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New Precision Landing Software Being Tested By JPL, Masten
2013-08-13 07:22:18

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A year after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landed on Mars, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are testing a sophisticated flight-control algorithm that could allow for even more precise, pinpoint landings of future Martian spacecraft. Flight testing of the new Fuel Optimal Large Divert Guidance algorithm - G-FOLD for short - for planetary pinpoint landing is being conducted jointly by JPL engineers in cooperation with...

2013-06-24 23:27:42

First successful space launch for NASA's Flight Opportunities Program Spaceport America, New Mexico (PRWEB) June 23, 2013 The SpaceLoft rocket lifted off at 7:57 a.m. (MT), on a suborbital mission carrying six payloads for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. The six payloads represent experiments to develop and advance future technologies. Additionally, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium flew educational experiments representing students from high school through Universities....

2013-06-18 09:42:42

News media representatives are invited to witness the first research flight on a suborbital rocket funded by NASA's Flight Opportunities Program when UP Aerospace Inc.'s SpaceLoft 7 vehicle lifts off June 21 at Spaceport America near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Liftoff is scheduled to occur between 7 and 10 a.m. MDT. NASA has funded the flight for seven space-technology experiments to be flown in a space-relevant environment aboard the UP Aerospace sounding rocket. The sub-orbital flight is...

NASA Selects New Suborbital Payloads
2013-06-10 04:28:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA´s Space Technology Mission Directorate's Flight Opportunities Program has selected 21 new space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. The newest batch of projects, which were announced by the American space agency on Friday, represents the sixth cycle of their continuing call for payloads through an announcement of opportunity. To date, the...

CIBER To Help NASA Visualize Beginnings Of The Universe
2013-05-21 17:43:54

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Everything has a beginning and discovering the beginning of the universe could begin next month. On June 4, NASA will launch an experiment that could answer the question as to when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe, and how brightly these stars may have burned their fuel. Next month, scientists will look to answers with the launch of the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) on the Black Brant XII...

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Breaks Sound Barrier
2013-04-29 12:57:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo broke the sound barrier for the first time on Monday, reaching Mach 1.2 in a test flight. In a blog post today, founder of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson announced the “momentous” feat that the company had achieved. "It marks the moment when we put together two key elements of our spaceflight system — the spacecraft and its rocket motor, which have both been tested extensively by...

2013-04-17 12:12:38

For a second year, NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals for suborbital technology payloads and spacecraft capability enhancements that could help revolutionize future space missions. Selected technologies will travel to the edge of space and back on U.S. commercial suborbital vehicles and platforms, providing opportunities for testing before they are sent to work in the unforgiving environment of space. The Game Changing Opportunities in Technology...


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