilton (1929)
Edwin Balmer (w/P. Wylie) (1932)
Murray Leinster (1947)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Jules Verne (1867)
Clifford Simak (1963)
Robert Silverberg (1969)
Francis Godwin (1638)
Johannes Kepler (1634)
Robert Heinlein (1942)
John Maddox Roberts (1979)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (1979)
Edmond Hamilton (1931)
Gordon A. Giles (1937)
Murray Leinster (1953)

Related Science Fiction in the News

Astronaut Tim Peake Completes Space Marathon
'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses...' - Murray Leinster, 1953.
(re: Murray Leinster, 4/23/2016 )
Aerojet Rocketdyne 'Ion Drive' To Reach The Asteroids? (Update!)
'It has its own ion drive...' - Jack Williamson, 1947.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 4/22/2016 )
Is Social Media Saving Space Travel?
'Officially, they were delighted to share their experiences with the public.' - Michael Swanwick
(re: Michael Swanwick, 4/20/2016 )
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module Attached to ISS
'John Endlich and his wife were setting up an airtight tent...' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 4/16/2016 )
Hydrogen Leak Detection By HySense
'Feathered wisps of tell-tale vapor whisked through...' - Leo Zagat, 1932.
(re: Leo Zagat, 4/15/2016 )
Breakthrough Starshot Sends Chip Craft To The Stars
'There was a laser cannon big enough to punch a hole through We Made It's moon.' - Larry Niven, 1966.
(re: Larry Niven , 4/10/2016 )
SpaceX Falcon Water Landing Presaged By Russian Sci-Fi Film
Yes, you've seen it before - in science fiction!
(re: M. Karzhukov/A. Kozyr, 4/9/2016 )
Asteroid Cleaner Robot To Sweep Up Dust Around The Solar System
'JPL was designing a satellite to enter the fringes of space and collect organisms and dust for study...' - Michael Crichton, 1969.
(re: Michael Crichton, 4/8/2016 )
The Remotely-Operated Cold Atom Laboratory
'Hello, Europa... Is this your robot I'm looking at?' - James Blish, 1957.
(re: James Blish, 3/10/2016 )
Archinaut 3D Printing Autonomous Space Manufacturing System
Crawling across the structures of future space craft.
(re: Charles Sheffield, 2/24/2016 )
Crowdfunded Russian Beacon Satellite Is An Orbital Mirror
'I don't have to tell you about the seven two-mile-diameter orbital mirrors...' - Theodore Sturgeon, 1941.
(re: Theodore Sturgeon, 2/19/2016 )
Asteroids Threaten Earth? New Study Details Laser Ablation Method
'This obelisk is one huge deflector mechanism...' - Gene Roddenberry, 1968.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/12/2016 )
Martian Concrete, Rich In Sulphur, Made After Arrival
'We have been mining steadily, and making some photocells...' - John W. Campbell, 1951.
(re: John W. Campbell, 1/8/2016 )
NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission
'[Asteroid] Eighty-eight received a series of gentle pats, always on the side headed along her course...' - Robert Heinlein, 1939.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/9/2015 )
Space Synthetic Biology Grand Challenges
'What better purifying machine is there than a plot of grass?' - George O. Smith,
(re: George O. Smith, 12/4/2015 )
Blue Origin Reusable Rocket's Vertical Landing
We're getting there, one launch at a time. Nice going, Blue Origins!
(re: Various, 11/17/2015 )
Have Scientists Found A Parallel Universe Leaking Into Ours
'Ellis had found a weak point, a shimmer, at which another continuum completely had been visible.' - Philip K. Dick, 1966.
(re: Philip K Dick, 11/14/2015 )
Senate Passes Space Mining Legislation
'The law of filing on newly discovered asteroids was definite...' - Nat Schachner, 1941.
(re: Nat Schachner, 11/7/2015 )
The 'Marching Mountains' Of Pluto
Calling Captain Future! Your time has come.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 11/4/2015 )
3D Printed Pluto And Charon, For Imperial Collectors
'It was the kind of globe made for wealthy collectors or planetary governors of the Empire.' - Frank Herbert, 1965.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/13/2015 )
A Solar System Swept Clean - For A Dyson Swarm
'They cleaned it out...' - Larry Niven, 1970
(re: Larry Niven, 10/8/2015 )
ADEPT Heat Shield Works For Mars
'...A synthetic which air-friction would erode away...' - EE Doc Smith, 1934.
(re: EE 'Doc' Smith, 10/3/2015 )
Nuke Mars To Terraform It, Says Elon Musk
'... Mars could not be made habitable without first being stocked with air and water...' - Olaf Stapledon, 1930.
(re: Olaf Stapledon, 9/10/2015 )
Texas-Sized Ice Slab Found On Mars
'That's okay, still ice in The Rock and a miner expects to sound for it...'- Robert Heinlein, 1966.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 9/9/2015 )
NASA Turns To Museum Space Shuttles For Parts
Tropes true to life.
(re: Niven & Pournelle, 9/5/2015 )
Self-Healing Materials For Spacecraft
'It even had an inter-skin layer of gum that sealed the punctures...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 8/13/2015 )
Canada's Inflatable Space Elevator Tower
"...establish an elevator system linking Earth to space?"- Arthur C. Clarke, 1976.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 8/3/2015 )
Artificial Gravity? Why Not?
'The artificial gravity-controls in the base of the ship... were being tampered with!' - Ray Cummings
(re: Ray Cummings, 7/19/2015 )
NASA Misses $5Trillion Funding Boost
'This must be a golden planet—this little asteroid.' - Garrett P. Serviss, 1898.
(re: Garrett P. Serviss, 7/5/2015 )
LightSail Solar Sail Deploys
'This was the first time any solar yacht had ever attained it...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1964.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 6/8/2015 )
Suit Up! Fifty Years Of Spacewalks Video
'I experienced for a few minutes the delicious, indescribable pleasure of being a little planet...'- Garrett P. Serviss, 1898.
(re: Garrett P. Serviss, 6/3/2015 )
Microbes To Terraform Mars?
'Terraform the little rock...'- Jack Williamson, 1941.
(re: Jack Williamson, 5/7/2015 )
Tyson Says Asteroid Miners Will Be First Trillionaires
'...Come together here under the influence of their mutual gravitation, and formed a little metallic planet.'- Garrett P. Serviss, 1898.
(re: Garrett P. Serviss, 5/1/2015 )
Zap Space Debris With Telescope Laser On ISS
'... their lasers vaporized the smaller satellites...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 4/24/2015 )
Spacex Sticks Landing! But Neglects Lateral Forces
Elon Musk and Spacex engineers will not be denied!
(re: Various, 4/9/2015 )
Asterank Database Identifies Profitable Asteroids
'Now it was a huge, charted, floating ore deposit for the entire Solar System.'- Nelson S. Bond, 1941.
(re: Nelson S. Bond, 4/2/2015 )
China Plans Orbiting Solar Power Station
'Our beams feed these worlds energy drawn from... the Sun.'- Isaac Asimov, 1941.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 3/23/2015 )
NASA's VestaTrek - Visit Asteroid Vesta
'At the Asteroids Homesteaders' School in Chicago... he had been shown diagrams and photographs of Vesta.'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 3/21/2015 )
How Many Systems In That Galactic Empire Now?
'An Empire to twenty million stellar systems...'- Isaac Asimov, 1953.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 3/11/2015 )
Britain To Build Spaceport, First In Europe
'The space-ports at the three great cities...'- Breuer/Williamson, 1930.
(re: Breuer and Williamson, 3/5/2015 )
Testing New Spacesuits In 1929 And 2015
'I'm going to pump the air from this room... so that the interior will be like airless and pressure-less space.'- Otto Willi Gail, 1929.
(re: , 2/23/2015 )
Space Station Kitchens 1929 and 2015
'Plates and cups ... slowly floated down to the floor and were not broken.'- Otto Willi Gail, 1929.
(re: Otto Willi Gail, 2/22/2015 )
Bigelow Gets FAA Backing For Moon
'Above them a dome of transparent plastic kept the fresh spring-scented air in...'- Philip K. Dick
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/2/2015 )
Will We Mine The Moon For Ice?
'That's okay, still ice in The Rock and a miner expects to sound for it...'- Robert Heinlein, 1966.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 1/30/2015 )
Elon Musk, Google To Extend Internet Into Earth Orbit, Then Mars
'This was the center of Interplanetary Communications.'- George O Smith, 1942.
(re: George O Smith, 1/12/2015 )
HAVOC Over Venus ala Bespin
'Cloud City is an installation on the planet Bespin...'- George Lucas, 1980.
(re: George Lucas, 12/20/2014 )
Should SETI Talk To Molecular Cloud Barnard 68?
