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NASA partner Blue Origin to Test Precision Lunar Landing Technologies

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – From the rim of Shackleton crater to permanently shadowed regions on the Moon, a NASA-developed sensor suite could allow robotic and crewed missions to land precisely on the lunar surface within half the distance of a football field.

Technologies to enable exact and soft landings on the Moon and other worlds will fly on Blue Origin’s next New Shepard suborbital rocket launch was supposed to launch on September 24th but had to be scrubbed. When a new launch time is announced, it will be posted to nasa.gov/live and the NASA TV Upcoming Events page.

The New Shepard booster lands after this vehicle's sixth consecutive flight December 11th, 2019. (Blue Origin)

The New Shepard booster lands after this vehicle’s sixth consecutive flight December 11th, 2019. (Blue Origin)

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NASA Technology designed for Lunar Landings helps Self-Driving Cars be Safer

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – NASA is advancing a laser-based technology designed to help spacecraft land on a proverbial dime for missions to the Moon and Mars.

The technology will undergo testing on upcoming suborbital rocket launches with Blue Origin on its New Shepard rocket and ride to the Moon on several commercial landers as part of the Artemis program. Simultaneously, companies are using the technology to help self-driving cars navigate rush hour traffic on this planet.

Psionic's Doppler lidar was recently flight-tested via NASA’s Flight Opportunities program to help mature a precision landing capability for future missions to the Moon. (Lauren Hughes)

Psionic’s Doppler lidar was recently flight-tested via NASA’s Flight Opportunities program to help mature a precision landing capability for future missions to the Moon. (Lauren Hughes)

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NASA’s Doug Wheelock gets Astronauts ready for Moon Landing

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationEdwards, CA – Astronaut  Doug “Wheels” Wheelock spent his NASA career expanding knowledge of living and working in space. His new mission is working to determine the best way to train astronauts to return to the surface of the Moon.

Wheelock is a veteran test pilot and retired U.S. Army colonel who has accumulated 178 days in space and was a guest speaker at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California during a recent virtual Safety Day.

Astronaut Scott Parazynski, while anchored to a foot restraint, assessed his repair work as the solar array was fully deployed while Space Suttle Discovery was docked with the International Space Station. Astronaut Doug Wheelock (out of frame) assisted from the truss by keeping an eye on the distance between Parazynski and the array. (Doug “Wheels” Wheelock)

Astronaut Scott Parazynski, while anchored to a foot restraint, assessed his repair work as the solar array was fully deployed while Space Suttle Discovery was docked with the International Space Station. Astronaut Doug Wheelock (out of frame) assisted from the truss by keeping an eye on the distance between Parazynski and the array. (Doug “Wheels” Wheelock)

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Homegrown designs sprout for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – The expression goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” And right now there is a need for NASA and the United States to have reliable access to low Earth orbit from homegrown sources. So, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and a number of American-led private companies are working together on new and innovative plans to do just that.

For example, when NASA astronauts journey to the International Space Station again after being launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, they could do so atop the same vehicle that rocketed the agency’s Curiosity rover toward the surface of Mars on November 26th.

Media receive an update on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, which are being matured for two NASA purposes: cargo and crew. (Photo credit: Jim Grossmann)

Media receive an update on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, which are being matured for two NASA purposes: cargo and crew. (Photo credit: Jim Grossmann)

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