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One Dead in Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash

October 31, 2014 3:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday after taking off on a test flight, killing one person aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said ...

Is Space Tourism Safe?

October 31, 2014 9:21 am | by Mary Ann Liebert./Genetic Engineering News | News | Comments

Several companies are developing spacecraft designed to take ordinary citizens, not astronauts,...

Engineering Update: An Exoskeleton for Feeling Virtual Objects

October 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | News | Comments

In this week's special Halloween episode of the Engineering Update:A Missile with In-Flight...

Fireproofing Lithium-Ion Batteries

October 31, 2014 9:07 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Michigan Engineers have developed an impressive new way to make the world’s most popular...

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It's Alive! Engineers Harvest & Print Parts for New Breed of Aircraft

October 30, 2014 8:58 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

It's more an engineer's dream than nightmare - to rapidly prototype and redesign aircraft using 3-D printed parts. That's just what a team of student interns and engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, got to do ...

NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

October 30, 2014 8:36 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from ...

Engineering Newswire 114: Flying Car Transforms in Seconds

October 30, 2014 3:19 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we are learning that rocket science is actually pretty hard, flying, terrified, in a windowless plane, bringing new life to FrankenEyes … and flying a car ...          

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Supersonic Laser-Propelled Rockets

October 30, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Scientists and science fiction writers alike have dreamt of aircrafts that are propelled by beams of light rather than conventional fuels. Now, a new method for improving the thrust generated by such laser-propulsion systems may bring them ...

Evaluating NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

October 30, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT New Office | News | Comments

By the end of this decade, NASA hopes to lasso a space rock: The space agency is actively pursuing proposals for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) — a mission that aims to identify, capture, and redirect an asteroid into lunar orbit ...

Webb Mirrors Like Stepping Stones to the Cosmos

October 30, 2014 10:06 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Highly trained engineers and technicians from NASA, Exelis, and Northrop Grumman lifted the two test primary mirror segments onto the support structure, working in a giant clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt ...

Reaching for the Stars with Stephen Hawking

October 30, 2014 9:48 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

Stephen Hawking, one of the most prominent cosmologists of our time, has given voice to the great heights humanity can achieve. Recently, actor Eddie Redmayne, who plays Professor Hawking in the film "The Theory of Everything," took time ...

Photos of the Day: Webb Telescope Mirrors Direct Light into Instruments

October 30, 2014 9:42 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Scientists and engineers placed two NASA James Webb Space Telescope test primary mirror segments onto the support structure that will hold them, where they resemble stepping stones, as seen in this photo. There are four types of mirrors ...

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Rocket Explosion Setback for Commercial Space

October 30, 2014 9:28 am | by Brock Vergakis & Marcia Dunn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually ...  

NASA Seeks Proposals to Develop Capabilities for Deep Space Exploration, Journey to Mars

October 29, 2014 4:31 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA is soliciting proposals for concept studies or technology development projects that will be necessary to enable human pioneers to go to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and Mars. Through a Broad Area Announcement ...  

Russians Deliver Space Station Cargo After U.S. Flop

October 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Just hours after an American cargo run to the International Space Station ended in flames, a Russian supply ship has arrived at the station with a load of fresh supplies. The Russian supply ship launched early Wednesday from Kazakhstan and ...

Orbital Sciences' Stock Plummets After Explosion

October 29, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Orbital Sciences tumbled in Wednesday morning trading after the aerospace company's unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff on Tuesday evening. No injuries were reported ...  

Laser Experiments Mimic Cosmic Explosions & Planetary Cores

October 29, 2014 10:23 am | by American Physical Society | News | Comments

Researchers are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers at the University of Rochester's OMEGA EP Facility focused on targets smaller than a pencil's eraser, they conducted ...

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Cause Sought for Rocket Explosion

October 29, 2014 9:38 am | by Marcia Dunn & Brock Vergakis, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across ...

Photos of the Day: Rocket Explodes Seconds After Launch

October 29, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. No injuries were reported following the ...

HotSpot: A Mouthguard that Detects Head Injuries

October 28, 2014 11:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot: Third Eye Design is running a kickstarter campaign for HelSTAR, a wireless, helmet brake and turn signal system, designed to make riders more visible. Studies around the world share the same findings ...  

Economical Process for Micro Energy Harvesting

October 28, 2014 10:06 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

The trend toward energy self-sufficient probes and ever smaller mobile electronics systems continues unabated. They are used, for example, to monitor the status of the engines on airplanes, or for medical implants. They gather the energy they ...

NASA Team Proposes to Use Laser to Track Orbital Debris

October 28, 2014 9:58 am | by NASA | News | Comments

As participation in space exploration grows worldwide, so does the impact of orbital debris — man-made "space junk" that poses significant hazards to live spacecraft and astronauts should they cross paths and collide ...    

New Test Station for Missile Warning System Simulates Threats

October 28, 2014 9:55 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) helps protect Army aircraft from attack by shoulder-launched missiles and other threats. To keep this defensive system operating at maximum effectiveness ...      

Photos of the Day: Supersonic Skydiving Suit Breaks Sound Barrier

October 28, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After nearly three years of intense planning, development and training, Eustace began his ascent via a high-altitude, helium-filled balloon just as the sun was rising. It took more than two hours to hit an altitude of 135,890 feet, from which he ...

Space Surveillance Satellite Celebrates 4th Anniversary

October 28, 2014 8:57 am | by Scott Prater, Shriever Air Force Base Public Affairs | News | Comments

Members of the 1st Space Operations Squadron gathered to celebrate the Space-Based Space Surveillance Satellite's (SBSS) fourth anniversary on orbit recently. The event not only provided an opportunity for squadron members and leaders ...

Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth Aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

October 27, 2014 5:20 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space ... 

Space Station Dodging Junk from Old Satellite

October 27, 2014 1:29 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The International Space Station has to sidestep a piece of junk on the same day that a Virginia company is sending fresh supplies. NASA says debris from an old, wrecked Russian satellite was due to come dangerously close to the orbiting ...

Near-Space Jump from 135,000 Ft. Sets New Record

October 27, 2014 12:36 pm | by VideoFromSpace | Videos | Comments

Eustace's supersonic jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which has been working secretly for years to develop a self-contained commercial spacesuit that would allow people to ...  

Google Exec Sets Records with Leap from Near-Space

October 27, 2014 12:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space. Eustace's supersonic jump was part of a project by ...

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