NASA-Developed Ventilator Authorized by FDA for Emergency Use

A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers and tailored to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients today was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use under the FDA’s March 24 ventilator Emergency Use Authorization. Called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), the device was developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in SouthernContinue reading NASA-Developed Ventilator Authorized by FDA for Emergency Use

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NASA Names Companies to Develop Human Landers for Artemis Moon Missions

NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. NASA is on track for sustainable human exploration of the Moon for the first time in history. The human landing system awards under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) AppendixContinue reading NASA Names Companies to Develop Human Landers for Artemis Moon Missions

SN4 becomes first full-scale Starship prototype to pass cryogenic proof test

Starship SN4 became SpaceX’s first full-scale Starship prototype to pass a cryogenic proof test on Sunday evening at SpaceX’s launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. The cryogenic proof is one of the first tests necessary to prove the vehicle’s flight-worthiness. With the successful test, SpaceX teams will now work towards a static fire, and thenContinue reading SN4 becomes first full-scale Starship prototype to pass cryogenic proof test

Hubble Watches Comet ATLAS Disintegrate Into More Than Two Dozen Pieces

These two Hubble Space Telescope images of comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), taken on April 20 and 23, 2020, provide the sharpest views yet of the breakup of the fragile comet. Hubble identified about 30 fragments on April 20, and 25 pieces on April 23. They are all enveloped in a sunlight-swept tail of cometary dust. “TheirContinue reading Hubble Watches Comet ATLAS Disintegrate Into More Than Two Dozen Pieces

Asteroid 1998 OR2 to Safely Fly Past Earth This Week

A large near-Earth asteroid will safely pass by our planet on Wednesday morning, providing astronomers with an exceptional opportunity to study the 1.5-mile-wide (2-kilometer-wide) object in great detail. The asteroid, called 1998 OR2, will make its closest approach at 5:55 a.m. EDT (2:55 a.m. PDT). While this is known as a “close approach” by astronomers,Continue reading Asteroid 1998 OR2 to Safely Fly Past Earth This Week

ULA begins stacking rocket for next launch of U.S. military spaceplane

An Atlas 5 first stage was raised vertical Thursday inside United Launch Alliance’s Vertical Integration Facility. Credit: United Launch Alliance   United Launch Alliance technicians raised the first stage of the company’s next Atlas 5 rocket onto a mobile launch platform at Cape Canaveral Thursday, kicking off the launch vehicle’s build-up for a mission scheduledContinue reading ULA begins stacking rocket for next launch of U.S. military spaceplane

How NASA’s Perseverance Mars Team Has Adjusted to Work in the Time of Coronavirus

Members of NASA’s Perseverance rover mission work remotely from home during the coronavirus outbreak. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech From the moment the mission began in 2013, the women and men working on what would become NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover knew they’d encounter unexpected challenges on their way to Mars. After all, no NASA mission to the surface ofContinue reading How NASA’s Perseverance Mars Team Has Adjusted to Work in the Time of Coronavirus

NASA CubeSat Will Shine a Laser Light on the Moon’s Darkest Craters

As astronauts explore the Moon during the Artemis program, they may need to make use of the resources that already exist on the lunar surface. Take water, for instance: Because it’s a heavy and therefore expensive resource to launch from Earth, our future explorers might have to seek out ice to mine. Once excavated, it can beContinue reading NASA CubeSat Will Shine a Laser Light on the Moon’s Darkest Craters

SLS Program working on accelerating EUS development timeline

By Philip Sloss, https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/ NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program is pursuing ways to accelerate development of the on-again, off-again next evolution of the launch vehicle. The main change from the initial Block 1 vehicle to the Block 1B version of the rocket is the larger, higher performance Exploration Upper Stage (EUS). Delays primarily with CoreContinue reading SLS Program working on accelerating EUS development timeline