Northrop Grumman Corp. will provide up to $17.5 million over the next three years to support the Space Solar Power Initiative at Caltech, which will perform work in the areas of high-efficiency photovoltaics, space structures and power transmission that could be applicable to future space systems that collect sunlight and convert it into power transmitted back to Earth.
All but one of the five big test facilities at NASA’s Plum Brook Station, have few or no customers, and the situation is unlikely to change any time soon, according to a report from NASA’s inspector general.
While Landsat 9's program office is now operational at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, major procurement decisions for the next in the long series of land-imagining satellites may not be made until fall, a senior NASA official said.
The Canadian government budget issued April 21 includes a commitment to increase Canada’s spending on satellite telecommunications at the European Space Agency and to continue as a partner in the international space station to 2024.
Aerojet Rocketdyne believes that additive manufacturing, better known as 3-D printing, can help speed development of its AR-1 rocket engine while also reducing its costs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said April 16 that Russia would develop its own space station by 2023, raising questions about its future role on the International Space Station just weeks after other officials said Russia would remain committed to it through 2024.
Boeing plans to announce this summer the crew that will be on a test flight of the company’s CST-100 crew vehicle in 2017, as well as reveal the pressure suits the crew will wear.
SES said it would fly a U.S. solar-science mission, called GOLD, as a hosted payload on the company’s SES-14 satellite to launch in 2017 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Replacing faulty electrical wiring that runs behind the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) primary mirror could delay assembly of the flagship observatory’s primary optics package, although the overall mission remains on schedule, a NASA official said April 8.
NASA, which proposed ending the Mars Opportunity rover’s mission for the second year in a row in its 2016 budget request, is still trying to figure out some way of keeping the 11-year-old vehicle operating on the surface of the red planet.
Open source is software or hardware universally accessible and intended to be freely used, shared and improved. The impact on space exploration is in two main places: the use of open source technology and the development of open source systems.