United Launch Alliance (ULA) has picked Blue Origin, the secretive Seattle-based space-vehicle company founded and funded by Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, to complete development of a 550,000-lb. thrust rocket engine that could replace the Russian-built RD-180 at the Atlas V power plant in the coming decade.
The mission’s chief scientist and his scientific overseer at NASA headquarters discounted charges from an outside review panel that the plan for an extended rover mission will be "a poor science return for such a large investment."
Engineers in NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) are using data on supersonic retro-propulsion generated by SpaceX in its Falcon 9 flyback first-stage testing as a substitute for government-funded flight tests aimed at landing large payloads on the surface of Mars.
With space-technology budgets tight, the STMD is using partnerships wherever possible to save money on its extensive basket of exploration-enabling technology-development efforts, and SpaceX fit the bill, according to Michael Gazarik, associate administrator for space technology.
With space-technology budgets tight, NASA is using partnerships wherever possible to save money on its extensive basket of exploration-enabling technology-development efforts, and SpaceX's Falcon 9 flyback testing fits the bill.
As NASA prepares to announce the company or companies that will take crews to the International Space Station in the next round of its commercial crew vehicle development effort, planning is well underway for the flight tests that will certify the commercial vehicles for operational missions.
Astronomers, planetary scientists and spacecraft operators are working together to take maximum advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe an Oort Cloud comet as it hurtles past Mars on Oct. 19.
Boeing plans two Atlas V launches that will take its CST-100 capsule to the space station, the first an autonomous unmanned flight and the second with a mixed crew of one company and one NASA astronaut aboard.
Avanti Communications Group has picked Orbital Sciences Corp. to build its Hylas-4 broadband communications satellite, marking the second order Orbital has received from the London-based telecommunications wholesaler.
LOGAN, Utah—Work performed on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (Darpa) Phoenix program to recycle large antennas and other functional gear on inactive orbiting spacecraft is leading toward spacecraft that assemble themselves like growing embryos, one cell at a time.
The idea is to give small scientific satellites a way to get into deep space, as miniaturization and tight government budgets drive researchers to seek alternatives to large, expensive planetary probes.
Work performed on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (Darpa) Phoenix program to recycle large antennas and other functional gear on inactive orbiting spacecraft is leading toward spacecraft that assemble themselves like growing embryos.
Researchers hope to use a cubesat to fly the first biological experiment beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) in four decades, a miniaturized habitat that will evaluate the effects of deep-space radiation on yeast DNA.
SpaceX Dragon expected to rendezvous with the International Space Station early Tuesday. Capture of the re-supply vehicle with the station's Canadian robot arm is scheduled for shortly after 7 a.m., EDT....More