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2014-04-30 23:14:57

Spaceflight continues to advance cost-effective “rideshare” services for the small-satellite industry with first-ever launch of SHERPA platform and in-space tug. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 Spaceflight Inc., the company reinventing the model for launching small satellites into space, today announced it has secured a launch service agreement to orbit its “SHERPA” hosted payload and in-space transportation system. Spaceflight’s inaugural SHERPA mission will deploy up to...

Equipped with New Sensors, Morpheus Lander Preps To Tackle Its Own Landing
2014-04-25 03:46:30

[ Watch The Video: NASA’s Morpheus Lander Completes 8th Free Flight ] Steven Siceloff, NASA A test flight later this week will challenge a set of sensors to map out a 65-yard square of boulder-sized hazards and pick out a safe place to land. Mounted to an uncrewed prototype lander called Morpheus that flies autonomously several hundred feet above the ground, the sensor system will have 10 seconds to do its work: six seconds really, as it will take four seconds to map the area...

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...

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...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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