'I myself am building basic chemicals at about 10,000,000,000 times the rate at which building is occurring on the whole ... surface of your planet.'- Fred Hoyle, 1957.
(re: Fred Hoyle, 12/17/2014 )
Stellar Navigation Based On Network Analysis
'We are a traveling people. We need a travel station here.'- Clifford Simak, 1963.
(re: Clifford Simak, 12/8/2014 )
Students! NASA Wants To 3D Print Your Tool Design In Space!
'Mass-produced only in the orbiting factories...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1979
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 10/21/2014 )
Flock Of Minisats Will Image The Earth
'We... dropped roughly a thousand eyes on Beta Hydri IV.'- Robert Silverberg, 1969.
(re: Robert Silverberg, 10/17/2014 )
The Manned Maneuvering Unit Story
'Little spurts of red-orange flame from the reaction pistol marked his companion's trail...'- Gordon A. Giles, 1937.
(re: Gordon A. Giles, 10/15/2014 )
Bigelow's Inflatable BEAM Module Ready For ISS In 2015
'The bubble had inflatable seats and an inflatable table...'- Larry Niven, 1994.
(re: Larry Niven, 10/8/2014 )
Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitats Sleeping Your Way To Mars!
'Somnolents require about one per cent the living room needed by active, functioning humans...'- Robert Heinlein, 1941.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/5/2014 )
MIT's Latest Biosuit For Fashionable Astronauts
'You'd need a space suit to make any kind of a successful trip outdoors.'- Manly Wade Wellman, 1947.
(re: Randall P. Serviss, 9/24/2014 )
Tracking Spinning Space Junk
'Loose nuts and bolts... had been accumulating in Earth orbit'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 9/13/2014 )
The Amazing Gravity-Assisted Journey Of Rosetta
'...We used the [moon's] attraction to give us additional starting speed'- Ray Cummings, 1930.
(re: Ray Cummings, 9/10/2014 )
Hayabusa-2 Asteroid Cannon Strategy From 1950's SF Novel
'Fire streaked in a thin line from the muzzle of a cannon-like tube...'- EC Tubb, 1958.
(re: EC Tubb, 9/5/2014 )
Man-Made Space Leaf Creates Oxygen From Water And Light
'What better purifying machine is there than... grass?'- George O. Smith, 1942.
(re: George O. Smith, 7/27/2014 )
Revisiting A Cloud City On Venus
I've been looking forward to something like this since 1980.
(re: Geoffrey Landis, 7/6/2014 )
'Windowless Cockpit' Like Star Trek's Patent Applied For
Wait - you thought Sulu had a window?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 7/5/2014 )
NASA's Warp Speed Starship Design
'As Earth's faster-than-light spaceship hung in the void between galaxies...'- John W. Campbell
(re: John W. Campbell, 6/12/2014 )
ForceShoes, NASA's Exercise Sandals For Astronauts
'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses.'- Murray Leinster, 1953.
(re: Murray Leinster, 6/3/2014 )
Bookies Let You Place Your Bets On the Future!
I'll bet you feel strongly enough about at least one of these bets to want to put your money down.
(re: David Brin, 4/18/2014 )
NASA Gives Away Rocket Code - For Dads
'The rocket thundered and leaped. The children danced in their hammocks, screaming.'- Ray Bradbury, 1952.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 4/4/2014 )
Automated Planet Finder Telescope Starts The Hunt
'I was near enough it now to set my automatic astronomical instruments to searching it for a habitable planet.'- Edmond Hamilton, 1936.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 4/3/2014 )
Spacesuit Z-2: NASA Wants You To Pick Their Next Design
'Al was hastily donning his space suit...'- Schachner and Zagat, 1931.
(re: Schachner and Zagat, 3/29/2014 )
Can 'Dimers' Be Used For Star Trek's Long Range Sensors?
From 'Using Dimers to Measure Biosignatures and Atmospheric Pressure for Terrestrial Exoplanets'.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/13/2014 )
Australians To Zap Space Junk Ala Arthur C. Clarke
'[They] could easily pinpoint the debris of the early Space Age.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 3/12/2014 )
Shimuzu Luna Ring Solar Power Project
'This was really free power... Power carried across millions of miles on Addison's tight-beam principle.'- Clifford Simak, 1941.
(re: Clifford Simak, 2/24/2014 )
Robot Kirobo Talks With Astronauts Aboard ISS
Robots now converse in space. With humans.
(re: George Lucas, 12/18/2013 )
NASA's LADEE Enters Lunar Orbit
'... dust normally on the surface picks up and keeps a charge.' - Hal Clement, 1956.
(re: Hal Clement, 11/28/2013 )
Nuclear Interceptors Designed For Planetary Protection
See NASA's concept for a nuclear interceptor.
(re: Various, 10/16/2013 )
SpaceX Grasshopper Divert Video
Isn't this the way that rocket ships were meant to land?
(re: , 8/15/2013 )
Ultrasonic Noise Betrays ISS Leaks
Gentlemen, Be Seated!
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/4/2013 )
Robonaut To Get Eight-Legged Spidernaut Configuration?
'The eight thin metallic legs were pointed downwards, balanced delicately...'- Charles Sheffield, 1979.
(re: Charles Sheffield, 7/2/2013 )
Snowboarding On Mars? Heinlein Was Ready
How long ago did Robert Heinlein write about skiing on dry alien worlds?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/13/2013 )
Could Ground-Based Lasers De-Orbit Space Junk?
'Then their lasers vaporized the smaller satellites...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 5/18/2013 )
The Interplanetary Internet, Vint Cerf Speaking
'This was the center of Interplanetary Communications.'- George O. Smith, 1942.
(re: George O. Smith, 5/9/2013 )
30-Day Trip To Mars?
'The Federation Ship Champion... made the crossing under Lyle Drive in only nineteen days.'- Robert Heinlein, 1961.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/7/2013 )
The Atacama Large Millimeter Array - And Fred Hoyle
'Scientifically it would all make a lot more sense in Chile.'- Sir Fred Hoyle, 1973.
(re: Fred Hoyle, 3/14/2013 )
Students! NASA's Space Radiation Challenge Is On
'The rocket-water tanks - all around us... that saved us?'- John W. Campbell, 1936.
(re: John W. Campbell, 3/13/2013 )
Looking For Local Extraterrestrials
' day the Face of God awoke... He opened His single Eye.'- Niven and Pournelle, 1974.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 3/9/2013 )
SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Lands On Its Tail
Landing on their tailfins is how rockets were meant to fly.
(re: Various, 3/8/2013 )
Married Couples! Want To Go To Mars?
'...someone who was willing to look up for him the names of single female volunteers who might (with him) complete a crew...'- Robert Heinlein, 1961.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/3/2013 )
Space-Based Solar Power May Yet Happen
'Immediately beneath it hung the photosynthesis stations and the machinery for generating power from solar radiation.'- Olaf Stapledon 1937.
(re: Olaf Stapledon, 2/28/2013 )
ISS Smart SPHERES Operated By Remote Control From Earth
'Hocus-pocus religions and archaic weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side.'- George Lucas, 1976.
(re: George Lucas, 2/11/2013 )
Don't Miss The Planetary Show!
'...the human race was fortunate to have seen such a wonder; it could exist for only a brief moment of time.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 1/27/2013 )
Deep Space Industries To Mine Asteroids
' a few minutes a hole had been dug in the comparatively light soil of the asteroid.'- Garrett P. Serviss, 1898.
(re: Garrett P. Serviss, 1/23/2013 )
Precursor To Life Found In Space Cloud
'By and large, one only expects intelligent life to exist in a diffuse gaseous medium...'- Fred Hoyle, 1957.
(re: Fred Hoyle, 1/14/2013 )
Sorry, No Death Star - Obama Administration
''But it's too big to be a space station,' Solo objected.'- George Lucas, 1976. (But don't forget Doc Smith, scientifiction fans!)
(re: George Lucas, 1/12/2013 )
ARED Keeps ISS Astronauts Fit
'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses... set for full Earth-gravity simulation.'- Murray Leinster, 1953.
(re: Murray Leinster, 1/11/2013 )
Uploading Minds For Interstellar Travel
'I want him to get her whole life printed...'- Cordwainer Smith, 1962.
(re: Cordwainer Smith, 1/9/2013 )
Asteroid To Orbit Moon?
'[Asteroid] Eighty-eight received a series of gentle pats, always on the side headed along her course.' - Robert Heinlein, 1939
(re: Robert Heinlein, 1/8/2013 )
Supercut Helmet Oddity Space Helmet Mashup
'He took the glass-fronted space helmet...'- Manly Wade Wellman, 1931.
