NRL tests robotic fueling of unmanned surface vessels

Engineers from the NRL Spacecraft Engineering Department (SED) successfully demonstrate the robotic fluids transfer from a stationary platform to an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in wave heights greater than three feet. ...

NASA to test new solar sail technology

Solar sails, much like anti-matter and ion engines appear at first glance to only exist in science fiction. Many technologies from science fiction however, become science fact.

Another 93 gigabytes of data added to the Kepler archive

(PhysOrg.com) -- During a regularly scheduled science data download on Tuesday, April 26, the project team reoriented the Kepler spacecraft to downlink data from its solid-state recorder (SSR). All data collected since March ...

Orion Launch Abort System Attitude Control Motor Lights Up Sky

(PhysOrg.com) -- It looked like a light show in Elkton, Md., on Tuesday, Dec. 15, as NASA ground tested a full-scale attitude control motor, or ACM. The motor operated with precision as its elaborate eight-valve control system ...

SwRI's integrated avionics control NASA's WISE spacecraft

NASA's latest spacecraft, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), launched Dec. 14, carries an ultra-sensitive infrared instrument that will take nearly 1.5 million images of the sky at four wavelengths and provide ...

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