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Britain is to take its first steps in manned space exploration as part of a massive billion-pound boost, following ESA negotiations over investment and funding. "Space is big," says minister David Willetts.
NASA and the European Space Agency have successfully tested something called the Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) protocol, which they hope will provide internet-like communications in space. They did so by controlling a Lego robot in Germany from the International Space Station.
After a successful test earlier this year, Elon Musk's private venture has begun the first of a dozen planned missions to supply and return cargo from the International Space Station.
SpaceX is preparing to launch the first private-sector flight to the International Space Station. Its Falcon 9 rocket will launch its Dragon capsule at the beginning of May
The R2B robot has undergone power testing on the International Space Station, where it will eventually help astronauts by carrying out menial and dangerous tasks
Rival smartphones have travelled on the last space shuttle flight to the International Space Station, where they will undergo tests of their usefulness in space exploration
Atlantis's mission to the International Space Station is the final flight in the 30-year-old space shuttle programme, which has pushed technology to its limits
The six windows of the International Space Station's cupola observation deck provide stunning panoramic views of Earth
A look inside the lab housing a duplicate set of the systems on the International Space Station, Nasa and Boeing check new software out before uploading it to the station
ZDNet UK's sister site silicon.com visited Johnson Space Center in Texas, touring a model of Nasa's Space Shuttle that astronauts use for training
ZDNet UK tips a hat to the tech that flies across interstellar distances, withstands subsea pressures and makes the internet work
According to a brief news release from Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, researchers from NASA and Lockheed Martin have successfully tested a software for a robotic extension device that has been shown to dramatically improve astronauts’ ability to perform remote tasks on the International Space Station (ISS).' Their usage of augmented reality has been developed to be used with the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), which is scheduled for 2008 and works in conjunction with the current Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS). And they concluded that their system should be used for space shuttle missions and on the ISS.
The countdown for the launch of space shuttle mission STS-117 is going well and a liftoff of the shuttle Atlantis tomorrow evening is highly possible. One of the goals of this NASA mission is to expand the International Space Station (ISS) by adding two 17.5 tons trusses to it. To do so, the astronauts will rely on the Space Vision System (SVS) developed by the Neptec Design Group which will provide them with position and attitude cues during assembly. Despite his busy schedule, Iain Christie, Neptec's president, talked with me today about his company, his relationship with NASA, and about the future. Below are some excerpts of our conversation.
According to Computerworld, NASA will start to test this summer if RFID technology can survive in outer space. A variety of RFID tags will be on the space shuttle Endeavour in July during a trip to the International Space Station. Then they'll be installed inside containers attached to the exterior of the ISS and stay there for a year before a return to Earth for analysis. If these initial tests are successful, NASA will check at the end of 2009 if RFID tags will work on the Moon. But the real goal is to ease the daily lives of the astronauts who will travel to Mars.
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