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NASA opens $2 million third phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition

Posted November 8, 2017 by

Future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond will require innovative options to shelter our explorers, and we won’t be able to carry all of the materials with us from Earth. NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenges competition, seeks ways to create or develop the technologies needed to create such habitats on-site, and challenges…

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US Air Force accepts Raytheon’s GPS OCX launch and checkout system

Posted November 3, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force has officially accepted Raytheon’s GPS Operational Control System launch and checkout system, also referred to as Block 0, signifying the company met all contractual requirements when it delivered the LCS to the service on Sept. 29. LCS is a fully modernized cyber-secure ground system complete with the computing hardware, operations center…

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Sunshield deployment, layers fully tensioned on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Posted October 27, 2017 by

Northrop Grumman, which designed NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s optics, spacecraft bus, and sunshield for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has deployed the sunshield subsystem and fully tensioned the five sunshield layers for the first time.

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Lockheed Martin completes first flexible solar array for LM 2100 satellite

Posted October 4, 2017 by

After years of development, Lockheed Martin completed the first flight build of its new Multi-mission Modular (MM) Solar Array.

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Lockheed Martin reveals new details to Mars base camp vision

Posted September 29, 2017 by

At the International Astronautical Congress Sept. 28 in Adelaide, Australia, Lockheed Martin experts are revealing new details of its Mars Base Camp concept including how it aligns with NASA's lunar Deep Space Gateway and a Mars surface lander.

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What looks good on paper may look good in space

Posted September 25, 2017 by

Origami, the Japanese tradition of paper-folding, has inspired a number of unique spacecraft designs here. It's little wonder that it fascinates NASA engineers: origami can seem deceptively simple, hiding complex math within its creases.

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HIAD heat shield material feels burn during arc jet testing

Posted September 22, 2017 by

NASA heat shield material that could one day be used on an inflatable aeroshell during atmospheric entry on Mars recently underwent testing at Boeing’s Large Core Arc Tunnel in St. Louis, Mo.

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X-plane preliminary design model tests quiet supersonic technology

Posted September 22, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Chris Giersch Samantha O’Flaherty, Test Engineer for Jacobs Technology Inc., finalizes the set-up of the Quiet Supersonic Technology Preliminary Design Model inside the 14- by- 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. Over the next several weeks, engineers will conduct aerodynamic tests on the 15% scale model and…

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NASA completes welding of LOX tank for first SLS flight

Posted September 15, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Jude Guidry NASA is another step closer to completing all main structures for the agency’s first launch of the Space Launch System deep space rocket. The liquid oxygen flight tank was recently built in the Vertical Assembly Center robotic welder at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. After the liquid oxygen…

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Photograph courtesy of Miloslav Druckmüller, Martin Dietzel, Shadia Habbal, Vojtech Rusin
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Five tips for photographing Aug. 21 total solar eclipse

Posted August 11, 2017 by

The total solar eclipse crossing America on Aug. 21 will be the first eclipse to march from sea to shining sea in nearly 100 years.

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