NASA X-Plane Could Make Supersonic Passenger Travel Over Land A Reality in the 2020s

The Quiet Supersonic Technology, or QueSST, concept is one of NASA’s first X-planes. Credits: NASA

Last week, NASA’s efforts in making supersonic passenger travel over land a reality took a significant step forward, with the successful completion of a preliminary design review (PDR) for an experimental ‘Quiet Supersonic Transport’ (QueSST) aircraft design.

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Viking Remembered: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the First Search for Life on Mars

Iconic painting of a Viking lander on Mars, prior to launch. The sampling arm reaches into the foreground. Image Credit: Charles Bennett/Lockheed Martin (Martin Marietta)

July 20, 1976, will be forever remembered by space enthusiasts. On that day, Viking 1 became the first U.S. spacecraft to land on another planet—in this case, Mars […]

Dream Chaser Completes Another Critical CCiCap Milestone With Latest Series of Wind Tunnel Tests

NASA technician Ricky Hall prepares a scale model of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft for tests inside the Unitary Plan wind tunnel at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.Photo Credit: NASA/David C. Bowman

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is quietly, but steadily, moving forward swiftly with the development of their reusable Dream […]

Morpheus Rising: NASA's Prototype Lander Vehicle Soars in Recent Free-Flight Tests

The Morpheus Lander successfully completed its first of two successful free flight tests within a week, on Dec. 10. Image Credit: NASA/Johnson Space Center

In what looked like scenes from a retro science fiction movie, NASA’s Morpheus Lander successfully conducted its first two back-to-back free-flight tests within a week, earlier this month at […]

NASA Aircraft Take to Skies over Houston for Air Pollution Study

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A multi-year NASA science mission soon will be airborne over Houston to help scientists measure and forecast air quality from space.

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NASA, Air Force Seek Next Generation Space Processor Program

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WASHINGTON — NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., are requesting research and development proposals to define the type of spacecraft computing needed for future missions.

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NASA Warned About Possible Violation

NASA’s Langley Research Center joins NASA’s Ames Research Center in Congress’ security cross-hairs. In a March 4th letter to NASA Administrator Bolden, House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf notified NASA that it might be in violation of law in allowing officials from China to attend the Committee on Earth Observation […]

Major NASA Air Pollution Study to Fly Over California

A P-3B turboprop from Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., will fly close to the ground to measure air pollution during the month-long DISCOVER-AQ mission in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Photo Credit: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black

WASHINGTON — A multi-year NASA airborne science mission is on its way to California to help scientists […]

NASA Green Aviation Project to Move Into Next Phase of Research

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WASHINGTON — NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project is moving forward with its research efforts to “green” the skies. ERA is developing aircraft concepts and technologies to help reduce the impact of aviation on the environment during the next 30 years.

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ALHAT Updates

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Today, the Morpheus Lander, with the ALHAT system integrated with it, performed a tether test. At 00:42, the Hazard Detection System, or HDS, which is located on the upper left-hand side of Morpheus, pitches over to begin its mosaic scan. The HDS uses a flash lidar sensor to scan a […]