Dynetics’ proposed Human Landing System (HLS) depends upon fuel depots and multiple rocket launches to achieve NASA’s goal of landing two astronauts on the moon in 2024, officials said during a webinar earlier this week.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (NASA PR) — A technical challenge that NASA is working to solve is how to maintain very cold liquid propellants to be used as fuel for deep space missions. Heat intercept concepts such as advanced insulation blankets, foam insulation and vapor-based cooling will be evaluated with the Structural Heat Intercept Insulation Vibration Evaluation Rig or SHIIVER, which arrived Aug. 10 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for application of its first round of insulation.
BALL PR — BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 10, 2012 — Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has submitted a mission concept study to NASA for the storage and transfer of cryogenic propellants in space.
Ball Aerospace was one of four companies awarded a six-month contract by NASA to develop a mission concept that demonstrates long duration, in-space storage and transfer of cryogenic propellants. Successful development and in-space demonstration of the technology would advance the state of the art that is required for future exploration elements such as large cryogenic propulsion stages. The Ball concept study proposes solutions to close current gaps in technology to achieve that goal.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT:Dan Adamo returns to further discuss on orbit propellant depots and Earth-Lunar departure points. Friday, September 10, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PDT:Berin Szoka returns to discuss not only internet freedom but expanding human civilization in space.
Sunday, September 12, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT. We welcome back to the show Dr. Bryan Laubscher to update us on space elevator development.
Why is human Mars exploration so surprisingly hard? James Oberg discusses why human Mars missions have proven far more difficult than originally envisioned and how weâ€™ll know that weâ€™re finally ready to go.
Doubts about depots Josh Hopkins argues that proponents of on-orbit propellant depots need to address a number of technical and business issues regarding them.
Ares 1 launch abort: technical analysis and policy implications An Air Force analysis leaked last month concludes that there are phases of flight of the Ares 1 from which the Orion capsule could not safely escape. Kirk Woellert examines both the rationale for leaking the report and its technical merits.
Remembering the lessons of SEI Taylor Dinerman looks back on the late, lamented Space Exploration Initiative for insights on how the President and Congress should not to act when given the Augustine Commission’s report.
Launch failure Dwayne Day reflects on what the passing of LAUNCH Magazine means for space journalism, online and in print.
The crucible of man Andrew Weston makes the case for Britain to be even more ambitious with its long-term space goals.
Review: Heavenly Ambitions Jeff Foust reviews a new book that examines changes in space policy and explains why military space dominance is problematic, at best.