45,000 feet: Future UAVs may fuel up in flight
Currently global military aviation relies on a key enabler – aerial refueling. Fighters, bombers, reconnaissance and transport aircraft use "flying gas stations" to go the extra mile. Increasingly, UAVs ...
SpaceX Dragon set to blast off to space station
A privately owned rocket was poised to blast off Sunday night on the first of a dozen space station supply missions under a mega-contract with NASA.
Private space station delivery to launch Sunday
A private company is on the verge of launching another cargo ship to the International Space Station.
SpaceX set for first NASA-contracted supply mission
US firm SpaceX aims for its next big launch into orbit Sunday—the first of 12 flights in its $1.6 billion contract with NASA to bring supplies to and from the international space station.
SpaceX encore: 2nd private space station shipment (Update)
A private company is headed back to the International Space Station.
Antares commercial rocket reaches new Atlantic coast launch pad
At long last, Orbital Sciences Corporation has rolled their new commercially developed Antares medium class rocket to the nation's newest spaceport – the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at Wallops Island,Va – and ...
American resupply missions to the space station progressing
(Phys.org)—Orbital Sciences Corporation Monday rolled the first stage of its Antares rocket to the launch pad of the nation's newest spaceport - the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Va. - while in Florida, ...
NASA Orion splashdown tests ensure safe landings for astronauts
(Phys.org)—The 18,000-pound test article that mimics the size and weight of NASA's Orion spacecraft crew module recently completed a final series of water impact tests in the Hydro Impact Basin at the agency's ...
A canopy of confidence: Orion's parachutes
(Phys.org)—They were perhaps some of the most visible images of the end of each Apollo mission: Giant orange and white parachutes unfurled high above the spacecraft, gently descending toward the ocean. ...
New NASA space technology app educates users at hypersonic speeds
Want to try your hand at landing an inflatable spacecraft? All you need is a smart phone, a computer or a tablet.
NASA's 'Mighty Eagle' robotic prototype lander takes 100-foot free flight
(Phys.org)—With a whistle and a roar, the "Mighty Eagle," a NASA robotic prototype lander, sailed to an altitude of 100 feet during another successful free flight Aug. 28 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight ...
US military to test hypersonic vehicle over Pacific: X-51A to reach Mach 6
The US military plans to launch a hypersonic unmanned vehicle in a test flight Tuesday over the Pacific, with the X-51A due to reach mind-boggling speeds of Mach 6, a spokesman said.
Scientists plot driving routes for new Mars rover (Update)
NASA's newest rover Curiosity has yet to make its first move on Mars, but scientists said Tuesday they are already mapping out possible driving routes to a Martian mountain.
NASA's 'green' planetary test lander crashes
Earlier this week NASA safely landed a robotic rover on Mars 350 million miles (563 million kilometers) away. But on Thursday here on Earth, a test model planetary lander crashed and burned at Kennedy Space ...