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NASA’s Space Launch System booster passes major milestone on journey to Mars

Posted June 29, 2016 by

A booster for the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA’s Space Launch System, successfully fired up June 28 for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

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Potential Mars airplane resumes flight

Posted April 7, 2017 by Jay Levine

Flight tests have resumed on subscale aircraft that could one day observe the Martian atmosphere and a variant that will improve collection of Earth’s weather data.

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

Posted May 11, 2018 by

An ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible shag rug-like strands made of pure carbon is proving to be highly versatile for all types of spaceflight applications.

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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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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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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 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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Educators learn about effects on humans from long-term space exposure

Posted April 15, 2016 by

Regional teachers participated in an educator workshop to learn about the one-year study of identical twins astronaut Scott Kelly who was on the International Space Station and former astronaut Mark Kelly who remained on Earth, referring to this study as: A Stepping Stone Toward Our Journey to Mars.

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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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Kilopower: What’s next?

Posted January 19, 2018 by

When astronauts someday venture to the Moon, Mars and other destinations, one of the first and most important resources they will need is power.

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