Aerospace

High school students again lose science experiment after SpaceX explosion

Three high school students were going to get the science lesson of a lifetime by flying their experiment in space. Instead they got a life lesson about loss, but more importantly about determination, as they watched their experiment get wiped out for the second straight time by a rocket failure on Sunday.

How NASA Broke The Gender Barrier In STEM

The convergence of open data and female leadership has the potential to challenge traditional decision making across sectors and facilitate more data-driven and collaborative approaches in creating new ventures and solving problems. Datanauts was born out of NASA’s open-data priorities as a means to bring more women to the open-data table. While the program is intended for women and men, the founding class is made up entirely of women to encourage other female techies and makers to take the "data leap," as Beth Beck, Open Innovation program manager at NASA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, calls it.

First FAA-approved drone deliveries coming July 17

Drone deliveries in the U.S. will soon be an official, government-sanctioned activity. On July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration will allow a collaboration between NASA, Flirtey and Virginia Tech to fly unmanned aircraft to deliver pharmaceuticals to a free medical clinic in West Virginia. The fixed wing aircraft from NASA Langley and multi-rotor delivery drones from Flirtey will become the world's first autonomous aerial delivery services.

Drone swarms join the Navy

Just like how locust swarms can cause devastating natural disasters, the U.S. Navy’s Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) drones could devastate adversaries. A fitting acronym, the Navy’s LOCUST is a new revolutionary technology where swarms of compact drones can work together and execute missions autonomously.

Veteran NASA Spacecraft Nears 60,000th Lap Around Mars, No Pit Stops

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft will reach a major milestone June 23, when it completes its 60,000th orbit since arriving at the Red Planet in 2001. “This orbital milestone is an opportunity to celebrate Odyssey’s many achievements,” said Jim Green, NASA’s director of Planetary Science. “Odyssey will continue to help lay a foundation for the first humans to Mars in the 2030s through NASA’s Journey to Mars initiative.”

University Students Win NASA/NIA Space Engineering Design Contest

Future astronauts may someday explore Mars using winning concepts from NASA’s 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition. Sixteen teams competed in the contest sponsored by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), which challenges graduate and undergraduate students to solve real-life space exploration challenges.

Women’s Place in Space

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space when the space shuttle Challenger launched on mission STS-7 from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-7 crew consisted of astronauts Robert Crippen, commander, the first two-time space shuttle astronaut; Frederick H. Hauck, pilot; and three mission specialists -- Ride, John M. Fabian and Norman E. Thagard. After she retired from NASA, Ride founded Sally Ride Science, a company she hoped would make science fun and interesting for young girls and boys. She headed up the firm until her 2012 death at age 61.

NASA Hosts Rocket Week at Wallops Flight Facility

Students and educators from across the country will have the chance to be rocket scientists during Rocket Week, June 20-26 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. About 150 university and community college students and instructors will build and fly experiments on a NASA suborbital rocket through the RockOn and RockSat-C programs. Another 20 high school educators from the eastern United States will examine how to apply rocketry basics into their curriculum through the Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers (WRATS).

Pluto just 4 weeks, 20 million miles away for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft; flyby on July 14

Four weeks from Tuesday — on July 14 — New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto. The spacecraft will fly within 7,750 miles, inside the orbits of Pluto's five known moons. That's the approximate distance between Seattle and Sydney. It will be the first spacecraft to explore the tiny, icy world once considered a full-fledged planet.

Industry group urges Congress to support expanded drone use

A key drone industry group called on Congress to support expanded use of the controversial technology during testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) noted that the Federal Aviation Administration is working on finalizing rules for commercial and public drone use and is also granting permission for limited commercial use on a case-by-case basis.

NASA Prepares for First Interplanetary CubeSats on Agency’s Next Mission to Mars

When NASA launches its next mission on the journey to Mars – a stationary lander in 2016 – the flight will include two CubeSats. This will be the first time CubeSats have flown in deep space.  If this flyby demonstration is successful, the technology will provide NASA the ability to quickly transmit status information about the main spacecraft after it lands on Mars.

Space System Uses Sunlight to Power Spacecraft and Redirect Asteroids

In addition to being able to redirect asteroids, Dr. Richard Fork’s space-bound system can be used to generate and deliver energy to spacecraft. The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) professor recently patented his technology. Fork’s system relies on a number of spacecraft located within different Earth orbital paths. They’re capable of collecting energy from the sun, which powers lasers to deliver coherent light.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Takes Us Out Of This World

With his head in the clouds and hands on the budget, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the few American scientists commanding the attention of pop culture and the scientific journal. Speaking with a casual brilliance and a passion for education, Tyson advocates a focused effort and boosted tax dollars towards NASA to jumpstart the economy and recreate a "culture of innovation" in America.

NASA Aims for Mars 50 Years After First Spacewalk

The U.S. must first end reliance on Russia and boost STEM education. Private companies stepping up to help NASA include Boeing, which will be the first business to transport commercial crews to the International Space Station in 2017. Space X is also designing rockets that aim to replace Russian built engines; the company's founder, Elon Musk, states that Space X aims to ​one day establish a colony on Mars.​

NASA’s Rocket program Receives Funding from US House of Representatives

US Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, on Wednesday made an announcement about the increase of $150 million in funding over 2015 for the rocket. The increase in funding came after the house gave approval for the spending bill known as the commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016.

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