NASA ‘Robonaut’ Program Finds its Legs

Spending time on the International Space Station sounds pretty thrilling. But what if you were seriously injured while orbiting the Earth? Unlike on the Starship Enterprise, there’s no full-time space physician, so NASA is developing a robotic one. Continue reading

NASA Joins Virginia-Based Research Collective

NASA Langley Research Center is the first government member of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) in Richmond, Va. The CCAM is an applied research center that provides advanced manufacturing solutions to its member companies.

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NASA Moves Forward With Commercial Crew Program

NASA released the draft solicitation for the final phase of its Commercial Crew Program, which is funding commercial development of systems to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

In the third round of the program, Boeing Space Exploration Systems, Sierra Nevada/Space Systems, and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) received funding. All three companies have developed vehicles that could take seven people into space. Continue reading

SETI Prototypes Planetary Lake Lander for a Trip to Titan

It’s been a year since Curiosity touched down on Mars and began sending information and images back to Earth. The safe landing and subsequent surveying were the results of years of study and development dedicated to a single goal. While Curiosity continues to chug away on the surface of Mars, NASA has plenty of other irons in the fire, and research continues for future exploration missions to other celestial bodies.

The next major mission may well involve a trip to Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. SETI, funded by NASA, is developing an aquatic robot to land on the moon, and explore Titan’s liquid methane seas. The Planetary Lake Lander (PLL) is currently in the prototype phase and busy at work mapping Laguna Negra in the Chilean Andes. Continue reading

NASA Receives Capsule for Moon, Mars Flights

The Orion space capsule has been delivered to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a 2014 test flight. The capsule, designed and built by Lockheed-Martin, will eventually take astronauts to the  moon, asteroids, and even Mars. For the test flight, the capsule will be launched aboard an unmanned Delta 4 Heavy rocket. Continue reading


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