Parabolic flights advance space technologies

NASA JPL/Cornell University photographResearchers on the SPECTRE 2 team monitor their experiment. A recent series of parabolic flights onboard Zero Gravity Corporation’s G-FORCE ONE...

AFRL erosion testing is out of this world

Photograph courtesy of NASA/JPL-CaltechThe AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Erosion Team conducted a series of coatings durability tests for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover,...

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

Aerojet Rocketdyne photographHot-fire test of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s ISE-100 thruster conducted at the company’s Redmond, Wash., test facility Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed hot-fire testing of...

Science launching to space station looks forward, back

https://youtu.be/aKMqYhlnnyQ 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...

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

NASA photograph by Bill HrybykJohn Hagopian (left) collaborated with instrument scientist Lucy Lim to develop a new instrument that relies on carbon nanotubes...

Demonstration proves nuclear fission system can provide space exploration power

NASA imageArtist's concept of new fission power system on the lunar surface. NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration have successfully...

Twin spacecraft to weigh in on Earth’s changing water

NASA/JPL-Caltech photographIllustration of the NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) spacecraft, which will track changes in the distribution of Earth’s mass,...

NASA upgrades space station emergency communications ground stations

NASA photographAn upgraded VHF antenna capable of supporting both the VHF1 and VHF2 frequencies. Since the launch of the International Space Station’s first component...

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

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...

NASA Marshall advances 3-D printed rocket engine nozzle technology

https://youtu.be/mHit46BXGkg Rocket engine nozzles operate in extreme temperatures and pressures from the combustion process and are complex and expensive to manufacture. That is why a team...