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September 24, 2018 | Source: NASA Ames, nasa.gov, 11 Sep 2018
Exploring the Solar System? You May Need to Pack an Umbrella
Gearing up for its first flight test, NASA’s Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology, or ADEPT, is no ordinary umbrella. ADEPT is a foldable device that opens to make a...
September 24, 2018 | Source: Power Technology, power-technology.com, 23 July 2018, Molly Lempriere
Space Race: a Look at NASA’s New Kilopower Fission Reactor
NASA and the US Department of Energy have developed a new nuclear fission reactor design for space applications, the Kilopower. NASA successfully conducted testing and...
August 27, 2018 | Source: National Defense Magazine, nationaldefensemagazine.org, 2 July 2018, Vivienne Machi
The Potential For Agile Launch: Industry Touting Flexible Vehicle Models to Better Secure Space Assets
An array of new agile launch capabilities being developed by the commercial sector to send satellites into orbit could provide added resiliency to the U.S. space architecture...
March 12, 2018 | Source: National Defense, nationaldefensemagazine.org, 24 January 2018, Connie Lee
Air Force Pushes Ahead With Rocket Engine Efforts
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s initiative to help lessen the service’s reliance on Russia’s RD-180 rocket engine has passed a major milestone, according to service officials...
March 8, 2018 | Source: Fed Biz Ops (FBO), 7 March 2018
NASA RFI - Low Earth Orbit Flight Test – Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) Ancillary Gas Generator
The NASA Langley Research Center and Marshall Space Flight Center have released a Request for Information (RFI) related to their Low Earth Orbit Flight Test – Inflatable...
Survivability and Vulnerability
February 26, 2018 | Source: Space News, spacenews.com, 30 October 2017, Caleb Henry
SpaceX "Ties" ULA’s Annual Launch Record with 16th Launch in 2017 -"Beats" it with 17th & 18th
SpaceX’s Oct. 30 launch of the Koreasat-5A telecommunications satellite doubled the number of Falcon 9 missions completed in a single year and tied the company with United Launch...
February 8, 2018
Shortages and Risks to the U.S. Energetic Materials Supply Chain
What are the potential risks to the U.S. energetic materials supply chain? DSIAC staff conducted research on the energetic materials supply chain and provided links to a...
February 1, 2018 | Source: Georgia Institute of Technology, rh.gatech.edu, 14 Jun 2017, Josh Brown
Researchers Create 3-D Printed Tensegrity Objects Capable of Dramatic Shape Change
A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a way to use 3-D printers to create objects capable of expanding dramatically that could someday be...
January 15, 2018 | Source: The Verge, theverge.com, 7 August 2017, Loren Grush
Misconfigured Communications Equipment Prevents Rocket Lab’s First Test Rocket from Reaching Orbit
Aerospace startup Rocket Lab says it knows why the first test launch of its small rocket failed to reach orbit in May. The failure had nothing to do with the rocket itself, but...
December 18, 2017 | Source: NASA, nasa.gov, 11 October 2017, Jennifer Stanfield
First Four Space Launch System Flight Engines Ready To Rumble
The flight preparations for the four engines that will power NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) on its first integrated flight with Orion are complete and the engines are assembled...