Bringing New Life to an Old Spacecraft


In April 2014 our team set about bringing the 36 year old ISEE-3 (International Sun Earth Explorer 3) spacecraft back to operational health. The team has brought its basic systems back online for the first time in decades and will shortly resume science operations with the half dozen science experiments that are still operational. This is the first citizen science, crowd funded, crowd sourced, interplanetary space science mission.

Space Pressure


The Air Pressure is pretty low in Outer Space. What happens when we subject a marshmallow, a balloon, or shaving cream to these conditions? Check out the mess we make when we place them in a vacuum.

Is DIY Space Dangerous?


Now that anybody can launch a satellite, just how dangerous is it letting anybody launch a satellite? Let's look at how much damage a malicious picosatellite, like a CubeSat, can do, and what the real human-created hazards might be.

NASA Technology Drives Exploration (And How You Can Get Involved)


The Apollo missions blazed a path to deep space, and today NASA is working on the next giant leap: our path to Mars. Technology drives exploration, and we're building on the Apollo program's accomplishments to test and fly transformative, cutting edge technologies today for tomorrow's missions. But unlike the Apollo missions, where the public could only watch, we want you to get involved and be a part of the journey.

Beyond the Challenges


Challenging Ourselves: From competing in a NASA challenge to sharing a maker shed in your local community, all citizen inventors have a role to play. Cultivating and growing our local maker communities can enable great discoveries and offer advantages to everyone from the small business to the garage designer.

3D Printing in Space: The Next Frontier!


Any remote location, whether the middle of a desert or the surface of Mars, presents a challenge in terms of obtaining the resources needed to thrive. This is particularly meaningful when applied to space exploration where the supply chain has been severely constrained. This year, history will be made by launching the first 3D Printer to the International Space Station. This technology will forevermore improve the way we live and operate in space and ultimately provide the much-needed solution for sustainable human exploration of the universe.

Carbon Origins


Carbon Origins is a start up aerospace company with the goal to make space commonplace. They are currently developing the next generation of suborbital rockets designed to carry small to mid-sized payloads to space. At Maker Faire they are launching an


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