Space Research: There’s an App for That

OSR PR — Odyssey Space Research, L.L.C., today announced a space-based, experimental app, dubbed SpaceLab for iOS, which will be used for space research aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceLab for iOS app will make its way to the ISS on an iPhone® 4 aboard the orbiter Atlantis on the space shuttle fleet’s historic final mission, STS-135, and will remain there for several months for the ISS crew to conduct a series of experiments. Odyssey also announced it is bringing the astronauts’ on-orbit experimental tasks down to earth for “terrestrial” consumers to enjoy via the SpaceLab for iOS app available today from the App Store℠.

The SpaceLab for iOS app will utilize the innovative features of iPhone 4, including the three-axis gyro, accelerometer, Retina display, cameras and A4 chip, for space-based research. The crew will conduct various experiments to collect data which could one day find use in practical applications, such as the recovery of navigation information for a spacecraft that might be “lost in space.” A ground-based user of the SpaceLab for iOS app will be able to conduct the same experiments with certain features simulated to account for the presence of gravity.

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SpaceX Subcontractors Revealed!

When NASA released its CCDev 2 agreement with SpaceX, the space agency redacted the names of the company’s partners on human-rating the Dragon spacecraft. A recent PowerPoint presentation given by NASA official Maria Collura reveals them publicly. And the partners are…

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Five Companies Chosen to Evaluate NASA Lunar Lander Design

NASA has awarded small contracts to five companies to conduct a 210-day study of the agency’s in-house design for a human lunar lander. The five companies are:

    Andrews Space, Seattle
    The Boeing Co., Houston
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Denver
    Northrop Grumman Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.
    Odyssey Space Research, Houston.

The contracts total $1.5 million; the largest is for $350,000. These awards are part of NASA’s effort to send astronauts back to the moon by 2020.

“These studies will provide valuable input for developing a sound set of requirements for the Altair lunar lander,” said Jeff Hanley, the Constellation Program manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “Industry collaboration will provide insight for our planning and early design efforts for the spacecraft.”