Aerospace

NASA Airborne Campaigns Focus on Climate Impacts in the Arctic

Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region’s summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic.

NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport U.S. Astronauts to International Space Station

The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia in 2017.

Boeing to beat SpaceX to US$3bn NASA contract

The two companies have been busy developing their own spacecraft that could provide the service, with Boeing developing the CST-100 that could be available by next year, while SpaceX’s Falcon 9 has already agreed to a deal with NASA to bring supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), according to The Wall Street Journal.

NASA to hold Sept. 17 Briefing on MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion, Events Coverage

NASA will host a televised media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 17, to outline activities around the Sunday, Sept. 21 orbital insertion at Mars of the agency’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. The briefing will be held in NASA’s Headquarters’ auditorium, 300 E Street SW in Washington, and broadcast live on NASA Television.

6 Ideas From Science Fiction That Should Become Reality

When Isaac Asimov envisioned in 1964 what 2014 would be like, he described what we’ve come to know as satellite phones, Skype calls, and driverless cars.

Aerospace industry decries lack of graduates, diversity

The association has warned of a rush of impending retirements coupled with a shortage of trained technical graduates. While many industries can outsource engineering work or recruit foreign graduates, most design work on U.S. military systems must be done by U.S. citizens.

Stanford Engineers Developing Hopping Vehicle For Phobos Exploration

"It's a new way for a rover to move across a dusty surface," said planetary scientist Julie Castillo-Rogez at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. "It could go where no rover on wheels could ever go."

NASA to send 3D printer into space

In one small step towards space manufacturing, NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station. Astronauts will be able to make plastic objects of almost any shape they like inside a box about the size of a microwave oven — enabling them to print new parts to replace broken ones, and perhaps even to invent useful tools.

Universities pave the way for drone testing

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration announced six test sites aimed to conduct research vital to integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace, according to a FAA press release. Of the six, three were universities – the University of Alaska, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Virginia Tech.

NASA extends seven planetary missions

However, the review panel was critical of the Mars rover Curiosity—the newest and the second most expensive of the seven missions—and gave it the worst grade of the bunch. The panel was disappointed that the rover team was planning to drill and analyze just eight more samples during its extended mission. “The panel essentially said, ‘Drive less and do more science,’ ” says Bill Knopf, the lead program executive for planetary mission operations at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

NASA Sends ‘Angry Birds’ on Mission to Educate Kids

The new update to the 2012 version of Angry Birds Space, called Beak Impact, sends the birds and pigs through 40 new mission levels keyed into educational content for kids on NASA’s current work with asteroids. Gamers quickly get hooked into the puzzle missions that include real-life scientific data to lead the kids to discover facts about the asteroids and their role in the agency’s long-term plans to explore Mars with a manned mission by the mid-2030s.

Undersea Astronaut Crew Will Test Deep Space Communications, Robotics Strategies

Simulated spacewalks, communications delays and robotics will play featured roles as U.S., European and Canadian astronauts descend to the Aquarius undersea laboratory off the Atlantic coast of Key Largo, Fla., for a second time this summer to address some of the obstacles human explorers can expect to face as they venture into deep space.

Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars

NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

Space Cadets: STEM Program Gives Students Control of Satellites

Starting Wednesday, students and teachers across the world will be able to control tiny cube-shaped satellites orbiting the globe nearly 100 miles above their schools, harnessing high-tech sensors aboard the devices to predict thunderstorms, solar flares and much more.

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