Solar Orbiter

Protected from contamination in a cleanroom this is one of the last views of Solar Orbiter in Europe After a year of tests here at IABG in Munich the ESA spacecraft is ready to be packed-up and flown to Florida for launch Built by Airbus in the UK engineers had the challenging task of designing […]

The Problem of Power in Space. NASA’s New Kilopower Reactor

Space is the worst. It’s got hostile radiation, a total lack of atmosphere, near absolute zero temperatures, problematic gravity wells, and worse. In order to keep your spacecraft alive in that environment, you need electricity to keep it warm. Not to mention all the power to run scientific instruments and the transmitters to send that […]