(re: Manly Wade Wellman, 12/11/2012 )
Fresh Veggies, Fresh Air For Mars
'What better purifying machine is there than a plot of grass?'- George O. Smith, 1942.
(re: George O. Smith, 12/6/2012 )
SABRE Orbital Jet Engine Breakthrough
'They were more airplane than spaceship...'- Robert Heinlein, 1951.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/1/2012 )
3D Printer Runs On Moon Dust
Fifties SF leaves engineers in the dust again.
(re: John W. Campbell, 11/28/2012 )
LADEE To Investigate Levitating Lunar Dust
'And what, dear student, happens to particles carrying like electrical charges?'- Hal Clement, 1956.
(re: Hal Clement, 11/18/2012 )
A Rogue Planet - Right In Our Neighborhood
An interstellar world, nomad planet, free-floating planet or orphan planet.
(re: Balmer and Wylie, 11/16/2012 )
Valerians, Your Heavy Gravity Planet Has Been Found
'...of extraordinary size, strength, and agility because of the enormous gravitation of the planet Valeria'- EE 'Doc' Smith, 1938.
(re: EE 'Doc' Smith, 11/9/2012 )
Neil deGrasse Tyson Finds Krypton! (Video)
Tyson, Superman, Krypton, Action Comics - what's not to like?
(re: Various, 11/7/2012 )
RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge Is ON!
' tanker rolled on the peculiar flex-wheels which had proved one of the best all-purpose ways of getting around on the Moon.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 10/26/2012 )
Private Space Flight At 'Inflection Point'
'The travelers could therefore quit their prison at pleasure, as soon as they should reach the moon.'- Jules Verne, 1867.
(re: Jules Verne, 10/20/2012 )
Seeing the High Energy Sky
Dramatic videos show how ESA's Integral helps us see the universe in a whole new light.
(re: Various, 10/19/2012 )
Red Bull Stratos' Freefall From 24 Miles High
'He gasped as the air rushed out into near-vacuum...'- EE 'Doc' Smith, 1934.
(re: EE 'Doc' Smith, 10/15/2012 )
NASA's X1 Robotic Exoskeleton For Astronauts
'Earth's scientists solved the problem to some extent by devising rigid metallic clothing...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1932.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 10/15/2012 )
Who First Suggested Terraforming Venus First?
'In five hundred years, all of Venus might be paradise.'- Poul Anderson, 1955.
(re: Poul Anderson, 10/12/2012 )
Space Debris Cleanup - Use Harpoons Or Gas Clouds?
'...satellites of all shapes and sizes... had been accumulating in Earth orbit... Now it had to be located, and somehow disposed of.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 10/6/2012 )
Asteroid Miners Wanted!
'We must dig down, and then doubtless we shall find the metal.'- Garrett P. Serviss, 1898.
(re: Garrett P. Serviss, 9/30/2012 )
Six Inflatable Space Structures From Science Fiction
'In another minute John Endlich and his wife were setting up an airtight tent...' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 9/26/2012 )
What Price Warp Drive?
'Every atom of ship... was driven around space... by a direct reaction against the space warp itself.' - Jack Williamson, 1936.
(re: Jack Williamson, 9/24/2012 )
Building A Better Space Suit - The Biosuit
'I had stepped outside the car with Lord Kelvin, both of us, of course, wearing our air-tight suits.' - Randall P. Serviss, 1898
(re: Randall P. Serviss, 9/19/2012 )
NASA's Robotic Rover Drivers
'Helmuth, after all, was not on Jupiter - though that was becoming harder and harder for him to bear in mind.'
(re: James Blish, 9/9/2012 )
Mini Ion Thrusters To Push Tiny Satellites
Perfect for pushing your cubesat around.
(re: Murray Leinster, 8/20/2012 )
I Want A Curiosity Rover Sky Crane!
'The observation vehicle was of that peculiar variety used in conveying a large number of people across rough terrain.'
(re: Jack Vance, 8/16/2012 )
China Carries Out Automated Space Docking
China's space capabilities continue to evolve.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 6/18/2012 )
NASA's Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator
From the Office of the Chief Technologist.
(re: EE 'Doc' Smith, 5/15/2012 )
Russia's SAR-400 To Work Alongside Robonaut 2
'For a wild instant he had thought there was a man on Jupiter already...'
(re: James Blish, 5/7/2012 )
Can You Stake A Claim To An Asteroid?
'The law of filing on newly discovered asteroids was definite. Two steps were required. '
(re: Nat Schachner, 4/28/2012 )
Arkyd Spacecraft To Hunt Asteroid Platinum, Water
'This must be a golden planet—this little asteroid.' At least, that's what they are hoping.
(re: Garrett P. Serviss, 4/24/2012 )
Is Planetary Resources An Asteroid Mining Company?
'This must be a golden planet—this little asteroid.'
(re: Garrett P. Serviss, 4/19/2012 )
Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array
'This was really free power, easy power, plentiful power.'
(re: Clifford Simak, 4/18/2012 )
X-Ray Pulsar 'Beacons' To Guide Spacecraft
Celestial GPS for the solar system - and beyond!
(re: George O. Smith, 3/31/2012 )
Robofish - To Europa!
It's a long way to Jupiter, so those robotic fish are going to need some help.
(re: Michael Swanwick, 3/28/2012 )
Dawn Spacecraft On A Star Trek Mission
'Dawn’s ambitious exploration of Vesta has been going beautifully'
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/27/2012 )
Exoplanets May Reach 'Warp Speed'
More interesting theories about rogue worlds.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/26/2012 )
Dual-Laser Sensing Like Star Trek Long Range Sensors
Mr. Spock, engage long-range sensors!
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/24/2012 )
NASA Team Camps On An Asteroid (Almost)
Will we ever go camping in space? Keep the dream alive!
(re: Various, 3/19/2012 )
Enormous Ship Refuels From The Sun Video Update
That darned Death Star has to get its planet-busting energy from someplace. Now updated by NASA!
(re: Jack Williamson, 3/16/2012 )
Handy Zero-G Cup
Serving tea in space is harder than you might think.
(re: Murray Leinster, 2/26/2012 )
More Nomad Planets Than Stars?
I don't suppose any of them are arranged in a Klemperer rosette?
(re: Balmer and Wylie, 2/25/2012 )
Japanese Company To Build Space Elevator?
Establish an elevator system linking Earth to space!
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 2/22/2012 )
CleanSpace One Goal: De-Orbit Space Debris
OK, earthlings: Let's get rid of space debris once and for all!
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 2/17/2012 )
NEOShield Asteroid Deflector Project Funded By EU
'It is similar to deflector panels I've seen, Captain, but far more complicated.'
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/13/2012 )
Robonaut ISS Checkout Video
Amazing video of a teleoperated robot on the International Space Station; sf authors saw this a half-century ago.
(re: James Blish, 2/8/2012 )
Spidernaut, Orbital Construction Robot
Spider robots are designed to distribute the load over many feet.
(re: Charles Sheffield, 2/7/2012 )
We Live In A Space Cloud
SF writers are a little more concerned about space clouds than most astronomers.
(re: Fred Hoyle, 2/4/2012 )
Netizens Should Search Moon Pix For Aliens
Would you be willing to spend a few minutes poring over old moon photos looking for aliens?
(re: , 12/29/2011 )
Space Solar Power - A Truly Limitless Source
SF writers popularized and elaborated on this idea a generation before the first patents were filed.
(re: Murray Leinster, 11/28/2011 )
Laser-Activated Rescue Thrusters For Astronauts
Make sure those pod bay doors are open, too.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/15/2011 )
Giant Asteroid Misses Earth!
Whew, that's a relief. It did come inside the orbit of the Moon, though.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 11/8/2011 )
Space Habitat Has Inflatable Loft
Tested in a pretty good substitute for Mars, the moon and even asteroids, found right here in the USA.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 10/10/2011 )
Nexus S Directs SPHERES On ISS
Now that NASA has the 'seeker remotes' from Star Wars under control, how about those light sabers?
(re: George Lucas, 9/2/2011 )
Our Galaxy's Habitable Zone
How many habitable planets are there in the Milky Way? This paper presents interesting research in this area.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 7/15/2011 )
Voyagers Now In the Heliosheath
NASA reports new phenomena at the edge of the solar system.
(re: Samuel R. Delany, 6/9/2011 )
Gas Mining on Uranus
Some ideas are just too good to waste.
(re: George Lucas, 6/3/2011 )
Aliens May Live In Black Holes
'An existence domain for the third kind of orbits is rather spacious.'
(re: Frederik Pohl, 4/11/2011 )
Active Electrostatic Radiation Shielding For Space Craft
You're going to need a shield out there; better get started.
