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 … More Commercial Crew Efforts To Be Hit Hard By Sequestration

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

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 … More SpaceX Bests Orbital Sciences In First OSP-3 Duels

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 … More Beauty of Future Airplanes is More than Skin Deep

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 … More SPACEX DRAGON SUCCESSFULLY ATTACHES TO SPACE STATION

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 … More NASA takes synthetic vision to the next level

ATK Liberty Launch Vehicle Targets First Crewed Flight in 2015

By Marc Boucher Posted May 9, 2012 8:49 PM 5 Comments © ATK Artist illustration of LIberty. It was 15 months that ATK announced with Astrium (an EADS Company) announced that they were working together and would compete in NASA’s Commercial Crew Development-2 (CCDev-2) procurement. At that time they announced an initial test flight by the end of 2013, a … More ATK Liberty Launch Vehicle Targets First Crewed Flight in 2015

NASA Pushes Aeronautics To Guide Flight Research

By Graham Warwick Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology April 23 , 2012 Graham Warwick/Washington Is NASA’s aeronautics research misdirected and irrelevant, or is it the victim of its own success in producing meaningful results despite insignificant funding? And does a commercial aerospace industry with record orderbooks even need government R&D support? These are questions the … More NASA Pushes Aeronautics To Guide Flight Research

NASA’s AR headset lets pilots see through fog

By Jonathan Fincher 06:49 March 16, 2012   NASA Langley researcher Kevin Shelton wearing an early prototype (Credit: NASA Langley Research Center/Sean Smith) Image Gallery (2 images) NASA has developed a pair of augmented reality glasses designed especially for commercial airline pilots to see during the worst visual conditions. The glasses include a heads-up display showing a … More NASA’s AR headset lets pilots see through fog

Rocket Passes Big Test for 1st Private Launch to Space Station

By Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer Space.com | SPACE.com – 2 hrs 18 mins ago A private SpaceX rocket sailed through a dress rehearsal Thursday (March 1) for the launch of the robotic Dragon space capsule, which could blast off toward the International Space Station as early as next month. The five-hour launch readiness test, held at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, went … More Rocket Passes Big Test for 1st Private Launch to Space Station

NASA C3PO

Program Goal The C3PO will extend human presence in space by enabling an expanding and robust U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Program Objectives Implement U.S. Space Exploration policy with investments to stimulate the commercial space industry Facilitate U.S. private industry demonstration of cargo and crew space transportation capabilities with the goal of achieving safe, reliable, cost … More NASA C3PO