Technology Law

Webb Cracks Case of Inflated Exoplanet

May 20, 2024

Why is the warm gas-giant exoplanet WASP-107 b so puffy? Two independent teams of researchers have an answer. Data collected using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, combined with prior observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, show surprisingly little methane (CH4) in the planet’s atmosphere, indicating that the interior of WASP-107 b must be significantly hotter…

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Mission Manager Update: VIPER Rover Approved to Move into Environmental Testing!

May 17, 2024

While NASA’s VIPER team has been focused on building the flight rover that will go to the South Pole of the Moon, the team has also been making preparations for environmental testing of the rover.  In April, the VIPER team passed a System Test Readiness Review, exploring the readiness of the facilities, procedures, and staff…

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NASA’s X-59 Passes Milestone Toward Safe First Flight 

May 15, 2024

NASA has taken the next step toward verifying the airworthiness for its quiet supersonic X-59 aircraft with the completion of a milestone review that will allow it to progress toward flight.  A Flight Readiness Review board composed of independent experts from across NASA has completed a study of the X-59 project team’s approach to safety…

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OSDR hosts Blue Origin Erika Wagner

May 9, 2024

Open Science Data Repository Team Hosts Blue Origin’s Dr Erika Wagner at the Meet the Expert Seminar Series Focused on Flight Integrators Friday, March 29, 2024—The Open Science Data Repository hosted the sixth presentation showcasing flight integrators in the “Meet the Expert” series. This series is targeted for the Open Science Analysis Working Group (AWG)…

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NASA Research Park Public Documents

May 2, 2024

Economic Benefits Study: Development Plans: NASA Research Park Environmental Reports: Environmental Management Division Public Documents: Environmental Impact Statement: RFP Housing Asbestos & Lead Based Paint Documents: FP Housing Misc Due Diligence Documents: Miscellaneous Documents: Full report from NASA: Read More

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2024 Total Solar Eclipse: Prediction vs. Reality

May 2, 2024

Before a total solar eclipse crossed North America on April 8, 2024, scientists at Predictive Science Inc. of San Diego aimed to foresee what the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, would look like during totality. The predictions help researchers understand the accuracy of their models of the Sun’s corona, which extends along its magnetic field.…

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Researchers Develop ‘Founding Document’ on Synthetic Cell Development

May 2, 2024

Cells are the fundamental units of life, forming the variety of all living things on Earth as individual cells and multi-cellular organisms. To better understand how cells perform the essential functions of life, scientists have begun developing synthetic cells – non-living bits of cellular biochemistry wrapped in a membrane that mimic specific biological processes. The…

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NASA Doubles Down, Advances Six Innovative Tech Concepts to New Phase

May 2, 2024

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program (NIAC) has selected six visionary concept studies for additional funding and development. Each study has already completed the initial NIAC phase, showing their futuristic ideas – like a lunar railway system and fluid-based telescopes – may provide fresh perspectives and approaches as NASA explores the unknown in space. The NIAC…

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The NRP Post

May 1, 2024

Dive into the captivating history of the NASA Research Park (NRP) and its industry partners through our comprehensive collection of magazines and articles. Spanning from the summer of 2006 to the present day, the NRP Post Archives offer a journey through time, chronicling the collaborative endeavors, breakthrough discoveries, and technological advancements within NASA’s research ecosystem.…

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NASA Ames Astrogram – March/April 2024

April 30, 2024

Advanced Composite Solar Sail System Successfully Launches On April 23, the Advanced Composite Solar Sail System CubeSat mission launched successfully aboard an Electron rocket launched by Rocket Lab and carried Ames’ payload from Māhia, New Zealand. The CubeSat was subsequently delivered to a Sun-synchronous orbit around Earth. Ames has pioneered the use of CubeSats and small…

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