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NASA, DOE’s NNSA Demonstrate New Nuclear Reactor for Space Missions

NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration under the Department of Energy have jointly conducted a demonstration of a new nuclear reactor system being developed for long-term space missions. The Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology or KRUSTY is designed as a lightweight fission power system with the capacity to generate a maximum of 10 kilowatts for a decade …

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Jim Bridenstine Takes Oath as NASA Administrator

Jim Bridenstine took his official oath of office as the 13th NASA administrator at a ceremony that took place Monday at the space agency’s Washington headquarters. Vice President Mike Pence swore in Bridenstine four days after the Senate confirmed him,  NASA said Tuesday. Bridenstine told agency leaders during a video teleconference …

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Rep. Jim Bridenstine Confirmed as NASA Administrator

The Senate voted 50-49 Thursday to confirm Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., as NASA administrator, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Bridenstine will replace Robert Lightfoot, who has been leading NASA as acting chief since January 2017 and is set to retire by the end of April after a nearly three-decade career …

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Rep. Brian Babin Introduces NASA Authorization Proposal

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Space Subcommittee, has introduced a bill that calls NASA to further coordinate with commercial partners in issues about space, SpaceNews reported Friday. The proposed legislation called NASA Authorization Act of 2018 will allot nearly $21 million for the space agency in …

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Jim Green to become NASA chief scientist in May

Jim Green, director of the planetary science division at NASA’s science mission director, has been appointed chief scientist at the space agency in a move that takes effect May 1. He will succeed the retiring Gale Allen, who has served as acting chief scientist since 2016, and will act as …

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ARPA-E to Help NASA Hold Energy Technology Challenge

The Energy Department‘s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will support NASA‘s iTech challenge geared to identify technology concepts that will enhance energy generation, storage and distribution for earth and space applications. Entrepreneurs, inventors and researchers can submit a five-page concept paper on transformative energy technologies through the NASA iTech website until April …

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NASA Selects 25 Space Tech Proposals for 2018 NIAC Program

NASA has selected 25 early-stage concepts of different platforms that may aid future space exploration missions. The space agency said Saturday selected technology proposals for the 2018 Innovative Advanced Concepts program encompass the areas of meteoroid impact detection, space telescope swarm and small orbital debris mapping. “The NIAC program gives NASA the opportunity to …

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House Committee OKs Space Exploration, Innovation Corps Program Expansion Bills

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has unanimously passed two bills to increase U.S. space exploration technology development efforts and a third bill to expand the National Science Foundation’s entrepreneurial training program. The American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act, introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), would designate Marshall Space …

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