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ORION LAUNCH ABORT SYSTEM DESIGNED TO PULL ITS WEIGHT FOR MOON MISSIONS

JAstronauts inside NASA’s Orion spacecraft will soar toward the Moon atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket as part of the agency’s Artemis program to establish a permanent presence at the Moon and learn the skills needed to send humans to Mars. Crew members will journey aboard Orion with the confidence knowing the spacecraft is […]

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 […]

ASTROBOTIC AWARDED $79.5 MILLION CONTRACT TO DELIVER 14 NASA PAYLOADS TO THE MOON

Astrobotic was selected by NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to deliver 14 payloads to the Moon on its Peregrine lunar lander in July 2021. With this $79.5 million CLPS award, Astrobotic has now secured 28 payloads for lunar delivery as part of its first mission. The firm fixed price contract to deliver NASA […]

SNC TO DEVELOP PROTOTYPES FOR ARTEMIS LUNAR EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been selected to develop prototypes of key human lander elements for NASA’s accelerated Artemis lunar exploration program. During the next six months, SNC will perform studies and develop prototypes to help NASA reduce schedule risk for the descent, transfer and refueling elements of a potential human landing system. “SNC is […]

FAA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD ON RULEMAKING TO STREALINE COMMERCIAL SPACE ACTIVITIES

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the public comment period for 45 days to July 30 for a proposed rule that would streamline federal commercial space transportation requirements for launch and reentry operators and maintain safety during launches and reentries. The proposed rule follows the National Space Council’s 2018 ‘Space Policy Directive 2’, which called on the […]

SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION TEST FIRES NEXT-GENERATION ROCKET ENGINE

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) recently showcased its patented VORTEX rocket engine, showcasing next-generation technology available to NASA, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and commercial launch companies. The engine, which uses green and clean propellants, will be used for the SNC Dream Chaser spacecraft when it services the International Space Station for NASA missions starting in […]

LOCKHEED MARTIN CONDUCTS ORION FORWARD BAY COVER JETTISON TEST

Lockheed Martin recently tested a critical event on NASA’s Orion spaceship – the jettison of the forward bay cover on the program’s structural test article. As an Orion spaceship returns to Earth, it will travel through the atmosphere at about 24,700 mph. A series of parachutes will deploy to stabilize and slow the crew module […]

BOEING COMPLETES STARLINER HOT FIRE TEST

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner propulsion system was put to the test on May 23 at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico in support of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Teams ran multiple tests on Starliner’s in-space maneuvering system and the spacecraft’s launch abort system, which are key elements on the path to restore America’s capability […]

THE ATLAS V TO LIFT STARLINER WITH ASTRONAUTS DEPARTS FACTORY FOR LAUNCH SITE

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on the Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program emerged last Thursday from the production factory in Decatur, Alabama for transport in a giant cargo ship to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. […]

FIRST SUCCESSFUL CRISPR/CAS9 GENE EDITING ON INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

For the first time, astronauts have used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to edit DNA in space. The gene editing technique was deployed on the International Space Station (ISS) to induce targeted breaks in the yeast genome. Molecular changes left behind as yeast repair these breaks will provide clues about how cells repair their DNA in space. This […]

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