Latest Project Constellation Stories

2010-08-20 10:10:00

Construction on a spacecraft initially designed to be part of the Constellation project continues, despite the cancellation of the proposed return to the moon by President Barack Obama, according to reports by the astronomy website Space.com.The Orion space capsule and the Ares rocket are still in development at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), notes Senior Writer Clara Moskowitz--even though potential uses for them are uncertain at best, considering the program that...

2010-08-18 12:04:00

HAMPTON, Va., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If ping-pong balls can float a sunken boat, they should be able to keep an uncrewed space capsule simulator from sinking. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100818/DC52151) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100818/DC52151) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Right? That's what a team of summer students and engineers think at...

2010-08-11 09:40:00

PROMONTORY, Utah, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and NASA will test the second fully developed Ares five-segment solid rocket motor, known as Development Motor-2 (DM-2). The five-segment rocket motor is an upgraded version of the Shuttle's 4-segment booster, and has also been identified as a key element of NASA's future Heavy Lift Launch vehicle. Horizontal ground test firing of Ares What: DM-2 Date: Tuesday August 31,...

2010-08-02 09:19:15

It was a perfect STORRM. On Tuesday, July 20, NASA and its industry partners Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., successfully demonstrated a new sensor technology that will make it easier and safer for spacecraft to rendezvous and dock to the International Space Station. This new docking navigation system prototype consists of an eye-safe lidar Vision Navigation Sensor, or VNS, a high-definition docking camera, as well as the avionics and flight...

2010-07-30 07:00:00

DENVER, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today applauded the recent actions taken by House and Senate NASA oversight committees as Congress moves forward on a bi-partisan spending plan for NASA. This important legislation provides an achievable path forward for a robust human space flight program that continues the Orion crew exploration vehicle to help achieve that goal and includes funding for advancements in technology that will ensure U.S. leadership in space. "We...

2010-07-26 07:00:00

BOULDER, Colo., July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and NASA conducted a successful technology demonstration of an inventive navigation system that will make docking operations safer and easier for spacecraft flying to the International Space Station (ISS). The demonstration that took place at the Ball facility in Boulder, Colo., showcased the dynamic nature of the sensors by simulating crewed and uncrewed docking...

2010-07-21 08:45:00

Aerospace engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center are conducting a series of wind tunnel tests to develop technology for future human space exploration. Using a six percent scale Orion model, featuring complex moving parts, engineers are simulating various launch abort conditions the spacecraft might encounter during ascent to characterize the effects of launch abort and control motor plumes on the aerodynamics of the Orion spacecraft. One of the critical aspects of human space flight is the...

2010-07-20 09:40:00

During a media briefing at the Farnborough (UK) Airshow on Monday, the Boeing Company released artist's renderings of a new spacecraft that could be used to shuttle people to the International Space Station (ISS)--or perhaps, one day, even transport individuals to private space stations. The mock-ups of the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft were unveiled by the Chicago, Illinois-based aerospace and defense company. They illustrate a cone-shaped craft that is similar in design to...

2010-07-16 06:40:00

After months of debate about the future of the U.S. space program, the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation committee unanimously passed a plan on Thursday to postpone retirement of the nation's fleet of space shuttles. The authorization bill was part of a job-saving compromise to president Obama's directive to end NASA's program to return astronauts to the moon.  The retirement of the space shuttle fleet, which had been slated for next year, had threatened thousands of jobs at...

2010-07-07 08:00:00

PROMONTORY, Utah, July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Engineers and technicians at Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and NASA have completed installation work on the second Ares I First Stage five-segment Development Motor (DM-2), in preparation for its static-fire, which is currently scheduled for early September. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100707/CG31370) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100707/CG31370) The Ares I First Stage is the largest solid rocket motor...

Latest Project Constellation Reference Libraries

2009-07-06 14:36:56

Orion is a spacecraft design that is being developed by the United States space agency NASA. When completed, each Orion spacecraft will carry a crew of up to six astronauts. Along with Orion, the Ares I launch vehicle is also being developed. Orion and Ares I are both part of NASA's Project Constellation. The project should be complete in 2010, when NASA wants to start planning on sending human explorers back to the Moon, and eventually Mars and other celestial bodies in the Solar System....

2009-07-06 12:14:43

Project Constellation is a spaceflight program run by NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The program goals are to continue significant operations away from Earth's environment, to develop technologies needed for expanding exploration of space, and to continue conducting fundamental science. Project Constellation was developed by the Exploration Systems Architecture Study, which established how NASA would pursue the goals from the Vision for Space Exploration and the...

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