Scientists Develop Electrocatalysts That Could Aid Long-Term Space Exploration

A new technology developed by scientists at the University of Delaware could put us one step closer to Mars and farther. This team created a silver electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide at a rate of 92 percent efficiency, which in turns releases oxygen.

U.S. must invest to keep ahead of China in space

"China right now is experiencing its Apollo years," Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, told the hearing. "China gets the funding its needs." While the budget of the U.S. space agency NASA has been cut substantially, China's space program has benefited from its economic boom and political support from President Xi Jinping down, said Kevin Pollpeter, a China technology expert at the University of California-San Diego.

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Chief: U.S. Next Generation Fighters Need Stealth

The Navy and the Air Force both are conducting early developmental work into each service’s next fighters past their latest crop – the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the F-22 Raptor. Those new fighters – Navy’s F/A-XX and the Air Force’s F-X – will need stealth, Rob Weiss said during the Lockheed Martin Media Day. “Stealth is and will remain foundational to any new airplane design and I will assert that based on the threat analysis we’ve done the technology assessments that we’re making,” he said.

Lockheed says technology investments cut cost of F-35 jets

Lockheed Martin Corp said a series of manufacturing changes and technology investments were already driving down the cost of the F-35 fighter jet, and the savings were set to triple in the ninth batch of jets to be produced. Lockheed is working closely with the U.S. government to lower the $400 billion projected cost for developing and building three models of the stealth fighter jet.

The Five Most Deadly Drone Powers in the World

The United States remains, by far, the world’s leader in drone technology.  A decade of extensive operational work with drones has given the U.S. military tremendous experience with the architecture, design, and employment of UAV technology.  Although inter-service and inter-agency conflicts slowed the development of drones in the latter half of the Cold War, the need for airpower in the Wars on Terror has prompted a massive wave of innovation.

US proposes rules to let the era of commercial drones begin in coming years

Drone on, the government says. Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator's sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon. Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away.

Aerospace Manufacturing Picks Up in the US

The consulting firm ICF International released its study analyzing more than 2,000 investment transactions. It showed production jobs and manufacturing work that had been moving to China and other markets, have been moving to the U.S. over the last three years.

SpaceX signs landing pad agreement with US Air Force

Cape Canaveral has seen decades of rockets lifting into space, and now it will act as home to the world's first space landing pad. Brigadier General Nina Armagno, commander of the US Air Force 45th Space Wing, signed an agreement with SpaceX; giving the company a five-year lease on Launch Complex 13 (LC-13) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, which will be converted to receive returning boosters and spacecraft making powered soft landings.

NASA TV to Air Interactive Women in STEM Event

NASA experts, including crew members aboard the International Space Station, will answer questions about science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) disciplines during a forum called "Women in STEM: STEM in the Global Science Community" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The event will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website, and take place in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Don’t let states make a mess of drone laws

The nascent drone industry needs clear rules so that states do not inadvertently hamper innovation in an attempt to protect their citizens’ safety and privacy. Alan McQuinn writes in Republic 3.0 that a multi-stakeholder discussion with industry, consumer protection groups and other relevant stakeholders can help the FAA work through these issues quickly and efficiently.

JPL may take search for life to Europa, one of Jupiter’s largest moons

Four years after the Jovian moon known as Europa was named “one of the most important targets in all of planetary science,” NASA could green-light a Jet Propulsion Laboratory-led mission that would determine if the orb harbors life.

DARPA plans to launch satellites from jets

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been making strides in being able to deliver small satellites into orbit faster and cheaper. On Feb. 5, DARPA gave updates on the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program at the 18th Annual Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Conference.

More commercial drones set for takeoff as FAA grants new exemptions

The Federal Aviation Administration has opened the door to more commercial drone use, granting eight regulatory exemptions to firms working in film and television production, aerial photography, and industrial inspection.

Is the future of space NUCLEAR? Nasa is developing new rockets to send astronauts to new corners of the solar system

Nasa scientists are developing new nuclear powered rockets that they hope could be used to travel the huge distances needed to take astronauts to Mars and explore the solar system. They believe the rockets, powered using nuclear fusion rather than traditional chemicals, could dramatically cut the time it takes to travel through the solar system.

NASA Budget Unveiled for Fiscal Year 2016

In a presentation at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden announced details of the Obama administration's fiscal year 2016 agency budget proposal recently submitted to Congress. Bolden emphasized that the recommended increase of about a half-billion dollars over last year's enacted budget would provide the necessary resources to continue advancing America's bipartisan space exploration plans.


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