NASA ‘Game-Changing’ Space Propellant Tank To Stay Grounded For Now

by Elizabeth Howell March 20, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter A lighter and stronger “game-changing” tank that could have flown in space in a few years will be tested on the ground only, at least for now, according to the NASA budget and a few reports. Last year, the agency conducted […]

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Human Spaceflight, Planetary Missions Face Potential Cuts in Latest NASA Budget Negotiations

by Elizabeth Howell November 20, 2013

While 2014 budget negotiations are not finalized yet, there’s already some noise of concern in different space communities that depend on NASA. Here’s a brief roundup of some of the news lately: Could the Cassini Saturn mission get the axe? Wired’s Adam Mann warns that NASA may not be able to fund all of its planetary […]

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NASA Tanks: Not Just Heavy Metal Any More

by Elizabeth Howell July 9, 2013

NASA’s future in fuels will see less heavy metal. Literally. The agency just finished testing on a composite propellant tank that holds cryogenics, or super-chilled gases that are commonly used as rocket fuel (such as for the space shuttle). The agency brought the test tank down to -423 degrees Fahrenheit, put it through a few […]

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Private Test Pilots to Fly 1st Commercial Crewed Space Flights for NASA

by Ken Kremer January 13, 2013

Image Caption: Dream Chaser commercial crew vehicle built by Sierra Nevada Corp docks at ISS Commercial test pilots, not NASA astronauts, will fly the first crewed missions that NASA hopes will at last restore America’s capability to blast humans to Earth orbit from American soil – perhaps as early as 2015 – which was totally […]

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NASA Announces Winners in Commercial Crew Funding; Which Company Will Get to Space First?

by Nancy Atkinson August 3, 2012

NASA announced today the winners of the third round of commercial crew development funding, called the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap). This will ultimately allow commercial space companies to be able to provide commercial human spaceflight services for both NASA and other commercial customers. The winners are SpaceX ($440 million), Boeing ($460 million) and Sierra […]

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