Dear readers, today I’ve got interesting news about ASPS work. First of all, the Association has found external collaborators with whom it has worked on its latest official prototype, F242, to make it more suitable for testing in vacuum chambers and, of course, for space flight. Substantially, modifications have been made to make the thruster […]Read more "An update about ASPS prototypes part I – F449"
When I was a young boy, in the nineties, I used to read a scientific divulgation magazine which over the years reported various NASA announcements about a manned mission to the red planet. In that period it was scheduled, if I remember correctly, for 2005 and I was really looking toward such historical event. Then, […]Read more "Why Mars? Choose the Moon instead, it’s cheaper!"
Dear readers, it has been a while since I wrote my last post but I’ve been quite busy and there haven’t been any news about ASPS work (or better: there is an interesting one but it’s Laureti’s wish to not talk about it, at the moment). So, while we wait more interesting updates, I would […]Read more "Asgardia"
Today I ran across a short movie by Erik Wernquist called Wanderers and I liked it so much that I felt the urge to share it on this blog. I think it’s something that any space enthusiast should watch at least once. In my opinion the director has been able to pour and to blend into the […]Read more "Wanderers – A glimpse of the wonders that are awaiting us"
Dear readers, in this post I’d like to share with you ASPS official method to achieve propellantless propulsion. The procedure I’m going to describe has been used in early ASPS prototypes (SC23) and it has been recently posted on NasaSpaceFlight forum by Laureti himself. After 2005 the Association discovered a more efficient way to produce thrust and they […]Read more "How to violate Newton’s Third – ASPS early method"
Today I stumbled upon this Chinese article that describes a space race scenario similar to that of the Cold War. I’d like to share the article with you and to highlight some interesting passages. I apologize in advance for their translation because I can’t speak Chinese, so they’re the direct outcome of Google Translator. I decided to […]Read more "The race for space supremacy"
A couple of posts ago I wrote about a plasma shielding system that, in my opinion, would be useful for space applications. With maybe a bit of delusion, I wrote that “all pieces of the puzzle are going into their place” (that is, to build a manned e.m spaceship). Today I’ve just discovered that another […]Read more "Another piece for E.M spaceship puzzle?"
Dear readers, Here is an update about F242 written by Laureti in the latest issue of ASPS official periodical Nova Astronautica: The PNN prototype F242 is operative again. I’ve tested it several times in late 2016 and that’s why there is a consistently delay in the publication of Nova Astronautica issue n.150. Practically I’ve had to […]Read more "F242 is operative again"
In one of my first posts I translated an ASPS article regarding the physics and the equipment of an hypothetical PNN spaceship. One important piece of navigation system had to be a laser powerful enough to disgregate major debris before they impacted the ship hull. As we know, at incredibly high speed even the impact […]Read more "Boeing plasma shield – Trespassing into science fiction"
This is the first time I read something like this in space exploration history: according to the Italian newspaper Repubblica there is a controversy ongoing between Italian Space Agency (ASI) and ESA. Italian Agency accuses ESA to have subcontracted Schiaparelli landing system tests to Astra, a Romanian space company without the skills required for […]Read more "Discount space exploration"