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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Three Companies to Build New Multi-Orbit Logistics Prototype Spacecraft

Utilizing commercial technology to facilitate greater in-space mobility for the Department of Defense (DoD), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is working with three...

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Aerospace

This Avionics Computer Enables Image Data Processing, Payload Control for NASA IM-1 Mission

Aitech provided a complete avionics computer system to Intuitive Machines for the IM-1 Mission, that successfully landed on the Moon on February...

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Propulsion

Virgin Galactic Reports on Pin Detachment From Recent Spaceflight

During a routine postflight review of its most recent space flight, “Galactic 06,” Virgin Galactic determined that an alignment pin detached from the launch pylon of...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Peregrine Spacecraft Suffers Propellant Leak After Successful Rocket Launch

Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander suffered a failure within its propulsion system after deploying from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket...

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Materials

How to Select the Right Silicone for Space Applications

Selecting the right silicone manufacturer with a proven track record of extensive experience in the application and customization of space-grade silicones is as important as considering the materials’ function, purity and process requirements when choosing a silicone for space applications.

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Application Briefs
Aerospace

RS-25 Rocket Engines

Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies company, recently completed installation of all four RS-25 main engines on the core stage of NASA’s second Space Launch System (SLS) exploration rocket, binding them to a common destiny: launching humans beyond low Earth orbit for the first time in more than five decades.

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Aerospace

Air Force Receives First Joby eVTOL

The U.S. Air Force received its first electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Joby Aviation six months ahead of the expected 2024 delivery date. The delivery was completed during a September ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

RAMFIRE Project Develops, Tests 3D-Printed Aluminum Rocket Engine Nozzle

NASA recently built and tested an additively-manufactured – or 3D printed – rocket engine nozzle made of aluminum, making it lighter than conventional nozzles...

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Manned Systems

Spaceflight Operators Seek Learning Period Extension, More Flight Testing

Commercial spaceflight operations need an extension of the Federal Aviation Administration's moratorium on new regulations for space travel that expires at the...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Quantum Sensing Enters DoD Landscape in First-of-a-Kind Gyroscope Space Demonstration

The Defense Science Board identified three areas of quantum technology that will be most relevant to the Department of Defense's (DoD) technological...

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Government

New Report Finds Engine Nozzle Failure Caused Blue Origin Crash

Blue Origin's New Shepard (NS-23) must remain grounded for now, after a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigation found that the suborbital rocket system's Sept....

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Aerospace

Multi-Orbit Space Relay Communications

The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate selected Viasat to provide on-orbit space relay connectivity for its ARBALEST program, which aims to support a future space-based demonstration of operational capabilities for the Department of Defense.

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Aerospace

Ultraviolet Spacecraft Camera

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory is building two key flight camera systems for a NASA spacecraft that will explore the layer of the atmosphere where Earth meets space.

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Aerospace

11 Companies to Develop New Space Exploration 'Tipping Point' Technologies

A total of 11 U.S.-based companies will develop new technologies ranging from lunar surface power systems to tools for in-space 3D printing under NASA's sixth...

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Manned Systems

Moonlighter Satellite to Host First On-Orbit Cybersecurity Challenge

Moonlighter reached low earth orbit July 5 after a short visit at the International Space Station (ISS) and is on track for its inaugural mission: to host an on-orbit...

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Aerospace

Jupiter Moons Explorer

On April 14, 2023 the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft achieved successful lift-off from an Ariane 5 rocket en route to Jupiter.

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AR/AI

In-Space Upgrade Satellite System

Lockheed Martin’s In-Space Upgrade Satellite System (LM LINUSS™) accomplished a successful on-orbit demonstration, proving how small satellites can serve an essential role in sustaining critical space architectures.

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Manned Systems

NASA Tests Artemis II Crew Seat and Flight Suit

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and NASA worked together over the last two weeks of April 2023 along with other industry partners, such as Lockheed Martin, to test the most current...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

NASA Seeks Space Technologies for Suborbital and Orbital Flight Tests

NASA’s 2023 TechFlights solicitation is now open! Through TechFlights, researchers from U.S.-based industry, academia, and private research institutions can test...

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Power

CASE Struggles to Fulfil Expectations

The saying ‘Two steps forward, one step back’ describes the overall progress of CASE — Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrified vehicles and infrastructures. While electrification and...

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Propulsion

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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Test & Measurement

SAE International Extends Call for Abstracts, Seeks Submissions for AeroTech Conference

Engineering Events staff at SAE International in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, have extended the call for abstracts through September 21 for the...

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Articles
Manned Systems

Designing A/D Converters for the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has four infrared cameras to view the stars.

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Manned Systems

Cygnus™ Spacecraft Successfully Boosts Orbit of International Space Station

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft successfully boosted the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS). Docked to the ISS since...

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Software

Sierra Space Hoping to Revolutionize Space Exploration Xcelerator

Sierra Space, a commercial space company involved in creating and building the future of space transportation and infrastructure for Low Earth orbit (LEO)...

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Manned Systems

NASA Builds Welding Test Article for SLS Exploration Upper Stage

NASA completed manufacturing of a hydrogen tank barrel that will be tested as a weld confidence article for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s Exploration Upper Stage...

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Aerospace

Abort Motor for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Successfully Tested

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Lockheed Martin successfully performed the final full-scale ground test of the abort motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System...

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Test & Measurement

Space Industry Test Challenges

Avionics engineering teams should minimize testing time to accelerate the pace of innovation required for the next era of space exploration.

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Aerospace

Advancing Metrology at Mach Speed

Drone-mounted inspection tools are breaking barriers for the F-35.

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