NASA Awards Sixteen Grants For Feasibility Studies - Part 4 of 12 parts

Part 4 of 12 Parts
     Sixteen research projects drawn from NASA, the space industry and academia will receive grants from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program in order to study the feasibility of their concepts. Here are more of the projects:
6. Autonomous Robotic Demonstrator for Deep Drilling (ARD3)

Origami Being Used To Create Antennas To Deploy In Space - Part 2 of 2 Parts

Part 2 of 2 Parts (Please read Part 1 first)
     Parabolic reflectors are an obvious choice for use in space applications because they either pick up or send information in a specific direction. However, their bowl-shape makes it inconvenient to store in a launch vehicle with limited room. This is an even bigger problem when many antennas need to be launched on the same vehicle.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Is Working On A Plasma Thruster That Uses Magnetic Reconnection

     I have posted about a number of different propulsion systems for spacecraft. Currently it can take years to carry out missions to the outer solar system. Now there is a new concept being explored that would use the mechanism behind solar flares to speed up the exploration of space.