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August 27, 2019 | Source: Interesting Engineering, Chris Young, 12 August 2019
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...
August 12, 2019 | Source: Universe Today, universetoday.com, Evan Gough, 23 July 2019
LightSail 2 Just Deployed Its Sails in Space, and It's a Glorious Moment for Science
LightSail 2 has successfully deployed its solar sails. Shortly after 12:00 pm PST (19:00 UTC) The Planetary Society tweeted that the sails were deployed, and that the spacecraft...
July 29, 2019 | Source: American Nuclear Society Cafe, ansnuclearcafe.org, Dr. Christopher Morrison, 6 February 2019
Why Nuclear is an Emerging Technology for the Space Economy
Nuclear energy has played a key supporting role in historic missions to Mars, Pluto, and across the Solar System for the last 50 years. On January 1 2019, the nuclear-powered New...
July 26, 2019
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)
The nation’s investments in space technology enable NASA to make a difference in the world around us. The Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is responsible for developing...
June 19, 2019 | Source: NASA, 16 July 2019 (Apollo 11 Launch, 16 July 1969, Moon Landing 20 July 1969)
Apollo 11 in Real Time
A real-time journey through the first landing on the Moon. If you “ever” wanted to geek out over the Apollo 11 mission, the spaceflight that landed the first people on the Moon,...
June 18, 2019 | Source: Army Technology, Talal Husseini. 6 June 2019
U.S. Researchers Show Potential of Lightweight Foam for Armoured Vehicles
Researchers at North Carolina State University have demonstrated a new composite metal foam (CMF) material that can stop armour-piercing .50-cal rounds from piercing armoured...
Survivability and Vulnerability
May 18, 2019 | Source: Aviation Week, aviationweek.com, Mark Carreau, 14 May 2019
Mars Insight Heat Probe Detective Work Continues
HOUSTON—Experts from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have not given up on efforts to fully deploy the Mars InSight lander’s subsurface...
March 11, 2019 | Source: SpaceX, spacex.com, 4 March 2019
NASA Commercial Crew Program and SpaceX Dragon Demo 1 Mission to ISS Herald Next-Gen Human Spaceflight
At 2:49 a.m. EST on March 2, SpaceX launched Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight...
February 12, 2019 | Source: www.militaryaerospace.com
NASA Scientists Choose Harris Precision Optics to Build WFIRST Space Optical Imaging Telescope
U.S. space scientists needed a precision optical instrument to be the core imager of the nation’s next-generation orbiting deep-space observation system. They found their solution...
January 28, 2019 | Source: University of Central Florida Today News, today.ucf.edu, Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, 10 January 2019
Steam-Powered Asteroid Hoppers Developed Through University of Central Florida (UCF) Collaboration
By using steam rather than fuel, the microwave-size spacecraft prototype can theoretically explore celestial objects "forever." Using steam to propel a spacecraft from asteroid to...