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NASA's X-Ray Space Telescope Celebrates 15 Years

Composite Chandra image of four supernovae: the Crab Nebula, Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58. Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory, NASA’s space telescope which observes the universe using X-rays, has now completed its 15th year of operations, and astronomers are celebrating the anniversary with a series of special images from the orbiting observatory.

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Tennessee Tech Alum Brent Gaddes, Patrick Hull Awarded for Work on Flight Hardware for Orion's First Flight Test

Patrick Hull, left, and Brent Gaddes, right, receive special commendation awards for their work on critical flight hardware for the Orion spacecraft’s first mission later this fall. John Casper, center, Orion special assistant for program integration and a former astronaut, presented the awards at an Orion flight hardware celebration at the Marshall Center.Image credit: [...]

Students Plan to Launch Themselves Into Cubesat Business

Mark Becnel, left, and his brother, Eric Becnel, with a mockup of the Chargersat-1 in the UAH Engineering Design and Prototyping Facility. The brothers plan to start a cube satellite production company after graduating with master’s degrees in aerospace engineering. Image Credit: Michael Mercier / UAH

Two students soon to earn master’s degrees in [...]

'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 [...]

Final J-2X Test-Fire Conducted at A-1 Test Stand, NASA / Aerojet Rocketdyne Ready to Test RS-25

One final test for J-2X Engine No. 10002. Photo Credit: NASA / Stennis Space Center

BAY ST. LOUIS, Ms — On Thursday, Sept. 5, NASA along with Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted a test firing of a J-2X rocket engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The hot-fire was conducted in order to test the engine for possible [...]

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 [...]

Design for SLS Adapters All in the Drawings of NASA Marshall's Jonathon Walden

Jonathon Walden is the lead designer for the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Stage Adapter (MSA) being manufactured at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The MSA will attach the Orion spacecraft to a Delta IV rocket for its 2014 Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1). It also will provide early flight experience for SLS’s first [...]

AmericaSpace Photo Feature: F-1 Gas Generator at MSFC

During one of Mark Usciak’s trips to Marshall Space Flight Center, he took some images of the gas generator being worked on for possible use on NASA’s Space Launch System. Photo Credit Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace (inset by NASA)

Last January we detailed how engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) were testing [...]

SLS QM-1 Booster Readied for Tests by NASA, ATK

Photo Credit: ATK

A full-scale version of Alliant Techsystems’ (ATK) solid rocket booster that will be used on NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, or “SLS,” is being readied for testing. The center aft segment of ATK’s qualification motor-1 (QM-1) was sent to the site in the deserts of Utah on May [...]