Revolutionary rocket that eats itself for fuel gets UK government funding

Revolutionary rocket that eats itself for fuel gets UK government funding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cost of buying, storing, and using rocket fuel makes up a significant percentage of the cost of launching rockets, this could change the economics of the whole industry making space access even cheaper.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof...

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ESA machine turns moondust into oxygen and metal to help first moon colonists survive

ESA machine turns moondust into oxygen and metal to help first moon colonists survive

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This new machine turns the Moon into the equivalent of a motorway service station by helping astronauts create rocket fuel for onward missions to Mars, and oxygen for survival.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential...

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New autophage rocket devours itself for fuel

New autophage rocket devours itself for fuel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A rocket that consumes itself for fuel could dramatically reduce the cost of future satellite launches.   A team of engineers from Scotland and Ukraine have developed what they call an “Autophage” rocket that would consume its own structure as it hurtles into space, and...

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Solar powered artificial skin gives prosthetics a sense of touch

Solar powered artificial skin gives prosthetics a sense of touch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many amputees complain of “Phantom limb” syndrome but now a new breakthrough could help them finally feel again, for real.   UK researchers have developed a synthetic skin for prosthetic limbs that can generate power and return the sense of touch to amputees. Researchers from...

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BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Growing your own products just became a thing.   If you needed to be convinced just how fast technology is progressing then think of this. For Millennia humans have assembled individual, pre crafted components together to make products of every shape and form. In 1986...

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