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NASA Engineers Compete In Unmanned Aircraft Challenge
2013-09-20 14:04:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to push people outside their comfort zones. That’s the idea behind NASA’s recent unmanned aircraft competition held at the Kennedy Space Center. To win the competition, engineers had to build and pilot a radio-controlled aircraft through a series of search-and-rescue tasks. The aircraft had to be able to use sensors to identify the wreckage of an aircraft, a model "black box" and...

NASA To Start Testing Space Launch System Engines
2013-09-06 11:27:38

[ Watch The Video - One Final Test for J-2X Engine No. 10002 ] NASA All sights are set on testing RS-25 engines that will power NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) following completion of a series of hotfire tests on the next-generation J-2X engine Sept. 5. NASA conducted a 330-second test fire of the J-2X rocket engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. The stand now will be prepared to house and test RS-25 engines, beginning...

3D Printed Rocket Component Blazes To Life In New Firing Test
2013-08-28 04:28:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The largest 3D printed rocket engine component ever tested by NASA produced a record 20,000 pounds of thrust during an engine firing last Thursday, officials at the US space agency have revealed. The component tested during the engine firing was an injector, which delivers propellants used to power an engine and provides the thrust required to launch rockets into space, NASA explained. During the test, liquid oxygen and gaseous...

Backplane For The James Webb Space Telescope Arrived At Marshall
2013-08-24 05:52:03

NASA A major piece of the James Webb Space Telescope, the mirror's primary backplane support, arrived Aug. 22 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., for testing in the X-ray and Cryogenic Test Facility. The backplane is the backbone of the telescope, supporting its 18 beryllium mirrors, instruments and other elements while the telescope is looking into deep space. The Webb Telescope is the world's next-generation space observatory and successor to the Hubble Space...

Impact Of Deep Space Atomic Clock Project Highlighted By 'Sammy the Second'
2013-08-19 07:47:12

NASA A new video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., uses an engaging animated character named "Sammy the Second" to explore the value and potential impact of the innovative Deep Space Atomic Clock project -- a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission to revolutionize deep-space navigation. The 4-minute video illustrates the role of time in calculating explorers' positions -- from early seafarers who circumnavigated the globe using clocks and the stars, to modern,...

NASA's Space Launch System Program Preliminary Design Review
2013-08-02 11:34:22

NASA [ Watch The Video - Preliminary Design Review Completed at NASA ] NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) Program recently completed its preliminary design review, commonly referred to as PDR. A quick inquiry of "What is PDR?" on a search engine pulls up everything from dent repairs to a physicians' reference guide on prescription medications. So, what exactly is PDR when you're talking about building the world's most powerful rocket? And why is it important to the future of space...


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Owen Garriott
2012-10-02 10:26:07

Owen Garriott is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He was born Owen Kay Garriott on November 22, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1948 he graduated from Enid High School and then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1953. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and worked his way to the role of officer. However, just three years later Garriott decided to leave the Navy to pursue a higher...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Wernher von Braun (March 23, 1912 - June 16, 1977) was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States. His work on the Nazi rocket program made him a controversial figure. The controversy was captured in a song by satirist Tom Lehrer, who described him as "A man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience". He was born on in Wirsitz, Posen, Germany and his mother gave him a telescope upon his Lutheran confirmation. His interest in astronomy...

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