Tag Archives: NASA

Orion Spacecraft Production Progresses for Artemis Mission; Program Manager Cathy Koerner Quoted

Orion Spacecraft

NASA is almost finished working on the Orion spacecraft to be used for the first Artemis mission, which will lead to a series of flights aimed at reviving manned space exploration. The space agency said Friday that it is now working on Artemis II's assigned Orion and has also concluded welding activities for Artemis III's pressure vessel, with the support of prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

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Shannon Curry Named Principal Investigator for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere Exploration; Bruce Jakosky Quoted

Shannon Curry

NASA has appointed planetary scientist Shannon Curry to serve as principal investigator for the space agency's first mission to study the atmosphere of Mars. She replaces Bruce Jakosky, who led the orbital operations of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission for seven years and will continue to work as a member of the mission team.

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Air Force Squadron Undergoes Rescue Training for Commercial Spaceflight Missions

38th Rescue Squadron

The U.S. Air Force conducted a five-day training of 38th Rescue Squadron members to prepare them for potential urgent response operations in support of Boeing and SpaceX missions under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The 38th RSQ Blue Team learned how to land in the ocean with water gear and familiarize themselves with different boat packages. 

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NASA, Northrop Complete Webb Telescope’s Final Testing Regimen

James Webb

NASA and Northrop Grumman engineers have completed the final testing phase for the James Webb Space Telescope and are preparing to ship the new observatory to a launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. The space agency said Thursday that cleanroom technicians are working to ensure JWST hardware will arrive safely at the launch pad location on the northeastern coast of South America.

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Blue Origin Rocket to Launch Tech Demo Payloads Under NASA

Safe and Precise

A reusable launch vehicle made by Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, will carry six payloads from NASA, universities and commercial entities for space demonstrations. The 17th New Shepard mission will launch on Thursday from a Blue Origin site located in West Texas, under NASA's Flight Opportunities program, the space agency said Wednesday.

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NASA Tests Vibration Modes of SLS Rocket; Chief Engineer John Blevins Quoted

SLS Rocket

NASA’s Florida-based Kennedy Space Center is now testing different vibration modes of the Space Launch System, a rocket designed to launch the Orion spacecraft to the Moon. Distinguishing between SLS's natural and vibration frequencies can help the rocket's flight software and navigation system safely control flight. The testing effort will take 10 hours a day over a series of several, consecutive days. 

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NASA, Psionic Sign Lidar Tech Licensing Deal

OSAM-1 mission

NASA has granted Psionic rights to use a light detection and ranging technology that the space agency originally developed for use in on-orbit robotic servicing of a satellite. NASA is allowing the company to further develop and integrate the Kodiak 3D lidar system with similar technologies under a signed licensing agreement, the agency said Saturday.

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NASA Eyes Commercial Partnerships for Next Space Station Development; Phil McAlister Quoted

Phil McAlister

NASA plans to partner with commercial companies for the development of future space-based facilities as the International Space Station nears the end of service life. Phil McAlister, the agency's director of commercial spaceflight, said at Nextgov’s Emerging Tech Summit that they anticipate the ISS's retirement within the decade's latter part.

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NASA Announces Winners of Competition for Lunar Ice-Digging Tech

Break the Ice

NASA has named the 13 winners of a $500,000 prize competition that sought technologies and ways to dig through the moon's icy regolith, in response to the need for water in future lunar exploration missions. The space agency said Thursday its Break the Ice Lunar Challenge was championed by Florida-based Redwire Space, which won $125,000 for a two-rover ice-digging system.

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NASA OKs IMAP Mission’s Transition to Implementation Phase

Interstellar Mapping

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Princeton University and their partner institutions have received approval from NASA to start implementing a mission meant to help analyze the flow of particles from the sun and understand the interactions between the solar wind and the interstellar medium. The Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe mission is scheduled to launch in February 2025.

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