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NASA Tests Limits of 3-D Printing With Powerful Rocket Engine Check

NASA has repeatedly tested out 3-D-printed components. The most recent of these took place on Aug. 22. Photo Credit: NASA

With several smaller, successful tests completed using the technology, NASA conducted another test firing of an engine that had a fuel injector produced by 3-D printing. The process, known as additive manufacturing, has made [...]

Q-and-A: Engineer Talks Future of 3D-Printed Rocket Engines

Just last month, Aerojet Rocketdyne tested out a rocket engine fuel injector that was produced by 3D printing. AmericaSpace spoke with Jeff Haynes, a program manager working to develop this technology for space flight purposes. He talked about the first test, what the limitations are for 3D-printed parts, as well as the ramifications for [...]

Dragon Spacecraft Passes Another Milestone Toward Crewed Flight

An unmanned Dragon spacecraft conducting the Commercial Resupply Services mission is seen here (CRS-2) grappled by the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has just passed the seventh of 15 development milestones set by NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative. Along with Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation, [...]

NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Test 3D Printed Rocket Engine Component

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have successfully conducted a hot-fire test of a component they constructed using additive manufacturing technology, more commonly known as “3D printing.” Photo Credit: NASA / Glenn

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have recently completed a series of “hot-fire” tests on a rocket engine that utilized additive manufacturing,  or “3D printing,” parts. [...]

NEXT Establishes New Test Duration for Xenon Engine

NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) has completed 48,000 hours—or 5.5 years—of operation, marking the longest duration of any space propulsion test in history. Photo Credit: NASA/Astronautix.com

NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) has established a new record for the longest test duration of any type of space propulsion system in history, having successfully operated for [...]

Experiments Begin With SCaN Test Bed on ISS

The SCaN test bed will conduct an experiment with TDRS-K, which was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in January. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / AmericaSpace

Experiments using NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) experiments have begun after completing its checkout on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Falcon Heavy: Uncertain Case for Lunar Exploration

Illustration of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. Image Credit: SpaceX

There have been occasional suggestions that NASA should scrap its Space Launch System (SLS) in favor of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy for fulfilling its beyond low-Earth orbit needs [1]. The claim forwarded by some is that the as-yet-untested-and-unflown 53 mt low-Earth orbit (LEO) (200 km @ [...]

SpaceX's Musk Talks Preparing to Recover Falcon 9 First Stage, Crewed Efforts, and More

During a recent teleconference, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that his company will try to recover the first stage from the ocean and then will attempt to have the first stage return to the landing site under its own power. Photo Credit: SpaceX

During a teleconference detailing the return of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) [...]

NASA Leadership to Change at Two of Agency's Centers

Two of NASA’s centers will undergo changes to leadership in the coming year. Johnson Space Center will see former astronaut Michael Coats retire and another veteran astronaut, Ellen Ochoa, take his place. Over at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Ramon Lugo will also be retiring and will be replaced by James M. Free. Photo Credit: [...]

NASA's Looking at Options for SLS' Cargo Configuration

Artist’s concept of what the business end of NASA’s new Space Launch System or “SLS” will looks like. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC

NASA is continuing to take steps towards building its Space Launch System (SLS), the mammoth rocket that promises to surpass the Saturn V for size and power. Last week, the agency began looking [...]