(re: John W. Campbell, 3/19/2011 )
Sysbrain Lets Satellites Think For Themselves
This 'special breed of software agents' is intended to give the satellites circling over your head a bit more autonomy.
(re: George Lucas, 2/18/2011 )
Steppenwolf: Interstellar Rogue Planets May Support Life
'Like a lone wolf wandering the galactic steppe' rogue planets could harbor life in deep oceans.
(re: George RR Martin, 2/9/2011 )
Antenna Repairmen In Fact And Fiction
'I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly.'
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 1/25/2011 )
Moon Mining And Space Lawyers
Need a good space-lawyer? SF readers have been looking for one since 1941.
(re: Nat Schachner, 1/18/2011 )
400 People Volunteer For Mars
Would you volunteer to colonize Mars?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 1/12/2011 )
iRing Lunar Flex-Wheel
Might these wheels also work on Earth? Lunar expeditions are somewhat chancy these days.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 1/4/2011 )
NASA Rail Launch In Supermarionation
Where should we look to find new ideas on how to get spacecraft into orbit? I'll give you three guesses.
(re: Gerry Anderson, 12/19/2010 )
New ESAIL Video: Deploy Tethers!
'A magsail can get you to Mars in about the same time it took the Mayflower to cross the Atlantic.'
(re: Michael Flynn, 12/12/2010 )
Electronic Sunglasses Designer Needs Your Help!
Ever wanted to be a venture capitalist? Bring these glare-reducing glasses into reality as a consumer product at KickStarter.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/4/2010 )
Space Junk-Eating Pod-Craft
Some day, a solution to the problem of orbital debris will get off the ground.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 11/27/2010 )
Spacetime Cloak Of Invisibility Conceals Events
This unusual suggestion from UK physicists may provide a unique kind of temporal shield.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/17/2010 )
Microwave Thermal Thruster With Beamed Propulsion
Yes, we're ready for thrusters. And what about those warp drives?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/4/2010 )
TEMPO2 Uses Pulsars For Celestial GPS
Ah, the age of the space beacon is upon us at last!
(re: George O. Smith, 11/3/2010 )
Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit
This elastic garment should reduce the effects of microgravity environments.
(re: C.J. Cherryh, 10/28/2010 )
Gas Giant Exoplanet Can Has Moons?
Is it possible for a gas gian to form in a binary star system? And could that exoplanet have moons?
(re: Various, 10/24/2010 )
One-Way Human Mission To Mars
Plans to colonize other planets have stalled; maybe we should just go for it.
(re: Various, 10/20/2010 )
Habitable Planet Gliese 581g Is A 'Ribbon World'
Asimov described planets like this one as 'ribbon worlds' and extolled the virtues of their unusual microclimates.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 9/30/2010 )
Rail-Launched Scramjets To Space
NASA looks forward to cutting edge retrofuture strategies for space launches.
(re: Wylie and Balmer, 9/15/2010 )
Hubble Shows 'smoke wound in a tight spiral coil'
Larry Niven gave us a view decades before this Hubble photo. Thanks, Larry.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/10/2010 )
Tractor Beam Works Over Longer Distances
Still a prototype, and it only works in an atmosphere. But still, we're making progress.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 9/8/2010 )
Inflatable Lofts For NASA 'Campers' On Moon And Mars
I love it when I already have a good idea what NASA is looking for in a contest because I read about it decades ago in sf.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/4/2010 )
Solar-Photon Hoop Sails For Extrasolar Travel
Space tech from the 1950's and the sf of the early 1960's is brushed off for possible use.
(re: Jack Vance, 8/13/2010 )
Did Arthur C. Clarke Predict GPS?
'But as for details of frequencies and powers, I'll have to leave that to the experts to work out; I'll get on with my science fiction and wait to say -I told you so!'
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 7/28/2010 )
Ikaros Solar Sail Works!
The first push from sunlight has been felt by Japan's Ikaros spacecraft.
(re: Jack Vance, 7/13/2010 )
Voyager 2 Hijacked By Aliens
The aliens probably got the idea for this from Star Trek.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/17/2010 )
Laser Thruster 'Tractor Beams' For Space Junk
Here's a suggestion for removing space junk; is it more or less far-fetched than some of the ideas of sf writers?
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 5/3/2010 )
NASA Manned Landing On Asteroids?
Landing on asteroids could lead to mining of asteroids. There are a lot of needed materials up there.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/17/2010 )
'Smart Dust' Spacecraft Swarm Saves Earth?
Smart dust tells us when to duck. The only trick - getting them to one of the Lagrange points.
(re: Various, 4/4/2010 )
The Cygnus Bubble And Astroengineering
Enjoyable space image helps sf fans stretch their imaginations a bit.
(re: Larry Niven, 3/30/2010 )
Teen's Solar System Travel Software Wins Intel Prize
This Albuquerque teen won the highest award for software to help NASA navigate the solar system.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 3/18/2010 )
Warp Speed Kills
What actually happens when a spacecraft starts to approach the speed of light in interstellar space? Read one scientist's take on the subject.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/18/2010 )
Space Was A Battlefield
Battlestar Galactica publicity shot proves US was ready to go ahead with the Strategic Defense Initiative.
(re: Various, 2/13/2010 )
CubeSats Miniature Satellites With Mini-Thrusters
Fascinating tiny satellites maneuver with thrusters on a single chip.
(re: George Lucas, 2/9/2010 )
Finding A Habitable Planet
The perfect book for those of us who would like to go 'looking for our own piece of real estate.' As RAH once said.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 1/29/2010 )
NASA's Reconfigurable Space Suit
110 years after the basic idea is described, NASA is still working out the design. Now, they're reconfigurable and plug-n-play.
(re: Garrett P. Serviss, 1/26/2010 )
WeCU Mind-Reading Scanners For Airports
Which does more of a number on your privacy - a full body scanner that leaves nothing to the imagination, or a mind-reading machine?
(re: Various, 1/23/2010 )
'Space Diver' To Leap From 121K Feet
120,000 feet is not quite as high as sf movies depict, but when done in reality, will be quite high enough.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 1/22/2010 )
Quicklauncher Space Cannon
Nifty idea requires $500 million funding, a drop in the bucket compared to current cost to orbit. With excellent presentation video by John Hunter.
(re: Jules Verne, 1/15/2010 )
Adaptability Training System Helps Space Travelers Return
Not just for return to Earth, systems like this could help astronauts after a long weightless voyage to Mars.
(re: Murray Leinster, 12/17/2009 )
Are Black Hole Starships Possible?
Fascinating paper makes fascinating reading, particularly as an adjunct to the early fictional work done by Arthur C. Clarke.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 12/4/2009 )
'Plymouth Rock' Human Mission To Asteroids
We've been to the moon, and we know what it's made of. Let's go to asteroids and look for other things we will need.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/1/2009 )
Magnetic Heat Shield To Protect Spacecraft
Every sf fan loves shields that protect spacecraft; this design will be tested in the next three years.
(re: Various, 11/25/2009 )
'Significant Amount' Of Lunar Water Found
Lunar ice mining might actually come true, droogs, let's hope Authority buys ice at right price.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/14/2009 )
Escape Pods, Refuge Of ISS Astronauts From Space Junk
Who first thought of the idea of an escape pod? I looked pretty hard, but more research is probably needed.
(re: George Lucas, 11/12/2009 )
Is This A 'Skylight' Leading To A Lunar Cave?
Could this deep hole be an entrance to a lunar cave or lava tube? If so, it could point the way to a perfect location for permanent habitation on the Moon.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/25/2009 )
Regolith Excavation Challenge Yields Prize Money
Updated! Someone finally took some NASA prize money home in this remote lunar digging competition.
(re: Pournelle and Niven, 10/23/2009 )
Could Black Holes Consume Stars From Within?
Is this idea a 'radical new theory'? Or is it an idea long familiar to science fiction readers?
(re: Robert L. Forward, 9/23/2009 )
H-II Transfer Vehicle Automated Freighter
Japan's first fully-automated space freighter is on its way to a successful mission; see lift-off photo and animated video of the full mission.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/14/2009 )
Gravitational Corridors Like Space-Lanes
Ah, to ply the space-lanes! This old sfnal dream might come true yet.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 9/13/2009 )
Gravity Tractor Research By British Scientists
It would take some planning and advance tracking, but a gravity tractor might actually work.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 9/2/2009 )
Moonbell Generates Lunar Music
Very cool application lets you play unique musical compositions based on lunar topographic data. The music of the sphere.
(re: Various, 8/30/2009 )
Solar Sail Craft Need Laminated Mouse Brains
We're going to need the best possible navigation computers for solar sail craft that start out near the sun and attain relativistic speeds. And you know what that means.
