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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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2020
10 Jan

Uber and Hyundai Announce Aerial Ridesharing Partnership

Uber and Hyundai Motor Company have announced a new partnership to develop Uber Air Taxis for a future aerial ride share network and unveiled a new full-scale aircraft concept.
6 Jan

Aquatic Rover Goes for a Drive Under the Ice

BRUIE, or the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, is being developed for underwater exploration in extraterrestrial, icy waters by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
2019
26 Dec

Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

NASA's next Mars rover has passed its first driving test. A preliminary assessment of its activities found that the rover checked all the necessary boxes as it rolled forward and backward and pirouetted in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The next time the Mars 2020 rover drives, it will be rolling over Martian soil.
23 Dec

Solving the Challenges of Long Duration Space Flight with 3D Printing

The International Space Station has continuously been home to astronauts for more than nineteen years. Astronauts conduct scientific research using dozens of special facilities aboard the space station, which also provides them with a place to eat, sleep, relax and exercise.
23 Dec

BNNT

BNNT, LLC make high quality high aspect ration boron nitride nanotubes. IDTechEx spoke with Tom Henneberg (CEO).
20 Dec

Astronaut Glove for Exploring the Moon and Mars

Students have developed a smart glove for astronauts that can be used while exploring other planets. NASA partners recently conducted successful testing of the glove at the Haughton Mars Project research station.
18 Dec

Refueling Satellites in Space, With the Help of a Robot

Many technologies that are essential for daily life — from communications to GPS navigation to weather forecasting — rely on the thousands of satellites that are orbiting Earth. When those satellites run out of gas and stop working, there's not much that can currently be done to fix them.
29 Nov

Sensuron

IDTechEx met with Sensuron In November 2019. Sensuron are a company that specialise in distributed fiber optic sensing. This is for a few applications, most notably being structural health monitoring.
15 Nov

Strobe

Strobe are developing lidar modules. The company were acquired by Cruise Automation (USA) in 2017.
14 Nov

Astronauts to Test Drive a Lunar Robot from the Space Station

Astronauts could one day remotely control Moon and Mars rovers from orbit. An upcoming test aboard the International Space Station could help make this a possibility.
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.