Solar Drape Concept Would Take Advantage of Lower Gravity On The Moon

Solar Drape Concept Would Take Advantage of Lower Gravity On The Moon Brian Wang | February 5, 2020 | Doug Plata has proposed a solar drape concept for the moon. The moon has no wind and has one-sixth Earth gravity. A large robotic rover would place telescoping towers on the moon and thin-film solar cells…

Rotary Rocket Had Wheels on Landing Legs As SpaceX Plans for Starship

Rotary Rocket Had Wheels on Landing Legs As SpaceX Plans for Starship Brian Wang | February 24, 2020 | The Rotary Rocket Company developed the Roton rocket in the late 1990s as a planned fully reusable single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) crewed spacecraft. A full-scale test vehicle made three hover flights in 1999. It had wheels on its…

Powering Communication for an Interstellar Probe

Powering Communication for an Interstellar Probe Brian Wang | February 21, 2020 | There was a November 2019, NASA Workshop on Interstellar Propulsion. It was part of the 2019 Interstellar Symposium. The workshop focused on physics-based propulsion technologies that have the potential to meet the goal of launching an interstellar probe within the next century…