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Satellites to study space weather built by students

September 11, 2018

UCLA aims to be one of the few universities to ever complete such a sophisticated space science mission…
Spinning Heat Shield Concept Could Provide a Lightweight Way to Survive Atmospheric Re-entry

August 15, 2018

One of the more challenging aspects of space exploration and spacecraft design is planning for re-entry. Even in…
Look at This Adorable Pen-Sized Booster, Perfect for Tiny Satellites

August 2, 2018

When it comes to space exploration, the motto “keep it simple” isn’t always followed! For the most part,…
NASA Cubesat Takes a Picture of the Earth and Moon

May 18, 2018

In 1990, the Voyager 1 spaceprobe took a picture of Earth when it was about 6.4 billion km (4…
A Pale Blue Dot, As Seen by a CubeSat

May 16, 2018

NASA’s Voyager 1 took a classic portrait of Earth from several billion miles away in 1990. Now a…
NASA Engineers Dream Big with Small Spacecraft

April 20, 2018

Many of NASA’s most iconic spacecraft towered over the engineers who built them: think Voyagers 1 and 2,…
Night or day, mini space-based telescope can image Earth and beyond

April 6, 2018

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have developed and tested an optical telescope system that can be used…
NASA’s Small Spacecraft Produces First 883-Gigahertz Global Ice-Cloud Map

January 31, 2018

A bread loaf-sized satellite has produced the world’s first map of the global distribution of atmospheric ice in…
CubeSats for hunting secrets in lunar darkness

January 24, 2018

Imagine sending a spacecraft the size of an airline cabin bag to the Moon – what would you…
How a student satellite solved a major space mystery

December 14, 2017

A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of some energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth’s radiation belts is…
NASA Now Has a Self-Calibrating Magnetometer

September 9, 2017

NASA has achieved much since the agency’s founding in 1958. They can put a human on the moon.…
NASA Studies CubeSat Mission to Solve Venusian Mystery

August 16, 2017

Venus looks bland and featureless in visible light, but change the filter to ultraviolet, and Earth’s twin suddenly…
NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls

August 9, 2017

A novel mission concept involving two CubeSats connected by a thin, miles-long tether could help scientists understand how the Moon…
CubeSats: Shaping Possibilities in Space

February 23, 2017

For more than a decade, CubeSats, or small satellites, have paved the way to low-Earth orbit for commercial…
Next Generation Batteries Could Provide Power to Microsatellites, CubeSats

February 11, 2017

Sometimes good things come in very small packages. Just ask Dr. Luke Roberson, senior principal investigator for Flight…
NASA’s New Shape-Shifting Radiator Inspired by Origami

February 1, 2017

Japan’s ancient art of paper folding has inspired the design of a potentially trailblazing “smart” radiator that a…
A Box of ‘Black Magic’ to Study Earth from Space

November 8, 2016

Black magic. That’s what radiofrequency engineers call the mysterious forces guiding communications over the air. These forces involve…
NASA Small Satellites Set to Take a Fresh Look at Earth

November 8, 2016

Beginning this month, NASA is launching a suite of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative…
MinXSS CubeSat Brings New Information to Study of Solar Flares

October 9, 2016

Along with the visible light and warmth constantly emitted by our sun comes a whole spectrum of X-ray…
How to dock CubeSats

August 18, 2016

The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could…
Mini NASA Satellite Begins Environmental Testing

August 10, 2016

Construction of NASA’s Dellingr CubeSat – a miniature satellite that provides a low-cost platform for missions – is…
NASA Eyes First-Ever Carbon-Nanotube Mirrors for CubeSat Telescope

July 14, 2016

A lightweight telescope that a team of NASA scientists and engineers is developing specifically for CubeSat scientific investigations…
International Partners Provide Science Satellites for America’s Space Launch System Maiden Flight

May 27, 2016

NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) will launch America into a new era of exploration to destinations beyond…
NASA Repurposes Passive Thermal-Control Technology for CubeSats

May 4, 2016

An older technology once de rigueur for preventing spacecraft gadgetry from getting too hot or too cold has…
Sentinel-1B launched to complete radar pair

April 26, 2016

The second Sentinel-1 satellite – Sentinel-1B – was launched today to provide more ‘radar vision’ for Europe’s environmental…
Tiny CubeSat tracks worldwide air traffic

April 11, 2016

Since its launch six months ago, a satellite small enough to fit in an airline passenger’s carry-on bag…
New NASA Instruments to Study Air Pollution, Cyclones

March 12, 2016

NASA has selected two proposals for new Earth science investigations, including one from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,…
NASA’s First Wide-Field Soft-X-ray Camera Is a Gift That Keeps Giving

March 9, 2016

NASA’s first wide-field soft X-ray camera, which incorporated a never-before-flown focusing technology when it debuted in late 2012,…
New NASA CubeSat to Test Techniques for Eliminating the Noise

February 25, 2016

It’s getting noisier and noisier out there and now the cacophony of broadcast and other communications signals has…
New CubeSats To Test Earth Science Tech in Space

February 23, 2016

Sometimes we need to leave our home planet to better understand it. Before Earth observing missions launch, NASA…
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