(re: Cordwainer Smith, 8/21/2009 )
NASA's Spring Tire For Improved Lunar Mileage
The tires on the original Lunar Roving Vehicle were fantastic; however, plans to drive the LRVs of the future for thousands, not merely hundreds, of kilometers means we need better tires.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 8/5/2009 )
Laser Propulsion May Beam Spacecraft To Orbit
Will spacecraft and satellites ride a beam of light into space? Aerospace engineer Leik Myrabo has been working on the technology for decades.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 7/30/2009 )
Rocketplane For Hawaiian Spaceport?
Trips to the edge of space from the continental US are fine, but if you want the blue planet view, you'll want to take off from Hawaii.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/23/2009 )
Interplanetary Internet - Disruption Tolerant Network
Let's get astronauts on the 'Net by 2011. In space, no one can hear you tweet.
(re: George O. Smith, 7/14/2009 )
Nano-Particle Field Extraction Thruster
A nanoFET is essentially a micro-thruster; a postage stamp-sized rocket engine. Great flexibility combined with long operational life make it perfect for small devices on long missions.
(re: Murray Leinster, 7/10/2009 )
Mars Robot Takes Up Stargazing
Robots with time (and energy) on their hands need tasks to perform. How about spending time looking up, and not just down, at a planetary surface?
(re: Larry Niven, 6/30/2009 )
Lunar Ice Debate's Two NASA Probes
Space scientists are holding their collective breath to see if two moon missions scheduled for this week will result in the discovery of water ice on the Moon.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/17/2009 )
Transmission Spectrum Of Inhabited Planet Identified
Well, it's about time we figured out what the transmission spectrum of an inhabited planet should look like.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/16/2009 )
'Try Zero-G' From JAXA Totally Unlike SciFi Movies
No wonder so many people believe that man never walked on the moon; popular tv and movie versions of space flight never show what actual weightlessness looks like in an orbiting ship.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 6/11/2009 )
Inflatable Space Tower Prototype Assembled
A twenty-foot prototype of an inflatable tower that could potentially reach out of the atmosphere has fans of David Brin's Sundiver interested.
(re: Davin Brin, 6/10/2009 )
Rotating Space Elevator
Striking concept may sound similar to sfnal technologies used by Forward and Pohl.
(re: Various, 5/26/2009 )
Cloud Cities: Our Green Jovian Future
Updated! It's a little bit round-a-bout, but it's possible that our green future is out there in a gas giant. Now with more science, at reader request.
(re: George Lucas, 5/15/2009 )
Lunar Spider-Bot Swarm By Team Italia
Bold concept (with at least one functional prototype) by Team Italia, in search of Xprize rewards.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 5/14/2009 )
PharmaSat Nano-Satellite Orbiting 'Lab'
Interesting experiment exapnds the role of very small, autonomous experimental 'labs'.
(re: Michael Crichton, 5/9/2009 )
Ballutes Studied For Hypersonic Space Vehicles
HyperCMST will simulate the use of ballutes in space missions. However, take a look at this video clip from the movie 2010 to really get a feel for ballute deployent.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 4/16/2009 )
COLBERT Treadmill Long SF History
Here are at least three references to early exercising strategies in space. How many can you think of - before people actually spent much time in orbit?
(re: Murray Leinster, 4/15/2009 )
Fall Into Black Hole Video
Two researchers create a carefully reasoned explanation of the view from within a black hole on this video. Oh, and you'll need trinocular vision as shown in this illustration.
(re: Various, 4/2/2009 )
Mirrors For Gravitational Waves
Can superconducting sheets reflect gravity waves? Is this causing odd results in the Gravity Probe B experiment? Can H.G. Wells shine any light on these matters?
(re: H.G. Wells, 3/24/2009 )
Space Debris Cleanup Suggestions Ignored
It's not like writers didn't do everything they could to sound the alarm - and suggest solutions.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 3/19/2009 )
NASA's Multi-Robot Planetary Exploration
Science fiction writers caught on to this almost seventy years ago; I'm glad it's finally being addressed formally by NASA.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 3/3/2009 )
Robotic Lunar 'MoonDigger' Bulldozers Planned By NASA
Interesting proposal to make use of teleoperated MoonDiggers to prepare landing pads for upcoming missions to the lunar surface.
(re: Pournelle and Niven, 3/3/2009 )
Space Toilet Diaper From Japan
There's always something on the drawing board at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; this time, it's a very personal space toilet.
(re: David H. Keller, 1/6/2009 )
EarthNow! Landsat Images Now Available
Gaze down upon the Earth from orbit like the astronauts do with this handy online viewer.
(re: Various, 12/31/2008 )
Launch-Abort Motor For NASA: The Next Generation
Testing the 'ejection seats' for the new Constellation space craft. And thanks to readers who made 2,000 SF in the News articles possible!
(re: Murray Leinster, 11/22/2008 )
Pico Satellite Swarms
These small machines will orbit the Earth sometime next year for a test run.
(re: George Lucas, 11/16/2008 )
Diamagnetic Cavity Shield For Spacecraft?
New research provides a way to protect space travelers heading out past Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 11/6/2008 )
Fishbowl Spaceship From Armadillo Aerospace
I'm sure it would be a spectacular ride, but I think I'd want a good crash couch and the Puppeteer guarantee before I went up in one.
(re: Larry Niven, 10/27/2008 )
GOCE Sat Delay Puts Off Gravimetric Weapons
A disappointing delay for the GOCE satellite.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/24/2008 )
Solar Satellites Beam Back Energy
This is really a great idea, but I can only go back to 1941 for the earliest kind of reference. Anybody earlier?
(re: Clifford Simak, 10/22/2008 )
Exact Number Of ET Civilizations Now Known
Now that an exact number is known, we can begin construction of vast architectural works to bolster the galactic government bureaucracy.
(re: George Lucas, 10/21/2008 )
Looking For Earth-Like Worlds With Nulling Interferometry
No need to go into orbit to look for Earth-like worlds, not when you have nulling interferometry on your side.
(re: Various, 10/14/2008 )
IBEX Interstellar Boundary Explorer
Satellite boosted into high earth orbit looks into processes taking place in the farthest reaches of the solar system.
(re: Various, 10/12/2008 )
ExoFly Flapping Planetary Survey Aerobot
Visionary use of the tiny DelFly micro camera plane in planetary exploration and survey is planned.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 9/30/2008 )
Emdrive Electromagnetic Drive For Chinese Space Ships?
Is this technology a physical impossibility? The Chinese space program is determined to find out.
(re: James Blish, 9/29/2008 )
NASA Moon Base Nuclear Reactor
It's an old idea, but it still offers a practical alternative to getting power during those long lunar nights.
(re: Various, 9/25/2008 )
Mars Lander Spots Robby Driving In Distance
I think that these pictures beamed back from Mars last week bear closer examination.
(re: Various, 9/14/2008 )
'Water Bears' Survive Unprotected In Space
These tiny animals are a marvel, able to survive the pitiless rigors of open space.
(re: Various, 9/12/2008 )
'Virtual Space Station' NASA Software Psychologist
This software suite provides a therapist - or group therapy - on a DVD; perfect for long space voyages, which can be stressful.
(re: James Blish, 8/26/2008 )
Shock Absorbers For Orion: NASA Turns To Verne
NASA scientists are worried about excessive vibration after the launch of the Orion replacement rocket; it's an old concern.
(re: Jules Verne, 8/20/2008 )
Titan's Liquid Lakes, Beaches Proven
Exciting photos prove that Titan really does have liquid lakes and pristine beaches.
(re: Michael Swanwick, 7/31/2008 )
Moon Base Two Inflatable Lunar Habitat
Very nice drawings of an inflatable lunar base concept; but I think that Clarke's verbal description fifty years ago is better.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 7/29/2008 )
NanoSail-D Solar Wind-Rider
Sailing between the planets with noting but light pressure is a long-held sf dream; NASA engineers take a good shot at it this summer.
(re: Jules Verne, 6/27/2008 )
Inflatable Spherical Robots May Explore Mars
These robots bear an uncanny resemblance to the bouncing robotic guardians on the 1960's TV show The Prisoner. Hopefully, Martians haven't been watching the series.
(re: Various, 6/2/2008 )
Fournier's 25 Mile Skydiving Hopes Dashed
After a long wait, and many years of effort, a disappointing result.
(re: Various, 5/27/2008 )
CAMRAS Recycles Every Breath You Take
NASA continues developing new space technology for use in the upcoming Orion crew capsule, the Altair lunar lander and lunar rovers.
(re: George O. Smith, 5/10/2008 )
XNAV Steer Your Way By X-Ray Pulsar
A couple of papers suggest that XNAV might provide us with solar system-wide 'GPS' - good thing sf writers were already thinking about space beacons.
