NASA's reach spans the universe. The rover Opportunity is still studying Mars after arriving with its twin Spirit in 2004. Cassini orbits around Saturn, as Juno makes its way to Jupiter. The Hubble Space Telescope continues to explore the deepest reaches of the cosmos. The crew of the International Space Station is extending the permanent human presence in space. Earth Science satellites are sending unprecedented data on Earth's oceans, climate and other features. NASA's aeronautics team is working with other government organizations, universities, and industry to fundamentally improve the air transportation experience and retain our nation's leadership in global aviation.
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12 Nov

NASA Glenn Research Center

NASA GRC have been working on boron nitride nanosheets (BNNS) and boron nitride nanoutubes (BNNT) since 2010. IDTechEx interviewed Dr Diana Santiago (Principal Investigator).
12 Nov

Novel Solar Cells Arrive at International Space Station for Testing

Five different types of solar cells have arrived at the International Space Station to be tested for their power conversion rate and ability to operate in the harsh space environment as part of the MISSE-12 mission. One type of cell, made of low-cost organic materials, has not been extensively tested in space before.
7 Nov

Optomec Delivers 500th Industrial 3D Printer

Optomec, Inc has delivered its 500th Industrial 3D printer. The machine is installed at a division of General Electric, which now counts more than 20 Optomec systems in use across GE business units including aviation, healthcare, power, and oil & gas.
22 Oct

Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

Today's commercial aircraft are typically manufactured in sections, often in different locations — wings at one factory, fuselage sections at another, tail components somewhere else — and then flown to a central plant in huge cargo planes for final assembly. But what if the final assembly was the only assembly, with the whole plane built out of a large array of tiny identical pieces, all put together by an army of tiny robots?
16 Oct

Controlling robots across oceans and space

Human-robotic partnerships are at the heart of European Space Agency's exploration strategy, which includes preparing for scenarios like this by sending robotic scouts to the Moon and planets, hand-in-hand with astronauts controlling them from orbit.
11 Oct

Army researchers test human-like robots

Army researchers tested ground robots performing military-style exercises, much like Soldier counterparts, at a robotics testing site in Pennsylvania recently as part of a 10-year research project designed to push the research boundaries in robotics and autonomy.
8 Oct

NASA Designing Shapeshifting Robots for Saturn's Moons

Mini robots that can roll, fly, float and swim, then morph into a single machine? Together they form Shapeshifter, a developing concept for a transformational vehicle to explore treacherous, distant worlds.
2 Oct

Relativity Space raises $140M to launch 3D printed rocket.

Relativity Space, the company building the world's first autonomous rocket factory and launch services for satellites, has raised $140 million in funding.
13 Sep

QLM Technology

QLM Technology offer quantum sensors for remote sensing and are developing a lidar module. IDTechEx interviewed Dr Xiao Ai in May 2019. Ai is the Co-Founder and CTO of QLM, and he is based in UK.
10 Sep

Relativity Space

Californian space startup Relativity Space was founded in 2015 to use 3D printing for commercial orbital launches. IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Bryony Core learns more.
3 Sep


Psionic offer lidar modules for space and defence, and are developing lidar modules for ADAS. Psionic are a spin-out from NASA and many of its core team previously worked at NASA. Psionic's Doppler lidar technology was developed by NASA for autonomous space vehicles. Psionic are optimising this technology for automotive applications.
29 Aug

NASA looks to 3D printing to improve aircraft icing research tools

NASA's aeronautical innovators are using the most modern research tools available, including 3D printing, to generate new data that will help airplane makers and operators more efficiently deal with one of aviation's oldest safety challenges - namely, icing.
26 Aug

Self-folding "Rollbot" paves the way for fully untethered soft robots

The majority of soft robots today rely on external power and control, keeping them tethered to off-board systems or rigged with hard components. Now, researchers have developed soft robotic systems, inspired by origami, that can move and change shape in response to external stimuli, paving the way for fully untethered soft robots.
22 Aug

A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration

To investigate the vastly unexplored oceans covering most our planet, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that send data to the surface — an underwater "internet of things." But how to supply constant power to scores of sensors designed to stay for long durations in the ocean's deep?
2 Aug

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover does bicep curls

The robotic arm on NASA's Mars 2020 rover does not have deltoids, triceps or biceps, but it can still curl heavy weights with the best.
24 Jul

Black plastics could create renewable energy

Research has found how plastics commonly found in food packaging can be recycled to create new materials like wires for electricity - and could help to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the future.
23 Jul

50 years on since the moon landing - VARTA batteries were on board

50 years on since the first moon landing, VARTA too is marking an anniversary: batteries from Ellwangen-based battery manufacturer VARTA were on board with the crew. Photos of the first moon landing 50 years ago were captured using a camera equipped with VARTA batteries.
15 Jul

For climbing robots, the sky's the limit

Robots can drive on the plains and craters of Mars, but what if we could explore cliffs, polar caps and other hard-to-reach places on the Red Planet and beyond?
8 Jul

3D printing with a wood-based ink

Researchers have succeeded in 3D printing with a wood-based ink in a way that mimics the unique 'ultrastructure' of wood. Their research could revolutionise the manufacturing of green products.
8 Jul

Deep-CEE: The AI tool helping astronomers explore deep space

Galaxy clusters are some of the most massive structures in the cosmos, but despite being millions of lightyears across, they can still be hard to spot. Researchers have turned to artificial intelligence for assistance, developing "Deep-CEE" (Deep Learning for Galaxy Cluster Extraction and Evaluation), a novel deep learning technique to speed up the process of finding them.