Category NASA

Commercial Crew Efforts To Be Hit Hard By Sequestration

By Jefferson Morris Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report February 15, 2013 Credit: Credit: Frank Morring, Jr.   NASA’s topline budget for fiscal 2013 will be reduced by $726.7 million as compared to its budget request if sequestration takes effect March 1, with a significant portion of that cut being absorbed by the agency’s efforts to […]

NASA’s Space Launch System Core Stage Passes Major Milestone, Ready To Start Construction

Source: Marshall Space Flight Center Posted Friday, December 21, 2012 The team designing America’s new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle’s core stage. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary […]

SpaceX Bests Orbital Sciences In First OSP-3 Duels

By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com Source: AWIN First December 05, 2012 Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has won the first two U.S. Air Force contracts aimed at fostering competition in the U.S. launch market over a new design proposed by Orbital Sciences. SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 v1.1 to boost NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in […]

Beauty of Future Airplanes is More than Skin Deep

The process of starting with many possible solutions and narrowing it down to just a few. Image credit: NASA/Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation ›  Link to larger photo ›  View Future Aircraft Image GalleryA 20-passenger commercial aircraft design concept. Image credit: NASA/GE Aviation ›  Link to larger photo ›  View Future Aircraft Image GalleryThe “double bubble” D8 design […]

SPACEX DRAGON SUCCESSFULLY ATTACHES TO SPACE STATION

Hawthorne, CA — For the second time this year, a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is at the International Space Station. Expedition 33 crew members Akihiko Hoshide and Sunita Williams today grappled Dragon and attached it to the station, completing a critical stage of the SpaceX CRS-1 cargo resupply mission. Hoshide used the station’s robotic arm to […]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon Launch Scrubbed (Updated with video)

© NASA TV Falcon 9 Sits On The Launch Pad   Right up to t-minus 0.5 seconds it looked like there was going to be a launch. Unfortunately the Falcon 9 computer shutdown the rocket just as it was set to launch due to a high pressure reading on engine number 5, one of nine […]

NASA takes synthetic vision to the next level

By Jim Moore Assembling cameras, an eyeglass frame, and a tiny projector is easy enough. The result may profoundly increase safety and efficiency for general aviation and commercial aircraft alike by putting the world outside right in front of a pilot’s eye, visible through clouds thick and thin. A truly effective “virtual reality” display on […]