19 Feb 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover has landed on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover has safely landed on the surface of Mars after surviving a long journey through the Martian atmosphere. The technology touched down at the Jezero crater on Thursday afternoon after a process described as “seven minutes of terror,” referring to the seven minutes it takes the spacecraft to

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17 Nov 2020

SpaceX Dragon capsule docks with space station

On Monday, SpaceX launched an innovative mission to send its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. As of last night, the capsule successfully performed a series of intricate maneuvers to attach to the ISS. Four astronauts, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Soichi Noguchi will spend the next

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12 Nov 2020

The Plan to Turn Scrapped Rockets Into Space Stations

An innovative new program titled Outpost seeks to modify old out-of-use rockets and transform them into space stations. The company behind the program is Nanoracks, a space logistics company that hosts private payloads on the International Space Station. The European Space Agency has highlighted the threat abandoned rocket bodies pose

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06 Nov 2020

OODAcast: Technology Risk Executive and former NASA CISO and CIO Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis has spent decades succeeding in hard jobs supporting critically important missions. He is a decorated combat Veteran who served in he US Marines for 11 years including in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He also served in the Central Intelligence Agency in service to world wide missions including leveraging technology in denied areas against high profile targets.  Jerry would later become the first CISO at the US Department of Education, then the CISO for NASA and later the CISO for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  He returned to NASA as the CIO for the Ames Research Center, a position he held till 2018.

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16 Sep 2020

Modern Space Missions Lead to Standing Joint NASA, DOE Coordinating Group

Throughout decades of innovation fostering partnership in space and on Earth, there has been one overall goal: landing humans on Mars. NASA and the Energy Department have been working on a renewed collaboration that aims to achieve this goal, which would make history as the first man on Mars. The

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05 Aug 2020

‘Thanks for Flying SpaceX’

On Sunday, two NASA astronauts returned to Earth after two months of living at the International Space Station. The duo was shuttled to safety by a SpaceX Dragon capsule that landed in waters off in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida. SpaceX has launched several rockets without

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30 Jul 2020

How the Energy Department Is Powering NASA’s Soon-to-Launch Mars Rover

The Energy Department will play a part in NASA’s initiative to sent the Perseverance rover to seek ancient life on Mars. Several of the Energy Department’s national labs will also partake in the venture. The rover has experienced several delays in its launch, however, it is set to launch today

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15 Jun 2020

NASA Taps Astrobotic to Deliver its Water-Searching VIPER Rover to the Moon

Astrobotic, a PA-based, space robotics company, will deliver the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) to the moon’s the South Pole. VIPER is NASA’s water-searching mobile technology and intelligence rover, that the agency plans to send into space near the end of 2020. Astrobotic was awarded a task order valued

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07 May 2020

NASA, Virgin Galactic Team Up to Advance Supersonic Tech for Point-to-Point Travel

NASA is collaborating with Virgin Galactic to develop next-generation flight vehicles that have the capability of point-to-point air travel. Virgin Galactic has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to produce the technology and help generate the planes that could hold potential for civil applications. The collaboration was announced on

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04 May 2020

NASA Taps Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX to Help Transport Humans to the Moon Again

On Thursday, NASA announced that it has selected three US companies to develop and perfect human landing technologies for the agencies Artemis program. The three companies are SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Dynetics. According to NASA, the first woman and next man will travel to the moon’s surface by using this

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