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Showing posts with label NASA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NASA. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

NASA's InSight Flexes Its Arm While Its 'Mole' Hits Pause


NASA's InSight Flexes Its Arm While Its 'Mole' Hits Pause


Article Excerpt: "... self-hammering mole has experienced difficulty getting into the Martian soil since February 2019. It's mostly buried now, thanks to recent efforts to push down on the mole with the scoop on the end of the robotic arm. But whether it will be able to dig deep enough – at least 10 feet (3 meters) – to get an accurate temperature reading of the planet remains to be seen..."


Reference: www.nasa.gov

Probe of failed Boeing Starliner launch finds a long list of problems


Probe of failed Boeing Starliner launch finds a long list of problems


Article Excerpt: "... the aerospace company didn’t discover that the spacecraft's onboard computer time was miscalibrated by 11 hours, preventing Starliner’s thrusters from firing and sending it to the correct orbit. In addition, Boeing didn't test the Starliner's software against its service module. The company used an emulator, which ended up being flawed..."


Reference: www.engadget.com

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NASA Plans for More SLS Rocket Boosters to Launch Artemis Moon Missions


NASA Plans for More SLS Rocket Boosters to Launch Artemis Moon Missions


Article Excerpt: "... “This initial step ensures that NASA can build the boosters needed for future Space Launch System rockets that will be needed for the Artemis missions to explore the Moon,” said John Honeycutt, SLS Program Manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “The letter contract allows us to buy long-lead materials in time for manufacturing boosters for the fourth flight.” ..."


Reference: www.nasa.gov

Monday, June 29, 2020

NASA will pay you to design a space toilet that works in lunar gravity


NASA will pay you to design a space toilet that works in lunar gravity


Article Excerpt: "... NASA issued a call Thursday asking for ideas for the ultimate space toilet with the Lunar Loo Challenge. The winner of the space toilet challenge could win $35,000 (approximately £28,000, A$51,000) for the top concept..."


Reference: www.cnet.com

Sunday, June 28, 2020

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins, Crewmates to Discuss Upcoming Spaceflight on July 1


NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins, Crewmates to Discuss Upcoming Spaceflight on July 1


Article Excerpt: "... The news conference will be broadcast live on NASA Television and on the agency’s website. This will be a virtual event with no media present due to the safety restrictions related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Reporters who wish to participate by telephone must call Johnson’s newsroom at 281-483-5111 to RSVP no later than 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 1. Those following the briefing on social media may ask questions using the hashtag #AskNASA..."


Reference: spacecoastdaily.com

Friday, June 26, 2020

SLS oxygen tank tested beyond limits at Marshall Space Flight Center in prep for launch


SLS oxygen tank tested beyond limits at Marshall Space Flight Center in prep for launch


Article Excerpt: "... Boeing and NASA engineers at Marshall Space Flight Center completed the structural test campaign for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. A duplicate of the SLS core stage’s liquid oxygen tank was filled with water and underwent millions of pounds of pressure until it was purposefully destroyed..."


Reference: themadisonrecord.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Virgin Galactic Stock Soared Because There’s More Than Space Tourism After NASA Agreement


Virgin Galactic Stock Soared Because There’s More Than Space Tourism After NASA Agreement


Article Excerpt: "... the company will also help train non-NASA astronauts to go to space, so more people can participate in the “low earth economy,” or LEO for short. That’s a step beyond Virgin Galactic’s space-tourism focus Virgin Galactic will be developing a “private orbital astronaut readiness program.” The company will groom a new generation of private, non-NASA, space travelers..."


Reference: www.barrons.com

Thursday, June 18, 2020

High school students build lockers for trip to the International Space Station


High school students build lockers for trip to the International Space Station


Article Excerpt: "... "It is exciting for us and the students," said Bob Zeek, NASA HUNCH co-founder and project resource manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "Even with 70 HUNCH-built lockers delivered to the International Space Station Program and 58 of those flying to the space station, the Demo-2 flight adds a new flavor." Each locker is comprised of...Marshall Space Flight Center and Langley Research Center. For example, students from Grissom High School in Huntsville, Alabama, created the rear close-out plates..."


Reference: phys.org

More Hands Make Light Work: Crew Dragon Duo Increases Science Tempo on Space Station


More Hands Make Light Work: Crew Dragon Duo Increases Science Tempo on Space Station


Article Excerpt: "... That science tempo is the station's hallmark, said Beau Simpson, payload operations manager in the Payload Operations Integration Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama - the round-the-clock science hub linking global researchers to the astronauts overseeing their experiments on station. What has really impressed the payload operations team at Marshall, Simpson said, is how Behnken and Hurley - trained exhaustively for Crew Dragon's groundbreaking flight - have also hit the ground running with science on station..."


