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Orbiting spacecraft could be refueled with water taken from planetoids—but some experts doubt the economics.
Such a rocket would dramatically reduce the costs of spaceflight—a promise NASA’s space shuttle failed to deliver on.
A new robotic arm uses electroadhesion to clamp onto virtually anything it finds.
Reduced government funding could scuttle some projects.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Friday, June 4. The rocket’s maiden test flight is considered a boon for the commercial space industry.
A successful launch moves commercial space companies toward human spaceflight.
Firms look to provide automated landers and inflatable modules.