Destination

REFABRICATOR TO RECYCLE, REUSE PLASTIC INSTALLED ON SPACE STATION

The first integrated recycler and 3D printer was successfully installed onboard the International Space Station into the station’s experiment racks. This technology demonstration, called a Refabricator, will turn plastic materials of various sizes and shapes into feedstock used to 3D print items. The entire process happens in a single automated machine about the size of […]

DEVELOPING A FLIGHT STRATEGY TO LAND HEAVIER VEHICLES ON MARS

The heaviest vehicle to successfully land on Mars is the Curiosity Rover at 1 metric ton, about 2,200 pounds. Sending more ambitious robotic missions to the surface of Mars, and eventually humans, will require landed payload masses in the 5- to 20-ton range. To do that, we need to figure out how to land more […]

NASA SEEKS US PARTNERS TO DEVELOP SYSTEMS TO LAND ASTRONAUTS ON THE MOON

As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans on December 13 to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface. The agency is planning to test new human-class landers on the Moon beginning in […]

ORION SPAN LAUNCHES AURORA STATION CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Orion Span, the innovative space tourism company designing a luxury space hotel, has announced an unprecedented crowdfunding campaign. Investors interested in the space tourism race – and those who were captivated by news of Aurora Station’s launch earlier this year – can now become investors in the project. The campaign is live on SeedInvest, a […]

LOCKHEED MARTIN SELECTED FOR NASA’S COMMERCIAL LUNAR LANDER PAYLOAD SERVICES CONTRACT

Lockheed Martin will apply its expertise in interplanetary spacecraft to a new program designed to deliver commercial payloads to the surface of the Moon. NASA announced today they have selected Lockheed Martin’s McCandless Lunar Lander to provide payload delivery services as part of the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Lockheed Martin’s lander design […]

NASA ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIPS FOR COMMERCIAL LUNAR PAYLOAD DELIVERY SERVICES

Nine U.S. companies now are eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and eventually Mars. These companies will be able to bid on delivering science and technology payloads […]

ASTROBOTIC SELECTED BY NASA TO BE A LUNAR DELIVERY PROVIDER

Astrobotic has been competitively selected to be a delivery provider of NASA payloads to the Moon on the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Through CLPS, Astrobotic will be a 10-year provider of delivery services for NASA payloads to the Moon. The selection was announced today by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. As part of NASA’s […]

DRAPER RETURNS TO THE MOON, ENABLES THE FUTURE OF EXPLORATION

The first time NASA wanted to send humans to the moon it turned to Draper to develop the guidance, navigation and control system that made that possible. As NASA prepares to embark for the moon once more, it has selected a team led by Draper to once again support its mission needs. The Draper team […]

ISS MICROBES SHOULD BE MONITORED TO AVOID THREAT TO ASTRONAUT HEALTH

Strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, similar to newly found opportunistic infectious organisms seen in a few hospital settings, have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). The strains found in space were not pathogenic to humans, but researchers believe they should be studied for potential health implications for future missions, according to a study […]

EARTH’S DUST CLOUD SATELLITES CONFIRMED

A team of Hungarian astronomers and physicists may have confirmed two elusive clouds of dust, in semi-stable points just 400,000 kilometers from Earth. The clouds, first reported by and named for Polish astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski in 1961, are exceptionally faint, so their existence is controversial. The new work appears in the journal Monthly Notices of […]

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