Monthly Archives: August 2018

Systima wins contract for Orion space hardware

Systima Technologies says it’s been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide pyrotechnically actuated hatch mechanisms for NASA’s Orion deep-space crew capsule. The mechanisms will be part of a side hatch latch release system that would come into … Continue reading

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Commercial branding on spacecraft? Why not?

Why can’t commercials be filmed on the International Space Station? How about astronaut endorsements of energy drinks or tennis shoes? And instead of saying “The Eagle has landed,” why not get paid for saying “Here’s your orbital Pizza Hut delivery”? … Continue reading

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Boeing wins $805M contract for refueling drones

After a months-long competition with the likes of Lockheed Martin, Boeing has won a $805.3 million contract from the Pentagon to build the first four MQ-25A autonomous refueling planes for the Navy. The MQ-25 Stingray is meant to refuel Navy … Continue reading

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Blue Origin scores big in suborbital science

NASA’s Flight Opportunities program has selected 15 promising space technologies for testing on suborbital flights, and almost half of them are set to fly on Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship. Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space venture, headquartered in Kent, Wash., … Continue reading

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Space station crew patches up tiny air leak

The International Space Station’s flight controllers detected a minute pressure leak overnight, but a temporary fix was made with epoxy and a gauze wipe. The six-person crew is in no danger, NASA said. In a status update, NASA said the … Continue reading

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How Boeing re-engineered the 737’s landing gear

When Boeing’s customers said they wanted a stretched-out 737 MAX jet, there was one big problem: The 737’s landing gear was too short to handle it. Fortunately, Boeing’s engineers came to the rescue, with a stretched-out landing gear to match … Continue reading

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Microsoft and Kymeta show off connected cars

REDMOND, Wash. — The vehicles sitting in the parking lot here at the headquarters of Kymeta Corp., a flat-panel antenna startup backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, are a car fan’s dream. But Microsoft’s Scott Montgomery says you have to look under … Continue reading

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WiBotic unveils wireless power system for drones

Seattle-based WiBotic is unveiling a wireless power system designed for DJI’s commercial-grade drones, a product that opens the way for seamless recharging as applications for long-lasting drones take off. The power system works with the high-end DJI Matrice 200 and Matrice 210 … Continue reading

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World View exec to chair commercial space group

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation says Taber MacCallum, co-founder and chief technology officer of Arizona-based World View Enterprises, will serve as its new chairman of the board. MacCallum takes the reins from Alan Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute and principal … Continue reading

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New Horizons and OSIRIS-REx spot their targets

The next few months are due to bring two amazing interplanetary encounters: a rendezvous with an asteroid and a flyby past a mysterious icy object beyond Pluto on the solar system’s edge. Over the past few days, we’ve gotten our … Continue reading

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