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NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen Orders Design Modification Study for WFIRST Space Telescope

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the NASA‘s Science Mission Directorate, has urged the Goddard Space Flight Center to study potential design changes on the agency’s future space observatory to address the results of an independent review. The design modification study is intended to reduce the cost and complexity of the Wide Field Infrared Survey …

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NASA Hosts Interagency Meeting on In-Space Structure Assembly

NASA has facilitated a meeting between spaceflight experts from multiple agencies to address technical challenges associated with the assembly of large structures in space. The space agency said Thursday the technology interchange meeting at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland was the third in a series of discussions between …

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NASA to Install Equipment on Orbital ATK Spacecraft as Part of TESS Explorer Mission

NASA will install cameras and science data processing computers for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-built Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite onto an Orbital ATK spacecraft in the coming weeks following the platform’s completion of a systems integration review. The space agency said Saturday that independent technical and scientific experts reviewed the TESS …

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NASA Project Aims to Equip Orion Spacecraft With Laser Comms System

NASA has launched a project to develop a laser communications system for the Orion spacecraft the agency intends to use for its future manned missions to deep space. The Laser-Enhanced Mission and Navigation Operational Services system is designed to provide connectivity to astronauts in space and allow them to communicate with people on Earth, NASA said Thursday. Goddard …

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NASA to Launch Laser Comms Demo for Spacecraft, Earth Connectivity

NASA plans to launch a technology demonstration of laser communications systems  designed to increase the speed of data transmission between space vehicles and ground terminals. The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration will be deployed in summer 2019 as part of a two- to five-year mission that seeks to help NASA learn ways to operate laser communications systems, the space agency said Wednesday. …

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NASA Awards Funds to 10 Small Satellite Studies

NASA has awarded a total of $3.6 million in grants to 10 mission concept studies that will use small satellites to explore Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and outer planets. The agency said Thursday awardees on the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies program will use satellites that weigh less than 400 pounds while CubeSats will …

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NASA Develops Silicon X-Ray Mirror Production Technique

William Zhang, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has developed a silicon-based method to manufacture lightweight X-ray optical mirrors. NASA said Tuesday that Zhang believes the use of silicon technology will help astrophysicists to create super-thin mirrors that have a large collection area and high resolution. His goal is to further develop the …

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