The first launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), a heavy rocket that could one day bring humans to Mars, has been pushed back to 2019. It was last said to be headed for a late 2018 launch. It'll be quite a few years before a flight to Mars takes place.
One of the initiatives underway at Facebook's Building 8, a facility based around moonshots, is a brain-computer interface (BCI) system that'll quickly decode speech based on brain activity. The system could transfer thoughts into words on a computer or mobile device.
Space agencies in China and Europe are speaking about building a moon base. Those discussions were confirmed by Pal Hvistendahl of the European Space Agency (ESA). The agencies are thinking through a "moon village" that'd contain humans and facilitate missions.
Saturn's moon Enceladus has all of the core ingredients required for life and a habitable environment, NASA has found. As part of the Cassini mission, NASA has learned the moon contains carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur in some areas.
A secret team within Apple is working on noninvasive sensors that can continuously monitor glucose levels in people with diabetes. CNBC reports Apple had been working on the project for five years and it's already begun feasibility trials. This tech could improve diabetes care.
SpaceX spent "less than half" of what it normally would on the first-stage of a Falcon 9 by relaunching one of its recovered rocket last week. Although reducing expenses is known to be a benefit of reusing rockets, SpaceX hasn't fully revealed the difference in price.
SpaceX has released a video of its historic Falcon 9 rocket landing from last week. For the first time, the company reused and recovered a rocket, paving the way for lower launch costs in the future. The mission was also the sixth successful Falcon 9 landing overall.
When the Falcon Heavy rocket launches for the first time this summer, SpaceX may try to recover its upper stage. CEO Elon Musk confirmed the rocket would launch this summer and that the company will attempt to recover the upper stage during the demo.
SpaceX's first mission with a reused Falcon 9 went perfectly. The core mission was successful and the rocket was recovered once again. CEO Elon Musk called this an "incredible day" and said it's part of a "huge revolution in spaceflight." Reusing rockets can reduce costs.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has launched a new company, Neuralink Corp. It's going to develop "neural lace" technology that'll enable humans to merge their minds with computers and more specifically, AI. Musk has been interested in the technology for years.
President Trump has signed a NASA funding bill that was recently passed by Congress. This bill both authorizes funding for the space agency and directs it to create a plan that'll enable it to send a "crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s." NASA will get $19.5 billion.
SpaceX is working with US space agency NASA to find landing spots on Mars that it could utilize during its own private missions. Speaking at a conference in Texas, SpaceX's Paul Wooster revealed the company is working with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Blue Origin, a spaceflight company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, plans to start sending humans to space next year. That timeline was mentioned by Erika Wagner, Blue Origin's business development manager, at the recent New Space Age Conference at MIT.
Google's Project Sunroof, which examines the viability of solar installations on homes in the US, has found 4 out of 5 homes have solar power potential. The project began two years ago and has surveyed 60 million buildings across 50 states, meaning most areas are covered.
SpaceX has won a launch contract with the Air Force for a second time. It beat United Launch Alliance this time, obtaining a $96.5 million contract that covers the launch of a GPS III satellite. This is the second Air Force contract SpaceX has won since 2015.
Congress has passed a bill, the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, that appropriates $19.5 billion to the agency. Along with giving NASA money, the document requests the agency put together a plan to get humans "near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s."
Solar power around the globe received a 50% boost during 2016, with a big part of the rise coming from the US and China, according to SolarPower Europe. There is now a global capacity of 305GW, up from just 50GW in 2010. There was a 76GW rise last year.
Google is using artificial intelligence to improve breast cancer identification. The company employed deep learning systems to look at thousands of slides of cancer cells from Radboud University. This system is meant to complement the work of humans.
Virgin Group's Galactic company has a new spinoff that's dedicated to satellite launches. The spinoff, known as Virgin Orbit, includes the LauncherOne program. LauncherOne utilizes a 747 airplane to launch small satellites. Virgin has three space companies.
Two people will be sent around the Moon aboard the Dragon 2 spacecraft next year, says SpaceX. The space company has announced a moon journey that'll take about one week to complete. SpaceX will utilize its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is lifting off for the first time this summer.