Technology

NASA INFLATABLE HEAT SHIELD TECHNOLOGY PERFORMS UNDER PRESSURE

Testing is well underway as NASA’s LOFTID – short for Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator – prepares to catch a ride on an Atlas V rocket launch in 2022. LOFTID is a cross-cutting technology designed to help deliver heavy cargos to any planet with an atmosphere. In a few years, NASA and […]

NASA’S MARS 2020 WILL BLAZE A TRAIL — FOR HUMANS

When a female astronaut first sets foot on the Moon in 2024, the historic moment will represent a step toward another NASA first: eventually putting humans on Mars. NASA’s latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020, aims to help future astronauts brave that inhospitable landscape. While the science goal of the Mars 2020 […]

NASA OPENS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO NEW COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit. This move comes as NASA focuses full speed ahead on its goal of landing the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, where American companies also will […]

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT NASA’S DEEP SPACE ATOMIC CLOCK

NASA is sending a new technology to space in late June that will change the way we navigate our spacecraft – even how we send astronauts to Mars and beyond. Built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Deep Space Atomic Clock is a technology demonstration that will help spacecraft navigate autonomously through […]

NASA’S MARS HELICOPTER TESTING ENTERS FINAL PHASE

NASA’s Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to establish the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles flying on another planet. “Nobody’s built a Mars Helicopter before, so we are continuously entering new territory,” […]

COMET INSPIRES CHEMISTRY FOR MAKING BREATHABLE OXYGEN ON MARS

Science fiction stories are chock full of terraforming schemes and oxygen generators for a very good reason—we humans need molecular oxygen (O2) to breathe, and space is essentially devoid of it. Even on other planets with thick atmospheres, O2 is hard to come by. So, when we explore space, we need to bring our own […]

MAXAR SELECTED TO BUILD, FLY FIRST ELEMENT OF NASA’S LUNAR GATEWAY

Maxar Technologies has been selected by NASA to build and perform a spaceflight demonstration of the lunar Gateway’s power and propulsion element spacecraft. Blue Origin and Draper will join the Maxar-led team in designing, building and operating the spacecraft through the demonstration period. The power and propulsion element is a key component to NASA’s overall […]

TEAMS 3D PRINT PLANETARY HABITATS, AWARDED $700K IN NASA CHALLENGE

After 30 hours of 3D printing over four days of head-to-head competition, NASA and partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, have awarded $700,000 to two teams in the final round of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. The top prize of $500,000 was awarded to New York based AI. SpaceFactory. Second-place and $200,000 was awarded to Pennsylvania […]

LUNAR POWER SYSTEM TEAM WINS PRESIDENT’S AWARD

In preparation of establishing a sustainable presence on the Moon by 2028, NASA is developing new technologies that will let astronauts land, live and explore the surface. In this video, Marc Gibson of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland describes Kilopower, a power system to enable long-duration stays on planetary surfaces, including the Moon and […]

APOLLO FUSION, INC. LANDS NASA JPL LICENSE AND MANUFACTURING CONTRACT

Apollo Fusion, Inc. has been awarded an exclusive, worldwide commercial license to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) MaSMi (Magnetically Shielded Miniature) Hall thruster, the world’s first low-power (≤1.0 kW) magnetically shielded Hall thruster. MaSMi has demonstrated class-leading performance with a peak total efficiency of 54%, a peak total specific impulse of 1940 s, and an […]

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