Finding Earth-like worlds: the tale of how Kepler-452b was discovered

The quest to discover Earth 2.0 was a fight against the odds for the Kepler mission

October 2015 Room The Space Journal
Taking AIM with ESA: proposing the first visit to a binary asteroid system

The Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) will be the first spacecraft to visit a binary asteroid system and ESA’s first mission to a small body since Rosetta.

October 2015 Room The Space Journal
Houston, we have a Spaceport

The Spaceport in Houston, Texas is the 10th commercial spaceport in the US, and one that is borne of NASA’s rich history.

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Japan’s H-IIA rocket: beautiful, accurate, and on-time

The H-IIA rocket is incredibly reliable. But the Japanese space industry is already working on a successor.

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Space Environment

Copernicus, ESA’s most ambitious Earth Observation programme

ESA satellites have been observing and documenting the changing Earth since 1977. Now it is launching its most ambitious project yet – Copernicus.

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The new space ethics: COSPAR, Planetary Protection and beyond

Space activity began in the late 1950s as a means of promoting the ideologies of two superpowers: America and the Soviet Union.

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Re-usable rockets: a new breakthrough for suborbital research

Most eyes are focused on the re-useable rockets of the space tourism industry to carry small research payloads into sub-orbital space.

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Space, secular stagnation, and the economic crisis

Secular stagnation: a condition of negligible or no economic growth in a market based economy. Unfortunately, this is the current state of affairs of our global system.

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Space Security

Space debris, Kessler Syndrome, and the unreasonable expectation of certainty

Lack of relative guidance on the problem of space debris is itself the result of a lack of fundamental research into the problem.

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From NEOs to real action: testing asteroid impact scenarios

Observing Near Earth Objects is not enough – we must be more proactive in our plans for dealing with a potentially threatening asteroid.

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The Global Space Governance Study – A new regulatory framework for New Space?

Technology and innovation in business and entrepreneurial talent has forged ahead of the regulatory guidelines and necessary standards. This study seeks to consider in a comprehensive and thoughtful way the best way forward in “new space” initiatives.

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Down to Earth: how to deorbit satellites and save money

The D-Orbit Decommissioning Device D3 removes a satellite quickly and safely from orbit and prolongs its useful life

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Space Lounge

Eating in space: from Michelin-starred chefs to self-sufficiency

Space food isn’t only a matter of basic survival; it’s also a massive logistical challenge for current and future missions.

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Bringing technology down to earth

The Swedish Down to Earth initiative was launched in 2009 to increase the rate at which space technologies and knowledge are commercialised.

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Astronauts having a laugh

Space humour, like space itself, is a boundless subject. Professional people tend to value humour greatly, especially those who carry out dangerous missions. There’s nothing like a well-timed, witty remark to ease the tension…

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Hubble’s 25th Anniversary

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in space for 25 years. To celebrate this landmark of science, here are five of its top images as listed on The Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre website.

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Special Reports

From post-humanity to fractals: is human space exploration doomed?

Humanity’s cosmic expansion is bound to run up against barriers, which could include the rise of a post-human species. This, however, is nowhere near as problematic as the possibility that the Universe is a fractal, and all life within it is doomed.

October 2015 Room The Space Journal
Green cosmonautics: an ideal to strive for

In the past, the space industry has been anything but green in its approach to environmental issues. But technologies and perceptions are changing fast in a host of areas. Engines can be designed to use less fuel, rockets developed to reach orbit without dropping stages back to Earth, and launch sites made more compact. All of which will not only help preserve the natural environment, but also reduce costs

October 2015 Room The Space Journal