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 MarCO Cubesats Move Past Mars

MarCO Cubesats Move Past Mars

MarCO-B, one of the experimental Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took this image of Mars from about 4,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) away during its flyby of the Red Planet on Nov. 26, 2018.


 Rising to the Challenge: Winning Idea Headed to Space

Rising to the Challenge: Winning Idea Headed to Space

The annual Space Exploration Masters is a competition to stimulate innovation in all aspects of space exploration.


 Future Uses For 3D Printing In Space

Future Uses For 3D Printing In Space

Astronauts venturing deep into space could receive medical treatments using 3D-printed skin, bone and - one day - entire organs, according to a leading group of 3D bioprinting experts who gathered at ESA's technical heart


 Third ASPIRE Test Confirms Mars 2020 Parachute a Go

Third ASPIRE Test Confirms Mars 2020 Parachute a Go

In the early hours of Sept. 7, NASA broke a world record.


 Dellingr: The Little CubeSat That Could

Dellingr: The Little CubeSat That Could

Zipping through the sky 250 miles up is a shoebox-sized bundle of detectors and electronics named Dellingr.


 Testing Satellite Servicing Technologies

Testing Satellite Servicing Technologies

Satellites are crucial to everyday life and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to manufacture and launch. Currently, they are simply decommissioned when they run out of fuel.


 Public Competition to Sharpen Views From Proba-V Minisatellite

Public Competition to Sharpen Views From Proba-V Minisatellite

ESA is challenging 'citizen scientists' to apply the latest AI and image processing techniques to upscale images acquired by the Earth-watching Proba-V minisatellite.


 NASA's Foldable Heatshield

NASA's Foldable Heatshield

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 round, rigid heat shield, called an aeroshell.


 Testing 3D-printed Metal Parts For Space

Testing 3D-printed Metal Parts For Space

3D-printed metal parts produced through a Europe-wide collaboration of high-performance industrial sectors have undergone extensive testing for space use - tested to destruction in many cases - by ESA's specialist advanced manufacturing lab in the UK.


 Ph.D. Student Develops Spinning Heat Shield For Future Spacecraft

Ph.D. Student Develops Spinning Heat Shield For Future Spacecraft

A University of Manchester PhD student has developed a prototype flexible heat shield for spacecraft that could reduce the cost of space travel and even aid future space missions to Mars.


 Students Participate in 10th Anniversary of the Student Rocket Launch

Students Participate in 10th Anniversary of the Student Rocket Launch

United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Ball Aerospace once again collaborated on a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program with a rocket launch over southeastern Colorado.


 RainCube Ready For Launch

RainCube Ready For Launch

The next cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station will be carrying among its supplies and experiments three cereal box-sized satellites that will be used to test and demonstrate the next generation of Earth-observing technology.


 What Happens After Launch: Two NASA Educational CubeSats

What Happens After Launch: Two NASA Educational CubeSats

A small group of students recently got to experience a rare, spaceflight thrill: seeing if the tiny satellite, called a CubeSat, they designed and built not only survived a rocket launch to space but also successfully gathered and transmitted data once on orbit.


 X-ray Navigation Considered for Possible CubeSat Mission

X-ray Navigation Considered for Possible CubeSat Mission

A team led by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory plans to include X-ray Navigation technology on a proposed CubeSat mission to the Moon. NASA engineers are now studying the possibly of adding the capability to future human-exploration spacecraft.


 NASA Deep Space CubeSats Are Alive And Well

NASA Deep Space CubeSats Are Alive And Well

NASA has received radio signals indicating that the first-ever CubeSats headed to deep space are alive and well.


 Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

NASA and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.


 Dellingr Spacecraft Baselined for CubeSat Mission to Van Allen Belts

Dellingr Spacecraft Baselined for CubeSat Mission to Van Allen Belts

A new CubeSat mission -- GTOSat -- will not only provide key observations of the environmentally forbidding radiation belts that encircle Earth, it will provide initial steps of a new technological vision.


 Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics and Computer Science

Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics and Computer Science

Students from universities and community colleges across the nation recently participated in third annual Swarmathon.


 CubeSat to Test Instrument for Crystal Clear Data Collection

CubeSat to Test Instrument for Crystal Clear Data Collection Video in Story

When the validation mission for a satellite the size of a cereal box launches in May, it will test a small component in space that could have big benefits for future NASA satellite missions.


 Astrophysics CubeSat Demonstrates Big Potential in a Small Package

Astrophysics CubeSat Demonstrates Big Potential in a Small Package

The ASTERIA satellite, which was deployed into low-Earth orbit in November, is only slightly larger than a box of cereal, but it could be used to help astrophysicists study planets orbiting other stars.



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