Human Space Exploration

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 […]

BOSCH PARTNERS WITH ASTROBOTIC TO STUDY DEEP AUDIO ANALYTICS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Bosch in North America and Astrobotic Technology Inc. have announced a research partnership to send experimental sensor technology to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as May 2019. Bosch’s SoundSee technology is a deep audio analytics capability that uses a custom array of microphones and machine learning to analyze information contained in emitted noises. […]

A NO-SPIN ZONE FOR ASTRONAUTS AND SPACE TOURISTS

Skydivers spinning out of control have just a few seconds before becoming unconscious. With nothing to stop them, many fall helplessly to Earth, unless they are rescued by a fellow diver, or regain enough situational awareness to deploy their parachute. “It’s hard for skydivers—or astronauts or space tourists ejecting at high altitude—to stop a spin, […]

NASA SEEKS INFORMATION FOR GATEWAY CARGO DELIVERY SERVICES

NASA will lead the development of the Gateway, a permanent spaceship orbiting the Moon, to serve as a home base for human and robotic missions to the surface of the Moon and ultimately, Mars. The first orbiting lunar laboratory will be a temporary home and office for astronauts for up to three months at a […]

WEB VISION TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE VISION FOR MARS PROJECT TO HELP NASA PROTECT THE VISUAL HEALTH OF ASTRONAUTS

Web Vision Technologies is working closely with National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) to develop an “All-in-One” vision testing (diagnostic) device that can be deployed on spacecraft to do comprehensive vision testing, evaluation, and to guide medical interventions of astronauts experiencing vision problems on future long-duration, deep space missions. There is limited room for vision testing […]

PLANT HORMONE MAKES SPACE FARMING A POSSIBILITY

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists from the University of Zurich have shown. The hormone supports the symbiosis between fungi and plant roots, thus encouraging plants’ growth – even under the challenging conditions […]

NASA CALLS FOR INSTRUMENTS, TECHNOLOGIES FOR DELIVERY TO THE MOON

NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020. The agency is working with U.S. industry and international partners to expand human exploration from the Moon to Mars. It all starts with robotic missions on […]

NASA SELECTS TWO COMPANIES TO HELP TAKE OUT THE DEEP SPACE TRASH

NASA has selected Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) to develop systems that can reduce trash volume, and process the resulting atmosphere contaminants during deep space missions. The U.S. companies responded to NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Appendix F: Logistics Reduction (LR) in Space by Trash Compaction and Processing […]

NASA, UAE SPACE AGENCY SIGN HISTORIC IMPLEMENTING ARRANGEMENT FOR COOPERATION IN HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT

NASA and the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) signed an Implementing Arrangement (IA) Monday, October 1, that outlines cooperation across a range of areas related to space exploration and human spaceflight. The document was signed by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, and Chairman of the UAE […]

LOCKHEED MARTIN REVEALS NEW HUMAN LUNAR LANDER CONCEPT

Today, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany, Lockheed Martin experts revealed the company’s crewed lunar lander concept and showed how the reusable lander aligns with NASA’s lunar Gateway and future Mars missions. The crewed lunar lander is a single stage, fully reusable system that incorporates flight-proven technologies and systems from NASA’s Orion […]

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