NASA’s deep space exploration system is coming together

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NASA shares an update about its next generation launch system, SLS

NASA is working on a next-generation launch system called Space Launch System, or SLS, hoping to create a transport system to take astronauts of the future to the Moon and beyond. Design and manufacturing for SLS was already underway last year, and now NASA has announced their progress towards the first mission for the new system, Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) in 2020.

The first part of the new system is a crew capsule called Orion. Engineers are currently working on stacking the crew and service modules together and checking that they operate harmoniously. Once these fitting tests are complete, the stacked modules will be taken to NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Ohio where they will be tested in a thermal vacuum and against electromagnetic interference. Then the modules will return to the Kennedy Space Center for final testing before they are integrated with SLS.

  • Publisher: Digital Trends
  • Date: 2019-03-10T10:50:13-07:00
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Rather than a threat, SpaceX is exactly what NASA needs

At almost 3 a.m. local time Saturday, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft launched on board one of the company’s reusable Falcon 9 Rockets, from’NASA’s Kennedy Space Flight Center in Florida.

The Crew Dragon is the first American spacecraft able to carry astronauts to have launched since the space shuttle was retired. It will now continue on its journey to dock with the International Space Station on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the Falcon 9’s rocket’s first stage has already landed on a droneship in the middle of the Atlantic, for future reuse ‘ an innovation by SpaceX that has greatly reduced the cost of the launches. So far, they’ve successfully recovered over half of the Falcon 9 Rockets they’ve launched.

  • Publisher: The Westside Story
  • Date: 2019-03-03T04:47:59+00:00
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NASA is going back to the future with nuclear rockets

Tucked into the recent spending bill that was passed by Congress is a line item for $100 million for NASA to develop nuclear thermal rocket engines,’according to a recent article in Space News. The space agency has dabbled in nuclear rockets off and on since the early 1960s. However, NASA plans to conduct a flight demonstration by 2024 is new.

Deep space dial-up: How NASA speeds up its interplanetary communications

On November 26, 2018 at 2:52:59 ET, NASA did it again‘the agency’s InSight probe successfully landed on Mars after an entry, descent, and landing maneuver later dubbed “six and a half minutes of terror.’ The moniker fits because NASA engineers couldn’t know right away whether the spacecraft had made it safely down to the surface because of the current time delay (roughly 8.1 minutes) for communications between Earth and Mars. During that window of time, InSight couldn’t rely on its more modern, high-powered antennas’instead, everything depended on old-fashioned UHF communications (the same method long utilized in everything from TV antennas and walkie-talkies to Bluetooth devices).

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