24 Jun 2022
Mapping Sulphur Reside on Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa
Researchers used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe Jupiter's moon, Europa, at ultraviolet wavelengths, filling in a "gap" in the various wavelengths used to observe this icy water world. The team's near-global UV maps show concentrations of sulfur dioxide on Europa's trailing side.
10 Jun 2022
NASA to Set Up Independent Study on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
NASA is commissioning a study team to start early in the fall to examine unidentified aerial phenomena - that is, observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena - from a scientific perspective. The study will focus on identifying available data, how best to collect future data, and how NASA can use that data to move the scientific understanding of UAPs forward.
6 Jun 2022
NASA Partners with Industry for New Spacewalking, Moonwalking Services
NASA has selected Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to advance spacewalking capabilities in low-Earth orbit and at the Moon, by buying services that provide astronauts with next generation spacesuit and spacewalk systems to work outside the International Space Station, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions, and prepare for human missions to Mars.
31 May 2022
Joby to Begin On-Demand Commercial Air Taxi Operations
Joby Aviation announced the Company has received a Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing Joby to begin on-demand commercial air taxi operations.
Joby received the certification ahead of schedule, with completion of the process originally expected in the second half of 2022.
30 May 2022
NASA-Supported Solar Sail Could Take Science to New Heights
As NASA's exploration continues to push boundaries, a new solar sail concept selected by the agency for development toward a demonstration mission could carry science to new destinations.
23 May 2022
Hubble Reaches New Milestone in Mystery of Universe's Expansion Rate
Pursuit of the universe's expansion rate began in the 1920s with measurements by astronomers Edwin P. Hubble and Georges Lemaître. In 1998, this led to the discovery of "dark energy," a mysterious repulsive force accelerating the universe's expansion. In recent years, thanks to data from Hubble and other telescopes, astronomers found another twist: a discrepancy between the expansion rate as measured in the local universe compared to independent observations from right after the big bang, which predict a different expansion value.
20 May 2022
Optomec Announces Delivery of 600th Industrial Printer
Optomec announced another important milestone in its continued growth, with the delivery of its 600th industrial 3D printer. The company has now installed more than 250 of its proprietary LENS Systems for 3D Printed Metal and over 350 of its patented Aerosol Jet Systems, with the majority of its recent machines being used for high ROI production applications.
18 May 2022
Microgrid for a Future Lunar Base
NASA's plan for its concept Artemis lunar base is that it will serve as a technology proving ground for the eventual human exploration of Mars. The base camp concept consists of a habitation unit — complete with room for up to four astronauts — as well as the potential for separate mining and fuel processing. Early Artemis missions will include short stays at the base camp with the goal to build up to stays of two months at a time.
6 May 2022
Velo3D Qualifies Copper Alloy for Use in Sapphire Family of Printers
Velo3D Inc has qualified the copper-chromium-niobium alloy GRCop-42 for use in its Sapphire family of printers.
5 May 2022
Building A Better Spacesuit
Researchers are working to enhance the current gas-pressurized suits to make them more accommodating for astronauts exploring planetary surfaces.
3 May 2022
Alignment of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Now Complete
Alignment of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is now complete. After full review, the observatory has been confirmed to be capable of capturing crisp, well-focused images with each of its four powerful onboard science instruments.
28 Apr 2022
Solar Beats Nuclear at Many Potential Settlement Sites on Mars
The high efficiency, light weight and flexibility of the latest solar cell technology means photovoltaics could provide all the power needed for an extended mission to Mars, or even a permanent settlement there, according to a new analysis by scientists.
27 Apr 2022
World-First Hub for Flying Taxis, Air-One, Opens in UK
Urban-Air Port, the UK-based developer of ground infrastructure for air taxis and autonomous delivery drones, opens a world-first demonstration of a fully-operational hub for electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles - such as air taxis - and autonomous cargo drones, heralding a new age of zero-emission, low-congestion urban transport.
26 Apr 2022
First All Private Astronaut Mission to ISS is a Success
The Axiom Mission 1 crew and the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft safely splashed down off the coast of Florida yesterday. The Ax-1 crew's arrival back to Earth officially concludes the first all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station.
26 Apr 2022
Launcher's 3D-Printed E-2 Rocket Engine Achieves Full Thrust
Launcher's E-2 liquid rocket engine successfully demonstrated nominal thrust, pressure and oxidizer/fuel mixture ratio for the first time in a test fire at NASA Stennis Space Center.
E-2 is a closed cycle 3D-printed, high-performance liquid rocket engine in development for the Launcher Light launch vehicle (inaugural launch scheduled for 2024). A single E-2 engine will boost Launcher Light to low Earth orbit with 150 kg of payload.
22 Apr 2022
Researchers Closer to Detecting Venusquakes Using Balloons
Earthbound seismologists have the luxury of deploying their seismometers on relatively peaceful ground, but scientists studying Venusquakes have had to set their sights higher.
19 Apr 2022
Holographic Doctor Visits the Space Station
Holoportation is a type of capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted live anywhere in real time.. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, it allows users to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in the same physical space.