Tag Archives: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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 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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Flight Software Now Installed on Space Launch System Rocket; David Beaman Quoted

Space Launch System

NASA has installed software designed to facilitate the flight and guidance of the Space Launch System rocket, which will lift the Orion spacecraft for future exploration missions. Engineers from the agency's Alabama-based Marshall Space Flight Center are running tests and providing final checkout support to help the software achieve certification, NASA said Tuesday.

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NASA Deploys Imager to Study Sun’s Corona; Amy Winebarger Quoted


NASA has launched a spacecraft designed to help researchers study the soft X-ray emissions and growth of the Sun's corona. The space agency said Monday that its Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer (MaGIXS) solar imager launched on July 30th from White Sands Missile Range. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center developed the spacecraft. 

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NASA Tests Imaging System Designed for Moon Landing Safety; Ron Sostaric Quoted

HDL System

NASA has tested the performance of a hazard detection lidar (HDL) technology in potentially producing images of extraterrestrial planetary surfaces and supporting safe landing for space exploration. The space agency said Wednesday that its Safe and Precise Landing – Integrated Capabilities Evolution (SPLICE) effort prototyped and demonstrated an HDL system at Goddard Space Flight Center.

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NASA Artemis I Mission to Launch Solar Sailing Spacecraft for Asteroid Study; Les Johnson Quoted

NEA Scout Spacecraft

NASA will send its small spacecraft with solar sail propulsion to space as part of the Artemis I human exploration mission, which will mark the first integrated flight of the agency's Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. Les Johnson, principal technology investigator for the Artemis I mission at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, said the flight of the Near-Earth Asteroid Scout payload is partly meant to demonstrate the use of solar sailing spacecraft to reach new places and conduct science experiments.

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NASA Appoints Stephen Koerner as Johnson Space Center’s Deputy Director

Stephen Koerner

Stephen Koerner, former director of Flight Operations Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center, was tapped to serve as the research institute's deputy director and help oversee human spaceflight activities at the space agency's Houston, Texas installation. NASA said Monday Koerner will be responsible for assisting JSC Director Vanessa Wyche in managing the center.

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NASA Software Catalog Offers Hundreds of Downloadable Applications For Public Use; Bill Nelson Quoted

Bill Nelson

NASA has created many computational innovations designed to support space exploration. NASA’s technology can also be used for important terrestrial purposes. The Administration's more recent software catalog has hundreds of popular programs, including over 180 new ones, all available to download for free. WorldWind visualizes NASA data collected by satellites using a video game-like virtual globe of Earth.

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NASA Tasks University of Michigan to Continue CYGNSS Satellite Mission; Karen St. Germain Quoted

Cyclone Global

The University of Michigan has secured a $39 million contract to continue operating a constellation of eight satellites designed to help meteorologists predict and study hurricanes. NASA said Wednesday that it will continue to use the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) to gather data needed for the development of weather prediction models.

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