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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Ball Aerospace Starts Final Assembly of Space Force's Next Generation Operational Weather Satellite

Ball Aerospace completed the spacecraft bus for the Weather System Follow-on-Microwave (WSF-M) satellite, the U.S. Space Force's...

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Aerospace

Airbus Developing New Laser Communication Terminal for Military Aircraft

Airbus and VDL Group have signed a partnership agreement for the development and manufacturing of a laser communication terminal for aircraft, known as UltraAir....

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Aerospace

How to Manufacture Your Own Spacecraft

NASA Goddard shares a step-by-step process for producing a fresh new satellite — learn how 'PACE' is constructed and will be used for studying Earth's atmosphere and ocean health.

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Energy

The Space Solar Power Demonstrator Has Launched

On January 3rd, the Caltech Space Solar Power Project (SSPP) launched into orbit a prototype, dubbed the Space Solar Power Demonstrator (SSPD), which will test several key...

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Aerospace

InSight Mission Retired by NASA After Four Years on Mars

NASA has officially declared an end to the InSight mission, after recent attempts to communicate with the Mars lander were unsuccessful. The agency made the declaration on Dec. 15,...

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Internet of Things

How Much Do You Know About GPS and its History?

Do you know the history of GPS? Take this quiz to find out.

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Design

Modular and Reconfigurable Robots for Assembly of Structures

In-space and planetary surface assembly for human exploration is a challenging domain that encompasses various technological thrusts to support human missions.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Lightweight Crane Technology for the Moon

A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.

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Medical

An Investigation to Test Remote-Controlled Drug-Delivery Implant Launched on SpaceX CRS-26

A new remotely controlled drug-delivery implant could one day provide extended, adjustable medication for patients — even those on spacecraft headed for Mars.

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Energy

Multi-Layer Nuclear Thermionic Avalanche Cell

The invention consists of several NTAC layers arranged in a radially concentric series separated by a vacuum gap space.

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Aerospace

Top 5 Tech Briefs Quizzes of 2022

See Tech Briefs’ top-performing quizzes of 2022.

Technology & Society
Aerospace

Small But Mighty: Stratospheric Microballooons

A zero-emission reusable stratospheric balloon developed by Urban Sky for remote sensing could one day be used for real-time wildfire monitoring.

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Software

How to Analyze Spacecraft Thermal Performance with COMSOL®

Being able to predict and optimize designs and processes for spacecraft and satellites is critical. New advances in single-physics and fully coupled multiphysics modeling...

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Design

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Engineers

Gift giving always induces anxiety. It’s never easy to pick a present that someone will enjoy, especially if the recipient is an engineer.

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Test & Measurement

Testing for Ancient Life on Mars

NASA and the European Space Agency are developing plans for one of the most ambitious space campaigns: bringing the first samples of Mars material safely back to Earth. The samples being collected...

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Test & Measurement

Test Stand 1-C’s Upgrades

The historic Test Stand 1-C, run by Edwards Air Force Base’s Rocket Propulsion Division, is undergoing major renovations to better support its mission to safely and effectively test rockets.

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Aerospace

Orion Spacecraft Launched to Moon on Historic Artemis I Mission

With the backdrop of a Florida starlit sky, NASA's Artemis I mission, with the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft on top, launched to the Moon and propelled the world...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Spacecraft to Remove Orbital Debris

Innovators at NASA Johnson Space Center have designed an Active Debris Removal Vehicle that can remove large orbital debris from low-Earth orbit.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Automated RF Interference Mitigation System

Innovators from the NASA Glenn Research Center developed a software-based automated RFI mitigation system to increase communication reliability.

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Power

Solid Electrolyte–Based Microthrusters for Precision Propulsion

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing a novel microthruster that could provide easy-to-control propulsion during spaceflight.

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Aerospace

How Artemis I Launched

The Artemis I launch took place at Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with support from University of Central Florida alums, faculty, and students. However, it didn’t go off without a hitch.

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Energy

Beaming Clean Energy from Space

Once considered science fiction, technology capable of collecting solar power in space and beaming it to Earth to provide a global supply of clean and affordable energy is moving closer to reality. Through...

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Aerospace

Test Your Knowledge About 3D Printing in Space

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the rise of 3D printing in space and its future outlook.

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Aerospace

Charlotte Rocketry Team Breaks NASA Record

Over the past decade, Charlotte's Rocketry Team has developed into a national force in the NASA Student Launch Initiative Competition, winning multiple times.

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Motion Control

DART Hits Asteroid Bull's Eye

On September 26, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, DART, crashed into the moon of an asteroid to change its speed and orbit. It was intentional, of course, to prove that it’s possible to use...

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Energy

Reliable Power for Long-Term Lunar Surface Operations

To open the Moon to continuous multi-year human and robotic operation, Astrobotic is developing LunaGrid™ — a commercial power system for the surface of the Moon.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

2022 Create the Future Design Contest: Aerospace & Defense Category Winner — The Well-Dressed Spacecraft

The sustainability crisis extends to low-Earth Orbit (LEO), where human-made debris poses a ubiquitous threat.

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Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems Ready to Meet Hypersonics Industrial Challenge

Spirit AeroSystems is making significant advances in meeting the challenge of providing the next generation of high-temperature solutions to support the development and...