Michael Belfiore

Michael Belfiore

I'm a technology writer.

I write articles, white papers, presentations, blog posts, infographics, and more on advanced tech, including in the fields of cyber security, IoT, big data, robotics, healthcare, and other topics.

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How a New Engine Could Revolutionize Air and Space Travel

How a New Engine Could Revolutionize Air and Space Travel (Popular Mechanics)

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DARPA Sees a Future Battlefield With Drone Ships and Super ...

DARPA Sees a Future Battlefield With Drone Ships and Super Soldiers (Popular Mechanics)

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Watch the First HD, Full-Color Videos From Space

Watch the First HD, Full-Color Videos From Space

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Why Suborbital Spaceflight Is So Difficult, and Dangerous

Ten years ago this Saturday, Scaled Composites won the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE by flying SpaceShipOne out of the atmosphere twice within a week. So why havent commercial suborbital flights taken off yet?...

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We Could Build a Solar-Powered Roadway—But Will We?

New roadway technologies from interactive lighting and pavement markings to anti-icing and energy-gathering surfaces have been in the works for years. So why dont we have them yet?...

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What Went Wrong in the Antares Rocket Explosion?

Orbital Sciences' third cargo run to the International Space Station went horribly awry on Tuesday night when the rocket exploded moments after liftoff. We piece together why it failed and what it means for the future of private space....

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NASA: Flying Astronauts With Boeing and SpaceX Will Save Us $12 Million Per Seat

NASA's plan to fly astronauts to the International Space Station on private vehicles will save the space agency money and end its reliance on Russia by 2017, say officials from NASA, Boeing, and SpaceX....

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New Moon Rovers Will Race in a Lunar Grand Prix

Privately built bots racing to win the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE will actually race each other on the lunar surface...

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Favorites Emerge in the New Moon Race

As teams race for $30 million in prizes and bragging rights to the first privately funded moon landing, the question is, can they make it by the 2015 deadline? And, given their independent business plans, does it matter if they do?...

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Under Construction: XCOR's Space Corvette

Other private spacecraft are getting more attention, but in California XCOR is building a sleek two-seater that could soon be launching multiple missions per day....

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Burt Rutan on the World's Largest Plane

Burt Rutan is best known as the designer of the first privately built craft to send people into space, is now one of the driving forces behind an attempt to build the world's largest aircraft for Stratolaunch....

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NASA's Orion Successfully Launched And Here's Why It Matters

NASA will launch its first Orion crew vehicle on an unmanned test flight from Cape Canaveral on December 4. But the mission will be far from a complete test of the systems needed to send astronauts into space....

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Musk: SpaceX Has All the Pieces For Reusable Rockets

A successful flight test of the Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on Sunday demonstrated booster-return capability on a flight to orbit. The technology could enable reusable orbital launch vehicles as early as February....

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A World of Awesome Mind-Controlled Prostheses Is Closer Than You Think

Researchers have been demonstrating artificial limbs that respond to the user's thoughts. Here's how they'll finally leave the lab and go into production....

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Can You Actually Grow Potatoes on Mars?

Space crop researcher Bruce Bugbee tells us how to do space agriculture, and what he'd do differently if he could build a farm on Mars....