NASA's Juno spacecraft will enter into orbit around Jupiter on the Fourth of July, completing a journey of over 1.7 billion miles that began on August 5, 2011 when it blasted off from Earth on an Atlas V rocket. After the spacecraft slows down from a breakneck speed of over 40 miles per second and enters a polar orbit, it will study Jupiter, helping scientists better understand what's inside the planet and learn more about the gas giant's red spot, which is three times the diameter of Earth.
“This whole project was to introduce the girls to a fun hands-on STEM project,” Reeve said. “They’ve learned everything from electronics to computer programming. They built direction-finding antennas so we can track the balloon, they programmed, they learned about the sensors -- we’re flying about a dozen different sensors. They’ll analyze the data once it comes back down.”
In the U.S., to maintain our place as a leader in space exploration and the development of technology and capability, we must continue to invest in our most valuable resource -- today’s elementary, high school and college students. They are tomorrow’s space designers and travelers. If we don’t invest and drive change, the consequences could be severe.
Good fences make good neighbors, which is why the United States is building a space fence. But the first thing to understand about the space fence is that it’s not actually a fence -- it's radar. And when it's operational, pulsing up from an atoll in the Pacific, it will be able to track objects in space that are softball-sized, the Air Force says.
NASA has funded eight advanced-technology concepts that agency officials believe could help transform space science and exploration. The high-risk, high-reward ideas -- which received grants under Phase 2 of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program -- include a possible way to induce a hibernation-like state in Mars-bound astronauts and a proposal to blast tiny spacecraft between the stars using powerful lasers.
For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite. A live web broadcast showed the first-stage booster touching down vertically in the pre-dawn darkness atop a barge in the Atlantic, just off the Florida coast. The same thing occurred April 8 during a space station supply run for NASA.
As Congress and the FAA grapple with the best way to integrate small UAS safely, they have a willing and able partner in higher education institutions. Many schools already support the emerging unmanned aircraft technology industry and others are seeking to develop programs designed to meet the growing demand. Since the first bachelor’s degree in unmanned aircraft systems was established in 2009, six other colleges and universities have developed majors in unmanned aircraft systems.
The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co have held on military space launches for more than a decade. The Global Positioning System satellite will be launched in May 2018 from Florida, Air Force officials said.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, NASA awarded a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities, and enable deep space exploration missions, including the robotic portion of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and its journey to Mars.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine thinks a lot about space debris -- and space in general: how all that traffic up there should be managed, how wars would be fought in space, how we might get to Mars. At a speech here Tuesday at the annual Space Symposium, he unveiled what he called the American Space Renaissance Act, a sprawling piece of legislation that touches on virtually every aspect in space, including national security, NASA and the growing commercial space sector.