Tech Archive
11 June 2014, 07:02 AM ET
NASA is heading back to the ocean floor twice in the next three months to test out techniques and technologies that could improve astronauts' lives in orbit and help them explore an asteroid down the road.
11 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The products that NASA develops have filtered into everyday life for decades, and for decades the publication "Spinoff" has chronicled their progress. The latest issue is now available for free online, and what's inside may surprise you.
10 June 2014, 04:25 PM ET
Program executive Daniel Lockney explains how technologies used to for exploration have been transferred for use in everyday life here on Earth.
10 June 2014, 02:41 PM ET
NASA is offering $1.5 million in prize money this week to inventors who build a robot that can navigate a mock-alien landscape and scoop up geologic samples without any help from human controllers.
09 June 2014, 03:12 PM ET
NASA had originally planned to launch its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle via balloon on June 3 from Hawaii. But uncooperative winds have caused multiple delays, pushing the launch to June 5, June 7, June 9 and now June 11.
09 June 2014, 03:05 PM ET
An imaginative inventor and space pioneer has passed away. Peter Glaser, who introduced the idea of using satellites to beam solar energy from space down to Earth, died May 29 at the age of 90 at his home in Lexington, Mass.
09 June 2014, 12:28 PM ET
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman has achieved a social media milestone aboard the International Space Station, beaming the first Vine from orbit.
09 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The agency's Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) instrument transmitted a new 37-second, 175-megabit video called "Hello, World!" to a ground station in California as the orbiting lab soared 260 miles overhead.
09 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Spewing orange and blue flame against the dark sky, NASA's Morpheus lander lifted off more than 800 feet (244 m) in the air during its first night flight test ever May 28.
08 June 2014, 11:53 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
07 June 2014, 01:23 PM ET
From a spectacular solar eruption to breathtaking images from NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 7, 2014.
07 June 2014, 07:34 AM ET
Researchers have developed a method to recreate supernova explosions in the lab using high-intensity lasers.
06 June 2014, 05:30 PM ET
The 12 proposals range from a submarine that would explore the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's huge moon Titan to a probe that would travel around the solar system by hitching rides on comets.
06 June 2014, 10:14 AM ET
The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) aboard the International Space Station transmitted a video titled "Hello, World" to Earth. Mission manager Matt Abrahamson of JPL explains how it works.
06 June 2014, 09:15 AM ET
NASA is working on more efficient heating and cooling, longer lasting – nearly maintenance free – systems, more durable fabrics, and more dextrous gloves. New oxygen recovery systems might utilize local planetary materials: ‘in-situ’ consumables.
06 June 2014, 06:30 AM ET
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., and the Brooklyn, New York-based 3D printing company MakerBot are seeking design ideas for a habitat that could house humans on Mars.
05 June 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Lockheed Martin will build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation space surveillance system.
05 June 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Google aims to invest billions in a fleet of satellites to provide service to areas presently without broadband Internet access.
05 June 2014, 02:55 PM ET
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) system will lofted to 120,000 feet, via large scientific balloon. An attached rocket will propel the test article into a test trajectory.
05 June 2014, 03:52 AM ET
NASA's approach to innovation applies far beyond just the aerospace industry.
05 June 2014, 03:33 AM ET
NASA's next Curiosity-class rover blends old and new approaches to innovative tech.
04 June 2014, 10:39 PM ET
NASA's prime innovations, from Apollo to Viking.
04 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's three-core Falcon Heavy rocket is a mega-booster that would be the largest, most powerful launch vehicle since NASA's Saturn V moon rocket. Here's how SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket works.
03 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA hopes to launch its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle Thursday (June 5) from a U.S. Navy facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The balloon-aided liftoff was originally scheduled for June 3, but the weather did not cooperate.
02 June 2014, 02:23 PM ET
Google plans to spend more than $1 billion on a fleet of 180 satellites, on its mission of spreading Internet access to unconnected regions of the world, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
02 June 2014, 01:12 PM ET
The Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, or HIAD, is rigorously tested in NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. This technology is being developed to deliver larger payloads to planets more efficiently.
02 June 2014, 12:31 PM ET
The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered aircraft designed for extended flights, completed its first flight-test on June 2, 2014. The ultimate goal is to fly the plane around the world in 2015.
30 May 2014, 02:58 PM ET
NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) has the same 2.4m diameter aperture as Hubble but will use 18 fourth-generation images sensors (Hubble has a single ‘first-gen’ sensor).
30 May 2014, 12:41 PM ET
Little Joe's launch vehicle was launched for the first time on Oct. 4, 1959.
30 May 2014, 12:11 PM ET
In an event worthy of a Hollywood premiere, billionaire inventor Elon Musk unveiled – quite literally – his new manned Dragon Version 2 spacecraft Thursday night (May 29).
30 May 2014, 08:30 AM ET
Unveiling his company's new Dragon V2 SpaceX founder Elon Musk claims his space taxi may achieve human access to space for under $10 million per seat.The company has been launching unmanned Dragon Version 1 capsules to the space station since 2012.
29 May 2014, 09:20 PM ET
SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule May 29, 2014 during an invite-only event at the spaceflight company's Hawthorne, California campus.