31 Aug 2021
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Prepped for Shipment to Launch Site
After successful completion of its final tests, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is being prepped for shipment to its launch site. Engineering teams have completed Webb's long-spanning comprehensive testing regimen at Northrop Grumman's facilities. Webb's many tests and checkpoints were designed to ensure that the world's most complex space science observatory will operate as designed once in space.
9 Mar 2021
Dr James Edmondson interviewed ADA Technologies. ADA develop advanced materials for aerospace and defence applications. The interview focussed on ADA's products for thermal interface and thermal insulation materials.
2 Mar 2021
Thermoelectric Perpetual Submarine
In February 2021, The US agency DARPA awarded contracts to Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation and Martin Defense Group (formerly Navatek) to build demonstration versions of the new Manta Ray unmanned underwater vehicle with an energy-harvesting system to power it indefinitely, allowing the robot submarine to carry out missions lasting months or years without returning to base or refueling.
30 Oct 2020
Northrop Grumman Initiates Build of First Australian Triton
Australia's first autonomous, high-altitude, long-endurance system will enhance maritime security in the Pacific. Northrop Grumman has initiated the build process for Australia's first MQ-4C Triton, a game-changing unmanned maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.
19 Mar 2020
DARPA Seeks New Class of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
DARPA's Manta Ray Program aims to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of long duration, long range, payload-capable unmanned underwater vehicles that operate for extended durations without the need for on-site human logistics support or maintenance offer the potential for persistent operations during longer term deployments.
12 Nov 2019
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.
30 Apr 2019
NASA's new flying robots: Bee-ing in space for the first time
Bees are known to be both busy and hard-working, and NASA's new free-flying space robots, called Astrobee, will soon have the same reputation. Unlike bees that live on Earth, the robots will do their work flying alongside astronauts inside the International Space Station and will play a critical role in supporting innovative and sustainable exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.
5 Sep 2018
If military robot falls, it can get itself up
Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have developed software to ensure that if a robot falls, it can get itself back up, meaning future military robots will be less reliant on their Soldier handlers.
3 Apr 2018
Harvesting wave energy for fresh water
Among the many alternative energy sources available, Atmocean has settled on wave energy as a tool for converting ocean water into fresh water and opening up new coastal agriculture opportunities in countries around the world.
26 Mar 2018
Hydrogen-powered drones take flight
In a world first, a team of researchers have successfully powered an unmanned aircraft flight with a triple hybrid propulsion system featuring one of the cleanest energies on Earth - hydrogen.
23 Mar 2018
New 4-D printer could reshape the world we live in
Scientists report that they have developed a powerful printer that could streamline the creation of self-assembling structures that can change shape after being exposed to heat and other stimuli. They say this unique technology could accelerate the use of 4-D printing in aerospace, medicine and other industries.