Satellites and Oil

On a warm June morning in 1965, the Gemini 4 space capsule took to the skies from Cape Kennedy, Florida. On board were 2 astronauts, their mission seemed simple enough, circle the earth for 4 day to test mans’ endurance in space and prepare for the long journey to the moon that was scheduled to take place…

The Adidas Satellite

When we think of a soccer ball, we immediately picture the familiar black and white hexagon design. But this hasn’t always been the case. In 1970, Adidas unveiled a ‘revolutionary’ new soccer ball – its design was inspired by the telecommunication satellite, Telstar. 8 years prior to the Adidas soccer ball, a rocket launched from…

Inflatables in Space – A Timeline

Inflatable space structures can be traced back to the earliest days of NASA.  The simplest way to visualize these expandable objects is to think of a packed tent that pops open once in space.  Inflatables take up far less space on rockets than solid, prefabricated structures, yet they are vulnerable to small meteors and space…

The Future Of Asteroid Hunting

In the recent NASA budget approval, US Congress gave the thumbs down to the Asteroid Initiative program, raising questions to the cost-benefit of bringing an asteroid into the Moon’s orbit. The mission may have been a victim of its own grandiose ambitions, from asteroid prospecting to asteroid capture, asteroid transportation to lunar orbit, then sending…

New Startups Watching Us From Space

Silicon Valley startups are vying for eyes in the skies. The intention is to open up satellite imagery and footage to commercial interests, as well as turn ‘big data’ collected from satellites into meaningful insights.  Some examples these companies cite include… real-time monitoring of freight / logistics, capturing the impact of natural disasters, fire, flood…

How To Find A Supermassive Black Hole

Deep in the night sky, in the constellation of Sagittarius, shrouded by interstellar gas and dust, lies a mysterious object.   So enigmatic is this object, it cannot be observed directly, not even light can escape its presence.  This object found at the core of our Milky Way galaxy is of incredible mass, equaling millions of…