Crazy thinkers suggest beaming solar energy from space to end energy poverty

Crazy thinkers suggest beaming solar energy from space to end energy poverty

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In 2050 there will be 10 billion people on the planet who need energy, and while renewable energy will help reduce energy poverty some think solar energy beamed from space, or satellites, could also help.   Infalling solar radiation constantly illuminates the Moon’s surface with...

Read more
Vodafone and Nokia partner to create a 4G network on the Moon

Vodafone and Nokia partner to create a 4G network on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As different organisations around the globe look to start building the first human outposts on the Moon they’ll need high quality networks to transmit data and communicate with Earth.   Mobile phone coverage on Earth may not be as comprehensive as it could be, and...

Read more
The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The colossal distances involved in getting to Mars means that shipping equipment to Mars will be an expensive herculean effort so experts want everything to be made in situ   A new 3D printing technique could let the first humans on Mars print everything from...

Read more
Jeff Bezos announces plans to create the world’s first Moon delivery service

Jeff Bezos announces plans to create the world’s first Moon delivery service

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As agencies around the world race to begin establishing bases and villages on the Moon we’re going to need a company that can help transport all the equipment and supplies.   The cost of going into space has plummeted over the past few years, in...

Read more
Elon Musk announced SpaceX is sending two private citizens to the Moon

Elon Musk announced SpaceX is sending two private citizens to the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Man hasn’t returned to the Moon since first landing on it 45 years ago, and this will be the first time we go back   Yesterday afternoon at 4PM EST SpaceX CEO and polymath Elon Musk, who was recently in Dubai selling 200 self-driving Teslas, announced...

Read more
The Moon beckons as five Lunar XPRIZE teams make it to the final round

The Moon beckons as five Lunar XPRIZE teams make it to the final round

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to be the first private company to land on the Moon is on, and now just five teams are left in the running.   Google’s Lunar XPRIZE team have announced that five of the original sixteen private space companies have managed to book...

Read more
Two Google XPRIZE teams join forces to land on the Moon

Two Google XPRIZE teams join forces to land on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the sixteen private teams racing to land a lunar rover on the moon in 2017 achieving the goal is more important than the politics.   Two teams competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE have decided to join forces and have signed a ride share...

Read more
Japan joins the race to mine the Moon

Japan joins the race to mine the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Outer space contains an unlimited amount of resources, from Platinum and ice to Helium-3, now, as we become a space faring species our future space exploration, outposts and transportation will rely on companies who can mine and process it.   The Japanese Space Exploration Agency...

Read more
Mining the Moon, Moon Express sets 2017 launch date

Mining the Moon, Moon Express sets 2017 launch date

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Moon contains trillions of dollars worth of minerals and rare earth metals but mining and transporting them has been technically and commercially challenging, but over the next few decades that could change.   Earlier this year Moon Express, a private venture, founded by billionaire...

Read more
NASA is funding an artificial gravity program

NASA is funding an artificial gravity program

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Astronauts who are exposed to long periods of microgravity suffer health problems when they get back to Earth, an artificial gravity system would replicate the natural gravity of Earth and prevent the problems from occurring.   Microgravity is bad for the bones and muscles. Just...

Read more
Scientists petition the UN to create a sovereign space nation

Scientists petition the UN to create a sovereign space nation

As humanity nears its goals of becoming an interplanetary species it’s inevitable one day that a new nation will take form In the wake of multiple announcements from private and public bodies alike about colonising the Moon and Mars, beginning in 2017, a team of scientists and legal experts have...

Read more
The first private moon landing gets the green light

The first private moon landing gets the green light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more private organisations are taking on the final frontier, now Moon Express have a license to land on the Moon.   Less than half a century after Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon the FAA has granted approval...

Read more
ESA lays out plans to build a village on the Moon

ESA lays out plans to build a village on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF ESA have laid out their plans to colonise the Moon by 2030.   The European Space Agency (ESA) is pressing forward with its plans to set up a permanent human outpost on the moon. Dubbed the “Moon Village” the vision will be the product of international...

Read more