University Researchers and NASA Engineers Test Future Spacesuits for Mars Missions

University researchers and engineers from University of North Dakota test their NDX-1 spacesuit inside the regolith bin at the Swamp Works facility at NASA KSC. Photo Credit: NASA

University researchers and engineers from University of North Dakota test their NDX-1 spacesuit inside the regolith bin at the Swamp Works facility at NASA KSC. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut spacesuits have evolved to purpose a variety of tasks and missions since the historic flight of Alan Shepard in 1961. In the past, protective spacesuit […]

Drones on Mars? Small 'Helicopter-Like' Scout Could Be Added to Mars 2020 Rover Mission

Artist's conception of the helicopter-like drone which could accompany the Mars 2020 Rover. Image Credit: NASA

Artist’s conception of the helicopter-like drone which could accompany the Mars 2020 rover. Image Credit: NASA

Over the past few years, numerous orbiters, landers, and rovers have been sent to Mars, revealing the world as never before. There is, however, something else which hasn’t been done yet: a helicopter, airplane, or balloon. An airborne […]

Stars Above and Earth Below: NASA's Proposed New Airship Competition Good for Science

Artist’s conception of a new high-altitude NASA airship which could make science observations of both the Earth below and stars above. Image Credit: Mike Hughes (Eagre Interactive)/Keck Institute for Space Studies

Airships are a unique form of transportation—giant, balloon-like, lighter-than-air vehicles which can stay aloft for extended periods of time. Their design makes them […]

DARPA Seeks to Develop Reusable XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane

Artist’s concept of DARPA Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 deploying satellites to low-Earth orbit. Credit: DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is moving forward with its goal of developing the next generation XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane aimed at creating a fully reusable unmanned vehicle to launch small payloads into orbit at radically lower costs.

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NASA Announces New Strategic Vision for Aeronautics Research

Photo Credit: NASA/ Carla Thomas

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has unveiled a new strategic vision that will better align the work of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to address looming challenges in global air transportation.

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New 'Dream Chaser' Space Plane Ready to Start Testing

Artist’s conception of the Dream Chaser launching on an Atlas V rocket.Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

With the ending of the Space Shuttle program, NASA is now turning to private companies to design and build new spacecraft to take astronauts into orbit. One of the most interesting concepts, the Dream Chaser, is now ready […]

Boeing X-51A WaveRider Makes Longest Hypersonic Flight to Date

Boeing’s X-51A Waverider has successfully completed the longest-duration test flight to date, reaching speeds of Mach 5.1. Photo Credit: USAF

Boeing’s X-51A Waverider unmanned hypersonic test vehicle completed the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered flight to date under the program. This flight was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base in California on May 1. The flight […]

X-48 Project Completes Flight Research for Cleaner, Quieter Aircraft

The unique X-48B Blended Wing Body subscale demonstrator banks over desert scrub at Edwards AFB. NASA photo / Carla Thomas

EDWARDS, Calif — NASA’s remotely piloted X-48C hybrid-wing-body subscale aircraft, which demonstrates technology concepts for cleaner and quieter commercial air travel, completed an eight-month flight research campaign on April 9.

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NASA Flies Radar South on Wide-Ranging Scientific Expedition

Photo Credit: Tony Landis / NASA

WASHINGTON — A versatile NASA airborne imaging radar system is showcasing its broad scientific prowess for studying our Home Planet during a month-long expedition over the Americas.

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SpaceShipTwo Conducts Glide Test

Photo Courtesy of Bill Deaver

SpaceShipTwo conducted a successful glide test yesterday at the Mojave Air and Space port in Mojave, Calif. Lifted into the air a little after 7 a.m. local time, SpaceShipTwo was carried into the sky, released, and landed around 8:40 a.m. PDT, according to a report on the website Parabolic […]