Self-Driving Protection From Asteroids

Autonomous technology has come for the final frontier. The European Space Agency’s new self-driving spacecraft could potentially protect our planet from catastrophic impacts with asteroids. The project, dubbed Hera, is in the process of getting outfitted with autonomous tech that, when installed, will enable the craft to use sensors to read nearby debris and objects to determine what (if anything) is an inbound target. The …

Classes on Mining in Space

At the Colorado School of Mines’ Center for Space Resources, a new class called Space Resources Fundamentals is underway, the first-ever academic program specializing in space mining. Christopher Dreyer teaches the course, which is presently in a test run, though potentially slated again for summer 2018. The class covers things like the Outer Space Treaty, which was developed by the United Nations to govern outer-space …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Digital greenhouses, mega-cities, space rocks, hidden chambers inside pyramids and more in our look around the web

1. Secret Chamber Discovered in Egypt’s Great Pyramid Using muon detectors, researchers have discovered a previously hidden space inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid. Egyptologists have said that the chamber won’t contain hidden treasure or anything of that kind, but it will potentially help reveal how the 4,500-year-old pyramid was constructed. The purpose of the hidden space is unknown for now, but researchers believe it might have …