(re: George O. Smith, 5/8/2008 )
Rag Tag Space Fleets Line Up With Magnetism
How can those space fleets stay in formation without constant use of reaction mass? In space, CGI graphics can't make up for reaction mass.
(re: Various, 5/7/2008 )
Space Boomerang Toss Now On Video
Here's a cool video of successful space boomerang tossing, provided by JAXA.
(re: Various, 5/1/2008 )
Sports In Space
Life in space will be incomplete with sports to play. But what sports are appropriate to space?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/25/2008 )
LIGO Gets An Upgrade
Gravitational waves have eluded scientists thus far; new, improved LIGO should be sensitive enough to detect them.
(re: Kurd Lasswitz, 4/11/2008 )
'ETs Attacked Me With Meteorites' - Bosnian Man
This story is pretty hard to believe, but as long as we're looking into it, we might as well talk about kinetic energy weapons placed in orbit.
(re: Pournelle and Niven, 4/10/2008 )
Six-Legged Robot Lunar Bases Change Everything
This is a huge shift for NASA; from a fixed moon base exploration strategy, to imagining astronauts as nomadic explorers, taking their habitat with them.
(re: Various, 4/5/2008 )
Top Ten Star Trek Techs Made Real
The top ten science-fictional technologies from classic Star Trek? Sounds like something I might have done. (Actually, I did.)
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/5/2008 )
NASA's Chariot Is Not Your Father's Moon Rover
NASA has a prototype of their new moon rover; take a look at the video, and consider what Clarke and Heinlein described for lunar travel.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/5/2008 )
Shuttle Atlantis Landing Video, As Per Heinlein
I know, this story has been covered all over, but did you know that Robert Heinlein was an early visionary on the idea of a space shuttle?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/20/2008 )
MoonLITE 'Mole' Penetrators For Lunar Exploration
Intriguing proposed mission between cooperating space agencies would deliver penetrating mole-like instrument packages into the lunar crust.
(re: EC Tubb, 2/20/2008 )
Radio Telescopes On Moon's Farside
This telescope array might be the best way to answer the really big questions about the origin of the universe.
(re: Various, 2/18/2008 )
Antarctic ENDURANCE Robot Helps NASA Explore Europa
Get closer to Jupiter's moon Europa at the University of Wisconsin campus this week.
(re: Michael Swanwick, 2/12/2008 )
Japan To Reboot Space Program With Paper Airplanes
Who would want to drop a paper airplane out of the ISS? Japanese researchers, that's who. Includes a complimentary 'make your own origami Space Shuttle' video.
(re: Various, 1/16/2008 )
Russians Plan New Space Platform
The Russians are planning ahead for the demise of the International Space Station.
(re: E.B. White, 1/7/2008 )
Universe May End Sooner - Because We Looked
Two physicists seriously assert that we may have hastened the end of the universe because we looked too soon for dark energy.
(re: Greg Egan, 11/23/2007 )
Near-Miss Asteroid Is Found To Be Artificial
Astronomers about to announce one of the closest near-misses by an asteroid in history, make an amazing discovery.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 11/11/2007 )
Saturn And Forbidden Planet Movie Share Soundtrack
The radio emissions of Saturn captured by the Cassini spacecraft bear an uncanny resemblance to the otherworldly electronic soundtrack of the 1956 movie Forbidden Planet.
(re: Various, 11/7/2007 )
Distant Sun Has Planetary System Like Ours
Pretty soon, we'll find one enough like ours that we can start planning a trip.
(re: Various, 11/7/2007 )
Solar Power Satellites Urged By Pentagon
Scientists first speculated on this method in the 1960's, but Clifford Simak thought about it much earlier.
(re: Clifford Simak, 10/22/2007 )
Scarab Lunar Prospecting Robot
The Scarab robot provides a test-bed for all kinds of thinking about lunar prospecting.
(re: Various, 10/17/2007 )
Orion Emergency Egress System: Roller Coaster For Astronauts
Unfortunately, you must be at least 58.5 inches tall - sorry, kids.
(re: Various, 10/8/2007 )
Air Leak Sensor For Spacecraft
This air sensor uses a new method to find air leaks in spacecraft; Heinlein, however, had a more colorful idea about sixty years earlier.
(re: Leo Zagat, 10/7/2007 )
MIT Tether For Walking On Asteroids
Finding a whole new meaning for the term 'asteroid belt' clever MIT researchers propose a new kind of tether.
(re: Various, 9/27/2007 )
Peruvian Meteor Sickness Diagnosed
After some investigation, scientists have solved the mystery of the Peruvian meteorite sickness.
(re: Michael Crichton, 9/26/2007 )
Twist In Saturn's Electric Ring
Unusual activity out around Saturn-way may have a more fictional explanation.
(re: L. Niven and J. Pournelle, 9/21/2007 )
Rare 'Solar Trilobite' Seen By NASA
Another striking example of a nonorganic phenomenon that amazingly resembles life.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 9/19/2007 )
Meteorite Brings Illness To Peruvian Village
A strange incident in Peru this past weekend has readers thinking about The Andromeda Strain.
(re: Michael Crichton, 9/18/2007 )
Japan's 'Space Fireworks' A Success
Japanese researchers were successful in their launch of a rocket that produced 'space fireworks' over much of Japan.
(re: Various, 9/2/2007 )
Galactic Suites - LEO at $4 Million Per 3 Day Stay
Finally a destination worthy of the hyperrich.
(re: Carl Sagan, 8/10/2007 )
Win A Trip To Outer Space!!!
That's right - a free trip to outer space. There's just one catch.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/25/2007 )
Space Diving By Orbital Outfitters (And 'Doc' Smith)
Someday, when this has become commonplace, we'll have space diving Elvises returning from orbit.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 7/25/2007 )
BioSuit Space Suit Vs. Tentacle Monsters
Looks like those science fiction movies that depicted people in skin tight space suits knew what they were doing.
(re: Manly Wade Wellman, 7/17/2007 )
Genesis 2 Successfully Inflates Module
Another successful test of the Genesis inflatable module (not to mention Larry Niven's original concept) yields a nice photo.
(re: Larry Niven, 7/1/2007 )
Space Station Gets Shielding, Not Blasters
Sure, you can bolt on some special protective shielding against space debris. But blasters are better.
(re: Murray Leinster, 5/30/2007 )
Clarke's Inflatable Lunar Habitats Now NASA's
Arthur C. Clarke calls another one in his early novel A Fall of Moondust.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 5/27/2007 )
Unwanted Life Forms Abound In Sick Spacecraft
You don't want unauthorized life forms growing in the walls of your spacecraft - but there they are!
(re: Bruce Sterling, 5/13/2007 )
LOCAD-PTS Handheld Microorganism Detector
Astronauts only carry the best in hand-held instrumentation - this one is a pocket-sized biology lab.
(re: Greg Bear, 5/13/2007 )
Used Spacecraft Lot Needed On Moon
If you could just gather all the stuff, Robert Heinlein's dream of a used spacecraft lot could be realized.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/9/2007 )
Hawking Follows Path Set By Heinlein's Waldo
Stephen Hawking gets just a bit closer to Waldo's home in space.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/27/2007 )
New Earth Detected Around Gliese 581
Remarkable find by astronomers demonstrates that extrasolar Earth-like planets are not just fiction.
(re: Various, 4/25/2007 )
Speciation Driven By Cosmic Cycles?
Poul Anderson came up with something very similar to this idea fifty years ago.
(re: Poul Anderson, 4/24/2007 )
Deflector Shields For Spacecraft?
Interesting idea from the UK on how to protect space travelers Star Trek-style.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 4/18/2007 )
NEOImpactor Software Models Asteroid Strike Consequences
Software package estimates the impact, human and economic, of asteroid impacts.
(re: Various, 4/5/2007 )
Space Junkyard in North Hollywood
Space tech can be had cheap for pennies on the dollar at this space-age junkyard.
(re: Various, 3/26/2007 )
Green Comet Lovejoy - Cometeers Coming From Below?
Where's Giles Habibula when you need him? A green comet approaches the solar system.
(re: Jack Williamson, 3/20/2007 )
Urey Life Detector
The ESA's ExoMars will carry this device to Mars to search for life.
(re: Frank Herbert, 3/13/2007 )
Debris Cloud From Chinese ASAT A Menace To Space Lanes
Arr, best keep a weather eye for Chinese weather satellite debris whilst passing through the debris cloud...
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 2/6/2007 )
Gravity Assist Will Help Pluto-Bound Craft
Jupiter will offer NASA a real speed boost in February - who thought of how to do it first?
(re: Ray Cummings, 1/20/2007 )
PongSats - Tiny 'Satellites' At Space's Edge
Excellent program allows amateurs to send their experiments aloft.
