Posts tagged: NASA

Carl Sagan’s solar-powered spacecraft is getting its first test flight

By: John Fingas Legendary astronomer Carl Sagan once envisioned a solar sailer, a spaceship that uses sunlight radiation to push itself through the solar system much like a boat relies on the wind. Decades later, his project is about to become a practical reality. The Planetary Society (which was co-founded by Sagan) has scheduled the […]

Origami might change the way NASA builds solar panels

By Ryan Whitwam Engineers have to take many things into account when designing a payload destined for orbit. Of course you want things to be as light as possible, but creating equipment that is compact and reliable is also very important. This becomes a problem when you want to equip a satellite or probe with […]

Facebook To Use Drones For Intenet Access

Earlier this month we heard that Facebook was in the process of purchasing solar drone maker Titan Aerospace, and that the company would use these drones for Internet access. The deal between Facebook and Titan Aerospace has yet to be confirmed, but Facebook has now announced a new project which will use solar powered drones […]

Most Efficient Solar Panels — Which Ones?

One of the most common things people ask when they start to consider going solar or start to plan their life-changing solar expedition is which are the most efficient solar panels. However, first of all, that’s not even the right question for most people, and second of all, the literal answer to that question really […]

NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA‘s autonomous polar rover, the GROVER, has completed its initial tests in Greenland, coping with some of the harshest environments on the planet. GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research, was able to cope with 30 mph winds and temperatures of below minus 22 F. The […]