Posts Tagged: NASA

Space Agency Enlists Johns Hopkins to Spearhead Moon, Asteroid Research

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will lead a study into the surfaces of asteroids and the moon for NASA as the agency aims to explore those areas with humans and robots. The five-year initiative aims to build on APL’s previous Lunar Science Institute project for NASA that sought to learn more about the geologyRead… Read more »

NASA Aligns Commercial, Academic Researchers for Space Exploration Research Program

Nine teams of researchers have been selected by NASA to join a collaborative organization that will work on a virtual setting to support the agency’s human space exploration programs. The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute will bring together U.S. scientists and international partners to help NASA study the moon, near-Earth asteroids and space environments,Read… Read more »

NASA: LADEE Probe’s Laser Hits 622 Mbps of Data Speed

An experimental communication system on board a NASA lunar probe has used laser pulses to send data back to Earth at speeds of up to 622 megabits per second. The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration system also works to transmit data at 20 Mbps between a ground station located in New Mexico and the spacecraft inRead… Read more »

NASA Takes in Ideas for Space Apps

NASA recently picked 770 proposals for space exploration hardware and applications from 9,147 participants in an April competition, GCN reported Wednesday. The space agency conducted the event across 48 countries for two days and developers built software, hardware, visualization, mobile applications and web tools, which the agency says will help further its existing programs, accordingRead… Read more »

NASA’s LADEE Probe Enters Lunar Orbit

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer has started to orbit around the moon this week and has been protected from effects of the government shutdown, Space.com reports. Miriam Kramer writes LADEE made three elliptical orbits around the Earth, then moved into a higher orbit after each lap around the planet. The moon’s gravity tookRead… Read more »

NASA Mars Exploration Mission Still Go for Launch Despite Shutdown

NASA has granted an emergency exemption for a University of Colorado program to examine Mars’ atmosphere to avoid delaying the project until 2016, according to a report by the Daily Camera. The $485 million Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will launch between Nov. 18 and Dec. 7 because the Earth and Mars are inRead… Read more »

ZAI Wins NASA Goddard Info, Library Services Subcontract

Fairfax, Va.-based Zimmerman Associates has won a subcontract to help manage the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s information library. Cadence Group Associates is the prime contractor for the program, ZAI said. “This win allows us to continue with the specialized library support we have been providing to NASA GSFC since 2001,” said ZAI Chief InformationRead… Read more »

NASA Wants Private Sector R&D Partnerships for Space Missions

NASA is looking for partners in the commercial sector that can help the space agency research and develop technology to support its long-range missions. Mayur Ahuja, deputy director of engineering at Jacobs Engineering Group, will speak on behalf of NASA at an upcoming two-day forum to discuss the agency’s future projects, trade show organizer UBMRead… Read more »

NASA, DHS Demo Victim Location Radar

NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday demonstrated a portable radar device intended to detect heartbeats and breathing patterns of victims trapped in large piles of rubble after a disaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will also test the Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response system this year and next, NASARead… Read more »

NASA Signs Up Six Companies for Composite Research Program

Six companies will participate in a government-and-industry partnership run by NASA as the agency aims to move forward composite materials research and certification. A panel of officials from NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory reviewed proposals from 20 companies and assessed them according to technical expertise and willingness toRead… Read more »