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What space applications could benefit from batteries with much higher power densities than the common Li-ion type?

This Australian company claims the development of the Graphene Aluminium-Ion Battery that is up to 70 times faster in charging and has up to 3 times more battery life than current Lithium-Ion ...
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Why did the shuttle have rear-view mirrors?

This picture shows a rear-view mirror mounted in front of and to the right of the shuttle pilot (arrow). What's it for - fuzzy dice holder, vanity mirror, or what?? (image from https://images.nasa....
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How did Gagarin's flight affect improvements to the Vostok capsule?

Every spaceflight is an opportunity to learn what does not work well and to improve the vehicle for the next flight. Did Yuri Gagarin's first human spaceflight yield any changes to the capsules or ...
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What led Yuri Gagarin to believe his hatch was not properly sealed?

While still on the launchpad for his historic first human spaceflight, Yuri Gagarin radioed that the spacecraft's hatch was not correctly sealed: Following a series of tests and checks, about forty ...
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What are some details of ISRO's Gaganyaan Mission?

What are the some design features of Indian Human spaceflight Programme's Gaganyaan capsule? How much of the testing is done and what are its future plans?
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Capsule heat shielding made of Aerogel?

I was reading about crew capsules and the reentering into earths atmosphere. Since this generates loads of heat that the crew and capsule needs to be protected from heat shielding is used. I read this ...
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What about Orion ISS missions?

I remember that the Orion spacecraft was a thing when it had its maiden voyage in 2014. Nowadays, all I read about is the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner, which are both running late. Soyuz ...
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Why weren't Gemini capsules given names?

Mercury capsules had names (e.g. Liberty Bell). Apollo command modules had names (e.g. Columbia). Apollo lunar modules had names (e.g. Challenger). Space Shuttle orbiters had names (e.g. Columbia ...
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What kind of heat shield will Federatsiya (Federation) have?

Federatsiya (or Federation) is Russia's next generation crew vehicle, to replace Soyuz. According to its Wikipedia article, it may be reusable: Roskosmos reserved the option of making the crew ...
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Why did the cones of the Mercury and Gemini capsules have a neck?

As highlighted by the green double-arrow lines in the pictures below, the Mercury and Gemini capsules had a (roughly) cylindrical "neck" at the end of the capsule cone. If they had instead followed ...
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Apollo Command Module's impact attenuation system, what did the inner part look like?

A reference used in Wikipedia's Apollo Command/Service Module article is CSM06 Command Module Overview pp 39-52.pdf. It includes (bottom of document page #43, 5th page of pdf): Imact Attenuation: ...
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Footage of Space Shuttle astronauts during launch and reentry

Is there readily available video of Space Shuttle missions showing the crew: During the entire time period from ignition to shortly after the shuttle has passed through planet Earth's atmosphere? ...
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Is there an upper limit for the internal size of space stations?

I was reading about the various TransHab proposals (at http://www.astronautix.com/craft/traodule.htm, among others), and I started to think about pushing the idea to its limits. Assuming you had a ...
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Have liquid cooling systems been tested for reentry surfaces?

A tough exterior of heat-dissipating material is generally used for reentry modules. I am wondering if there have been any attempts or experiments at using liquid cooling systems as thermal protection ...
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What specifications is the ISRO crew module fabricated to?

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/human-space-flight-prog-hal-hands-over-crew-module-assembly-to-isro/article5685195.ece writes to say Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has handed ...
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