Aerospace

A Hybrid Manufacturer For A Hybrid Airplane: An Update On V-22 Osprey Manufacturing

The importance of a manufacturing renaissance for national power and security is clear: Without a strong manufacturing sector, the foundation for America's security is in jeopardy. No argument for this case is clearer than that of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, which both lands as a rotorcraft and flies as a plane. This hybrid aircraft has revolutionized not just the U.S. Marine Corps, but the manufacturers who produce it.

Lockheed Martin developing U-2 spy plane successor, report says

Flightglobal reports that Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, better known as Skunk Works, is planning a new version of the U-2. “Think of a low-observable U-2,” Lockheed’s U-2 strategic development manager Scott Winstead told Flightglobal. “It’s pretty much where the U-2 is today, but add a low-observable body and more endurance.”

NASA director to Congress: Funding NASA is an investment in American industry

NASA administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden issued a stern request to the US Congress today calling legislators to fully fund the agency’s collaboration with private aerospace companies developing a shuttle program to carry American astronauts to the International Space Station.

NASA Concludes Series of Engine Tests for Next-Gen Rocket

NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before. The test series wrapped up Thursday with a seventh hot fire test of a developmental RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The test ran for a full-duration 535 seconds.

Mission to build a better battery for space exploration

A research team from the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC) has been awarded $1 million in NASA funding for its all solid-state battery, a game-changing technology that could potentially power future space missions. The new NASA award moves the UMD battery into the second phase of a three-phase NASA funding process for developing full-scale prototypes of batteries for future space missions.

FAA Continues Progress toward Integration into the National Airspace

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has progressed toward its goal of seamlessly integrating unmanned aerial system (UAS) flights into the national airspace. FAA has issued its UAS Comprehensive Plan and UAS Integration Roadmap , which provide broad plans for integration. However, according to FAA, it is working with MITRE to develop a foundation for an implementation plan; FAA then expects to enact a plan by December 2015.

Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) – 2015 Flight Research Opportunity NNH15ZDA010C

USIP-2015 solicits proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop an undergraduate-led Project Team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle (sRLV), or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle (hereafter referred to collectively as suborbital-class platforms).

NASA releases incredible closeup images of Saturn’s moon Dione

A pockmarked, icy landscape looms beneath NASA's Cassini spacecraft in new images of Saturn's moon Dione taken during the mission's last close approach to the small, icy world. Two of the new images show the surface of Dione at the best resolution ever.

NASA Begins to Build Satellite Mission to Improve Hurricane Forecasting

NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission, a constellation of eight microsatellites, will improve hurricane forecasting by making measurements of ocean surface winds in and near the eye wall of tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes throughout their life cycle.

US Military Awards New Contracts for XS-1 Space Plane

Three companies have gotten more money to continue developing their concepts for the United States military's XS-1 robotic space plane. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Boeing and Northrop Grumman $6.5 million each for work under "Phase 1B" of the XS-1 space plane program.

When it comes to war in space, U.S. has the edge

It’s hard to say exactly how many weapons are in orbit. That’s because many spacecraft are “dual use.” They have peaceful functions and potential military applications. With the proverbial flip of a switch, an inspection satellite, ostensibly configured for orbital repair work, could become a robotic assassin capable of taking out other satellites with lasers, explosives or mechanical claws. Until the moment it attacks, however, the assassin spacecraft might appear to be harmless. And its dual use gives its operators political cover. The United States possesses more space weaponry than any other country, yet denies that any of its satellites warrant the term.

Texas Students Compete in Space Station Robotics Competition

Zero Robotics is an opportunity for students to design research that is flown aboard the International Space Station. As part of a competition, students write algorithms for the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) to accomplish tasks relevant to future space missions.

Five new technologies selected for NASA’s Explorers Program

Missions to study X-rays emitted from supermassive black holes and other cosmic phenomena like neutron stars are just some of NASA’s new sponsored Explorer projects. Three of these are Astrophysics Small Explorer missions, with funding capped at $125 million. Two Explorer Missions of Opportunity are capped at $65 million each. Only one of each mission type will be chosen for funding by 2017, based on its potential science value and the feasibility of the development plans.

NASA: Seats on Russian rockets will cost us $490 million

NASA told Congress on Wednesday that it will have to spend half a billion dollars to pay Russia to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden sent a letter to Congress saying the agency would need to pay $490 million to Russia for six seats on Soyuz rockets for U.S. astronauts to fly through 2017. That comes to nearly $82 million a seat, up from $71 million a seat.

Senate Approves U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

The U.S. Senate, today, unanimously approved S. 1297, the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, introduced by Commerce Committee Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee. The legislation, which the full Commerce Committee approved by voice vote with an amendment on May 20, 2015, extends the operational use of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2024, a regulatory moratorium on commercial space activity through FY 2020, and ensures stability for the continued development and growth of the U.S. commercial space sector and other space initiatives.

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