Tag Archives: National Academies

NASA Concludes WFIRST Space Telescope Preliminary Design Phase

A NASA-operated space observatory has passed the preliminary design review phase, marking a major milestone for the spacecraft's development, Space News reported Monday. Michael New, deputy associate administrator for science at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope passed the PDR phase with successful results.

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New Report Recommends Earth Science Missions for NASA

A new report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine proposes a series of Earth science missions for NASA to pursue over the next decade, Space News reported Friday. The recommended satellite missions could cost between $300 to $800 million each and are intended to help scientists understand changes in the …

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NASA Eyes Mars Sample Return Mission

NASA is looking into a Mars sample return mission that would collect Martian rocks and transport them to Earth in the late 2020s, Space News reported Monday. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said at a meeting of a National Academies committee that the sample return effort would involve the …

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GAO: Rapid ‘Internet of Things’ Adoption Could Pose Security Risks

The Government Accountability Office has warned that the rapid emergence of internet-of-things technologies could present challenges in the areas of information security, privacy, safety, technical standards and economy. GAO said Monday it believes unsecure IoT devices, networks or cloud servers in homes, factories and communities can be compromised in a cyber attack. The …

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Report: NASA to Postpone Upcoming WFIRST Project Reviews

NASA plans to delay upcoming project assessments of an astronomy mission to pave the way for an independent study of the program, Space News reported Monday. The agency will conduct the independent review of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope mission in response to a recommendation in a 2016 National Academies report …

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Paul Hertz: NASA, Japanese Counterpart Partner for X-ray Astronomy Telescope Devt Project

NASA and its Japanese counterpart JAXA will collaborate on the development of an orbiting X-ray astronomy telescope in an effort to replace an astronomy spacecraft that  malfunctioned in orbit last year, Space News reported Saturday. Jeff Foust writes both space agencies plan to begin work on the X-Ray Astronomy Recovery Mission spacecraft this spring as a …

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