0
comments
Space

Tenth parachute test for NASA’s Orion adds 10,000 feet of success

Posted July 24, 2013 by

A complicated, high-altitude test July 24 demonstrated NASA’s new Orion spacecraft could land safely even if one of its parachutes failed. The 10th in a series of evaluations to check out the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle’s parachute system dropped the test capsule from a C-17 aircraft at its highest altitude yet, 35,000 feet above the…

Full Story »

0
comments
Space

NASA’s Spitzer observes gas emission from comet ISON

Posted July 24, 2013 by timchisham

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have observed what most likely are strong carbon dioxide emissions from Comet ISON ahead of its anticipated pass through the inner solar system later this year. Images captured June 13 with Spitzer’s Infrared Array Camera indicate carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily “fizzing” away from the so-called “soda-pop comet,”…

Full Story »

boeing-cst
0
comments
Space

Boeing CST-100 spacecraft model passes water-recovery tests

Posted July 22, 2013 by

Boeing recently demonstrated that astronauts in its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 capsule will be able to safely exit the spacecraft during an emergency water landing. Although the CST-100 is designed to land on the ground, Boeing engineers worked with NASA and Department of Defense search-and-recovery personnel to test several emergency water-extraction scenarios. ìCrew safety is…

Full Story »

0
comments
Space

2013 NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts selected for study

Posted July 19, 2013 by

NASA has selected 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact. The selected proposals include a wide range of imaginative concepts, including 3-D printing of biomaterials, such as arrays of cells; using galactic rays to map the insides of asteroids; and…

Full Story »

nasa-hubble
0
comments
Space

NASA’s Hubble shows link between stars’ ages and their orbits

Posted July 19, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have determined the orbital motion of two distinct populations of stars in an ancient globular star cluster, offering proof they formed at different times and providing a rare look back into the Milky Way galaxy’s early days. Researchers led by Harvey Richer of the University of British Columbia in…

Full Story »

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich
0
comments
Space

Dream Chaser rolls through tow tests at NASA Dryden

Posted July 17, 2013 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation is putting its Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle through a series of ground tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,

Full Story »

0
comments
Space

NASA picks small spacecraft propulsion systems for development

Posted July 15, 2013 by

NASA has selected three proposals for the development of lightweight micro-thruster propulsion technologies that are small in size but have big potential. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate selected the miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies to perform stabilization, station keeping and pointing for small spacecraft. NASA hopes these technology demonstrations may lead to similar position control systems…

Full Story »

LM-GPS
0
comments
Space

Lockheed Martin delivers antenna assemblies for integration on first GPS III satellite

Posted July 15, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication, and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. Seven antenna assemblies, produced at Lockheed Martinís Newtown, Pa. facility, were delivered to the companyís GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, Colo. on…

Full Story »

nasa-hubble
0
comments
Space

NASA’s Hubble finds new Neptune moon

Posted July 15, 2013 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet Neptune, the 14th known to be circling the giant planet.

Full Story »

0
comments
Space

NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted July 10, 2013 by

NASA and its international partners have appointed three International Space Station crew members to round out future expeditions to the orbiting laboratory. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese Exploration Aerospace Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko are scheduled to launch in June 2015. They will join three Expedition 44 crew…

Full Story »


All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.