(re: Robert Silverberg, 1/19/2007 )
Liquid Lakes On Titan Ready For Robofish
Newly available radar imaging data from Cassini's latest flyby appears to confirm it.
(re: Michael Swanwick, 1/4/2007 )
NASA Needs Fake Moondust By The Ton
NASA engineers need moondust to perfect plans for lunar return in the next decade.
(re: Various, 12/30/2006 )
Martians Could Kill Life On Earth, Says Scientist
A prominent UK scientist apparently believes that it is possible that Martian water harbors life - maybe dangerous life.
(re: H.G. Wells, 12/12/2006 )
2 Lunar Base Concepts 75 Years Apart
NASA has released some of their thinking about lunar exploration; read what others thought seventy-five years earlier.
(re: Ray Cummings, 12/5/2006 )
Russia Studies Space-Elevator Clusters For Moon
Russia enters the space tether slingshot race - a 'space railway' that will reduce the cost of boosting payloads to the Moon.
(re: Various, 12/4/2006 )
Manned Asteroid Mission For Constellation Program?
Other uses are being planned for the lunar landing gear NASA already has in the works.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/17/2006 )
Space Mirrors Could Create Mars Pocket-Eden
Rigel Woida has been given funding to explore an unusual means of making Mars more comfortable for human exploration.
(re: Niven, Pournelle, Flynn, 11/15/2006 )
Space Sunshade Idea Now Worrisomely Popular
It appears that the idea of creating enormous space artifacts that will save us from global warming is starting to become mainstream.
(re: Various, 11/4/2006 )
Heineken To Track Beer By Satellite
Heineken is determined to streamline their international shipping process - not to mention keep a close eye on the beer.
(re: Various, 11/3/2006 )
Undergrad Proposes Asteroids As Radiation Shields
Excellent idea from a 19 year-old undergrad - and Arthur C. Clarke - could get astronauts to Mars more safely.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 10/25/2006 )
Launch Ring Magnetic Launch System By LaunchPoint
Although just in the planning stages, this could give us a twist on an old Heinlein suggestion for reaching space.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/6/2006 )
Boeing Thermal Protection System For Orion
Boeing will develop an ablative heat shield for the Orion space craft.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 9/21/2006 )
Heinlein Prize Awarded To Diamandis
The first award has been made of the Heinlein Prize, a $500,000 grant for commercial space exploration.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/27/2006 )
Astronauts Test Star Wars Remote On Space Station
Star Wars directly inspired this NASA advanced project; the first testing was successful.
(re: George Lucas, 6/1/2006 )
Space Elevator Downer
Space elevators going up, or going down - read this article and its references and decide for yourself.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 5/26/2006 )
American Space Colony Art
Ah, the space colonies of my youth. They never built any, but the pictures are very nice.
(re: Jack Williamson, 5/11/2006 )
Russian Response To Possible Asteroid Impact
The Russians have been studying the problem of close asteroid approaches for years.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 4/23/2006 )
Artificial Gravity Generator Now Possible?
Scientists have sneered at artificial gravity generators for the last 75 years. These ESA-sponsored experiments may have generated the first artificial gravity fields.
(re: Olaf Stapleton, 3/24/2006 )
Moonquake-Proof Moonbases Needed?
Okay, who's been working on the problem of making sure that lunar habitats can withstand moonquakes?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/16/2006 )
'Tricorder' Ready For Mars Rover This Year
A little pocket-sized device that can instantly determine the composition of any material? Sci-fi hogwash! Or is it?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/12/2006 )
'Protonic Storms' Unleashed On DNA In Space
Should astronauts watch out for the fury of protonic storms?
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 2/22/2006 )
'Antigravity' Propulsion System Proposed
Hope blooms for space enthusiasts that it might be possible to accelerate space craft to speeds approaching that of light without crushing the contents of the craft. If it works, it could be even better than apergy.
(re: Percy Greg, 2/13/2006 )
Liquid Mirror Telescope For Moon Studied By NASA
Liquid Mirror Telescopes are cool enough - but putting one on the moon?
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 2/5/2006 )
Crustaceans Help Build NASA's Exploration Skills
Can the humble crayfish teach NASA anything new? Turns out they've been evolving these methods for millions of years.
(re: Charles Stross, 1/29/2006 )
Russian Moon Base Mining Camp
The Russians steal a page from Ray Cummings' Brigands of the Moon and look for rare materials on the moon.
(re: Ray Cummings, 1/28/2006 )
AMANDA May Find Probes To Other Dimensions
The AMANDA neutrino array team may have some positive results in the use of high-energy neutrinos in proving the existence of higher dimensions.
(re: James Blish, 1/27/2006 )
SuitSat Casual Day Satellite Update
Russian brainstorming session leads to deploying space suits as satellites.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 1/27/2006 )
NanoTerminator Prevents Annoying Space Debris Build-Up
The journal Science puts out more predictions on space junk; manga author already has the answer.
(re: Makoto Yukimura, 1/25/2006 )
Skiing That Soft Lunar Powder
Skiing on the moon? Heinlein thought you could do it, and so do the Apollo astronauts.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 1/17/2006 )
Robotic Space Spiders To Crawl Sub-Orbital Web
Very cool upcoming space launch, in which minisatellites hold out a web while small space spider robots crawl in microgravity.
(re: Charles Sheffield, 12/14/2005 )
Hayabusa Spacecraft Makes Asteroid Landing
Craft lands on an asteroid just 65 years after Robert Heinlein described it in a story.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/24/2005 )
Liftport Closer To Space Elevator Goal
Liftport Group has moved closer to making a working space elevator this past week.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 9/18/2005 )
Symbiotic Sphere By Space Synapse
Art and space science combine for earthlings - a cheaper way to visit space is coming.
(re: Clifford Simak, 8/30/2005 )
Carbon Nanotube Ribbon For Space Elevator
An amazing development - real hyperfilaments just like Clarke described for building a space elevator.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 8/19/2005 )
NUGGET: NASA's New 'Tricorder'
An experimental instrument could be used to investigate important biological indicators of life - just like Star Trek's tricorder.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 8/1/2005 )
Doughnut-Shaped Time Machine
Exactly how to generate a gravitational doughnut is not covered in the paper, but Ori has suggestions.
(re: H.G. Wells, 7/28/2005 )
Mars Telecommunications Orbiter Canceled
Bad news for this project; George O. Smith in limbo for a while longer.
(re: George O. Smith, 7/25/2005 )
Space Ring Latest Implausible Warming Solution
The journal Acta Astronautica has published what is probably the most outlandish suggestion yet to stop global warming on Earth.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 6/29/2005 )
Elektron Oxygen Generator Versus Martian Sawgrass
The International Space Station and the fictional Venus Equilateral Station (from a 1942 story by George O. Smith) have a problem in common - a failure of the 'air plant'.
(re: George O. Smith, 6/21/2005 )
NYC Heliostats And Star Wars Orbital Mirrors
Three heliostats in New York City will provide much needed light in the planned Teardrop Park South. The park likes in the shadow of three skyscrapers.
(re: Theodore Sturgeon, 6/3/2005 )
Micro Spacecraft To Explore Planets
NASA and The Aerospace Corporation of El Segundo, CA are preparing to flight test 'micro spacecraft' as early as 2006. Robert Silverberg gave a pretty good description in 1969.
(re: Robert Silverberg, 6/2/2005 )
Chinese 'Seed Satellite'
China will launch the first satellite designed specifically for seed-breeding in space. The project includes satellite research and development, mechanism research and simulation tests, as well as the launch and recovery of the satellite itself.
(re: Gregory Benford, 6/1/2005 )
Traversable Wormholes And Time Machines May Not Be Usable
According to a new paper by physics researchers by Roman Buniy and Stephen Hsu, traversable wormholes and time machines cannot be both stable and predictable.
(re: Jack Williamson, 5/24/2005 )
Jack Vance's Incredibly Thin Solar Sail
Jack Vance guessed the thickness of an ultralight solar sail propulsion system Alliant Techsystems and NASA have recently tested.
(re: Jack Vance, 5/21/2005 )
Making A Living From Space Junk
In an unusual act of generosity, the Soviet space program has been showering valuable metal scraps on the villages surrounding the Plesetsk Cosmodrome for more than forty years.
(re: George Lucas, 5/18/2005 )
First Asteroid Belt Found Around Star Like Our Sun
An asteroid belt may have been found surrounding a star much like our own Sun, according to Dr. Charles Beichman of CIT. His team used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to make the discovery.
