NASA and the scientific community are trying to stay upbeat and positive following the failure of one of the two main instruments on the agency’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, saying the mission will soldier on and conduct meaningful science with its remaining sensor.
Presidential leadership is needed to form a space policy which will help achieve goals of landing crews on Mars starting in the 2030s. What should be made clear, however, is that the next president will not need to completely reinvent our national space policy.
U.S. leaders are addressing the dilemma of satisfying NOAA’s data-sharing obligations without killing the commercial weather data industry in its cradle.
LOX-rich staged combustion oxygen-kerosene engines have been in production for decades in Ukraine.
NASA continues to actively solicit ideas for instruments to attach to the ISS exterior for studying Earth.
For stakeholders in the U.S. government space enterprise, the most important agenda item for Congress is passing a budget for the new fiscal year that will keep high-priority programs on track. Unfortunately, an uglier scenario — budgetary chaos — is looming.
The successful launch of the U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System communications satellite Sept. 2 rounds out a multibillion-dollar constellation that has been in development for more than a decade. But the launch is also a reminder that more than three-and-a-half years after the February 2012 launch of the first satellite, some two years behind schedule, the MUOS system’s advanced capabilities remain unavailable.
Activities for and about young professionals and students have become increasingly popular at space conferences recently. The goal of these activities is to inspire and cultivate young people, but they seem to be missing something.
We might see the danger of asteroid impact, fatalistically, as a matter of chance, like predicting the weather a decade hence. However, this is not so: we should be able to identify and track essentially all of the bodies that will strike Earth catastrophically.
For almost a decade and a half, through various foreign policy rough spots — even during the Cold War — the United States and Russia have cooperated in space. However, recent developments point to a growing, self-inflicted conundrum. Fortunately, Congress has a few months to stop this issue from severely affecting U.S. security interests in — and protected by — space.
Not surprisingly, U.S. presidential candidates’ stances on taxes, the economy and national security resound more with voters than space policy. However, space policy remains a germane topic for candidates to consider.