Top 10 Thrilling Space Projects Agencies working on

Space Exploration has always been an exciting topic for all of us. We all interested in knowing the facts of earth, other planets and living species. Even scientists have dreamed of utilizing our solar system and beyond since before we had airplanes. But this hasn’t happened because these kinds of things require far advanced technology that hasn’t built yet. There are many amazing aerospace projects humans are working on.

  • What are they?
  • How far can we reach in future?
  • What strategy is being used by research agencies?

You will find out the answers in this article only. Let’s have a close look on 10 Thrilling Space Projects Agencies Working on right now.

10. Mars Science Laborator

Mars Science Laborator Photo credit: Wikimedia commons

The Mars Science Laboratory is a space probe launched on November 26, 2011 by NASA. The objective is to deeply investigate Mars by studying its water conditions, climate and geology. The orbiter has captured more than 20,000 images and 60 percent of the planet surface. The total cost of the program is around $2.5 billion.

9. Airborne Launch Assist Space Access

The Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA for short) is an ongoing program of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It is an advanced and a new way of launching a rocket directly into the orbit from the earth’s land. It has capabilities of launching up to 100 pound satellite into orbit (low) that costs only $1 million/launch. The project has an overall budget of $46 million per 1.5 year. This kind of launch will help to estimate weather situations (from different orbits) more accurately.

8. Skylon Spacecraft

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Skylon is a project by Reaction Engines Limited (UK). In a simple language, it’s an advanced jet that can fly into a space at massive speed of 30000 kmph without any crew i.e. it is fully automated and can be controlled remotely from the ground. The test flight is expected to begin in 2019 and the agency will deliver around 15-20 tons of matter into space by 2020. The overall cost of the project is estimated to be $12 billion.

7. Google Lunar X Prize

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The Google Lunar X Prize is a $30 million competition, which is the largest international incentive based prize ever. The task is to send a privately funded robot to the moon. The small private agencies are allowed to land a probe above 500 meters (minimum) on the moon’s surface. From there, the probe has to send HD images and videos of surrounding back to the earth. The aim is to recapture the spark generated by moon landing along with crucial data and also to open a new era of lunar travel by reducing the cost of access to the space.

6. SpiderFab

SpiderfabImage credit: NASA

SpiderFab is totally based on the 3-d printing technology. The idea is crystal and pretty simple- print the matter or equipment on the space instead of sending it from earth. NASA plans to send a printer i.e SpiderFab to the international space station in 2014 to manufacture an item according to the situation on the space. NASA has already invested $500,000 to develop giant 3-d printing robot. By sending raw material instead of finished equipment rocket weight, size, energy used can be reduced.

5. Mission Mars One

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It is an $8 billion project to put people to Mars by 2023. Over 200k people from all around the world have volunteered to be the part of it. Most of the applicants have family, so they will be leaving behind their love ones. In 2022 (probably in September) only four selected applicants will be sent to Mars to become the first resisted of the planet. The four applicants will be launched into a capsule type vehicle i.e. Mars One Dragon in every 2 years after the successful landing of the initial crew.

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4. Asteroid Capture

Space Projects Agencies working on- Asteroid CapturePhoto credit: Wikimedia commons

An asteroid (called minor planet) can be captured when it approaches to the large planetary body. There are around 2 million asteroids wider than 800 meters in the solar system. It is a simple concept of diverting the path (or destroying) asteroid body to prevent the collision from another planet. The project is not as simple as it sounds. Mass, relative velocity towards the closet planet, hyperbolic trajectory, escape velocity is some main key features of asteroids in experimental works.  According to the NASA scientists, it would make sense to dispose an asteroid by crashing it into the moon.

3. Survival on Moon

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Return to the moon is probably inevitable by all space agencies around the world. Most of the organizations planning to put people back on the moon. Japan hopes for the same by 2030 while South Korea and Russia are aiming for 2025. ISRO (India) is way ahead, their plan is to complete this project by early 2020.

2. Venera-D

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Landing on the moon is not only the achievement of early space research race. That’s gone for the last decades. Now Russia is planning to launch a probe i.e Venera-D in 2024. Its main objective is to store and send information on radar around the Venus in a much similar to that of the Venera 15 and 16 (in 1980s) but with the use of more powerful radar and advance technique. It will be capable of surviving for long duration on Venus’s surface.

1. Space Elevator

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Obayashi Corporation has unveiled their plan to build world’s longest elevator (from the earth’s surface to space) by 2050. It is one of the major construction companies in Japan that already built the tallest structure of Japan, Tokyo Sky Tree. But this project is 1000 times taller than Sky Tree and would require carbon nano and boron nitride nanotube technology that hasn’t been used anywhere yet. The elevator would be 50,000 km long. It is designed to transmit the vehicle and other equipment to the earth’s orbit without using the large rocket launcher at all.

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