Issue 3 preview: Factor magazine takes on the future of space travel

Man first walked on the moon 45 years ago on July 20, 1969, but now our sights are set on making much larger steps for humankind.

After last month’s exploration of how technology will change our basic day-to-day lives, we’re pushing the boundaries even further by travelling as far as we can in the space-themed issue 3 of Factor magazine.

In 1992 Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to go into space. She now has her sights set on going one step further, by making it possible to travel between the stars.

In the upcoming third issue of Factor magazine, out later this week, we spoke with Jemison about her funding from DARPA and how is trying ensure interstellar travel is possible within the next 100 years.

She shares her experience of being in space and gives her thoughts on how travelling between the stars could impact on humans.

Mars is, at its very least distance, 54.6m km from where you’re reading this right now.

That doesn’t stop us from wanting to reach the red planet though and in the issue we look at NASA’s plans to colonise Mars.

Travelling as far as we can imagine in orbit requires technology that is just beyond our reach at present but we’ve spoken to scientists at Project Icarus about their efforts to launch an interstellar probe that could reach another solar system within the timescale of a normal human lifetime.

The research NASA has funded and complete appears all around us and we’ll often be unaware that the every-day items we are using were spawned from the space organisation.

We look at the technologies we use on a daily basis that were first designed for use in space.

Elsewhere in the issue you find out what the future looks like for space elevators and see how the field of nanotechnology has evolved from its roots in the late fifties to its role in so many of the potential technologies of tomorrow.

We also take a look at how robots work in space, the food we will be eating when we live among the stars and the personal gadgets that will make our lives easier.

As well as all this there’s the latest news, reviews and much more in the completely free edition of Factor Magazine – out later this week.


Factor Issue Two hits the Internet with an issue dedicated to the future of everyday life

Factor Magazine, our free monthly digital magazine for laptop, desktop and iPad is back for its second issue. This time we’re taking on everyday life to find out what technologies and trends are brewing that will affect our daily grind.

In this bumper issue we look at whether floating cities will become a reality, find out what we’ll all be eating come tomorrow and investigate the wonders of future work.

We also speak to Aerofex about their hoverbike, learn about skyTran’s plans for its maglev-powered travel pods and chat to Viktor & Rolf menswear designer Tom Crisp to get the lowdown on how what we wear will change.

You’d be mad not to take a look, particularly as it will cost you nothing: you can check out the magazine in our web viewer for desktops and laptops by clicking the image below, or download the app for iPad to subscribe for free.

Once you’re done, drop us a tweet to @factormagazine and let us know what you think!