Tag Archives: NASA

NASA Approves Computing System for Artemis I Mission; Mike Van Houten Quoted

NASA Artemis

NASA has certified the computer system that would process the data of an upcoming uncrewed lunar flyby, which will serve as a prerequisite to future astronaut missions. The spacecraft command and control system (SCCS) is designed to address the information capacity and speed requirements of NASA's Artemis I mission, the space agency said Thursday.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Concludes Sample Collection on Bennu Asteroid

OSIRIS-REx

A NASA mission to study Bennu has concluded flyover activities and is moving away from the near-Earth asteroid following “Touch and Go” material excavation and sample collection operations. NASA said Thursday that the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission completed its flyby on April 7th at 6 a.m. EDT.

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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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NASA Executes 2nd Entry of New RS-25 Engine Test Series

RS-25 Engine Test

NASA held the second round of hot firing in a new test series for the RS-25 engine, a component of the Space Launch System rocket that would eventually send astronauts to the Moon. The space agency said Wednesday it performed the test on Tuesday at Mississippi-based Stennis Space Center. The engine fired for a total of  over eight minutes during the test.

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NASA Selects Observation Programs for James Webb Space Telescope; Thomas Zurbuchen Quoted

James Webb

NASA has selected 286 project proposals for the James Webb Space Telescope's upcoming first cycle of scientific investigations. The space agency said Tuesday that it will begin Webb's space observation activities in 2022, with General Observer programs that seek to study star formation, planetary system properties and the universe's earlier galaxies.

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NASA Selects L3Harris For Next-Gen Weather Satellite Development; Edward Zoiss Quoted

Edward Zoiss

L3Harris Technologies announced on Monday that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected the company to develop a concept for next-generation geostationary weather imagers. The concept aims to help advance future severe weather tracking, forecasting and other Earth observations. L3Harris has strong experience in developing similar weather sensors. 

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Viasat Appoints Jim Bridenstine to Board of Directors

Jim Bridenstine

Viasat Inc. announced Thursday the company’s appointment of former National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator and Oklahoma congressman Jim Bridenstine to its Board of Directors. Bridenstine, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, will serve as a Class II director, and his initial term will expire at Viasat’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. 

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NASA Inspector General Office Presents Estimated COVID-19 Cost Impacts on Major Programs

NASA

The office of the inspector general at NASA has issued a report saying it estimates the costs of facility closures, delays and other challenges facing the space agency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to reach nearly $3 billion. OIG said Wednesday 30 major programs and projects accounted for about $1.6 billion of the estimated total cost impact.

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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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