Category Archives: Future space

Proposals, speculation, etc regarding the future of space and humanity’s place in it.

Space Art: Maciej Rebisz and “Space That Never Was”

Check out the marvelous space inspired art from Maciej Rebisz at Space That Never Was, his project to do more than

… some cool pictures of spaceships, I wanted to do something a bit more original than yet another generic sci-fi. I wanted to do proper research, get science and engineering as correct as possible, then do illustrations along with concept and graphic design.

“ITS landers at Alpha Site, first large scale human colony on Mars. My take on SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System announced by Elon Musk last year.” – Maciej Rebisz

I thought it would be pretty cool to depict how all these planned and never realized missions would look like. Apollo based spacecraft going to Venus, Voyager 3 visiting Jupiter, Saturn and then Pluto. Soviet landing on the Moon. Crewed missions to Mars. Launch of the first interstellar probe. I have started doing research and taking courses about history of spaceflight, where and when it began, where it headed, what space agencies wanted to do and where to go before their funding got cut off. All that research was great inspiration and gave me hundreds of ideas and fueled the development of this alternative history project.

Engine maintenance Art: Maciej Rebisz

Imagine a world where Space Race has not ended. Where space agencies were funded a lot better than military. Where private space companies emerged and accelerated development of space industry. Where people never stopped dreaming big and aiming high.

Find more about Rebisz and his art at: Space That Never Was is an artist’s vision of a never-ending space race – The Verge

“Another artwork in Cosmonaut series. This time it’s cosmonaut on Ganymede, largest moon of Jupiter.” – Maciej Rebisz

Prints of Rebisz’s artworks are available at and shops.


Webcast: NASA Innovative Advance Concepts Symposium – live updates on latest projects

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) funds studies into all sorts of cool and often “crazy” ideas that just might work. This week  (Mon-Wed) at the NIAC Symposium in Denver, Colorado, leaders of funded project will give updates on their studies. The presentations are being webcast live at 2017 NIAC Symposium on Livestream –

Here is the agenda (pdf).

Videos: “The Dawn of Private Space Science” – symposium presentations

A symposium at Columbia University this weekend focused on “The Dawn of Private Space Science“. Videos of the many interesting talks are posted at Fiat Physica – Facebook. Here is a sampling:

** Pete Worden gave an update on the Breakthrough Initiatives, one of which is the development of a system to send tiny spacecraft to a nearby star:

** NASA historian Alex MacDonald talked about private space science projects going back to the early 1800s:

**Michael Paluszek reported on the Princeton Satellite Systems design for a nuclear fusion propulsion system that they believe could fly within a decade or so:


Video: Interplanetary Track at the White House Frontiers Conference

Last Thursday, President Obama and the White House held The Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference was

a national convening co-hosted with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to explore the future of innovation here and around the world …

The conference [focused] on building U.S. capacity in science, technology, and innovation, and the new technologies, challenges, and goals that will continue to shape the 21st century and beyond.

Here is a video of the Interplanetary track, in which participants from industry and academia discussed the future of space development and space science exploration: