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NASA to Test Space Launch System Intertank

NASA loaded a test model of heavy-lift rocket intertank onto a barge Thursday at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans for shipment to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Marshall’s engineers will conduct tests to determine if the structural hardware for the Space Launch System‘s 212-foot-long core stage can withstand extreme launch and …

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National Space Council Aims to Streamline Space Launch Licensing Process

The National Space Council has approved four recommendations that seek to introduce changes to commercial space regulations, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Vice President Mike Pence, chair of the council, and other NSC members cleared the recommendations during their second public session Wednesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The council’s first recommendation …

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NASA OKs 3D Imaging Lidar Tech for Restore-L Satellite Servicer Demo

NASA has decided to use a three-dimensional light detection and ranging system for an agency project that seeks to demonstrate an autonomous satellite servicing platform. The agency said Tuesday its Satellite Servicing Projects Division baselined the Kodiak lidar system to transmit images and distance-ranging data during the Restore-L demonstration. Restore-L aims to extend …

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NASA Tests New Robotic Arm for Space Assembly

NASA has conducted a ground demonstration of a robotic arm designed to perform spacecraft assembly operations in areas beyond Earth’s atmosphere. The Tension Actuated in Space MANipulator or TALISMAN demonstrated its basic function during a ground test held at the Structures and Materials Test Laboratory in Langley Research Center, Virginia, the space agency …

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NASA Concludes Structural Qualification Tests on SLS Engine Section

NASA engineers have completed structural qualification tests on the Space Launch System‘s core stage engine section at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. The rocket’s four RS-25 engines and two solid rocket booster attachments will compose the engine section located beneath the SLS’ 212-foot-tall core stage, NASA said Saturday. The engine section is designed …

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NASA Vet James Reilly to be Nominated USGS Director

President Donald Trump intends to nominate James Reilly, a former NASA astronaut and current technical adviser at the U.S. Air Force‘s National Security Space Institute, as director of the U.S. Geological Survey. Reilly spent 13 years at NASA and participated in three of the agency’s spaceflight missions that recorded more than 856 hours over …

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