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Reliability Testing of Nuclear Power Systems for Space

A DSIAC subject matter expert from the Johns Hopkins University Energetics Research Group provided points of contact from NASA Glenn Research Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory. These contacts were involved in the Kilopower project….

High-Rate Discharge Battery and Electric Motor for Space Use

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a need for high-rate discharge batteries and electric motors that can drive an electric pump to power a set of lander engines in support of their Mars…

Shortages and Risks to the U.S. Energetic Materials Supply Chain

  Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) staff conducted research on the U.S. energetic materials supply chain and provided links to a Government Accounting Office report that describes what the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)…

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Rocket Lab Aims for the Moon and Beyond With New Photon Satellite Platform

WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab is shooting for the moon, literally. The small-satellite launch startup announced today (October 21) that its new Photon satellite platform will be able to fly small spacecraft on deep-space missions to the moon and beyond. The plan will combine Rocket Lab”s workhorse Electron rocket with Photon, a vehicle designed to provide

NASA Engineer Proposes “Helical Engine” for Interstellar Travel With No Propellant

An engineer who works for NASA has put forward a proposal for a new way to travel through interstellar space—a “helical engine” that could, potentially, push a spacecraft forward without the need for any propellant at all. David Burns, from NASA”s Marshall Space Flight Center, presented his idea on the space agency”s Technical Reports Server,

NASA”s Orion Spacecraft Has Passed a Critical Propulsion Test

What happens if a spacecraft encounters problems in the vacuum of space? While space travel can be very dangerous, there are plenty of fail-safes. NASA, in fact, is carrying out tests to make sure the Orion spacecraft is ready to safely carry crew on an alternate mission profile in the unlikely event that problems occur.