Reference: www.spacedaily.com

Monday, June 15, 2020

KBR wins $570 million contract for NASA spaceflight operations


KBR wins $570 million contract for NASA spaceflight operations


Article Excerpt: "... Houston-based engineering company KBR Inc said on Monday it was awarded a $570.3 million contract by NASA to develop and execute spaceflight operations at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama..."


Reference: www.reuters.com

Friday, June 12, 2020

Volga-Dnepr Delivers for First Stage of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 Rocket for NASA’s Next Mars Rover Mission


Volga-Dnepr Delivers for First Stage of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 Rocket for NASA’s Next Mars Rover Mission


Article Excerpt: "... The AN-124-100 ‘Ruslan,’ is the only aircraft large enough to carry the Atlas 5, and flew the 32-meter long rocket booster, from Huntsville, Ala., to its final launch location. In addition to the over-length piece, Volga-Dnepr also transported payload fairings and RD-180 engines for the special mission..."


Reference: www.aviationpros.com

Thursday, June 11, 2020

First space tourists will face big risks, as private companies gear up for paid suborbital flights


First space tourists will face big risks, as private companies gear up for paid suborbital flights


Article Excerpt: "... On May 30, 2020, millions of Americans watched the inaugural SpaceX Crew Dragon launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. This mission marked two significant events: First, the return of launch to orbit capability for human spaceflight from the United States. Secondly, it successfully demonstrated private sector capability to build and operate a launch vehicle for human spaceflight..."


Reference: phys.org

Marshall boosts historic test flight of SpaceX


Marshall boosts historic test flight of SpaceX


Article Excerpt: "... A team at Marshall Space Flight Center’s Huntsville Operations Support Center joined teams at Kennedy, SpaceX’s mission control center in Hawthorne, California, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in monitoring the launch. “I’m feeling so excited about this incredible accomplishment,” Marshall’s Steve Gaddis, launch vehicle deputy manager for the Commercial Crew Program, said. “It’s taken many people and many years to get here. The Marshall team has contributed in many significant ways. Working with our SpaceX Commercial Crew partner ..."


Reference: www.theredstonerocket.com

Partnerships manager goes from deep South to deep space


Partnerships manager goes from deep South to deep space


Article Excerpt: "... Growing up in tiny Kossuth, Mississippi – a farming village of some 200 people – Reggie Alexander recalls afternoons with his brother, exploring the galaxy on TV with the starship Enterprise crew on “Star Trek.” Back then, he never imagined he would one day guide development of spacecraft and propulsion technologies supporting exploration missions, including those part of NASA’s Artemis program. The agency’s lunar program includes landing the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 ..."


Reference: www.theredstonerocket.com

NASA Wants Aerojet Rocketdyne to Make More Rocket Engines with 3D-Printed Parts


NASA Wants Aerojet Rocketdyne to Make More Rocket Engines with 3D-Printed Parts


Article Excerpt: "... As part of a years-long working relationship with NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, California, will be building a total of 24 RS-25 rocket engines to support as many as six SLS flights for a total contract value of almost $3.5 billion. Originally slated to produce six new RS-25 engines, the company has recently been awarded a $1.79 billion contract modification to build 18 additional RS-25 rocket engines to support future deep space exploration missions ..."


Reference: 3dprint.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Cyber-Incidents Surge 366% at NASA


Cyber-Incidents Surge 366% at NASA


Article Excerpt: "... "Being one of the nation’s most important federal agencies, this is an alarming finding," wrote Atlas researchers. "Cyber incidents at NASA can affect national security, intellectual property, and individuals whose data could be lost due to data breaches." The findings were based on data gathered by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 2018 and 2019..."


Reference: www.infosecurity-magazine.com

Saturday, June 6, 2020

WE HAVE LIFT-OFF! Head to Space Camp with Nasa for a real out-of-this-world trip in Alabama


WE HAVE LIFT-OFF! Head to Space Camp with Nasa for a real out-of-this-world trip in Alabama


Article Excerpt: "... Astro­nauting is harder than it looks. I’ve flown out to Huntsville, Alabama — home to Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Center — for the chance to play space cadet for the weekend. Here, the quirky Space Camp programme, which has been admitting teenage students for years, has just opened the airlocks to adults, too..."


Reference: www.thesun.co.uk

Friday, May 22, 2020

Meet Holly Ridings: The Woman Who Will Direct the Next Moon Landing


Meet The Woman Who Will Direct the Next Moon Landing


Article Excerpt: "... For Ridings, interest in space exploration started young: At Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, she took a spin in the facility’s multi-axis trainer..."


Reference: www.airspacemag.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

NASA human spaceflight chief resigns with historic SpaceX launch days away


NASA human spaceflight chief resigns with historic SpaceX launch days away


Article Excerpt: "... Loverro's resignation as associate administrator for NASA's Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate is a stunning development, as the agency counts down to the first orbital crew launch from U.S. soil in nearly a decade, which is scheduled to take place on May 27..."


Reference: www.msn.com