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Category: Space: Space Tech

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Why with Nye (Ep. 1): Bill Nye and Juno the Solar-Powered Spacecraft

Bill Nye unravels the mysteries of solar-powered space travel. See how NASA’s Juno spacecraft will use the power of the sun to keep the juice running during its long journey to and orbits of Jupiter.  

NASA JPL: Crazy Engineering: Starshade/Coronagraph

Sometimes light just gets in the way. A look at two technologies that block starlight to give telescopes a better view of distant Earth-like planets. For more information on exoplanet research: exoplanets.jpl.nasa.gov  

IEEE Spectrum: A Gyroscope Jetpack for Astronauts

A new jetpack, stabilized with high-­tech gyroscopes, could help astronauts navigate low-gravity environments Read more: Tomorrow’s Space Suit: Personal “Gravity Pack” Comes Standard  

SpaceX: CRS-8 | First Stage Landing on Droneship

SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space yesterday. This is the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended in failure. This success is a crucial milestone for SpaceX as it shows …

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mixed-Reality Tech Brings Mars to Earth

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to create “Destination: Mars,” a guided tour of Mars using the same Hololens technology that helps scientists plan the Curiosity rover’s activities.  

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Crazy Engineering: Gecko Gripper

See how geckos inspired a new NASA technology that makes things stick to each other in space. Potential future applications might be to grab satellites to service them or to salvage space garbage to try to clear it out of the way.  

NASA: 3-D Printed Rocket Engine Roars To Life

A team at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama tested 3-D printed rocket engine parts connected together in the same fashion that they would work in a rocket engine. The parts performance rivaled that of traditionally manufactured engine parts. During six separate tests, the engine generated up to 20,000 pounds of thrust.  

NASA: What’s New in Aerospace? | Sewing Machines, Balloons, and Rocket Fuel

This episode of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s What’s New in Aerospace? series featured discussion about the process and technologies used to land the Curiosity rover on Mars and the technologies being developed to safely and more efficiently land spacecraft on the Red Planet in the future. Ian Clark from NASA’s Jet Propulsion …

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Lockheed Martin: Asteroids and the OSIRIS-REx Mission

Scheduled for launch in 2016, OSIRIS-REx will return the first samples ever taken from a special type of asteroid that scientists believe holds clues to the origin of the solar system.  

NASA EDGE: Nanotechnology

NASA EDGE takes a close look at how NASA’s Game Changing Development (GCD) Program Office is exploring nanotechnology. GCD Program Manager, Steve Gaddis, and his team highlight how this technology is being used in sensors and various materials. It is high risk, high reward.  

NASA: Buoyant Rover for Under Ice Exploration

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, a technology that could one day explore oceans under the ice layers of planetary bodies. The prototype was tested in arctic lakes near Barrow, Alaska.  

NASA: Smoke and fire RS 25 rocket engine test

NASA conducted a developmental test firing of the RS-25 rocket engine, on August 13 at the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The 535 second test was the sixth in the current series of seven-tests of the former space shuttle main engine. Four RS-25 engines will power the core stage of the new Space Launch …

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Vulcan Inc.: Stratolaunch Systems, A Paul G. Allen Project

Paul Allen is the less known of the two Microsoft founders and he (Vulcan Inc) has been working on a project called Stratolaunch which will be the world ‘s largest aircraft once completed. The idea is to Stratolaunch be used for launching rockets with satellites from Stratolaunch Stratolaunch Systems unveils a new design concept for …

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École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne: A giant Pac-Man to gobble up space debris

  The Clean Space One Project has passed a milestone. The space cleanup satellite will deploy a conical net to capture the small SwissCube satellite before destroying it in the atmosphere. It’s one of the solutions being tested for eliminating dangerous debris orbiting the Earth.     ______________ CleanSpace One: A Swiss Garbage Collector Satellite …

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ESA: EDRS: Using lasers where it counts

The European Data Relay System (EDRS) is the most sophisticated laser communication network ever designed. Dubbed the ‘SpaceDataHighway’, EDRS will help Earth-observing satellites to transmit large quantities of potentially life-saving data down to Europe in near-real time. Its two geostationary satellites use optical links to gather low-orbiting satellites’ information at far higher data rates than …

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SpaceX: Live: Landing a Rocket: The Third Time’s the charm?

  SpaceX will attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the middle of the ocean for the third time this year.   Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream     Something went wrong with the launch. @SpaceX is evaluating the status of the mission. Live updates on NASA TV: http://t.co/KX5g7yYnYG …

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Audi: Audi Mission to the Moon – Mission Statement

Audi plans to participate in the Google Lunar XPrize contest in which participants are to send spacecrafts to the moon to explore at least 500 meters of the lunar surface while also sending high resolution images and videos back to Earth. Audi now reveals its Lunar Quattro, check it out above or below! The moon …

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ESA: Euronews | It’s rocket science!

In this episode of ESA Euronews, we see how the European Space Agency are developing rocket engines. The scientific principle remains quite simple: accelerated gas creating thrust through a nozzle. However, extrapolating that concept to the point where the rocket has sufficient power to lift people and satellites beyond Earth’s gravity and into orbit is …

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TED Ed: Will future spacecraft fit in our pockets?

In this TED Education animated video short, we are presented with the ion drive and a future of smaller spacecraft – making for a cheaper and more efficient way of exploring space. When you picture a rocket, you might imagine a giant ship carrying lots of fuel, people and supplies. But what if the next …

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Meet Adeline, Airbus’ Answer to SpaceX Reusability

Airbus unveiled Adeline, a reusable first-stage rocket concept it hopes will make future Ariane rockets competive against reusable SpaceX rockets.  

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