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Category: Space: Space Tech

NASA: Orion Trial By Fire

Today NASA successfully tested the Orion Spacecraft. The agency released this video detailing the spacecraft’s test and the critical systems engineers will evaluate during the Dec. 4 flight. Orion is in the final stages of preparation for the uncrewed flight test that will take it 3,600 miles above Earth on a 4.5-hour mission to test …

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ESA: Linking by laser for fast data delivery

Launched in April 2014, Sentinel-1A carries an advanced radar instrument to image Earth’s surface through cloud and rain, regardless of whether it is day or night. Among its many applications Sentinel-1 routinely monitors shipping zones, maps sea ice and provides information on winds and waves for marine traffic, tracks changes in the way land is …

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Saul Perlmutter: Data Computation and the Fate of the Universe

Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, describes the research that led to his 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics Series: “Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory”.  

Andrew Connolly: What’s the next window into our universe?

Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …  

LockheedMartin: A High Resolution Camera | WorldView-3

Just the other day, a new satellite called WorldView-3 was sent into orbit. This satellite will soon begin delivering high resolution images of the Earth’s surface. WorldView-3, the world’s first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite for earth observations and advanced geospatial solutions, will launch into orbit on Aug. 13 aboard an Atlas rocket. Operating at …

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NASA: Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology News Briefing

During an August 8 news briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, NASA released new video from last month’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test in Hawaii and discussed early results of the test. The successful cross-cutting demonstration of the LDSD project’s saucer-shaped test vehicle was designed to evaluate technologies for safely landing larger and …

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NASA: The Next Giant Leap

A live conversation about the future of space exploration with actor, director and narrator Morgan Freeman. He spoke at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, about his personal vision for space. The event also included NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson participating from the International Space Station.  

NASA: NIAC Contour Crafting

NIAC Contour Crafting, Robotic construction of Lunar and Martian infrastructure. A NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) project. USC Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT).  

NASA: OPALS Beams Video from Space

The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science will beam video via laser from the International Space Station back to Earth. Here is animation showing how the technology works, with an explanation from the OPALS mission manager, Matt Abrahamson of JPL, plus the video NASA slated for OPALS’ first official transmission.  

National Geographic: Testing a Space Rover Under Alaskan Ice

In a first-time success, NASA remote pilots a roving, untethered vehicle under Alaska’s ice. It’s a milestone in the quest to develop an unmanned vehicle that could one day plumb the icy reaches of Jupiter’s moon Europa.  

Peter Cullen: The James Webb Space Telescope

Voice actor Peter Cullen, known from film and television, describes NASA;s next generation space telescope  

Harold White: Faster than Light – “The Warp Drive”

Faster than light – The Warp Drive. Is it possible to travel faster than light? NASA’s Advanced Propulsion Lead Dr. Harold White has modified a previusly unsuccessfull faster than light model called the Alcubbierre Drive, and has successfully proven that faster than light travel might just be possible. Hit this link to view more concept …

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NASA: LDSD ‘Flying Saucer’ | The Great Shakeout Test For Mars

NASA readies for the experimental flight of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), a test vehicle designed for landing larger payloads on Mars. The saucer-shaped vehicle will undergo its first test flight in June 2014 from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.  

NASA EDGE: SpaceX-3

NASA EDGE checks out the experiments heading to the International Space Station and the CubeSats being launched during SpaceX’s 3rd resupply mission.  

Morpheus Free Flight 13

A free-flight test of the Morpheus prototype lander was conducted May 22 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.    

Nature: A virtual Universe

Scientists at MIT have traced 13 billion years of galaxy evolution, from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. Their simulation, named Illustris, captures both the massive scale of the Universe and the intriguing variety of galaxies — something previous modelers have struggled to do. It produces a Universe that looks remarkably similar …

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NASA: Spinoff 2013

Technology Transfer Program Executive at NASA Headquarters, Daniel Lockney, explains Spinoff 2013.  

NASA X: Power & Propulsion

Published on Nov 13, 2013 NASA’s Game Changing Development Program is developing new batteries, fuel cells and solar electric propulsion systems to move man and machine through space.  

Onboard camera view: launch and separation of Sentinel-1A

Published on Apr 14, 2014 Cameras mounted on the Soyuz Fregat upper stage that sent Sentinel-1A into space on 3 April 2014 captured this superb footage. It shows liftoff, the various stages in the rocket’s ascent and the Sentinel-1A satellite being released from the Fregat upper stage to start its life in orbit around Earth. …

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NASA X: Game Changing Technologies

Published on May 21, 2013 The Game Changing Development Program seeks to identify and rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions. NASA X explores a new composite cryotank and a revolutionary Exoskeleton, called X1. Both of these game changing technologies will help not only NASA, …

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