Between the Earth and the moon: An artist’s rendering of a refueling depot for deep-space exploration.
Sung Wha Kang (RISD)
To get us to Mars and beyond, a team of students from around the world has a plan involving lunar rovers mining ice and a space station between the Earth and the moon.
The discovery of the year was the first detection of gravitational waves.
Colliding black holes to exploding spacecraft, 2016 was an incredible year for astrophysics.
The SPARTAN re-usable space launch technology.
Whatever happens next in new space race will happen quickly. The opportunity is there for Australia to be involved, but it won’t be there for long.
Mars mission with plasma rockets concept.
Getting to Mars with current rocket technology will use massive amounts of fuel to move very small cargoes. There is a more fuel-efficient way.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasts off.
Yes, it really is rocket science.
The only way to fly the friendly skies – or dark voids of space.
We're on the cusp of being able to consistently launch and land rockets, greatly reducing the cost of space travel. But how long before there's a Millennium Falcon in every garage?
Unmanned rocket explodes moments after launch.
Cheap, affordable space travel would be revolutionary. Chances are, when it comes, it won't rely on the brute force approach of rockets.
One of the engineers behind Bloodhound, the UK's anticipated world land speed record attempt, explains how they created a car to reach 1000mph.
The Falcon 9 firmly rooted to the ground, for now.
The recent failure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket presents something of a dilemma for NASA, which still has no domestic launch capability of its own to reach the International Space Station.
“This theory complex but important and – hey look, it’s Kim Kardashian!”
Making science 'sexy' leads us to keep looking in the wrong place for the things science could do for us.
Coming in to land – and attempt to recover the first stage of the potentially reusable Falcon 9 rocket.
There must be an easier way to rescue and reuse a rocket after the latest attempt by SpaceX ended in failure, again.
The scramjet crashed, but the experiment was a success.
Janelle Kirkland (UQ)
On September 18 this year, far above the Arctic Circle at Norway’s Andoya Rocket Range, the SCRAMSPACE hypersonic scramjet flight experiment was about to launch. Three and a half years of intense effort…
College day betting lead to a fascination with the stockmarket for this physicist.
Dan Raustadt Flikr
The last Space Shuttle recently returned to Earth. That reminded me that 45 years ago I was undertaking a PhD in physics at Australian National University, investigating the re-entry of the space shuttle…
A new acid-powered micro-rocket could be used to deliver drugs within the human body. The micro-rocket works by converting…
The brand new launch system announced by NASA last week has received wide mainstream media coverage – and why wouldn’t it? It is a plan for a giant rocket, after all. The proposed Space Launch System (SLS…
How hard can it be getting an object from A to B at great speed?
You know, it’s odd being a rocket scientist. The people you meet assume you’re not just smart, but some super-colossal paragon of intelligence with the wits of an atomic lovechild of Albert Einstein and…