(re: Niven/Pournelle, 4/21/2005 )
Find Extraterrestrial Civilizations By Their Works
Should we be looking for extraterrestrial civilizations, rather than just listening for them, as we do in the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project? That is the suggestion of a French astronomer, Luc Arnold
(re: Larry Niven, 4/13/2005 )
Reduce Global Warming By Blocking Sunlight
At a conference last year on global warming, distinguished astrophysicist and sf author Gregory Benford pointed out that the various measures proposed to stop global warming will not do the job soon enough.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 4/10/2005 )
Chemical Guidebook To Extraterrestrial Life Sought
Would you know extraterrestrial life if you found it? US scientists are working on a chemical guidebook to create a definitive method to determine whether extraterrestrial rocks have ever harbored life.
(re: Michael Crichton, 4/6/2005 )
Lunar Dust Fountains Due To Electrostatic Charges
A great article on NASA's website points out how science fiction author Hal Clement predicted in a 1956 short story that electrostatically charged lunar dust particles might actually suspend themselves above the surface:
(re: Hal Clement, 3/31/2005 )
Dying Stars And Planets To Live On
Astronomers and astrophysicists have long thought that the best place for life as we know it is a planet in the "habitable zone" - the range of orbits that leads to planets with liquid water - surrounding a main sequence star like our sun. Science fi
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 3/29/2005 )
Moon Dust Substrate For Solar Panels
Simulated moon dust has been used to make the substrate of a solar cell, according to University of Houston researchers. The fine grey powder is 50% silicon dioxide, along with a mixture of oxides of twelve different metals (including aluminum, magne
(re: John W. Campbell, 3/14/2005 )
Invisible Galaxy Of Dark Matter Discovered
In 2001, a group of astronomers led by Neil Trentham of the University of Cambridge predicted the existence of dark galaxies - vast collections of dark matter. Dark galaxies are thought to form when the density of matter in a galaxy is too low to cre
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 2/26/2005 )
Huygens Was Right - Titan Is Wet
Coming down through the clouds, the probe took pictures of what looked like river channels, beaches and islands - and landed in the mud!
(re: Various, 2/26/2005 )
CSS Skywalker - First Step To SF Orbital Resorts
CSS Skywalker, an orbital hotel designed by Bigelow Aerospace, will consist of a 22x45 foot inflatable space habitat that can be easily configured for its guests. In the configuration shown below, the top level is set aside as a lounge; the middle le
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 2/17/2005 )
Earth To Mars In A Month With Painted Solar Sail
Gregory Benford, professor of physics at UC Irvine (and noted science fiction author) believes that a spacecraft powered by a special kind of solar sail could reach Mars in just one month.
(re: Gregory Benford, 2/9/2005 )
First Star Seen Leaving Our Galaxy
Astronomers have spotted a star moving at faster than the galactic escape velocity. It is leaving our galaxy, never to return.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 2/9/2005 )
Space Rescue Technology In Fact And Fiction
NASA is preparing a backup shuttle and rescue crew in case shuttle Discovery has problems in May. Rescue flights have been become more of an issue since shuttle Columbia broke up in reentry two years ago. SF writers have been working on this since th
(re: Various, 2/1/2005 )
Massive Planetoids From Beyond The Solar System
New calculations reveal that large planetoids may have formed hundreds of times farther from the Sun than previously thought. Some may have been captured from other stars.
(re: George R.R. Martin, 1/25/2005 )
Magnetic Fields Found To Shape Planetary Nebulae
A team of German astronomers have detected magnetic fields in the central stars of four planetary nebulae. Astronomer and sf writer Fred Hoyle wrote about this fifty years ago.
(re: Fred Hoyle, 1/7/2005 )
Superconducting Magnetic Bubble To Protect Astronauts From Radiation
Astronauts on long voyages through the solar system will be exposed to lethal doses of radiation from cosmic rays. Former astronaut Jeffery Hoffman has recieved funding from NASA through NIAC (NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts) to research the ide
(re: Larry Niven, 12/14/2004 )
Imagine The Future Of The Space Elevator
Here's your chance to help science meet fiction. The 2005 Clarke-Bradbury International Science Fiction competition has just been announced by the European Space Agency's Technology Transfer and Promotion office.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 12/14/2004 )
Terminator Tether - EDT Solution To Space Debris Update
Studies have shown that low Earth orbit is not a limitless resource and should be managed more carefully. Some sort of debris-mitigation measures are needed to solve the problem of old, unusable satellites and space junk.
(re: Various, 12/14/2004 )
Solar Ultrasound - Bass Note In Music Of The Spheres
Ancient cosmologiests talked about the music of the spheres. Turns out that astrophyicists have found that the Sun is putting out a constant beat - the solar ultrasound.
(re: Various, 12/12/2004 )
Genesis Inflatable Space Module Gets Go-Ahead
Bigelow Aerospace has been given payload approval for its Genesis inflatable space habitat by FAA-AST. Genesis weighs in at 1,360 kilograms and is approximately 4.6 meters in length by 1.9 meters in diameter; this is a one-third scale model.
(re: Larry Niven, 11/26/2004 )
SMART-1's Ion Drive Not Science Fiction
SMART-1 has made it all the way to the Moon using an ion drive.
(re: Jack Williamson, 11/18/2004 )
Non-Conductive Tethers - Free Artificial Gravity In Orbit
Tethers connecting satellites or space stations have some interesting effects even if they are not conductive - a non-conductive tether made of a very strong, light material like Kevlar can be used to connect two objects in orbit, one farther away fr
(re: David Brin, 11/9/2004 )
Electrodynamic Tethers: Clean Up Debris - Power or Boost Spacecraft
An electrodynamic tether (EDT) is a simple idea, but one with an amazing number of uses. You can power your ship, speed up or slow down.
(re: David Brin, 11/5/2004 )
Solar-Powered Interplanetary Shock Tracked To Saturn
In a dramatic proof that solar coronal mass ejection (CME) events affect even the outermost portions of the Solar System, scientists have traced an interplanetary shock from the Sun to Earth to Jupiter to Saturn.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 11/3/2004 )
Leaked USAF Report Targets European GPS Satellites
A leaked report indicates that the US will attack and destroy the European Union's Galileo positioning satellites in time of war, if necessary.
(re: John Brunner, 10/26/2004 )
MagBeam Propulsion - To Mars And Back In 90 Days
Magnetized-beam plasma propulsion, or magbeam propulsion, could cut the time required for long journeys around the solar system from years to weeks.
(re: Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle, 10/16/2004 )
Flag Of The Solar System Created
Students and scientists at the Long Future Research Group at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, set themselves the task of creating a flag for the solar system.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/6/2004 )
Spaceflight Club For Space Enthusiasts
The Spaceflight Club has been organized by Space Adventures, a private space experiences company. The club will make sure members get the tools, experience and training they need to be ready for commercial space travel.
(re: Jules Verne, 9/26/2004 )
Solar Sails Unfurled Over Japan
Two different solar sail designes were unfurled from a small rocket launched from Kagoshima, Japan on August 9th.
(re: Jack Vance, 8/19/2004 )
Personal Satellite Assistant: Servant Of Astronauts And Jedi
NASA has been working on the Personal Satellite Assistant for years. With any luck, it should be ready for use soon.
(re: George Lucas, 6/11/2004 )
MADMEN Robot Swarm To Handle Incoming Asteroids?
SpaceWorks Engineering, Inc. has completed a preliminary study for NASA in planetary defense against asteroid impactors - Modular Asteroid Deflection Mission Ejector Node (MADMEN) robots.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/20/2004 )
Proposal To Move An Asteroid
The B612 Foundation recently testified before a senate subcommittee regarding a "new" proposal to move an asteroid. What science fiction author proposed moving an asteroid over sixty years ago?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/17/2004 )
ConeXpress OLEV - Will A Good Tug Save Hubble?
The ConeXpress Orbital Life Extension Vehicle (CX-OLEV) may be able to serve as a "space tug" that could extend the life of the Hubble telescope.
(re: William Gibson, 5/15/2004 )
Bradbury: Missions To Moon And Mars Will Inspire Humanity
Science Fiction Grandmaster Ray Bradbury spoke before a presidential commission reviewing American space policy - specifically, missions to Mars.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 4/18/2004 )
A First: Planet Found With Gravitational Microlensing
The first discovery of a planet around another star using gravitational microlensing was announced yesterday by two research teams - OGLE and MOA.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/16/2004 )
Weightless Science Attracts Students
A team consisting of four UC Davis students studying the formation of new materials got the chance to test their theories in NASA's "Weightless Wonder" (popularly known as the "Vomit Comet").
(re: Jules Verne, 12/19/2003 )
Planets May Wander Alone
Astronomers at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh claim that planets can be created by the same processes that create stars.
(re: Larry Niven, 11/29/2003 )






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