NASA OSIRIS-REx Flexes Its “Arm” Before Arriving At Asteroid Bennu

TAGSAM, or Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism, completed a successful practice deployment in space on Nov. 14—an important milestone in the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu. TAGSAM is the first-of-its-kind robotic arm and sampling head invented by Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin engineers on the Mission Support Area (MSA) team moved TAGSAM’s arm through the full …Read More

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NASA Calls For Instruments, Technologies For Delivery To The Moon

NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020. The agency is working with U.S. industry and international partners to expand human exploration from the Moon to Mars. It all starts with robotic missions on …Read More

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Astrobotic Wins NASA Research Contract To Target Landings On Icy, Outer Planet Moons

Astrobotic has announced a program to study advanced navigation techniques that could allow the next generation of spacecraft to target landings at some of the most interesting scientific destinations in the solar system. Under a 15-month Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II-X contract managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, Astrobotic …Read More

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Draper Unveils Team For NASA’s Next Moonshot

Draper, a company with a heritage in space exploration dating to the Apollo moon landings, announced today its team for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Under the proposal the team will support NASA in the delivery of small rovers and instruments to meet lunar science and exploration …Read More

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Astrobotic Announces Joint Ecuadorian-Columbian Payload Partnership To The Moon

Agencia Espacial Civil Ecuatoriana (EXA), and Agencia Espacial de Colombia (AEC) announced at the 69th International Astronautical Congress their intent to sign a joint agreement with Astrobotic on October 5th to begin a lunar exploration campaign across multiple Peregrine lunar lander missions. Starting with Peregrine’s first upcoming mission to the Moon, EXA and AEC will …Read More

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CubeRover To Develop Next Generation Planetary Rovers In Luxembourg

CubeRover SARL (CubeRover) and Luxembourg have announced an agreement for the development of next-generation planetary rovers in Luxembourg. This historic agreement marks the establishment of CubeRover’s operations in the Grand Duchy as a spin out organization from Astrobotic Technology, Inc. (Astrobotic), a space robotics company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Astrobotic developed the CubeRover platform …Read More

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ScanMars Demonstrates Water Detection Device For Astronauts On Mars

Analogue astronauts have successfully trialed a radar that could help future Mars explorers identify where to dig for water. ScanMars is an Italian experiment that was used to identify subsurface water features in the Mars-like Dhofar region of Oman during the AMADEE-18 analogue mission in February 2018. The results were presented by Alessandro Frigeri of …Read More

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PISCES And Honeybee Robotics Receive NASA STTR Grant To Develop In-Situ Resource Utilization

The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) and Honeybee Robotics, Ltd. have received a $118,690 NASA Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant to jointly develop an In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technology that could launch the future of space settlement. ISRU takes raw, natively sourced materials and converts them into usable resources. On places …Read More

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Honeybee Robotics Secures Six Phase I SBIR/STTR Awards From NASA For Spacecraft, Drilling, And Sampling System Development

Honeybee Robotics today announced it has received four NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I awards and two NASA Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I award to develop new spacecraft systems and enabling technologies. The awards will allow Honeybee to analyze concepts for advanced future planetary exploration, sampling, in-situ resource utilization, and on-orbit …Read More

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Deep Space Industries Secures NASA Aerobrake Funding

Deep Space Industries and the University of Tennessee have been awarded NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program funding for developing technology to slow spacecraft carrying asteroid resources as they return to Earth’s orbit. The purpose of asteroid mining is to collect fuel and building materials harvested from near Earth asteroids and provide them to commercial …Read More

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