Category Archives: Technology

Origami used to design ultra-compact solar arrays

BYU engineers have teamed up with a world-renowned origami expert to solve one of space exploration’s greatest (and most ironic) problems: lack of space. Working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team of mechanical engineering students and faculty have designed … Continue reading

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Building a Lunar Base with 3D Printing

31 January 2013. Copyright European Space Agency (ESA). Reproduced with permission. Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners … Continue reading

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Spurring Economic Growth and Competitiveness Through NASA Derived Technologies

(Washington, DC) — On July 12 the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing entitled, “Spurring Economic Growth and Competitiveness through NASA Derived Technologies.” The purpose of the hearing was to highlight … Continue reading

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NASA's "Ride the Light" Program

NASA has selected two game-changing space technology projects for development. The larger of the two awards has gone to NASA’s “Ride the Light” concept which seeks to provide external power on demand for aerospace vehicles and other applications. The concept … Continue reading

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Orbital Propellant Depots: Building the Interplanetary Highway

by John K. Strickland, Jr. August 5, 2011, was a highly significant date in the history of the space program. On that date, NASA announced contracts awarded to four aerospace companies to define demonstration missions to test the capabilities of … Continue reading

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Beam it up, Scotty: 3D Printing may have space applications

Tools and mechanical parts might be “beamed” up to a space station or a lunar or Mars base using technology that has in recent years become a central process in design prototyping known as 3D printing or SLS (selective laser … Continue reading

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SpaceShip Two – First Feathered Flight

SpaceShip Two “Feathered” Image Credit: Clay Center Observatory Om 4 May 2011, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two completed its third test flight in twelve days, and this one was special. For the first time, Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane deployed its twin … Continue reading

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ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Keeping the International Space Station (ISS) supplied will become an increasing challenge with the retirement of the US Space Shuttle in 2011. This is the first in a series to look at how the ISS will be serviced for the … Continue reading

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Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) – The 800 Pound Gorilla

The most recent issue of Science News (18 December 2010) has the following notes from 17 December 1960: HEAVY SHIELD UNNECESSARY — Heavy shielding as protection for an astronaut against space radiations may not be necessary, at least for trips … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic – First Free Flight

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Enterprise during its first free flight Image Credit: Virgin Galactic Commercial spaceflight took another step forward this past Sunday, 10 October 2010. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, named Enterprise, was dropped from its mother ship at 45,000 feet and … Continue reading

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