The space agency is hoping technologies such as 3D printers can lower the cost of space hardware.
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The Space Launch System (SLS) is NASA's next-generation rocket system that will serve as the centerpiece for deep space exploration for the coming decades.
Doc has been a big fan of eBooks since they first started hitting the scene back in 1998 with the Rocket Ebook (which I still have in my "closet of failed technology"). The impact of eBooks will go well beyond their current use as a vehicle for Amazon and Borders to deliver best sellers and could have a big impact on the corporate market. Imagine a time when product catalogs, dealer support materials, repair manuals, and other frequently changed field publications can go out electronically and bypass the printing process entirely.
NASA and General Motors are collaborating on next generation robot technology. This robot, dubbed Robonaut 2 or R2 for short, could be your co-worker someday.
NASA's next-gen rocket engines roared upward for about two minutes and sent the test Ares I-X on a successful flight of about 150 miles.
In early January, my wife Rachel and I visited Kennedy Space Center, on Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral, Florida. Having never been to a NASA facility before, I was absolutely blown away by the technology and exhibits.
Obama will tear down walls between NASA and the Defense Dept, scrapping the Ares rocket in favor of Pentagon rocket power.
The first satellites were launched about 50 years ago as a way to conquer space. Now, satellites are essential for our civilian and military communications. But they remain large and expensive, some of them costing several hundreds of millions of dollars. This is why researchers from the University of Florida (UF) are building small satellites able to work as a team to take multiple and distributed measurements or observations of weather phenomena for example. These small satellites should cost only about $100,000 to produce. The first one should be launched next year by a NASA rocket and should not be larger than a softball. The goal is to mass-produce these satellites to even reduce their costs. But read more...
The Ikhana unmanned aircraft system has been used by NASA last year to fight wildfires from the sky and this month to provide images of current Californian wildfires to authorities. But Ikhana is also used to evaluate advanced sensing technology installed on its wings to improve its efficiency. The new sensors, which incorporate fiber optic sensing technology, are located side by side with traditional sensors. As said one NASA researcher, 'there are 3,000 sensors on Ikhana that are imperceptibly small because they're located on fibers approximately the diameter of a human hair.' But read more...
For its space missions, NASA wants astronauts with excellent vision without corrective lenses or glasses. This doesn't prevent its Vision Science and Technology Group to study human vision of ordinary people like you and me. Two members of this group recently discovered that a new formula connecting optical quality with visual acuity could lead to automatic eyeglasses prescriptions. The researchers also said this 'could also enable surgeons to more accurately assess and correct the vision of patients undergoing LASIK or refractive surgery.' But read more...
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is using satellite imagery to peer into the ancient Mexican past. Bill Middleton, an archeologist, is teaming up with computer scientists to build the most detailed landscape map of the southern state of Oaxaca in order to learn more about the Zapotec civilization. According to Middleton, who probably spoke only about Mexico, the Zapotec people 'had the first writing system, the first state society, the first cities.' The project is funded by National Geographic and NASA which is providing three years of images taken by Earth Observing 1 and Landsat satellites. But read more...
The US space agency is hoping for a petaflop...
Any work NASA is doing to return to the moon is "silly," Burt Rutan, the engineer who won the Ansari X Prize for a suborbital rocket plane, told a panel at CalTech on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the space program, News.com reports.
A technology developed for NASA to conserve water for plant growth during long-term space flights has been adapted by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) to serve another purpose. Now, crops can tell farmers they need water. The farmers just need to clip a tiny sensor to their potato or corn leaves. When the plant feels it needs some moisture, data from the leaves will be sent wirelessly over the Internet to computers linked to irrigation equipment. This should save millions of dollars per year in Colorado only, and it will also be eco-friendly by reducing the amounts of water used for irrigation.
Hewlett-Packard was awarded a seven-year $5.6 billion contract by NASA to deliver technology to other U.
Pasadena, Calif.-based Ecliptic Enterprises builds cameras that are attached to rockets and space shuttles. See footage from the cameras and hear from the company's CEO, speaking to CNET News.com's Zamir Haider on Tuesday during the NASA Technology Showcase at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Start-up Ecotality taps NASA technology for a system that can feed a vehicle's fuel cell on-demand.Images: Hydratus at work
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.
In case you don't remember, the Webb Space Telescope will replace Hubble, probably after 2011, and should be able to catch phenomena which happened 13.5 billion light-years ago. At these distances, the instruments onboard will need to be more precise than ever. This is why NASA has developed a new technology based on microshutters for a better focus of distant galaxies. These arrays of microshutters, composed of more than 62,000 individual shutters measuring 100 by 200 microns, will allow scientists to systematically block out light that they do not want, allowing the large-format detector to measure infrared spectra optimally.
Even NASA knows that it can't always rely on satellite imaging when a natural disaster strikes. This is why Igor Carron, Assistant Director of the Spacecraft Technology Center at Texas A&M University (TAMU), recently used a stratospheric balloon with several of his students. They've used a simple point-and-shoot digital camera to record hundreds of images over New Mexico. And by using inexpensive commercial software, they've stitched together these images to create large panoramas of up to 150 km which are as accurate as the more expensive maps produced by NASA or companies such as DigitalGlobe which sells data to Google. Igor predicts that "traditional GIS will be replaced by user fed data and applications" and that his project is just the beginning of "remote sensing for the people by the people." Here are some excerpts of a conversation I had with him.