Tiny 'Cubesats' Gaining Bigger Role in Space
Lunar Flashlight Mission
May 22nd, 2015
Cubesats have pushed beyond the sphere of academia, becoming major tools for governments conducting a variety of missions and for companies earning revenues from space.
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Tiny Solar Sail 'Cubesat' Launching with X-37B Space Plane on Wednesday
Artist’s Concept of The Planetary Society’s LightSail Spacecraft
May 19th, 2015
The Planetary Society's LightSail craft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission Wednesday. LightSail aims to advance solar sailing technology.
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Hang Gliders on Mars: Innovative Idea to Land Probes on Red Planet
MARSDROP Mission Concept
May 18th, 2015
An innovative concept for tiny probes attached to gliders could one day allow small robots to explore intricate locales on Mars that probes never could reach before, scientists say.
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What Will the X-37B Military Space Plane Do on Its Next Mystery Mission?
Third Mission X-37B Space Plane
May 19th, 2015
The United States Air Force's X-37B robotic space plane is scheduled to launch on its fourth mission this Wednesday (May 20). Just what it will be doing, and for how long, is a mystery.
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Avoiding 'Armageddon': Asteroid Deflection Test Planned for 2022
AIM in orbit
May 18th, 2015
NASA and the European Space Agency are working together on a mission that would test out asteroid-deflection technologies. The Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment aims to slam a robotic probe into a space rock in 2022.
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NASA Funds 'Squid Rover,' 14 Other Far-Out Space Tech Ideas
'Squid Rover' for Europa Exploration
May 11th, 2015
The new ideas funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program include a squid-like amphibious rover that could explore icy, ocean-harboring moons such as the Jupiter satellite Europa.
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US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission
AFSPC-5 Launch on May 20, 2015 #3
May 20th, 2015
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster also carried the Planetary Society's tiny LightSail to orbit.
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NASA Experiment Hitches Ride on US Air Force's X-37B Space Plane
X-37B Space Plane Encapsulated
May 18th, 2015
The NASA payload aims to test how the space environment affects certain materials. The experiment is flying aboard the U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B spacecraft, which is scheduled to blast off Wednesday from Cape Canaveral.
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Venus Plane Pushed for Next NASA Next Frontiers Mission
Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform
May 12th, 2015
An inflatable drone could cruise the sulfurous skies of Venus next decade if Northrop Gruman can sell NASA on the mission.
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