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Tile Makers Creating Orion Shield
2012-03-07 04:41:41

Workers recently began cutting and coating the first thermal protection system tiles — part of the heat shield that will protect an Orion spacecraft during an upcoming flight test which will simulate the re-entry speed and heating of returning from deep space. The tiles are made of the same material and coating as those used on the space shuttle's belly. On Orion, however, the tiles will be placed along the sides and top of the conical spacecraft. A separate heat shield akin to the...

Origin Of Namibian Space Ball Not So Mysterious
2011-12-23 13:14:25

Namibian authorities have recently announced the discovery of a large metallic ball which they say fell from the sky and landed in the country´s remote northern grasslands in mid-November. After conducting a number of tests on the mysterious sphere, the baffled Namibian government opted to contact NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) this week. Following their initial examinations of the object, the nation´s police deputy inspector general Vilho Hifindaka stated that the...

NASA Develops New Game-Changing Technology
2011-11-19 04:00:41

Two NASA California centers have been selected to develop new space-aged technologies that could be game-changers in the way we look at planets from above and how we safely transport robots or humans through space and bring them safely back to Earth. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will use advanced compound semiconductor materials to develop new technologies for the High Operating Temperature Infrared Sensor Demonstration. The higher the temperature at which an...

European Experts Follow Satellite Reentry
2011-09-27 07:09:19

ESA closely monitored the reentry on 24 September of the UARS observatory satellite. The Agency's Space Debris Office worked with NASA and international partners in a coordinated prediction and risk-assessment exercise. NASA's non-operational Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) reentered Earth's atmosphere on 24 September 2011 between 05:23 and 07:09 CEST. The precise reentry time and location of debris impacts from the 5.6-tonne satellite have not been determined. No injuries or...

Is Another Disabled Satellite Headed for Earth
2011-09-26 04:16:56

  On the heels of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite's (UARS) splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, Telegraph reporter Andy Bloxham warned over the weekend that a second satellite is headed for Earth and should re-enter our planet's atmosphere sometime next month. The craft in question is the Röntgensatellit (aka the ROSAT), a 2.4-ton space telescope that was originally constructed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and was disabled after its guidance system failed...

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2011-06-29 10:42:19

A spacecraft control flap designed for the super-heated hypersonic fall through Earth's atmosphere has come through testing in the world's largest plasma wind tunnel to be ready for its first flight next year. This flap and its advanced sensors are destined to fly on ESA's Expert "“ the European Experimental Reentry Testbed "“ a blunt-nosed capsule being shot up to the edge of space next spring on a Russian Volna rocket to gather data on atmospheric reentry at 5 km/s. Expert...

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2011-06-22 09:15:00

ESA and Thales Alenia Space Italia announced an agreement Tuesday at the Paris Air & Space Show to begin building the IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle for its mission into space in 2013. Europe's ambition for a spacecraft to return autonomously from low orbit is a cornerstone for a wide range of space applications, including space transportation, exploration and robotic servicing of space infrastructure. This goal will be achieved with IXV, which is the next step from the...

2011-05-13 09:30:00

DENVER, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) aeroshell and cruise stage were delivered to Kennedy Space Center, Fla. yesterday. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) built the aeroshell and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory built the cruise stage. The aeroshell will encapsulate and protect the Curiosity rover during its deep space cruise to Mars, and from the intense heat and friction that will be generated as the system descends through the Martian atmosphere. PHOTOS:...

2011-05-09 07:00:00

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Weight reduction has become an increasingly important enabler for fuel economy improvement and emissions reduction. The concurrent use of engine downsizing strategies and the proliferation of turbocharging creates a need for more effective and lightweight thermal management products to protect heat sensitive electronics and materials under the hood. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110509/DE97166 ) Federal-Mogul Corporation...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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