NASA funds next phase of robotic satellite assembly project

The National Air & Space Administration awarded the next phase of funding to Space Systems Loral, a spacecraft systems provider, modifying their contract to continue work on the Dragonfly on-orbit satellite assembly program. The partnership between NASA and SSL intends to create a semiautonomous robotic system to assemble satellites in space. The software to run…

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Want to Help NASA Make a FabLab in Space?

NASA is accepting prototypes and applications from the public to put a makerspace aboard the International Space Station. Read more on MAKE The post Want to Help NASA Make a FabLab in Space? appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Maker… […]

NASA Langley Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation at Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire

This Saturday, May 6, the oldest NASA/NACA field center, NASA Langley Research Center will celebrate its 100th birthday in tandem with the Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire. Read more on MAKE The post NASA Langley Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation at Ham… […]

This Is What Makes Quantum Computers Powerful Problem Solvers

In a previous article, I introduced the recent open-sourcing of quantum computing software by DWave. DWave is the maker of a quantum computer being used and studied by a number of groups, including NASA and Google, and there are other quantum computers in the works too. Although the field is still young, recent progress has […] […]

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 25)

ROBOTICS NASA’s Origami Robots Can Squeeze Into Places Rovers Can’t Mariella Moon | Engadget “Imagine a Martian rover that can send small robotic minions to crawl into crevices or climb steep slopes—everywhere a full-sized vehicle can’t go to. That’s the scenario a team from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hopes to achieve by developing small origami-inspired […] […]

What You Need to Know About Elon Musk’s Plan to Fly People to the Moon

What On February 27, Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced plans to fly two non-astronauts, or “private citizens,” on a loop around the moon. Who No one except Elon Musk and the two moon-explorers-to-be know who they are yet. SpaceX has stated only that the individuals approached the company asking to be flown around the moon (as […] […]

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 18th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes? Annie Sneed | Scientific American “Along with more sophisticated computing, he [Johnson] and his team are trying something in the lab no one else has done before: They are feeding machines raw data—massive sets of measurements taken continuously before, during and after lab-simulated earthquake events. They then allow […] […]

I Built My Own Mars Rover in the Spirit of Simplicity

How I built a Centennial Challenge robot using the cheapest materials I could find. Read more on MAKE The post I Built My Own Mars Rover in the Spirit of Simplicity appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers. […]

Is Virtual Reality the Surprising Solution to the Fermi Paradox?

From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It’s usually a piece that was popular back then and we think is still relevant now. This is one of those articles. It was originally published August 20, 2015. We hope you enjoy […] […]

5 Reasons This Was an Awesome Year for Space Exploration

On 14 February, 1990, as the spacecraft Voyager 1 was leaving our planetary neighborhood, legendary astronomer and cosmologist, Carl Sagan, suggested that NASA engineers turn it around for one last look at Earth from 6.4 billion kilometers away. The picture that was taken depicts Earth as a tiny point of light—a “pale blue dot,” as […] […]