Future Space

What is the future of space travel? Explore the technologies we’ll use to visit the stars in the near and not-so-near future, from space planes to robonauts.

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Could starships use cold fusion propulsion?

If we're going to get serious about boldly going where no man has gone before, and send humans beyond the solar system, we're gonna need a cheap and plentiful energy source to help us get there.


This New Development Could Finally Be the Key to Space Elevators

Scientists have discovered how to produce strings of extremely tiny diamonds. The super-strong material could help build a 12.5-mile high elevator into space.

NASA's Giant Space Umbrella Starshade Could Help Find Alien Life

Looking at planets outside our solar system is tricky because of light from their home stars. NASA is developing a starshade, which could help find habitable worlds.

We Should Still Be Talking About Moon Colonization

If what we really want to learn is how humans can live, work and learn beyond Earth, why not start with the moon?

NASA Thinks Augmented Reality Is the Future of Tech Support

You can only pack so much for a trip to space. That means limited people, knowledge and supplies. NASA thinks augmented reality systems may help. Plus, they look fun!

Force Fields for Spacecraft Coming to a Galaxy Near You

Radiation is a serious occupational risk for astronauts. An active shielding approach currently being developed for spacecraft could greatly diminish that risk.

Soon We Could Glide to the Edge of Space Without an Engine

By next year the Perlan 2 glider could go higher than any winged glider before – all the way up to the ozone layer.

How Terraforming Works

If we ever want to start cruising this vast universe, we're going to need some different ports of call along the way. What and where are they?

10 Best Ideas for Interplanetary Communication

In the future, as we send space probes and manned missions to explore the solar system and possibly colonize other worlds, there's a major problem that we'll have to overcome -- keeping in touch with them.

How to Build a Better Space Explorer

Every day in space is like finals week, only the consequences of failing are substantially worse. So how far might we be willing to go to conquer the great unknown? Would you make a good candidate?

Could starships use cold fusion propulsion?

If we're going to get serious about boldly going where no man has gone before, and send humans beyond the solar system, we're gonna need a cheap and plentiful energy source to help us get there.