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March 11, 2019 | Source: SpaceX, spacex.com, 4 March 2019
NASA Commercial Crew Program and SpaceX Dragon Demo 1 Mission to ISS Herald Next-Gen Human Spaceflight
At 2:49 a.m. EST on March 2, SpaceX launched Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight...
January 28, 2019 | Source: University of Central Florida Today News, today.ucf.edu, Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, 10 January 2019
Steam-Powered Asteroid Hoppers Developed Through University of Central Florida (UCF) Collaboration
By using steam rather than fuel, the microwave-size spacecraft prototype can theoretically explore celestial objects "forever." Using steam to propel a spacecraft from asteroid to...
INTRODUCTION When addressing the National Space Council on June 18, 2018, President Trump made clear his spacefaring vision for America when he said: “My administration is...
January 3, 2019 | Source: New York Times, nytimes.com, Steven Lee Myers and Zoe Mou, 2 January 2019
‘New Chapter’ in Space Exploration as China Reaches Far Side of the Moon
BEIJING — China reached a milestone in space exploration on Thursday, landing a vehicle on the far side of the moon for the first time in history, the country’s space agency...
November 19, 2018 | Source: U.S. Army, arl.army.mil, 26 Oct 2018, ARL Public Affairs
Army, Arizona State University (ASU) Team on New Alloy With Superhero-Like Strength
Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and ASU have teamed up on a new material composition that super heroes, if real, would envy. They've designed a super strong...
Survivability and Vulnerability
November 5, 2018 | Source: Imperial College London, imperial.ac.uk, Duncan Swinscow-Hall, 1 February 2018
Graphene and Silk Show Potential as Armor of the Future
A team of Imperial alumni and postdocs are combining silk with graphene to produce next generation armor for people, vehicles and buildings. “If you were shot by a handgun, Kevlar...
Survivability and Vulnerability
October 26, 2018
The Pintle That Will Change the World
"The ability of this pintle to simply and efficiently inject a multitude of hypergolic fuels and throttle them from five percent all the way to full throttle is very exciting. It...
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...