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Aerojet Rocketdyne to mature development of MPS-130 CubeSat modular propulsion system

Posted January 11, 2016 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., has entered a public-private partnership with NASA to mature the development of an MPS-130 CubeSat propulsion system using a green propellant, known as AF-M315E. Once fully developed, not only would the technology increase in-space CubeSat mission capabilities, but AF-M315E would provide a safer, more efficient and…

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Plants to feed this, other worlds

Posted June 16, 2017 by

NASA photograph NASA astronaut Steve Swanson harvests red romaine lettuce on the space station, the first fresh produce grown and eaten in space. The Veggie project, which is ongoing, uses Florikan’s controlled-release fertilizer to nourish the growing plants. Astronaut ice cream may be an exotic treat for kids, but for real space explorers, a fresh,…

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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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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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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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NASA astronauts get advance look at CST-100 trainers

Posted January 8, 2016 by

Two of the four NASA astronauts training to fly Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft recently tried some of the systems that will prepare them for flights to the International Space Station.

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NASA names new chair for Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel

Posted August 1, 2016 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Patricia Sanders as chair of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress on matters concerning the agency’s safety performance. Sanders currently is an independent aerospace consultant. She served for 34 years in the federal government, retiring in 2008 as the executive director…

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SOFIA status update

Posted June 29, 2016 by

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), NASA’s flying telescope, was cleared to return to flight on June 27, 2016 (New Zealand date). On June 15, a crack was found in the thrust ring of one of SOFIA’s four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J engines during a routine inspection. To rectify the problem SOFIA’s team sourced…

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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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NASA selects proposals for first-ever space technology research institutes

Posted February 17, 2017 by

NASA photograph High performance materials and structures are needed for safe and affordable next generation exploration systems such as transit vehicles, habitats, and power systems. NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar…

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