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NASA Tests Autonomous Lunar Landing Technology

September 11, 2019

In anticipation of many Moon landings to come, NASA is testing an autonomous lunar landing system in the…
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Stanford researchers study birds to improve how robots land

August 7, 2019

Birds can perch on a wide variety of surfaces, thick or thin, rough or slick. But can they…
MEDLI2 Installation on Mars 2020 Aeroshell Begins

August 5, 2019

Hardware installed onto NASA’s Mars 2020 entry vehicle this week will help to increase the safety of future…
Origami-inspired materials could soften the blow for reusable spacecraft

May 27, 2019

Space vehicles like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 are designed to be reusable. But this means that, like Olympic gymnasts hoping for…
NASA has Picked the Companies That will Help Build its Lunar Landers

May 23, 2019

NASA has chosen 11 American companies to help them build the next lunar landers that will carry humans…
NASA Taps 11 American Companies to Advance Human Lunar Landers

May 17, 2019

NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar…
Land Heavier Payloads on Mars. Aim for the Ground, Pull up at the Last Moment

February 18, 2019

In the coming decades, a number of missions are planned for Mars, which include proposals to send astronauts…
OSU scientists assisted in planning for Mars InSight landing

November 28, 2018

After two years of delays because of problems with a seismometer instrument, NASA’s InSight Mission apparently has successfully…
50 Years Ago, Apollo 8 Preparations at L-8 Weeks

October 27, 2018

As Apollo 7 completed its highly successful engineering test mission, preparations intensified for the next flight, Apollo 8,…
The ‘Claw Game’ on Mars: NASA InSight Plays to Win

October 17, 2018

If you’ve ever played the claw machine at an arcade, you know how hard it can be to…
Software finds the best way to stick a Mars landing

September 26, 2018

Selecting a landing site for a rover headed to Mars is a lengthy process that normally involves large…
Sample Return Technology Successfully Tested on Xodiac Rocket

June 15, 2018

Just a sample will do. Honeybee Robotics in Pasadena, California, flight tested its pneumatic sampler collection system, PlanetVac,…
The Largest Parachute Ever Built for Mars Triumphs in its First Test

May 24, 2018

The flights into space become commonplace nowadays. Since Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched the Falcon Heavy and Max…
Video: Developing Landing Tech for Space

June 21, 2017

Canyons, craters and cracked ice fields on other worlds might be hiding exciting scientific discoveries. But how do…
Drones Could Perform Emergency Landings

May 22, 2017

We are worried about drones, what could happen if they stop working and start falling down from the sky?…
COBALT Flight Demonstrations Fuse Technologies to Gain Precision Landing Results

March 20, 2017

Many regions in the solar system beckon for exploration, but they are considered unreachable due to technology gaps…
NASA Supersonic Decelerator Flight Test Reflects Nationwide Teamwork

June 10, 2015

When NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle flew high over the Pacific Ocean June 8 to test two…
NASA’s LDSD Project Completes Second Experimental Test Flight

June 10, 2015

Engineers are poring over the data following the second experimental landing technology test of NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator…
The Supreme Council of Parachute Experts

May 29, 2015

It was not your typical NASA meeting. But then again, it would have been difficult to have a…
Space Image: Parachute Testing for NASA’s InSight Mission

May 29, 2015

This parachute testing for NASA’s InSight mission to Mars was conducted inside the world’s largest wind tunnel, at…
Successful Test Flights for Mars Landing Technology

March 20, 2015

It’s tricky to get a spacecraft to land exactly where you want. That’s why the area where the…
Moon Express Testing Compact Lunar Lander at Kennedy Space Center

December 16, 2014

NASA is working with U.S. industry to develop the capabilities and cutting-edge technologies that will help send astronauts…
How Do You Land on a Comet? Very Carefully.

September 5, 2014

ESA has announced that on September 15, the team from the Rosetta mission will reveal the landing site…
Dropship offers safe landings for Mars rovers

July 7, 2014

The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently…
Bee–inspired landing system will sting aircraft hackers

June 30, 2014

Bees have inspired development of a new aircraft landing system that is fully independent of outside technology, improving…
Morpheus prototype uses hazard detection system to land safely in dark

June 2, 2014

The free-flight test was the first of its kind for NASA’s Autonomous Landing Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT.…
JPL Tests Big with a Supersonic Parachute for Mars

April 11, 2014

“You wanna go to Mars, you wanna go big? Then you gotta test big here,” says mechanical engineer…
Update: Reporters See NASA’s Latest High Tech Exploration Tool Before Testing

April 11, 2014

On April 9 reporters got a chance to don “bunny suits” (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look…
Reporters See NASA’s Latest High Tech Exploration Tool Before Testing

April 10, 2014

On April 9 reporters got a chance to don “bunny suits” (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look…
Foom! Morpheus Project Lander Roars In Free Flight Test

December 12, 2013

What an otherworldly experience, without having to leave Earth! The Morpheus Project wrapped up a successful free-flight test…
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