This Mission Plan Could Get NASA To Europa On The Cheap

NASA is currently accepting ideas for a mission to Europa — the moon voted most likely to harbour alien life. But thanks to recent budget cuts, it can only consider the most affordable solutions. The fine minds at Draper Labs may have just come up with the answer. » 6/20/14 11:01am 6/20/14 11:01am

So you want to build a satellite? Now you can!

If you've got about 150 thousand bucks burning a hole in your pocket, you can build and launch one of these little personal satellites called cubesats. » 10/19/12 12:35pm 10/19/12 12:35pm

Penny-sized "microthrusters" could propel tiny satellites

Space engineers are excited by the prospect of designing and sending tiny ‘cubesats' into orbit — small-scale satellites that are cheap to build, easy to put into space, and can perform highly specialized tasks like clearing out space junk. The problem, however, has been in figuring out a way to reposition these… » 8/20/12 7:50am 8/20/12 7:50am