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 […]

Flying the Friendly Martian Skies: NASA to Test Mars Airplane Prototype

Artist's conception of the Prandtl-m airplane flying above the surface of Mars. Image Credit: NASA Illustration/Dennis Calaba

Artist’s conception of the Prandtl-m airplane flying above the surface of Mars. Image Credit: NASA Illustration/Dennis Calaba

For several decades, Mars has been a busy place, with orbiters, landers, and rovers providing unprecedented views of the Red Planet. Another exciting possibility which has yet to be realized is an airplane, which could soar through […]

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser Awarded Additional Milestone Funding by NASA

Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

Today, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that NASA has amended SNC’s Dream Chaser Space Act Agreement (SAA) to include two additional, optional milestones in the development of their Dream Chaser spacecraft. The company hopes to eventually provide NASA crew transport to the International Space Station and other low-Earth orbit […]

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 […]

Upward and Forward: Orion Gains New Support, Tests Parachute Failure

NASA conducted a test of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system today. Unlike the image posted here, today’s test saw the intentional failure of one of the capsule’s parachutes to see if the spacecraft could land safely on just two of its three parachutes. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA’s new crewed, deep space exploration spacecraft, Orion, […]

ESC Empowers: Conclusion

NASA plans to enable smaller space firms to provide services to low-Earth orbit, while the space agency works to send astronauts to destinations past the orbit of Earth. The Engineering Services Contract at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is working to see that this goal is achieved. Image Credit: NASA / SNC

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ESC Empowers Part 4: Rolling Thunder

This video contains elements from NASA videos

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — In the space business, one has to get used to heights. In terms of scale, only the expansive VAB and pads of Launch Complex-39 beat the height of NASA’s new Mobile Launcher (ML) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center located in Florida. […]

ESC Empowers Part 2: It's Electric—Lightning Protection at Launch Complex 39B

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – In this second installment of our series detailing the efforts of the men and women of the Engineering Services Contract, or ESC, we will detail the efforts conducted to renovate and safeguard the historic Launch Complex-39B (LC-39B) for future […]

What Would a Mars Base Be Like?

This image depicts what a base on Mars could look like. Image Credit: NASA

Mars is the planet most like Earth in our Solar System. Aside from its lack of air and generally chilly temperatures, it isn’t too unfriendly a place for life. In fact, it may even have had life of its own three […]

Opinion: Will Obama's Second Term Get Us Closer to a Big Goal?

President Barack Obama discusses his plans and ambitions for NASA during an address at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

Politics and space exploration – both manned and unmanned – are inextricably linked. Big decisions and goals come from the President and go through congress for funding, which […]