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2013-11-25 16:21:09

NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinciding with the SATCON Satellite Communications Conference & Expo held here November 13-14 at the Javits Convention Center, Teal Group space analysts have identified 3,164 space payloads proposed to be built and launched to earth or deep space orbits between 2013 and 2032. They estimate the value of these satellites and other space payloads at more than $235 billion. Near term, Teal analysts identify and quantify 276 proposed launches...

Planetary Resources To Announce Unprecedented Project On May 29th
2013-05-29 12:40:36

UPDATED : 12:30 CDT Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The company best known for its ambitious goal to mine asteroids announced an “unprecedented project” on Wednesday. Planetary Resources said it would be launching the world's first crowdfunded space telescope to provide "unprecedented public access to space." It added that this telescope will allow students and scientists access to the most advanced exploration technology. The company will be using...

Asteroid Mining Company Builds 24-Pound Telescope For Future Space Missions
2013-01-22 06:59:54

[Watch Video: Planetary Resources Tech Update] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An asteroid mining company this week has unveiled a space telescope it plans to implement in upcoming deep space missions. The telescope, a prototype of its Arkyd-100, is tentatively planned for a 2014 launch with the hopes of aiding in the harvest of precious metals and water from near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) by 2020. Planetary Resources is the company behind this lucrative...

2012-03-05 08:25:00

HAMPTON, Va., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Is it a mature science or a future of endless possibilities? Have we reached our limits in research and design, or is it still possible to build a better airplane? (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Tuesday, March 6, at NASA's Langley Research Center here, Mark Lewis, former Chief Scientist of the Air Force will present, "Expanding the Envelope: Challenges and Opportunities in Aerospace Research,"...

2011-05-25 09:23:42

NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun will present a lecture titled "Investments in our Future: Exploring Space through Innovation and Technology" on Wednesday, May 25, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Starting at 7:45 p.m. EDT, the lecture will be held in the Kossiakoff Center, located at 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., in Laurel, Md. Braun serves as the principal advisor and advocate on NASA matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. He received a...

2011-01-06 16:30:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) honored NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun with the Von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The award is given annually to someone who has performed notably and distinguished themselves technically in the field of astronautics. Braun was recognized for significantly advancing the understanding of the challenge of...

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2010-11-22 10:35:00

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford University Stanford researchers have completed the first successful tests in zero gravity of a canopy for CubeSats "“ the tiny satellites that hitch rides on rockets sending larger satellites into orbit. The goal is to gather data on what happens when micrometeoroids slam into a satellite. Such impacts often knock out electronic equipment on satellites. The encounters are poorly understood, but the canopies could be a first step in eventually building "black...

2010-04-19 12:51:12

Aerospace companies must consider offering newly recruited workers flexible job assignments and a variety of projects to remain competitive with other scientific fields of employment. This was among the conclusions of the "2009 Survey of Aerospace Student Attitudes" discussed at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Joint Societies Capitol Hill Reception, April 13, on Capitol Hill. Presented by Dr. Annalisa Weigel, Charles Stark Draper Career Development Assistant...

2009-02-26 07:52:00

AMARO, Italy, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurotech, a leading provider of embedded products and technologies, today announces it has entered into a 5 million dollar, multi-year contract with Astronautics for design and delivery of the embedded computing engine for Astronautics' next generation avionics systems. Eurotech Catalyst Module XL, based on the Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor, has been selected as the platform for use in a family of Astronautics' airborne products. (Logo:...

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2009-02-23 15:15:00

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing a rocket aimed at keeping satellites that orbit the Earth on their proper track. The Mini-Helicon Plasma Thruster is a newly designed, smaller rocket that experts say operates on cheaper gas than the current propellants typically used for maintaining a satellite's orbit. In fact, it is the first rocket to run on nitrogen, the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere. "It could slash fuel consumption by 10 times that...