NASA Seeks American Industry Ideas on Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission Spacecraft Design

Artist’s concept of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission capturing an asteroid boulder before redirecting it to an astronaut-accessible orbit around Earth’s moon.Caption and Credits: NASA

NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) plans to send a robotic spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid to pluck a boulder off the surface and move it into a stable orbit […]

OSIRIS-REx Taking Shape, Engineers Explain Innovative Asteroid Sample Return Mechanism

Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx in the environs of Asteroid Bennu, sometime after 2018. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

While avid space watchers may thrill to missions such as Stardust (which returned a sample from a comet), Dawn (which visited an asteroid and dwarf planet), and Rosetta (which placed a lander upon a comet’s surface), […]

NASA Partners With Commercial Industry to Advance Deep Space Exploration Capabilities

A space habitat at night, docked with a “Space Exploration Vehicle.” This photo was taken during the 2010 Desert RATS field testing, from Aug. 31 – Sept. 15, 2010, in Black Point Lava Flow, Ariz. Image credit: NASA

This week, NASA announced the selection of 12 partnerships within the commercial industry to help develop […]

NASA Goes With 'Option B' for Future Asteroid Redirect Mission

The Asteroid Redirect Vehicle, part of NASA’s Asteroid Initiative concept, is shown traveling to lunar orbit using its solar electric propulsion system in this artist’s concept. Image credit: NASA

Asteroids are getting a lot of attention, today in particular, because asteroid 2014 YB35 will be coming within 0.03 Astronomical Units (AU) of Earth. There […]

Solid Rocket Booster for NASA's Space Launch System Ready for Wednesday Test Fire in Utah

Orbital ATK five-segment solid rocket booster on the test stand in Promontory, Utah. Photo Credit: Orbital ATK

When NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket launches the agency’s Orion deep-space crew capsule for the first time in late 2018, it will mark the beginning of a new chapter in America’s human spaceflight efforts, aiming […]

NASA Undecided on Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept as Near-Earth Asteroid Approaches for Flyby

This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2004 BL86, which will come no closer than about three times the distance from Earth to the Moon on Jan. 26, 2015. Due to its orbit around the Sun, the asteroid is currently only visible by astronomers with large telescopes who are located in the southern hemisphere. […]

ATK Awarded Contract, Will Provide Solar Arrays for 2016 InSight Mission to Mars

From NASA: “This artist’s concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars.” The lander will be powered by ATK’s UltraFlex solar arrays. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Tuesday, June 24, Alliant Techsystems (ATK) announced that it received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems […]

NASA Ramps Up Asteroid Initiative, Announces Studies

From NASA: “In this concept image, the Orion spacecraft docks with the robotic asteroid redirect vehicle.” Image Credit: NASA

A scenario hinted at in Hollywood movies is closer to happening in real life: NASA announced Thursday, June 19, that it selected 18 study proposals under a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) concerning a future possible […]