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NASA demos CubeSat laser communications capability

Posted April 10, 2019 by

Courtesy of The Aerospace Corporation Two NASA CubeSats teamed up on an impromptu optical, or laser, communications pointing experiment. The laser beam is seen as a brief flash of light close to the center of the focal plane, to the left of Earth’s horizon. The light originated from the laser communications system onboard one of…

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NASA, Boeing extend Starliner crew flight test duration to ISS, target new flight dates

Posted April 5, 2019 by

NASA and Boeing have agreed to extend the duration of the company’s first crewed flight test to the International Space Station after completing an in-depth technical assessment of the CST-100 Starliner systems.

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NASA achieves rocket engine test milestone

Posted April 5, 2019 by

NASA is a step closer to returning astronauts to the Moon in the next five years following a successful engine test on April 4 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

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Europa Clipper high gain antenna undergoes testing

Posted April 3, 2019 by

It probably goes without saying, but this isn't your everyday satellite dish.

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SLS engine section approaches finish line for first flight

Posted March 25, 2019 by

NASA photograph by Jude Guidry NASA and Boeing have completed the majority of outfitting for the core stage engine section for the first flight of the agency’s new Space Launch System rocket. The engine section, located at the bottom of the 212-foot-tall core stage, is one of the most complex parts of the rocket. Technicians…

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Lockheed Martin’s first smart satellites are tiny with big missions

Posted March 20, 2019 by

Lockheed Martin has announced a new generation of space technology launching this year that will allow satellites to change their missions in orbit.

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Returning astronauts to moon: Lockheed Martin finalizes full-scale cislunar habitat prototype

Posted March 15, 2019 by

For long-duration, deep space missions, astronauts will need a highly efficient and reconfigurable space, and Lockheed Martin is researching and designing ways to support those missions.

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Virgin Galactic helps NASA mature space tech

Posted March 1, 2019 by

When Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo lifted off from the Mojave Air and Space Port Feb. 22, it carried aloft four NASA-supported technologies for testing.

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NASA seeks U.S. partners to develop reusable systems to land astronauts on moon

Posted February 11, 2019 by

As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans on Dec. 13 to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface.

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NASA team investigates ultrafast laser machining for multiple spaceflight applications

Posted November 7, 2018 by Lori Keesey

(Photo Credit: Bill Hrybyk/NASA) Steve Li (left), Frankie Micalizzi (middle), and Robert Lafon (right) are using an ultrafast laser to bond dissimilar materials and etch microscopic channels or waveguides through which light could travel in photonic integrated circuits and laser transmitters. An ultrafast laser that fires pulses of light just 100 millionths of a nanosecond…

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