NASA, Italian Space Agency Explore Partnership Opportunities On Asteroid Redirect Mission

NASA and the Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, or ASI) have agreed to conduct a joint feasibility study on potential cooperation opportunities during the robotic segment of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). Since the announcement of NASA’s ARM in 2013, NASA has sought ideas from external communities to identify innovative concepts while the mission …Read More

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Resource Prospector Progresses With Thermal Vacuum Testing

This rover could be the first robot to mine for resources on another world! Targeted for launch in the early 2020s, Resource Prospector (RP) will take a short trip from Earth to the moon, where it will use a suite of rover-hosted instruments to search and characterize sub-surface water, hydrogen and other volatiles. Further, RP …Read More

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Simon “Pete” Worden Joins Luxembourg Government’s Advisory Board

The Luxembourg Government today announced that Simon “Pete”’ Worden (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret., PhD), Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, joins the government’s Advisory Board of the recently announced spaceresources.lu initiative. The initiative defines a framework for the exploration and commercial utilization of resources from Near Earth Objects (NEOs), such as asteroids. Prior to joining …Read More

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Deep Space Industries And The Luxembourg Government Announce Partnership To Commercialize Space Resources

Asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries, together with the Luxembourg Government and the Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement (SNCI), the national banking institution in Luxembourg, have signed an agreement formalizing their partnership to explore, use, and commercialize space resources as part of Luxembourg’s spaceresources.lu initiative. The Luxembourg Government will work with Deep Space Industries …Read More

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Development Of High-Power Solar Electric Propulsion

A prototype 13-kilowatt Hall thruster is tested at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This prototype demonstrated the technology readiness needed for industry to continue the development of high-power solar electric propulsion into a flight-qualified system. On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, NASA awarded a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. to design and develop an advanced …Read More

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UCF Physics Professor Lands Grant To Plan For Space Mining

University of Central Florida physics professor Dan Britt has been named to the New Horizons mission team as the spacecraft heads to the Kuiper Belt. He’s also just landed a grant to help create fake asteroid material, which will help NASA and private companies prepare the technology needed to mine asteroids and eventually other planets. …Read More

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Moon Express Seeks Government Approval For First Commercial Lunar Mission

Today, Moon Express made history as the first private space company to request the U.S government to conduct a payload review of its spacecraft and plans leading to regulatory approval of a commercial mission to the Moon in 2017. Moon Express initiated the review process through a submission to the Federal Aviation Administration Office of …Read More

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The Art Of Landing On An Asteroid

Researchers in France have customised a drop tower to simulate landing a CubeSat on an asteroid in the near-absence of gravity – part of the preparations for ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission. “We’ve taken an existing drop tower, previously designated for aircraft and material drop-tests, to simulate a low-gravity landing,” explains Naomi Murdoch of the Institut …Read More

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Blue Origin’s Spacecraft, UCF Experiment Make History

Yes! Followed by a high five. That was University of Central Florida Physics Professor Joshua Colwell’s reaction as he watched the successful launch into suborbital space of his experiment aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle. “We have been waiting for this day for a long time,” Colwell said. “A lot of talented students have …Read More

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SwRI’s BORE Microgravity Payload Flies Aboard Commercial Suborbital Spaceflight

A Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) experiment designed to assess the surface properties and processes of near-Earth asteroids successfully flew aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle April 2. The Box of Rocks Experiment (BORE) consists of two transparent boxes enclosing two types of rocks that simulate an asteroid’s regolith — the layer of loose, heterogeneous …Read More

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