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2014-03-14 12:21:45

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., on the afternoon of Monday, March 17, for demonstrations of and briefings on select aeronautics and space research activities performed at the center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media are invited to attend Bolden's tour of the laboratory used for research on volleyball-sized free-flying satellites...

NASA Names David W. Miller As New Chief Technologist
2014-03-13 14:26:42

Sarah Ramsey, NASA NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday that David W. Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., has been named the agency’s new Chief Technologist. As chief technologist, he will be Bolden's principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. “David’s passion for discovery and innovation is a valuable asset as we move forward...

2014-03-13 12:20:34

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday that David W. Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., has been named the agency's new Chief Technologist. As chief technologist, he will be Bolden's principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs....

2014-03-11 12:20:54

Paves the Way for Future Deep Space Missions Including Asteroid Exploration PALO ALTO, Calif., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a breakthrough that will help make it possible for astronauts and robots to work together in deep space, researchers at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Advanced Technology Center (ATC), working with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station, have demonstrated coordinated control of robots in space by astronauts in space and operators on the...

SPHERES Flying Circles Around Ordinary Satellites
2014-02-17 11:58:45

[ Watch The Video: The ISS SPHERES Facility ] Laura Niles - NASA These are, in fact, the droids that NASA and its research partners are looking for. Inspired by a floating droid battling Luke Skywalker in the film Star Wars, the free-flying satellites known as Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying aboard the International Space Station since Expedition 8 in 2003. Although there have been numerous SPHERES investigations...

Space Droids Battle To Save Our Planet
2014-01-21 11:52:05

[ Watch The Video: Zero Robotics Competition 2013 ] ESA A comet heading towards Earth threatens humanity’s existence – that was the virtual scenario of this year’s Zero Robotics tournament. Secondary-school students from across Europe controlled miniature satellites on the International Space Station in a competition to save our planet. The Space Station was turned into a playing field for the finals. The ultimate robot game challenged youngsters to write algorithms that...

2014-01-16 20:21:06

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will participate in the fifth annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge Friday, Jan. 17, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, Mass. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST. The agency will join in the event with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, MIT, the European Space Agency, the...

2014-01-13 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An experiment designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Florida Institute of Technology is among the cargo which arrived to the International Space Station Sunday on the Orbital-1 cargo resupply mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The experiment, entitled "SPHERES-Slosh," is part of the SPHERES-Slosh payload. This experiment seeks to...

2013-08-13 12:21:02

Electromagnetic propulsion could exponentially expand satellite capabilities by providing a propellant-less formation flight technology. COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New electromagnetic propulsion technology being tested by the University of Maryland's Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory (SPPL) on the International Space Station could revolutionize the capabilities of satellites and future spacecraft by reducing reliance on propellants and extending...

2013 Zero Robotics Tournament Mini Satellites
2013-07-05 09:40:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is inviting European students to participate in the annual Zero Robotics tournament, giving kids a chance to play a robot game on the International Space Station (ISS). The Zero Robotics tournament turns the orbiting laboratory into a playing field for students to control mini satellites, known as SPHERES, with self-developed software. These volleyball-sized satellites move around the space station using 12 jets powered by...