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 NASA's Foldable Heatshield

NASA's Foldable Heatshield

Gearing up for its first flight test, NASA's Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology, or ADEPT, is no ordinary umbrella. ADEPT is a foldable device that opens to make a round, rigid heat shield, called an aeroshell.


 Testing 3D-printed Metal Parts For Space

Testing 3D-printed Metal Parts For Space

3D-printed metal parts produced through a Europe-wide collaboration of high-performance industrial sectors have undergone extensive testing for space use - tested to destruction in many cases - by ESA's specialist advanced manufacturing lab in the UK.


 Ph.D. Student Develops Spinning Heat Shield For Future Spacecraft

Ph.D. Student Develops Spinning Heat Shield For Future Spacecraft

A University of Manchester PhD student has developed a prototype flexible heat shield for spacecraft that could reduce the cost of space travel and even aid future space missions to Mars.


 Students Participate in 10th Anniversary of the Student Rocket Launch

Students Participate in 10th Anniversary of the Student Rocket Launch

United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Ball Aerospace once again collaborated on a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program with a rocket launch over southeastern Colorado.


 RainCube Ready For Launch

RainCube Ready For Launch

The next cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station will be carrying among its supplies and experiments three cereal box-sized satellites that will be used to test and demonstrate the next generation of Earth-observing technology.


 What Happens After Launch: Two NASA Educational CubeSats

What Happens After Launch: Two NASA Educational CubeSats

A small group of students recently got to experience a rare, spaceflight thrill: seeing if the tiny satellite, called a CubeSat, they designed and built not only survived a rocket launch to space but also successfully gathered and transmitted data once on orbit.


 X-ray Navigation Considered for Possible CubeSat Mission

X-ray Navigation Considered for Possible CubeSat Mission

A team led by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory plans to include X-ray Navigation technology on a proposed CubeSat mission to the Moon. NASA engineers are now studying the possibly of adding the capability to future human-exploration spacecraft.


 NASA Deep Space CubeSats Are Alive And Well

NASA Deep Space CubeSats Are Alive And Well

NASA has received radio signals indicating that the first-ever CubeSats headed to deep space are alive and well.


 Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

NASA and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.


 Dellingr Spacecraft Baselined for CubeSat Mission to Van Allen Belts

Dellingr Spacecraft Baselined for CubeSat Mission to Van Allen Belts

A new CubeSat mission -- GTOSat -- will not only provide key observations of the environmentally forbidding radiation belts that encircle Earth, it will provide initial steps of a new technological vision.


 Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics and Computer Science

Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics and Computer Science

Students from universities and community colleges across the nation recently participated in third annual Swarmathon.


 CubeSat to Test Instrument for Crystal Clear Data Collection

CubeSat to Test Instrument for Crystal Clear Data Collection Video in Story

When the validation mission for a satellite the size of a cereal box launches in May, it will test a small component in space that could have big benefits for future NASA satellite missions.


 Astrophysics CubeSat Demonstrates Big Potential in a Small Package

Astrophysics CubeSat Demonstrates Big Potential in a Small Package

The ASTERIA satellite, which was deployed into low-Earth orbit in November, is only slightly larger than a box of cereal, but it could be used to help astrophysicists study planets orbiting other stars.


 Advances 3-D Printed Rocket Engine Nozzle Technology At NASA

Advances 3-D Printed Rocket Engine Nozzle Technology At NASA

Rocket engine nozzles operate in extreme temperatures and pressures from the combustion process and are complex and expensive to manufacture.


 NASA Wants Ideas from University Teams for Future Human Space Missions

NASA Wants Ideas from University Teams for Future Human Space Missions

Teams at U.S. colleges and universities have an opportunity to potentially help NASA with innovative design ideas to meet the challenges of space exploration.


 Building An Alien Ocean To Test Space Submarines

Building An Alien Ocean To Test Space Submarines

Building a submarine gets tricky when the temperature drops to -300 Fahrenheit and the ocean is made of methane and ethane.


 Putting Everyday Computer Parts to Space Radiation Test

Putting Everyday Computer Parts to Space Radiation Test

ESA's next mission, the miniature GomX-4B, includes a piggyback experiment to test how well everyday commercial computer memories perform in the radiation-soaked environment of space.


 Space Mystery Solved By A CubeSat

Space Mystery Solved By A CubeSat

A 60-year-old mystery about the source of energetic, potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts has been solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by students.


 Astronomy CubeSat Deployed From ISS

Astronomy CubeSat Deployed From ISS

Tiny satellites called CubeSats have attracted a lot of attention in recent years.


 Dellingr Spacecraft Designed to Improve Robustness of CubeSat Platforms

Dellingr Spacecraft Designed to Improve Robustness of CubeSat Platforms

NASA ground controllers have begun checking out and commissioning a shoebox-sized spacecraft that the agency purposely built to show that CubeSat platforms could be cost-effective, reliable, and capable of gathering highly robust science.



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