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December 31, 2019 | Source: Engineering, www.engineering.com, Jody Muelaner, 13 December 2019
How the World’s First Solid State Aircraft Achieves Propulsion With No Moving Parts
Last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) made the first sustained flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft with no moving parts. It was propelled by...
December 3, 2019
Technologies and Strategies to Protect Satellites From Cyber and Electronic Warfare
What technologies and strategies are being assessed to mitigate electronic and cyber warfare threats to GPS and communication satellites in space? DSIAC was tasked to...
Survivability and Vulnerability
November 19, 2019 | Source: Scientific American, www.scientificamerican.com, Jeremy Hu, 4 November 2019
Kilometer-Long Space Tether Tests Fuel-Free Propulsion
A massive cloud of space junk—containing more than 23,000 pieces larger than 10 cm across—is currently zooming around Earth with an average speed of about 36,000 km per hour. And...
November 19, 2019 | Source: Military & Aerospace Electronics, www.militaryaerospace.com, John Keller, 21 October 2019
NASA Surveys Industry for Atmospheric Monitoring CubeSat That Will Push the Bounds of SWaP in Spacecraft
HAMPTON, VA – U.S. space researchers are surveying industry for companies able to build a small constellation of orbiting CubeSat satellites, each about the size of a shoebox, to...
November 5, 2019 | Source: Space, Space.com, Tariq Malik, 21 October 2019
Rocket Lab Aims for the Moon and Beyond With New Photon Satellite Platform
WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab is shooting for the moon, literally. The small-satellite launch startup announced today (October 21) that its new Photon satellite platform will be able to...
October 22, 2019 | Source: Newsweek, Newsweek.com, Hannah Osborne, 14 October 2019
NASA Engineer Proposes "Helical Engine" for Interstellar Travel With No Propellant
An engineer who works for NASA has put forward a proposal for a new way to travel through interstellar space—a "helical engine" that could, potentially, push a spacecraft forward...
October 8, 2019 | Source: 3D Print, 3D Print.com, Bridget O' Neal, 29 September 2019
Basalt Fiber-Reinforced ABS: Researchers Develop Thermoplastic Composite for Use in Space
In the recently published "Development and Mechanical Properties of Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene for In-Space Manufacturing Applications," we learn more...
October 8, 2019 | Source: Wired, Wired.com, Daniel Oberhaus, 27 September 2019
NASA Wants to Send Nuclear Rockets to the Moon and Mars
Just north of the Tennessee River near Huntsville, AL, there’s a six-story rocket test stand in a small clearing of loblolly pines. It’s here, in a secluded corner of NASA’s...
September 10, 2019 | Source: www.defenseworld.net, 22 August 2019
DARPA to Develop Advanced Tiny Chip-Scale Atomic Clocks for Military PNT Applications
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is presently working on an advanced version of its first-generation, battery-powered, miniature chip-scale atomic clock (CSAC)...
August 27, 2019 | Source: Interesting Engineering, Chris Young, 12 August 2019
NASA's Orion Spacecraft Has Passed a Critical Propulsion Test
What happens if a spacecraft encounters problems in the vacuum of space? While space travel can be very dangerous, there are plenty of fail-safes. NASA, in fact, is carrying out...