Ocean scientists measure sediment plume stirred up by deep-sea-mining vehicle

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain What will be the impact to the ocean if humans are to mine the deep sea? It’s a question that’s gaining urgency as interest in marine minerals has grown. The ocean’s deep-sea bed is scattered with ancient, potato-sized rocks “polymetallic nodules” that contain nickel and cobalt—minerals that are in high demand … Read more

UM analysis challenges US Postal Service electric vehicle environmental study

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The Inflation Reduction Act signed into law by President Biden this month contains $3 billion to help the US Postal Service decarbonize its mail-delivery fleet and shift to electric vehicles. On the heels of the Aug. 16 bill-signing ceremony at the White House, a new University of Michigan study finds that … Read more

Momentus orbital transfer vehicle suffers power problem after launch – Spaceflight Now

Momentus’ Vigoride orbital transfer vehicle. Credit: Niall David / Momentus The first test flight of a commercial orbital transfer vehicle from Momentus is suffering from a problem with its solar panels after launching last month on a SpaceX rocket, and the company said Monday that its confidence in the spacecraft’s demonstrations has “substantially declined.” The … Read more

NASA’s moon rocket rolls back to Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs – Spaceflight Now

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket arrives outside the Vehicle Assembly Building before dawn Tuesday. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now NASA rolled the giant new rocket for the Artemis 1 moon mission off the launch pad back inside the Vehicle Assembly Building before dawn Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, moving into the hangar for … Read more

Artemis 1 vehicle heads back to VAB while NASA discusses what to do next

NASA’s Artemis 1 flight vehicle is headed back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) after a month at Launch Pad 39B attempting to complete the final test before its first launch. The Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR), a countdown demonstration test with the integrated Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System … Read more

NASA readies SLS moon rocket for return to Vehicle Assembly Building – Spaceflight Now

EDITOR’S NOTE: Watch live streaming video of the Space Launch System moon rocket on this page. Ground teams moved a diesel-powered crawler-transporter underneath the Space Launch System moon rocket Sunday on pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, preparing the towering launcher for a return to the Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs. The rollback to … Read more

How do you power a vehicle on Mars?

How is power generated for the vehicles that explore other worlds? This is a problem that PVL MSc student Justin Kerr is considering this term in his research. In the inner solar system, solar power tends to dominate, but once we move outward, electricity generated from the heat of nuclear decay in Plutonium is the … Read more