Robonaut 2, an imposing two-armed mechanical torso restricted to a fixed pedestal or stowed since arriving at the International Space Station more than three years ago, is scheduled to receive a pair of climbing legs before the U.S. Labor Day weekend.
Current planning supports a Nov. 11 touchdown of the squat, three-legged lander with its suite of 10 instruments, including cameras and drill, for sustained, direct scientific observations of internal and external processes as the comet rounds the Sun.
Flight controllers have interrupted the intermittent release of 28 Earth observing cubesats from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Japanese Kibo lab module following a spontaneous weekend deployment of two of the small satellites, NASA reported Aug. 25.
HOUSTON — NASA’s unpiloted first test flight of the Orion crew capsule promises to turn a page for the control of human space flight, with upgrades and changes to the agency’s mission control center that build on lessons learned from Apollo through the space shuttle era.
The agency has slated Dec. 4 for the launch of Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, an uncrewed 6 1/2 hour flight with a Pacific Ocean splashdown off the California coast.
Though not as visible as work on the flight elements, upgrades to NASA’s Mission Control at Johnson Space Center here have been underway since the shuttle program’s retirement in 2011. The Mission Control Center for the 21st Century project is intended to set the stage for a U.S. human spaceflight comeback.
HOUSTON—Planet Labs’ Flock 1B collection of 28 CubeSats for commercial Earth observations began launching in pairs from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Japanese Kibo module on Aug. 19-20.
As the latest “Doves” depart the ISS in the coming days, they will join the San Francisco startup’s Flock 1 collection of CubeSats deployed from the station in February and others launched previously aboard Ukrainian Dnepr and Russian Soyuz rockets, bringing the Planet Labs’ camera-toting, orbital CubeSat population to 71.
HOUSTON—Lengthy spaceflight alters the human immune system in yet to be understood ways, according to results of two complementary studies carried out on 28 astronauts assigned to missions of about six months aboard the International Space Station.
The findings raise concerns for plans to send human explorers on longer deep-space missions as well as to destinations far from traditional health care settings.
HOUSTON—Spacewalking cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev deployed the Peruvian CubeSat Chasqui-1 as they embarked on a 6 1/2-hr. spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS), an extra-vehicular excursion devoted primarily to the installation and retrieval of external materials exposure experiments.
HOUSTON – Orbital Sciences’ second Cygnus resupply capsule departed the International Space Station (ISS) early Aug. 15, following a 30-day stay that began with the delivery of nearly 3,300 lb. of crew supplies and research equipment.
Orbital Sciences’ second Cygnus resupply capsule departed the International Space Station (ISS) early Aug. 15, following a 30-day stay that began with the delivery of nearly 3,300 lb. of crew supplies and research equipment.
It could be interesting to calculate how many trees were felled for the paper for all the filings in the U.S. Transportation Department’s dockets for or against Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to fly to the U.S....More