Skylon – next era of space planes.

Skylon is a space plane being developed by British company Reaction Engines Limited, and is being built as the world’s first fully reusable space plane! (a spacecraft that can take off and land horizontally like a conventional aircraft – first space vehicle which can do such thing). Each Skylon space plane is intended to be reusable over 200 times. It is a huge improvement over any space vehicle in active use nowadays.

What is so special about the plane? Its engines called Sabre, which are  Continue reading

Dark Matter Secrets Solved?

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

AMS is a special experimental ISS module, which aims to accurately measure the flux of charged cosmic rays at low terrestrial orbit. With it, it is possible to study the formation of the universe, the search for evidence of the existence of strange particles, dark matter and antimatter. The unit was installed on the ISS 19 May 2011.

The researchers believe that the main component of dark matter is WIMP (weakly interacting massive particles). Although AMS is unable to detect them directly, by measuring the physical values used to describe them, their detection becomes possible Continue reading

Pulse engine powered by lithium and deuterium.

Zpinch reaction in lab

Zpinch reaction in lab

Do you remember crystal called dilithium from the world of Star Trek?. It was found on several planets, and was considered a very rare mineral with unique physical properties. This allowed Star Trek to perform interstellar travel. Its chemical symbol was Dt.

In real world Dilithium from the world of Star Trek is Li2 and it is a molecule consisting of two lithium atoms. Researches want to use lit(as LI6) with deuterium to produce fuel in the newly elaborated pulse propulsion. They have been working on it from a while now.

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Warp drive… Is it possible ?

USS Enterprise at warp

USS Enterprise at warp

Who have not seen at least one of the episodes of Star Trek? Hmm? Anybody? Yeah, you there, you better don’t say anything…. Because we all have. As you may remember Star Trek was overcoming great space distances.

And you may ask, how did it do it? And you have your answer – WARP DRIVE. Yes, Star Trek was able to travel so fast because of this amazing faster-than-light (FTL) Continue reading

New camera will help to better understand Dark Matter.

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Scientists launched a device that will study the dark energy in the universe. This device is a camera with the highest resolution in history.

Dark Energy Camera has a resolution of 570th megapixels. That’s a dozen times more than the cameras in the latest mobile phones (even in an iphone 5). And the better the resolution, the more data can be obtained from the individual images.

Located in Chile camera in the next five years is to take a picture of three hundred million galaxies. It will be observed, inter alia, the light from distant celestial objects – remote even by eight billion light years from Earth. Continue reading

Antimatter – Spaceships for Mars Missions and beyond.

Deep Space / Nasa

Deep Space / Nasa

It’s really hard to believe that something like antimatter really exists. Moreover, each type of particle has its antiparticle.

The positron is the antiparticle of the electron.
The antiproton is the antiparticle of the proton.
The antineutron is the antiparticle of the neutron.
The antineutrino is the antiparticle of the neutrino.

Let’s go back to our topic. So where did all the antimatter go. Does it surround us? Well, probably the most important thing is that when matter and antimatter meet, they destroy each other. It could seem that after big bang matter and antimatter should have been created equally and they should have been annihilated totally but that did not happened because there was more matter than antimatter in the early universe. Why? Nobody can answer that question yet… Continue reading