Category Archives: Space

Titan

Space Colonization: Why Titan Is Better than Mars

This entry is part 35 of 36 in the series PangaeaCome with me on a flight of fact-based science fiction. It’s 2024 and you’re strapped into SpaceX’s BFR (Big Falcon Rocket). Destination? Mars! You’ve sold your home and bought a one-way ticket to the red planet. Your heart pounds as the countdown commences. Whoosh and...

Sputnik and Infrastructure

Today is the 60th anniversary of an event that both enlightened, and, in some ways, frightened the world.  But it greatly inspired the worlds of science, engineering, and education. And it also sparked, arguably more than any other single event, developments for the geospatial professions and industries. On October 4th, 1957, a tiny polished metal...

A HawkEye 360 uses small satellites in autonomous formation flight to develop geospatial solutions based on radio frequency survey conducted from space.

Smallsat Constellations: Sats that Fly in Formation

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series September 2017New applications for smallsat constellations are growing from autonomous formation flying. Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of Toronto is on a mission to expand the utility of small satellites in a variety of commercial, government, and research sectors. Among its current focus areas is exploit-...

An ESA team member operates the rover on one of the team's tests sites.

Robots for ExoMars: Drones and Space Exploration

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series May 2017Drones are being used to test a space rover in familiar ways. By Martin Azkarate UAV manufacturer senseFly talked to Martin Azkarate of the European Space Agency about his work developing rover prototypes for planetary exploration, including how he employs a senseFly drone to...

Color coding in this image of Mars represents differences in elevation, measured by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor. While surface liquid water is rare and ephermal on modern Mars.

Straight on to Mars (and Beyond)

This entry is part 30 of 36 in the series PangaeaIn the last issue we raised the question of whether mankind should go back to the Moon as a way to fuel future space exploration. While that article states the many salient reasons to take this path, many people feel we should aim higher and...

Should we settle on the Moon before Mars?

Back to the Moon? Or—Straight on to Mars?

This entry is part 8 of 36 in the series PangaeaEditor’s note: at xyHt and Pangaea we’ve been adding “geo-space-al” content into our geospatial mix, and readers have been responding positively. Surveying on Mars is a great example. When you think about it, geospatial technology and space are inextricably intertwined; from GNSS to satellite-based remote...