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Category: Space: Space Tech

The Planetary Society: Bill Nye’s Solar-Powered Space-Sailer Has Successfully Deployed

LightSail Deployment from TPS HQ While the deployment commands were being sent from CalPoly, our team here at TPS Headquarters was listening in to all the excitement! While deploying sails, the motor count goes from 0 to 134,200. The reading that 18,000 motor spins had occurred was the announcement we were waiting for! This is …

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NASA: NASA Announces selection of science instruments for mission to Europa

NASA announced on Tuesday, May 26, the selection of science instruments for a mission to Europa to investigate whether Jupiter’s icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life. NASA received 33 proposals for science instruments to fly onboard a Europa mission, which would conduct repeated close flybys of the small moon during a three-year period. …

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SpaceX: Pad Abort Test & Point of View

The Pad Abort Test was the first key flight test of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, a vehicle designed to carry astronauts to and from space. Dragon traveled from 0-100 mph in 1.2 seconds, reaching a max velocity of 345 mph. The test simulated how Dragon would carry astronauts to safety if an emergency occurred on …

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NASA: NASA 360 Talks – Titan Submarine

Ever want to explore the vast seas of Saturn’s mysterious moon Titan? The Titan Submarine could do it one day… and more.  

ESA: Telerobotics Part 2 – Meteron

In preparation for his 10-day Iriss mission to the International Space Station in September this year, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is at ESA’s technical centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, visiting the Telerobotics and Haptics Laboratory. In this second part of his video diary, Andreas meets Bill Carey to talk about the Meteron project. Andreas …

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ESA: Telerobotics Part 1 – Haptics

In preparation for his 10-day Iriss mission to the International Space Station in September this year, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is at ESA’s technical centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, visiting the Telerobotics and Haptics Laboratory. Andreas catches up with Andre Schiele, head of the laboratory, to learn more about the robotics activities he will …

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NASA Ames Research Center: Harold “Sonny” White | Advanced Propulsion

NASA Ames Research Director’s Colloquium, August 12, 2014. Human space exploration is currently still in Low Earth Orbit. But what would it eventually take for humans to explore the outer solar system? If the ultimate objective is the stars, then what might that look like? How hard is interstellar flight? Dr. Harold White, Advanced Propulsion …

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AMNH: Science Bulletins | Hubble Space Telescope—25 Years and Counting

Few of NASA’s telescopes have captured the public imagination like Hubble, with its spectacular views of distant galaxies, supernovas, and nebulas. The first telescope in the world to return visible wavelength images of space from near Earth orbit, Hubble’s photos are more than just pretty pictures. In its twenty-five year mission, Hubble’s discoveries have transformed …

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TED: Angelo Vermeulen | How to go to space, without having to go to space

“We will start inhabiting outer space,” says NASA crew commander Angelo Vermeulen. “It might take 50 years or it might take 500 years, but it’s going to happen.” In this charming talk, the TED Senior Fellow describes some of his official work to make sure humans are prepared for life in deep space … and …

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NASA: 360 Talks | Super Ball Bot

Could the next planetary rover be a Super Ball Bot? There are several advantages to a ball-like design and that’s why NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is studying its feasibility.  

ESA: Replay of Vega liftoff VV04 with IXV

Replay of the liftoff of Vega VV04 with ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, launched from Kourou, French Guiana on 11 February 2015. IXV was launched 340 km into space atop a Vega rocket, VV04, from Kourou in French Guiana on 11 February 2015. After separation from Vega, IXV coasted to 412 km before beginning a …

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NASA: NASA 360 Presents – Possibilities

How will humans survive beyond Earth? How will we get around? Communicate? Explore? Join NASA 360 as we take a look at NASA Langley’s Systems Analysis & Concepts Directorate (SACD) and how they envision the art of the possible. From the air we fly in to the air we breathe; UAVs to commercial transportation and …

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DARPAtv: ALASA Concept Video

DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) seeks to propel 100-pound satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) within 24 hours of call-up, all for less than $1 million per launch. The current ALASA design envisions launching a low-cost, expendable launch vehicle from conventional aircraft. Serving as a reusable first stage, the plane would fly …

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SpaceX: Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation

When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Thrust at liftoff is equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft operating simultaneously.  

NASA JPL: Crazy Engineering | Mars Helicopter

JPL engineers are working on a small helicopter that could ‘scout’ a trail for future Mars rovers, but getting a chopper that could fly in the Martian atmosphere is tricky. Episode 2 of Crazy Engineering.  

NASA: Spinoff 2015

NASA has a long history of transferring technologies from their original mission applications to secondary uses. For example, Mars continues to be a rich destination for scientific discovery and exploration, and NASA’s missions there have inspired a variety of practical, terrestrial benefits. Spinoff 2015 features stories about some of these technologies, including shock absorbers used …

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NASA International Space Station Research and Technology Briefing

During panel discussions from NASA’s Kennedy Space center in Florida, scientists and researchers discussed the onboard science and research studies being carried to space aboard the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft which include the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) and supplies for research on the risks of in-flight infections in astronauts, as well as research on degenerative …

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Crazy Engineering | Ion Propulsion and the Dawn Mission

Ion propulsion isn’t something found only in science fiction. JPL engineer Mike Meacham looks at how ion engines are being used to drive NASA’s Dawn spacecraft through the solar system. Dawn is approaching dwarf planet Ceres in the main asteroid belt with arrival expected in March 2015. Previously, Dawn orbited Vesta, the second-largest body in …

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Chris Hadfield: An Astronaut’s Guide to Optimism

Our world is not as bad a place as we often feel it to be. It is easy to look to the future and lament on how far there is left to go, but sometimes it is helpful to stop and reflect on just how far we’ve come. This New Years, my resolution is to …

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NASA: Orion Cockpit

Orion’s December flight test will be uncrewed, but the spacecraft is meant to carry people. Astronaut Lee Morin shows off the cockpit future Orion crews will use in this video.  

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