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3-D Printer Creates Its First Object on the Space Station

NASA November 25, 2014 The International Space Station’s 3-D printer has manufactured the first 3-D printed object in space, paving the way to future long-term space expeditions. “This first print is the initial step toward providing an on-demand machine shop capability away from Earth,” said Niki Werkheiser, project manager for the International Space Station 3-D Printer at NASA’s Marshall Space ... Read More »

3-D Printing to Revolutionize Space Travel

ESA April 15, 2014 This close-up shows a titanium ball manufactured by 3D printing. ESA is investigating the potential of this promising new technology to transform the way space missions are put together. 1. Items impossible to make any other way “This design is a perfect example of additive manufacturing (AM),” explains ESA materials engineer Benoit Bonvoisin. “These balls are ... Read More »

Olympic “Space Torch” Has Travelled Farther Than Any Other

NASA February 06, 2014 As the XXII Winter Olympic Games begin in Sochi, Russia, the athletes who compete must turn their eyes to the sky to see how far the torch that is lighting the Olympic flame has traveled. This torch, which has journeyed farther than any torch in Olympic relay history, arrives at Fisht Stadium in Sochi on the ... Read More »

Antares Blasts Off, Cygnus Heading to the Space Station

NASA January 09, 2014 NASA commercial partner Orbital Sciences Corporation launched its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard the Antares rocket at  1:07 p.m. EST Thursday from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia for the Orbital-1 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. At the time of launch the station was flying about 260 ... Read More »

Orbital Launch to the ISS Postponed – Critical Spacewalks Planned

NASA December 17, 2013 NASA managers are postponing the upcoming Orbital Sciences commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station to proceed with a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module on the space station. NASA Television will air a news briefing at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to preview the spacewalks. Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus ... Read More »

SpaceX Completes Their First Mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit

SpaceX December 03, 2013 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida – Today, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully completed its first geostationary transfer mission, delivering the SES-8 satellite to its targeted 295 x 80,000 km orbit.  Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission objectives. Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at 5:41 PM Eastern ... Read More »

Billionaire Wants Humans at Mars by 2017

Washington Post Joel Achenbach November 20, 2013 Billionaire Dennis Tito, tired of being told that we can’t send humans to Mars just yet, on Wednesday revealed his scheme for launching two astronauts to the red planet as early as December 2017. Dubbed “Inspiration Mars,” the flyby mission would exploit a rare alignment of Earth and Mars that minimizes the time ... Read More »

ATV Albert Einstein Burns Up in the Atmosphere

ESA November 2, 2013 ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Albert Einstein, completed its five-month mission to the International Space Station by reentering the atmosphere today and burning up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean. Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) are the most complex space vehicles ever developed in Europe and are the largest and most ... Read More »

3D Printing in Space is Here

ESA October 16, 2013   3D printing is getting ready to revolutionize space travel. ESA is paving the way for 3D-printed metals to build high-quality, intricate shapes with massive cost savings. ESA and the European Commission have embarked on a project to perfect the printing of space-quality metal components. The AMAZE project – Additive Manufacturing Aiming Towards Zero Waste & ... Read More »

Successful Launch for Next-Generation Falcon 9 Rocket

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