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Extreme Makeover: Astronaut Edition—NASA's Futuristic New Spacesuit Designs

The new Z-2 Spacesuit being developed by NASA for missions to the Moon and Mars. Photo Credit: NASA

If you’ve ever wondered what the latest fashion trends are for NASA astronauts, then here is your answer. For the first time in nearly 30 years, spacesuits for American astronauts are being given a complete makeover [...]

'Huge Milestone' Coming for SLS

SLS staging of solid rocket motors. Photo credit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

 

In August, the Space Launch System Program (SLS) passed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The next major milestone for the program is Key Decision Point C (KDP-C).

If SLS passes this decision point, it will progress from the formulation phase [...]

Boeing's CST-100 Completes Interface Test at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft has successfully completed a pivotal integration test at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This image of NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik in front of the spacecraft was taken in July of this year during a fit check of the capsule. Photo Credit: NASA / Robert Markowitz

Boeing recently tested systems that [...]

Cosmonaut Quits After Finding Something “More Interesting” To Do

Russian Cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov has quit his position in order to do something “more interesting.” Photo Credit: NASA

According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov has submitted his resignation on September 5. According Sergei Krikalev ,  administrator of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Lonchakov has found a “more interesting job.”

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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 [...]

SpaceX's Grasshopper Ascends, Conducts Lateral Manuevers

SpaceX has successfully conducted a test of the firm’s Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing test vehicle, the Grasshopper. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies, more commonly known as “SpaceX,” successfully completed another test flight of the company’s Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) “Grasshopper” vehicle today, Aug. 13. The Grasshopper—described as, essentially, a Falcon 9 test [...]

A Look Inside the CST-100

Interior view of Boeing’s CST-100 crew capsule. Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz

NASA and Boeing engineers have just started going through the painstaking and meticulous process of evaluating and tweaking the interior of the CST-100 to make sure the ergonomics and design will suit the real-world needs of the astronauts inside. The main purpose of [...]

Deputy Administrator to Leave NASA

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. Photo Credit: NASA

It is reported on several space news sites that NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will be leaving NASA in early September and will be taking up a position with the Airline Pilots Association. Some might wonder why NASA’s Deputy Administrator would leave at this time, and her [...]

Test Stand Readied to Test RS-25 Rocket Engine for SLS

NASA is currently working to prepare the A-1 Test Stand at the space agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for testing the RS-25 rocket engine seen in the inset. Photo Credit: NASA (Inset Alan Walters / AmericaSpace)

In the latter half of 2014 NASA plans to launch the first of its Orion spacecraft and [...]

SpaceX Signs Agreement for Potential Military Launches

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of SMC, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk signing the CRADA Photo Credit U.S. Air Force Joe Juarez

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and SpaceX have signed an agreement that will eventually allow SpaceX to be considered as a launch provider for U.S. military satellites, [...]