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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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NASA looking to tiny technology for big payoffs

Posted November 7, 2018 by

NASA is advancing technology that could use large amounts of nanoscale materials to launch lighter rockets and spacecraft than ever before. The Super-lightweight Aerospace Composites project seeks to scale up the manufacturing and use of high-strength carbon nanotube composite materials.

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NASA calls for instruments, technologies for delivery to moon

Posted October 19, 2018 by

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…

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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

Posted October 11, 2018 by

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

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Lockheed Martin reveals new human lunar lander concept

Posted October 5, 2018 by

On Oct. 3, at the International Astronautical Congress 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.

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NASA tests space tech on UP Aerospace rocket

Posted September 21, 2018 by

Three NASA technology demonstration payloads launched aboard UP Aerospace’s SpaceLoft 12 mission from Spaceport America in New Mexico on Sept. 12. The suborbital rocket carried an umbrella-like heat shield called Adaptable Deployable Entry and Placement Technology.

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NASA assists in efforts to contain California wildfires

Posted September 7, 2018 by Jay Levine

NASA photograph Huge columns of smoke rise from California’s Mendocino Complex fire. The smoke that has risen and drifted now clouds the skies above the state. An effort by multiple NASA centers to assist with the California wildfires included capturing satellite data of the smoke plumes and aircraft flights over burned areas to collect information…

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NASA announces new partnerships to develop space exploration technologies

Posted August 13, 2018 by

Blue Origin photograph Blue Origin is one of six companies selected for NASA’s Tipping Point solicitation. Pictured here, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket lifted off July 18 carrying five NASA-supported technologies to flight test in space. NASA is partnering with six U.S. companies to develop 10 “tipping point” technologies that have the potential to significantly…

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Navy satellite system receives green light for expanded operational use

Posted August 3, 2018 by Steven A. Davis

Marine Corps photograph by Eddie Young Marines from the 1st Marine Division test out the Mobile User Objective System at a Field User Evaluation in Camp Pendleton, California. MUOS is a satellite communication system that uses commercial cell phone technology to increase access while on the battlefield. Marine Corps Systems Command will begin fielding MUOS…

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SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

Posted July 27, 2018 by

SpaceX successfully launched 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 4:39 a.m., PDT, July 25. This was the seventh set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT. The satellites began deployment…

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