Tagged: Mars mission

NASA testing SpaceX inflatable pod for Mars trips to save millions of dollars on launch costs

SpaceX BEAM Pod gif

NASA has initiated the testing of Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) – an inflated habitat (compartment) for astronauts that could be expanded in Space and provide 20 times more room than present metal cabins. Also, it would save a lot of space as it can be inflated. The main idea is to materialize wish to deploy these expandable habitats as crew living quarters during the three-year trips to and from Mars.
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NASA reveals test flight video of its supersonic flying saucer

Rocket-powered flying Saucer NASA

NASA has unveiled first videos of its supersonic ‘flying saucer’ on its maiden test mission beyond Earth’s stratosphere to show everyone how awesome the test was, and to give us an insight into what flight test are all about. NASA Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project launched a rocket-powered saucer-shaped test vehicle on June 28 from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, to an altitude of about 120,000 feet, where it fired rockets to propel itself further into space to an altitude of 180,000 feet at four times the speed of sound. Read More…