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NASA’s next Mars rover progresses toward 2020 launch

Posted July 18, 2016 by

After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in the summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021.

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NASA iTech fosters technology needed for journey to Mars

Posted September 21, 2016 by

NASA is seeking innovative technology for the agency’s future exploration missions in the solar system and beyond, including the Journey to Mars, from other U.S. government agencies, academia, the aerospace industry and the public through the new iTech initiative. NASA’s iTech initiative is a yearlong effort to find innovative ideas through a call for white…

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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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DARPA provides state-of-the-art bionic arms to Walter Reed

Posted December 30, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is making available to military amputees the first production versions of a groundbreaking upper-limb prosthesis, according to a DARPA press release. Dr. Justin Sanchez, director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, delivered the first two advanced “LUKE” arms from a new production line during a ceremony Thursday — evidence that…

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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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Long-serving DSCS satellite takes over role of linking Antarctic researchers to world

Posted October 13, 2016 by

Nearly 21 years after its launch, a Lockheed Martin-built satellite within the Defense Satellite Communications System recently turned its attention to a new mission—supporting the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole, where communicating with the rest of the world has always been a challenge.

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A new home on Mars: NASA Langley’s icy concept for living on Red Planet

Posted December 30, 2016 by

When astronauts set foot on Mars, they may stay for months rather than days as they did during Apollo missions to the moon.

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Divers practice Orion water recovery techniques in giant pool

Posted October 21, 2016 by Linda Herridge

NASA photograph by James Blair U.S. Navy divers, Air Force pararescuemen and Coast Guard rescue swimmers practice Orion recovery techniques Sept. 21, at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The recovery team is practicing underway recovery techniques using a test version of the Orion spacecraft. Training will help…

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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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NASA works to improve solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration

Posted April 20, 2016 by

NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. of Redmond, Wash., to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities, and enable deep space exploration missions, including the robotic portion of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission and its Journey to Mars.

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