Space Dust Solution: Instant Landing Pads Could Significantly Reduce Dust When Landing Spacecrafts

Space dust or also known as regolith could harm robots, which is a critical issue for future space missions. But Masten Space Systems, a California-based aerospace manufacturer startup company, has developed a technology that will reduce the problem of regolith while lunar landers land on the Moon’s surface. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)Artist’s conception of Starship … Read more

Lunar Landers Could Blast Deposit Instant Landing Pads as They Arrive at the Moon

Artist depiction of a lunar lander utilizes the FAST landing pad deposition technology. Credit: Masten Space Systems Space exploration requires all kinds of interesting solutions to complex problems. There is a branch of NASA designed to support the innovators trying to solve those problems – the Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC). They occasionally hand out … Read more

Spacecraft tech turns moon dust into “near-instant” landing pads

Aerospace company Masten Space Systems has tested a NASA-backed technology to protect lunar landers from dangerous moon dust during both landing and takeoff. The challenge: To slow their descent onto the moon, lunar landers fire their engines just before reaching its surface, which kicks up the mix of powdery dust and sharp rocks coating the … Read more

Wild Idea Envisions Future Spacecraft Spraying Their Own Instant Landing Pads

Space exploration requires all kinds of interesting solutions to complex problems. There is a branch of NASA designed to support the innovators trying to solve those problems – the Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC). They occasionally hand out grant funding to worthy projects trying to tackle some of these challenges. The results from one of … Read more

Lunar Landers Could Spray Instant Landing Pads as They Arrive at the Moon

Space exploration requires all kinds of interesting solutions to complex problems.  There is a branch of NASA designed to support the innovators trying to solve those problems – the Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC).  They occasionally hand out grant funding to worthy projects trying to tackle some of these challenges.  The results from one of … Read more

FAST lets lunar landers make their own landing pads pre-touchdown

Masten Space Systems is working on a way to protect future lunar landers from the regolith thrown up by their engines as they land, by injecting alumina ceramic particles into the rocket engine plume to glue together lunar dust and create their own landing pads just before touchdown. NASA’s goal of returning to the Moon … Read more

‘I put on knee pads, because the priest told me that Our Lady did not want these sacrifices’

Alexandra Barata Today at 11:59 am Fernanda Ribas, 40, has been going to Fátima in August “for at least 20 years”. An emigrant in France, where he works as a cleaner, he has already thought of going on a pilgrimage on foot, but fears that he will not be able to, considering that it is … Read more