Osiris-Rex Successfully Touches Down On Asteroid

By Mark Carreau Oct 21, 2020
Flying autonomously more than 208 million mi. from Earth, NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft made brief successful contact with the boulder-strewn surface of the asteroid Bennu, according to data from the probe received by the mission operations and science teams on Oct. 20.

Payload Shrinking Competition Moves Ahead, Seeks Recruits

By Mark Carreau Oct 15, 2020
Introduced in April, the “Honey, I shrunk the NASA payload”  global crowdsourcing competition is moving on to “Honey, I Built the NASA Payload, The Sequel.”

NASA Eyes Transonic Truss Braced Wing Flight Demonstrator

By Graham Warwick Oct 15, 2020
The experimental aircraft would be one of a suite of demonstration projects to mature key technologies for a next-generation subsonic commercial transport by the mid-2020s.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Commercial Partners To Advance NASA Deep Space Technologies

By Mark Carreau Oct 15, 2020
Fourteen U.S. companies are to receive an estimated $370 million in NASA “Tipping Point” agreements intended to advance technologies needed to achieve a sustained human presence on the Moon during the 2020s and support the human exploration of Mars thereafter.

Seven Nations Sign U.S. Artemis Accords For Space Exploration

By Irene Klotz Oct 14, 2020
The first countries to sign bilateral Artemis Accords agreements with the U.S. are Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Podcast: Tech Talk On NASA’s Dragonfly Mission To Titan

By Jefferson Morris Oct 14, 2020
In this special edition Check 6 Tech Talk, we speak to Elizabeth Turtle, the principal investigator of NASA’s upcoming Dragonfly mission.

NASA, Boeing Target Nov. 14 For SLS Hot Fire

By Irene Klotz Oct 13, 2020
The SLS’s four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines will ignite for a full-duration, 8-min. firing at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi

Flexible Sample Collection Device Headed for Moon, Mars

By Mark Carreau Oct 13, 2020
NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have selected a new technology for planetary sample collection and return for future missions to the Moon and Martian moon Phobos.

U.S. Edges Closer To Nuclear Thermal Rocket Vision

By Guy Norris Oct 09, 2020
As NASA continues feasibility studies into nuclear propulsion for deep space missions, DARPA has awarded an initial contract to help pave the way toward possible orbital tests of a nuclear-powered rocket for U.S. military use in and around cislunar space.

Launch Of Space Station Resupply Mission Scrubbed

By Mark Carreau Oct 02, 2020
The scrub of Northrop Grumman’s 14th NASA contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) was logged at 2 min. 40 sec. prior to a planned liftoff on Oct. 1 at 9:43 p.m., EDT.

Russia’s ISS Nauka Module Arrives At Baikonur Spaceport

By Maxim Pyadushkin Aug 21, 2020
Russia is preparing to expand its segment of the International Space Station with the 20-ton Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module.

NASA To Probe Source Of Small Space Station Pressure Loss

By Mark Carreau Aug 21, 2020
The rate of the leak has "slightly increased, so the teams are working a plan to isolate identify, and potentially repair the source,” NASA says, stressing that it poses "no immediate danger to the crew or the space station.”

Officials Back Establishing Space Mining Rules Of The Road

By Mark Carreau Aug 20, 2020
Resources like the vast quantities of water ice believed to reside within shadowed craters at the Moon’s south and north poles promise to reduce the costs of initial exploration substantially.
Commercial Space

NASA To Evaluate Blue Origin Human Lunar Lander Hands-On

By Mark Carreau Aug 20, 2020
The combined 40-ft.-plus structure includes the Blue Origin lander and the Lockheed Martin ascent module that is expected to house NASA’s Artemis astronaut crews during their initial, weeklong lunar sorties.

Final First-Generation Japanese Resupply Vessel Departs ISS

By Mark Carreau Aug 18, 2020
The ninth and final Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency H-II Transfer cargo vehicle departed the International Space Station Aug. 18.

NASA Establishes Mars Sample-Return Review Board

By Mark Carreau Aug 17, 2020
The board will assess the joint effort with the European Space Agency to retrieve and return to Earth samples of rock cores drilled and preserved by the Perseverance Mars 2020 rover.

NASA Perseverance Rover Begins 7-Month Journey To Mars

By Irene Klotz Jul 30, 2020
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral AFS on July 30, sending the $2.4-billion NASA Perseverance rover on its way to Mars to search for signs of past life and cache promising rock and soil samples for a future return to Earth. 

House Advances NASA Budget Without Full Lunar Lander Support

By Mark Carreau Jul 14, 2020
The commercial human lander system is a critical part of the Trump administration’s directive that NASA accelerate its return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers from 2028 to 2024.

NASA Seeks Partners For 2022 Advanced Air Mobility Demo

By Graham Warwick Jul 01, 2020
The first Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign, NC-1, will follow an initial developmental test event, NC-DT, to be staged this year.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

NASA Spacewalkers Surge Ahead With ISS Battery Upgrade

By Mark Carreau Jul 01, 2020
HOUSTON—Spacewalking NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken made significant progress July 1 in their month-long effort to upgrade bulky…

Mars 2020 Launch Date Slips Again

By Irene Klotz Jul 01, 2020
Another problem has arisen while preparing the Mars 2020 rover for launch, triggering an additional eight-day delay to July 30, NASA said June 30. 

Lunar Ice Seen Cutting Exploration Costs

By Mark Carreau Jun 29, 2020
Mining lunar ice could rein in the cost of future human cislunar space activities as well as expeditions to Mars, according to proponents.

Mars 2020 Launch Slips To July 22

By Irene Klotz Jun 24, 2020
Issues with ground support equipment for a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket are causing a second delay in the upcoming launch of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.

NASA Makes October Space Station Launch Assignment

By Mark Carreau Jun 04, 2020
Veteran astronaut Kate Rubin’s trip will ensure a U.S. presence on the International Space Station while NASA strives to complete the certifications of a second commercial crew launch provider.

Hurley, Behnken Praise Demo-2 Launch Experience

By Mark Carreau Jun 01, 2020
“Things worked exactly the way we expected them to work," Demo-2 astronaut Doug Hurley said. " It’s a pretty awe-inspiring trip so far, pretty humbling,”