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On-Orbot Servicing Robotic Payloads

Space related products that provide services in applications ranging from telecommunications, Earth observation, monitoring and navigation are a fundamental element to our modern way of life. The space industry is confronted with the challenge of sustaining space flight both from an economical p...
Sapce Systems Engineer - Robotics
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Mars Habitat concept - what can we learn from this?

Andy sent me this Mars Habitat Concept (, which I had not seen before. It differs a lot from ous but it has one characteristic that we´ve discussed before - the concept of having a pressurized module inside of a protec...
Space Architect
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Proposal: Cubesat Technology Demonstrator for Plasma Magnet Sail

For those who don’t know, the plasma magnet sail is a type of magnetic sail invented by John Slough, which should be able to produce orders of magnitude more thrust than ion drives of similar power consumption. It has been tested in laboratory vacuum chambers, but not in space, which is important...
Student, engineering / plasma physics
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Coral, an Open Lunar Space Program

Coral, the first decentralized space program to the Moon (, has been many months in the making. We wanted to build a clear process for the community to finally collaborate on a space mission. We have bee...
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Co-Founder, Space Cooperative
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Two Asteroid Probe Missions Will Reach their Targets in 2018

The Christian Science Monitor published this superb, in-depth article about the Japanese Hayabusa-2 Mission to Asteroid Ryugu and the US OSIRIS-REX mission to Asteroid Bennu: Chasing asteroids: Dual missions sniff out clues to solar system's past It opens with this great aspirational s...
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Founder of Space Architecture as a Discipline
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Small Multi Role Satellites in Lunar Orbit

A constellation of small multi role satellites providing lunar position system, 5G communication, lunar high resolution spectrography and space weather monitoring. These satellites would support lunar mineral mapping and identification of mining zones for future robotic missions. A lunar economy ...
Systems Engineer
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Modular "Universally" Adaptable Support Craft

As a tentative proposal for a near- to mid- term project, I suggest the development of a Modular Universally Adaptable Support Craft. This would be composed of a "plug-in" command/control module, attached to a modular support frame. Other modular components would be attached as necessary for a gi...
Concepts Development, Organisation, Operations Specialist
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MELISSA like projects

Hello everybody, I would like to talk a little bit about the MELISSA project, is everyboy familiar with it ?
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Master student at the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture
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2018 Asteroid Science Intersections with In-Space Mine Engineering Results

The 2018 ASIME Symposium was held at the Université du Luxembourg Recently, they posted the ASIME Abstract Book The abstracts that grabbed my attention include the following (I added URLs where ...
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Founder of Space Architecture as a Discipline
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Whatever Happened to the Constellation Lunar Program?

As the prospect of returning humans to the Moon becomes a more frequent topic of discussion, it would be valuable to describe the circumstances that led to the demise of NASA’s last attempt: the Constellation Lunar Program that ran from 2004 to 2010. The Constellation Program poses a cautionary ...
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Founder of Space Architecture as a Discipline