The best Popular Mechanics articles on space technologies and equipment have been compiled in “Space Drive,” a special iPad issue now available at the magazine’s kiosk in the App Store.
The special compilation is for readers who want to know everything about innovative new space technologies and the latest developments in the field of space travel and exploration. What vehicles have mankind used to reach space, and which ones will we use in the future? How do fusion and plasma engines work? What materials will engineers use to make rockets in the future and from where will they be launched?
Also in this issue:
The Flight of the Roc: the world’s largest aircraft becomes a flying spaceport;
Plastic Rockets: new materials are replacing metals in the construction of rockets;
Into Deep Space Without Fuel: the impossible engine;
Space March for Plasma and Helicon: plasma thrusters with a fundamentally new design;
Starships: fusion-powered rocket engines;
In Search of the Miracle Engine: several highly impressive and extremely impractical engine designs;
Rocket and Space Plans for Science and Battles;
Workhorses of Space: every form of transportation man has used in space;
Looking for the Invisible: the rapidly deployable sonar system (SOPO);
Descendents of the Ruler of the Winds: where the most promising electric rocket plasma engines are produced.
The Space Drive issue of Popular Mechanics is available from the App Store.