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DHS S&T Creates Tool to Help Firefighters Safely Exit Buildings; Darmindra Arumugam Quoted

POINTER Receiver

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has developed a new technology designed to track firefighters in scenarios where it is difficult to find exits of the burning building. DHS S&T said Tuesday it worked with firefighters in Worcester, Massachusetts, to design the Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders (POINTER).

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Cobham-Built Tech Assists in Precision Landing of NASA Rover on Mars

Cobham Mission Systems

Cobham's mission systems business said Tuesday its space pyrotechnic valves on the NASA Perseverance rover mission supported precise landing on Mars. Eight valves fired at exactly the right moment to allow an on-target guided entry, descent and landing on Mars as the Rover’s transitioned from parachute to retrorockets deceleration.

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover in Transit to Martian Surface; Jennifer Trosper Quoted

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NASA's Perseverance rover is on the way to Mars, as the space agency expects the vehicle to land on martian ground this Thursday.  NASA reported that the Mars 2020 spacecraft, which contains Perseverance, is operating as expected in transit to the Jezero Crater. “Perseverance is operating perfectly right now, and all systems are go for landing,” Jennifer Trosper, deputy project manager for the mission, said at the briefing. 

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DHS, NASA Demo First Responder Location Tracker

First Responder Tracker

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have conducted initial field tests of a technology designed to locate first responders during emergency response missions even when they are inside a burning building. The POINTER technology is intended to use magnetoquasistatic fields and generate 3D-based location data to help first responders find an injured or lost team member.

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NASA Engineers Test Blue Origin’s Lunar Navigation Tech

Lunar Descent Simulation

A team of NASA engineers has tested the geographical image identification and processing functions of a navigation system from aerospace company Blue Origin during a lunar surface landing simulation exercise as part of a public-private partnership. NASA integrated the aerospace company's BlueNav-L technology with agency-made navigation software for the test activity.

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Jacobs Teams with NASA’s JPL to Support Mars Perseverance Rover; Steve Arnette, Trevor Graff Quoted

Mars Rover

Jacobs announced on Thursday that the company has partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to build a new calibration device for the Mars Perseverance Rover. The calibration device is mounted on the front of the rover so that researchers can check SHERLOC's analytical instrumentation's accuracy by directing it to scan the baseline materials on the calibration target. 

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NASA Installs Wheels on Perseverance Rover

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NASA has installed the wheels, air brakes and parachute system of Perseverance, the rover designed to collect samples for the Mars 2020 mission. The space agency said Friday its Kennedy Space Center completed the rover's wheel installation March 30, following a test in December with mock-up wheels.

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NASA Manages Solar Radiation Mission

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NASA works to understand the formation of sun-based weather storms in space and in turn protect astronauts from solar radiation. The space agency said Monday that it will deploy six CubeSat satellites to further study solar particle storms under the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment, scheduled to launch on or after July 1, 2023.

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NASA Installs Sample Collection Tools on Mars 2020 Rover

NASA has attained new technical milestones towards the launch of Perseverance, the rover that would explore the red planet for the Mars 2020 mission. A team of technical personnel integrated a couple of components that Perseverance requires to collect and transport samples from Mars to Earth, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Thursday.

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