What is 3D-MAT? – NASA

What is 3D-MAT? – NASA

The 3-Dimensional Multifunctional Ablative Thermal Protection System (3D-MAT) is a thermal protection material developed as a critical component of Orion, NASA’s newest spacecraft built for human deep space missions. It is able to maintain a high level of strength while enduring extreme temperatures during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere at the end of Artemis missions to … Read more

X-59 Passes Milestone

X-59 Passes Milestone

NASA has taken the next step toward verifying the airworthiness for its quiet supersonic X-59 aircraft with the completion of a milestone review that will allow it to progress toward flight.  A Flight Readiness Review board composed of independent experts from across NASA has completed a study of the X-59 project team’s approach to safety … Read more

NASA Research Park Public Documents – NASA

NASA Research Park Public Documents – NASA

NASA Research Park Public Documents – NASA Theodore R. Triano May 02, 2024 Environmental Baseline Survey NASA Research Park Parcel 1 Amendment 91-4A to Administrative Order Administrative Order for Remedial Design and Remedial Action Closure Letter for Underground Storage Tank 57 Uniform Case Closure Letter, Former Underground Storage Tank 58 Consent Decree, United States of … Read more

Researchers Develop ‘Founding Document’ on Synthetic Cell Development – NASA

Researchers Develop ‘Founding Document’ on Synthetic Cell Development – NASA

Cells are the fundamental units of life, forming the variety of all living things on Earth as individual cells and multi-cellular organisms. To better understand how cells perform the essential functions of life, scientists have begun developing synthetic cells – non-living bits of cellular biochemistry wrapped in a membrane that mimic specific biological processes. The … Read more

NASA Ames Astrogram – March/April 2024 – NASA

NASA Ames Astrogram – March/April 2024 – NASA

On April 23, the Advanced Composite Solar Sail System CubeSat mission launched successfully aboard an Electron rocket launched by Rocket Lab and carried Ames’ payload from Māhia, New Zealand. The CubeSat was subsequently delivered to a Sun-synchronous orbit around Earth. Ames has pioneered the use of CubeSats and small satellites to run innovative, cost-effective missions and … Read more

NASA Invites Media to Learn About New Tech Mission Powered by the Sun – NASA

NASA Invites Media to Learn About New Tech Mission Powered by the Sun – NASA

A new NASA mission is testing a new way to navigate our solar system by hoisting its sail into space – not to catch the wind, but the propulsive power of sunlight. NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System is led by the agency’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. The microwave oven-sized CubeSat is scheduled to launch aboard a … Read more

‘Vast and Rich:’ Studying the Ocean With NASA Computer Simulations – NASA

‘Vast and Rich:’ Studying the Ocean With NASA Computer Simulations – NASA

“Every time I help with visualizing [ocean] simulation data, I learn about an entirely new area of ocean or climate research, and I’m reminded of how vast and rich this area of research is. And…the real magic happens at the intersection and interaction of simulated and observed data. It is a great honor – and … Read more

NASA, FAA Partner to Develop New Wildland Fire Technologies  – NASA

NASA, FAA Partner to Develop New Wildland Fire Technologies  – NASA

NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have established a research transition team to guide the development of wildland fire technology.  Wildland fires are occurring more frequently and at a larger scale than in past decades, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Emergency responders will need a broader set of technologies to prevent, monitor, and … Read more

NASA to Hoist Its Sail: Solar Sail Mission Gets Ready for Launch – NASA

NASA to Hoist Its Sail: Solar Sail Mission Gets Ready for Launch – NASA

A NASA mission testing a new way of navigating our solar system is ready to hoist its sail into space – not to catch the wind, but the propulsive power of sunlight. The Advanced Composite Solar Sail System is targeting launch on Tuesday, April 23 (Wednesday, April 24 in New Zealand) aboard a Rocket Lab Electron … Read more

NASA Next-Generation Solar Sail Boom Technology Ready for Launch – NASA

NASA Next-Generation Solar Sail Boom Technology Ready for Launch – NASA

Sailing through space might sound like something out of science fiction, but the concept is no longer limited to books or the big screen. In April, a next-generation solar sail technology – known as the Advanced Composite Solar Sail System – will launch aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket from the company’s Launch Complex 1 in … Read more