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Parabolic flights advance space technologies

Posted June 15, 2018 by

A recent series of parabolic flights onboard Zero Gravity Corporation’s G-FORCE ONE aircraft demonstrated a variety of technologies selected by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. The flight campaign consisted of two successful flights on March 21, 2018, lifting off from Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida. 

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AFRL erosion testing is out of this world

Posted June 6, 2018 by Holly Jordan

Air Force Research Laboratory researchers are doing their part to make the next Mars rover mission an astronomical success. AFRL recently concluded a series of tests in the Particle Erosion Test Facility, located in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Coatings, Corrosion, and Erosion Laboratory.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully demonstrates low-cost, high thrust space engine

Posted May 23, 2018 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed hot-fire testing of a new in-space engine, designated ISE-100. Developed for commercial in-space applications, ISE-100 has the potential to be a critical element for future lunar robotic missions.

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Science launching to space station looks forward, back

Posted May 16, 2018 by

Some of the earliest human explorers used mechanical tools called sextants to navigate vast oceans and discover new lands. Today, high-tech tools navigate microscopic DNA to discover previously unidentified organisms. Scientists aboard the International Space Station soon will have both types of tools at their disposal.

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NASA eyes highly versatile carbon-nanotube technology for different spaceflight applications

Posted May 11, 2018 by

An ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible shag rug-like strands made of pure carbon is proving to be highly versatile for all types of spaceflight applications.

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Demonstration proves nuclear fission system can provide space exploration power

Posted May 4, 2018 by

NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. 

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Twin spacecraft to weigh in on Earth’s changing water

Posted April 30, 2018 by

A pair of new spacecraft that will observe our planet’s ever-changing water cycle, ice sheets, and crust is in final preparations for a California launch no earlier than May 19.

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NASA upgrades space station emergency communications ground stations

Posted April 25, 2018 by

NASA photograph An upgraded VHF antenna capable of supporting both the VHF1 and VHF2 frequencies. Since the launch of the International Space Station’s first component in 1998, communications infrastructure has been critical to the station’s success and crew safety. NASA is currently implementing upgrades to very high frequency communications ground stations that backup the station’s…

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Lockheed Martin submits proposals for U.S. Air Force’s GPS IIIF program

Posted April 18, 2018 by

Lockheed Martin has submitted a competitive and fully compliant proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III Follow On program, which will add enhanced capabilities to the most advanced GPS satellites ever designed. The GPS IIIF program intends to produce up to 22 next-generation satellites. The Air Force’s first 10 GPS III satellites, currently in full…

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NASA Marshall advances 3-D printed rocket engine nozzle technology

Posted March 21, 2018 by

Rocket engine nozzles operate in extreme temperatures and pressures from the combustion process and are complex and expensive to manufacture.

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