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Advances in Nuclear Reactors Could Power NASA Missions on Moon, Mars

Wednesday June 15, 2022

    Introduction | After a decades-long hibernation, nuclear fission power has come back into fashion for NASA and other agencies as a way to deliver power to remote locations and drive spacecraft at speeds other fuels cannot deliver. What brought back programs shelved since the 1970s are new, safer…

Record Number of New Launch Vehicles Set for 2022 Debut

Monday April 4, 2022

Introduction | With 15 new launch vehicles expected to make maiden flights this year, 2022 is set to be the busiest year for new rockets since the dawn of the Space Age. The firms involved span from industry standards Arianespace and ULA to new firms with only a few dozen…

2021 TSRQ4 – Asteroid Mining: Potential Develops, but so do Regulatory, Technical Issues

Saturday January 22, 2022

Introduction | Mankind could soon be able to exploit asteroids to obtain natural resources for use on Earth, gather ingredients for missions in space, and support habitation on the Moon and Mars. In the following article, some leading industry experts discuss how to mine in the absence of gravity, how…

Nuclear Power and Propulsion: A Keystone for the Security, Exploration, and Development of Space

Tuesday August 24, 2021

This article was first published in August 2021. Introduction | Advancements in space nuclear power and propulsion are essential for maintaining a safe and secure space environment, achieving an enduring human and robotic presence in deep space, and expanding commercial activity in and beyond traditional Earth orbits. Thanks to a…

The Role Of Intellectual Property In Space Innovation

Saturday December 26, 2020

Introduction | As the exponential growth of commercial space looms, this is a good time to survey several critical aspects of intellectual property (IP) as an enabler of innovation in commercial space. This article begins with a review of the vital role of IP in promoting innovation and an overview…

The Race to the Moon and the Promise of Cislunar Space

Tuesday December 1, 2020

  This paper was first published in December 2020. Introduction | Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt in 1972 were the last of a dozen men to walk on the Moon. For the past 48 years, lunar exploration has been largely replaced by deep space exploration, space station…