Engineering Questions – why can’t we put a space station on the Moon?

Long Read

A space station on the Moon could be very useful. It would provide future space missions with a stopping point between leaving the Earth and reaching further into the Solar System or even the Milky Way. One reason we haven’t built a space station on the Moon is...

How 3D Printing is driving the new space race

Deep Dive

3D-printed rocket engines: the technology driving the private sector space race The volatile nature of space rocket engines means that many early prototypes end up embedded in dirt banks or decorating the tops of any trees that are unfortunate enough to neighbour testing sites. Unintended explosions are in fact...

Engineering Podcasts – To the moon and beyond

Long Read

Marking 50 years since the first moon landing, To the moon and beyond is a five-part podcast series from The Conversation. Through interviews with academic experts around the world – from space scientists to historians, lawyers, futurists and a former astronaut – science journalist Miriam Frankel and space...