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Voice coil actuator on-board NASA's spacecraft to Bennu

Voice coil actuator on-board NASA's spacecraft to Bennu
Part of NASA’s first asteroid sampling mission, is a brand of Sensata Technologies, which could revolutionise understanding of the early solar system. BEI Kimco designed a customised Moving Magnet Voice Coil Actuator (VCA) to meet the harsh requirements for a spectrometer moving mirror application on the Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-Rex) spacecraft. 
23rd September 2016

Small asteroid flew safely past Earth

Small asteroid flew safely past Earth
A small asteroid designated 2016 RB1 safely flew past Earth September 8th at 10:20am PDT (1:20pm EDT/17:20 UTC) at a distance of about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers, or just less than 1/10th the distance of Earth to the moon). Because the asteroid's orbit carried it below (or over) Earth's south pole, it did not pass within the orbits of communication or weather satellites.
8th September 2016

NASA searches for BIG Idea from students

NASA searches for BIG Idea from students
NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD), managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are seeking novel and robust concepts for in-space assembly of spacecraft — particularly tugs, propelled by Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), that transfer payloads from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to a Lunar Distant Retrograde Orbit (LDRO).
7th September 2016


NASA tests new insulation for SLS rocket

NASA tests new insulation for SLS rocket
You may not think about insulation much, but it's one of those unsung industry heroes that keeps our drinks cold and homes warm on those bone-chilling winter days. Insulation also is a key component to protecting NASA's Space Launch System and its super-cold fuels for the journey to Mars.
5th September 2016

NASA launches citizen science opportunity

NASA launches citizen science opportunity
Now available for Apple and Android phones, the app is an initiative of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) programme, a science and education effort that for over two decades has enabled schools and students in over 110 countries to investigate their local environment and put their observations in a global context hand holding cell phone and clouds.
1st September 2016

Ceramic composites revolutionise engine efficiency

Ceramic composites revolutionise engine efficiency
Lighter, faster, more efficient. Whenever you advance a technology, that’s the goal. As NASA looks to transform the commercial aircraft of the future, efficient engines are at the heart of it all. To achieve the goal of better engines on future aircraft, researchers at NASA Glenn are investigating promising advances in high-temperature materials that can be used to make turbine engine components.
1st September 2016

Jeff Williams racks up new time-in-space record

Jeff Williams racks up new time-in-space record
On Wednesday, 24th August, NASA astronaut and Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams surpassed 520 days living in space, breaking Scott Kelly’s previous record for most cumulative time spent in space by a US astronaut, set during Kelly’s year-long mission. By the time Williams returns home on 6th September, he’ll leave us with a new total of 534 days.
30th August 2016

NASA holds final sample return robot competition

NASA holds final sample return robot competition
After five years of competition by more than 40 different teams from around the globe, NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge has reached its final stage. The top seven teams will compete for the $1.36m prize purse on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, 4th-6th September.
30th August 2016

NASA simulation of return from low-earth orbit mission

NASA simulation of return from low-earth orbit mission
Hoisted about 30ft. in the air, a mockup of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft awaits its encounter with a pad full of dirt. “Three, two, one” projects over the loud speaker just before the spacecraft is released and makes a loud thud when meeting the dirt. Six attached airbags absorb much of the landing impact and stabilise the spacecraft.
26th August 2016

Prototype of an aircraft that could fly over Mars

Prototype of an aircraft that could fly over Mars
At NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, a group of students successfully flew a prototype of an aircraft that could one day fly in the Martian atmosphere and send its findings back to Earth. Called the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-M, the small, remotely piloted glider aircraft flew 11th August at Armstrong.
24th August 2016

NASA has set a new Guinness World Record

NASA has set a new Guinness World Record
  At NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the sounding rocket team conducted a mission that launched on 16th September 2015. Including the firing of 44 rocket engines, this mission set a world record for the most rocket engines fired on a single flight.
22nd August 2016

NASA's $1m space robot programming challenge

NASA's $1m space robot programming challenge
In partnership with Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organisation, has opened registration for a new competition. The Space Robotics Challenge seeks to develop the capabilities of humanoid robots to help astronauts on the journey to Mars.
19th August 2016

Returning a sample of an asteroid to Earth

Returning a sample of an asteroid to Earth
NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth for intensive study.
18th August 2016

NASA approves plans to design & develop gravity tractor

NASA approves plans to design & develop gravity tractor
Following a key programme review, NASA approved the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) to proceed to the next phase of design and development for the mission's robotic segment. ARM is a two-part mission that will integrate robotic and crewed spacecraft operations in the proving ground of deep space to demonstrate key capabilities needed for NASA's journey to Mars.
16th August 2016

NASA commissions deep space habitat prototypes

NASA commissions deep space habitat prototypes
  NASA has selected six U.S. companies to help advance the Journey to Mars by developing ground prototypes and concepts for deep space habitats under the second Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Broad Agency Announcement, or NextSTEP-2
12th August 2016

Five big ideas that could transform aviation

Five big ideas that could transform aviation
NASA has selected five green technology concepts that have the potential to transform the aviation industry in the next decade by reducing aircraft fuel use and emissions. The concepts were selected under NASA’s Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program for a two-year study.
12th August 2016

Jupiter probe arrives intact & starts sending data

Jupiter probe arrives intact & starts sending data
The JunoCam camera aboard NASA's Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft's July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno's visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the gas giant Jupiter are still a few weeks away.
13th July 2016

From launch to orbit

From launch to orbit
Launched nearly five years ago on 5th August, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA’s solar-powered spacecraft, ‘Juno’, has crossed the four largest Galilean moons of Jupiter (eponymously named after Galileo Galilei who discovered them in 1609) and has reached its destination; Jupiter. Follow Juno's mission from launch to orbit below. 
4th July 2016

NASA completes balloon technology test flight

NASA completes balloon technology test flight
NASA's Balloon Program Office successfully completed the second test flight of its Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) at 3:54 p.m. EDT, Saturday, July 2, setting a new flight duration record for a mid-latitude flight of a large scientific research balloon. The mission, which began at 7:35 p.m. EDT, May 16 (11:35 a.m., May 17, in New Zealand time), launched from Wanaka, New Zealand, and ran a total of 46 days, 20 hours, and 19 minutes.
4th July 2016

NASA brings internet to the entire solar system

NASA brings internet to the entire solar system
NASA has taken a major step toward creating a Solar System internet by establishing operational Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) service on the ISS. The DTN service will help automate and improve data availability for space station experimenters and will result in more efficient bandwidth utilisation and more data return.
28th June 2016


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