NASA’s Osiris-Rex asteroid sample return mission spacecraft has successfully secured material gathered last week from the surface of the near Earth object Bennu in the spacecraft’s Sample Return Capsule.
A investigation into what caused a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch abort 2 sec. before liftoff on Oct. 2, delaying delivery of a GPS III satellite into orbit for the U.S. Space Force, is impacting two more SpaceX missions, including the first operational International Space Station crew ferry flight for NASA.
NASA’s Tournament Lab, working with social media crowdsourcing platform HeroX, is reaching out for proposals to offload a range of payload types at the Moon in support of the bold vision of developing a sustained human lunar presence this decade.
The U.S. should build a coordinated and consistent approach to developing space-based solar power, beginning with a series of flight experiments leading to a demonstration of a complete on-orbit system with ground components, a new report advocates.
NASA’s commercial lunar Human Landing System (HLS) partners drew praise from the agency’s program manager as they outlined the biggest challenges they face in returning human explorers to the Moon’s surface in 2024 before a virtual SpaceCom conference audience.
As Virgin Galactic enters final preparations for the first rocket-powered flight of SpaceShipTwo from its Spaceport America operational facility in New Mexico, the company has added two additional pilots to its ranks.
Guidance, navigation and control (GNC) software for Stratolaunch’s Talon-A hypersonic flying testbed has passed a preliminary design review and is being readied by developer Draper for loading next year into the vehicle’s flight control computers.
NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission team has announced plans for an Oct. 27 early stow of the spacecraft’s Touch and Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism collection head into the probe’s Sample Return Capsule to minimize the loss of material collected from the asteroid Bennu.
The U.S. Space Force has not closed the door on helping industry fund a “manufacturing on orbit” concept, meaning building parts for satellites while in space, according to the service’s acquisition executive.
NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission team is expediting efforts to secure the material collected from the surface of the asteroid Bennu after a camera scan of the sample container revealed some of the scientific bounty escaping.