Tag Archives: Ames Research Center

NASA Tests Autonomy Software for Space Robots; Trey Smith Quoted

Astrobee Flying Robot

NASA has tested the performance of software that allows a spacecraft's robotic and operating systems to operate autonomously. Bumble, an Astrobee flying robot at the International Space Station, used the Integrated System for Autonomous and Adaptive Caretaking or ISAAC to navigate through ISS and detect a simulated ventilation block in April. 

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NASA Ames Creates Maps of Moon’s Surface for ‘VIPER’ Rover’s Artemis Mission; Anthony Colaprete Quoted


A team of mission planners at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California is developing high-resolution maps of the lunar surface to enable the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover to safely travel across the moon as VIPER looks for ice and other resources at the lunar South Pole.

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NASA Researchers Use Mixed Reality to Study Other-World Environments From Earth; Darlene Lim Quoted

Darlene Lim

NASA has studied how virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies can support exploration missions on Mars and the Moon. The space agency said Tuesday that its Ames Research Center led three projects that tackled mix reality applications in volcanic environment studies, life-searching in space and operational design for scientific missions in austere environments.

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NASA, Swift Engineering Fly New Earth Observation UAS for Testing


NASA's Ames Research Center partnered with Swift Engineering to test-fly a new solar-powered unmanned aircraft system designed for Earth observation and atmospheric research. The High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE UAS) flew for two hours to demonstrate low-altitude operations.

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NASA Picks 25 Space Tech Platforms Under ‘Flight Opportunities’ Program

NASA has awarded 20 industry and academic organizations funds worth approximately $10M combined to develop their proposed space technology platforms for commercial test flights under the agency’s Flight Opportunities program. The space agency said Thursday the 25 selected technologies deal with two topic areas meant to support NASA’s lunar exploration objectives through the Artemis program.

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Report: NASA Mulls Cooperation on Future Russian Lunar Missions

Jim Green, director of NASA‘s planetary science division, has said that the space agency is in talks with Russian officials about potential cooperation on Russia’s future lunar missions, Space News reported Friday. Russia aims to launch a series of missions to the moon from 2019 through 2024, including the Luna-25 lander, Luna-26 …

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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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IARPA Kicks Off Quantum Computing Tech R&D Project

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched an effort to research and develop “quantum enhanced” computers. The Quantum Enhanced Optimization program aims to develop technology that can speed up the training of machine learning algorithms; support circuit fault diagnostics on larger circuits; and accelerate optimal scheduling of multiple machines on multiple tasks, the Office of …

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