Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

The article Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has been published at NewsSpaceFlight.com. A launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is planned for April 2018. NASA is ahead of the game and has already sent the TESS to Florida to prepare for the trip. The TESS arrived on a truck to Kennedy Space center on February 12th. The TSS has been in Virginia for an entire year while being constructed and tested. Orbital ATK, located in Dulles, Virginia has been responsible for it. The purpose of the TESS is to hunt down exoplanets for further research. It looks outside of …

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Lockheed Martin to Build a New X-plane

NASA hired Lockheed Martin, an aerospace company, to build a new X-plane called Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator. The contract is worth $247.5 million and the new plane is expected to be completed by 2022. This is the space agency’s latest attempt to build an aircraft that is capable of traveling faster than the speed of sound without producing the usual sonic boom. The Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator will be 94′ long and fly at an altitude of approximately 55,000′. The X-plane will reach a speed of about 1,600 km/h or 1,000 mph or 1.4 times the speed of sound. According to NASA …

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2018 Big Space Missions and Rocket Launches

The article from SpaceFlight News. For spaceflight enthusiasts out there, the good news is that there are tons of space missions and rocket launches to look forward to this year. Even before the year started, it already has overflowing and exciting missions scheduled. The NASA will be launching a new spacecraft that’ll be nearer to the Sun, and 2 of its vehicles in space will arrive at their planned locations. Not only will NASA take over the space, but it is also a busy year for the commercial space industry. To get started, here is a short list of exciting space …

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NASA looking to build new equipment for managing water

After investing years to measure Sierra snowpack, California from the sky, NASA is now thinking to develop the same kind of systems for space. There is a great amount of snow gathered around the high granite reservoirs that located in the mountains of Sierra Nevada due to an unusually dry winter. Once the weather cleared, two NASA scientists fly on a small plane from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport on Sunday Morning. The pilots lift off the first flight of the Airborne Snow Observatory (ASO) this season after having some security checks. ASO equipped with a pair of sensors that point …

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Lockheed Martin to Build a New X-plane

NASA hired Lockheed Martin, an aerospace company, to build a new X-plane called Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator. The contract is worth $247.5 million and the new plane is expected to be completed by 2022. This is the space agency’s latest attempt to build an aircraft that is capable of traveling faster than the speed of sound without producing the usual sonic boom. The Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator will be 94′ long and fly at an altitude of approximately 55,000′. The X-plane will reach a speed of about 1,600 km/h or 1,000 mph or 1.4 times the speed of sound. According to NASA …

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Phase 1 & 2 of NIAC – Shapeshifting Robots from NASA

A wild space tech idea caught the attention of NASA. The space tech idea called Shapeshifter is among the early-stage technology proposals included in Phase 1 of NIAC. NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts include wild but promising space tech ideas. Shapeshifter is shapeshifting robots, one of the ideas presented in NIAC. Among those ideas presented include a meteoroid impact detection technology and space telescope swarms. The proposals presented is said to have around $125,000 worth of value. Investigators will have to work on the definition of the ideas and analyze them within nine months. After the process, the teams participating in …

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Shapeshifter – Shapeshifting Robots from NASA

Shapeshifter is shapeshifting robots, one of the ideas presented in NIAC. Among those ideas presented include a meteoroid impact detection technology and space telescope swarms. The proposals presented is said to have around $125,000 worth of value. Investigators will have to work on the definition of the ideas and analyze them within nine months. After the process, the teams participating in NIAC can begin the application for Phase 2. A Phase 2 award will provide the team with two years of study worth up to $500,000. Visionary Ideas that Can Potentially Change the Future The 2018 NIAC Phase2 proposals include …

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A Glance to Space in the year 2020

Scientist reported that dark patches on space have been noticed on the clouds of the planet that could suggest that microbes might be capable of living there. They utilize space probes to trace dark space around Venus rust colored body, which looks like a light that absorbs properties of microbes spotted on Earth. The study was published earlier this week. This implies that the bacteria can live by being gently blown around by wind in Venus ‘cooler cloud tops. NASA –supported reports read: “NASA relative study supports the unified hypotheses which terrestrial form-biology can live in and contribute to the …

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Building a Moon Base

Since the cost of launching building supplies from Earth would be ridiculously high, building materials must be mined instead of imported. For instance, fine grains of crushed moon rock called lunar regolith can be used to cover portions of habitats to provide insulation and protect lunar colonists from cosmic rays that can cause cancer. Studies show that the thickness of regolith must be at least 2.5 meters to protect the body to a safe background radiation level. The design of habitats should also include highly insulating materials to guarantee minimum heat loss and promote high energy efficiency. Since the moon’s …

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Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

A launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is planned for April 2018. NASA is ahead of the game and has already sent the TESS to Florida to prepare for the trip. The TESS arrived on a truck to Kennedy Space center on February 12th. The TSS has been in Virginia for an entire year while being constructed and tested. Orbital ATK, located in Dulles, Virginia has been responsible for it. The purpose of the TESS is to hunt down exoplanets for further research. It looks outside of our immediate solar system and identifies exoplanets that may be orbiting …

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