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MIT Design  Innovative "Skin-Tight" Spacesuits Using Shape Memory Alloys

MIT Design Innovative "Skin-Tight" Spacesuits Using Shape Memory Alloys

Researchers from the MIT have succeeded in designing a skin-tight, pressurized spacesuit integrated with tiny, spring-like coils, which contract when heated. Shape-memory alloy (SMA) was used to create the coil. SMA is a material that can return to its original shape when bent or deformed. It has the unique property of “remembering” its original shape. [More]
Lockheed Martin Defense Weather Satellite Receives Operational Acceptance Into DMSP Constellation

Lockheed Martin Defense Weather Satellite Receives Operational Acceptance Into DMSP Constellation

The newest Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], was accepted for operations by U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) on August 19. This acceptance formally adds DMSP Flight-19 to the existing DMSP constellation. The satellite constellation provides weather data and forecasting information to civilian and military users. [More]
NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX to Resume US-Based Flights to the International Space Station

NASA Selects Boeing and SpaceX to Resume US-Based Flights to the International Space Station

NASA has signed contracts with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Boeing to resume US-based flights for transportation of US astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) using American-built spacecraft. [More]
NASA Launches Vertical Assembly Center for Deep Space Mission Rocket

NASA Launches Vertical Assembly Center for Deep Space Mission Rocket

NASA unveiled the world’s largest 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide Vertical Assembly Center, a spacecraft welding tool at its Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The core stage of Space Launch System (SLS), America’s giant rocket will be developed using this welding toolkit. [More]

New Book Examines Self-Healing Materials for Space Applications

Smithers Rapra Publishing has announced the release of Self-healing Materials: Innovative Materials for Terrestrial and Space Applications. The book reviews the concept of the self-healing processes, starting with the... [More]
NASA to Test 3D Printer in Zero-Gravity

NASA to Test 3D Printer in Zero-Gravity

A customized 3D printer that allows fabrication of all necessary tools and components required for a space mission will be sent to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX-4 resupply mission this month. [More]
NASA Creates and Tests 3D-Printed Rocket Injectors for Improved Engine Performance

NASA Creates and Tests 3D-Printed Rocket Injectors for Improved Engine Performance

Complex 3D-printed rocket engine components have been successfully tested by NASA at its Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, Alabama. [More]
NASA Tests New Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank to Reduce Weight in Launch Rockets

NASA Tests New Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank to Reduce Weight in Launch Rockets

An 18-foot diameter cryogenic fuel tank, made using new, lightweight composite materials, has successfully undergone a series of complex mechanical tests conducted by NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center. [More]
Saint-Gobain Seals’ OmniSeal® Spring-Energized Seals Have Been Qualified in Helicopter Rotorhead Applications

Saint-Gobain Seals’ OmniSeal® Spring-Energized Seals Have Been Qualified in Helicopter Rotorhead Applications

Saint-Gobain Seals’ OmniSeal® spring-energized seals have been qualified as a sealing solution in various sections of rotorhead in military helicopters.  Within this dynamic rotorhead application, four sea... [More]
Test Vehicle Successfully Launched for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Mission

Test Vehicle Successfully Launched for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Mission

NASAs saucer-shaped test vehicle was successfully launched into Earth’s atmosphere as part of their Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) mission in June 2014. [More]