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Planetary Deep Drill Field Test: Road Trip

Bruce Betts • December 14, 2015

The Planetary Deep Drill is being tested in a California gypsum mine. Several Planetary Society staff took a road trip to visit the ongoing Honeybee Robotics test of this prototype robotic drill that could one day drill hundreds of meters into planetary ices.

United Launch Alliance Unveils New CubeSat Carrier Program

Jason Davis • November 19, 2015

United Launch Alliance plans to include a CubeSat carrier on nearly every one of its Atlas V and Vulcan rockets starting in 2017, the company announced today.

SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon Propulsion System Development Testing

Jason Davis • November 11, 2015

SpaceX has completed development testing on its SuperDraco propulsion system, used to propel the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft away from a Falcon rocket in the event of a launch failure.

Blue Origin to Launch Rockets from Cape Canaveral

Jason Davis • September 16, 2015

Spaceflight company Blue Origin plans to launch its orbital rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company revealed Tuesday.

Roving Mars—In Utah

Bill Dunford • August 19, 2015

Students gather in the desert to answer the University Rover Challenge, pushing the limits of the tech that will drive future Mars exploration.

No Major Problems with SLS Design, NASA Managers Say

Jason Davis • August 19, 2015 • 3

A key review of NASA’s Space Launch System did not uncover any major problems with the rocket's design, officials said at Stennis Space Center near Gulfport, Mississippi.

Despite Rain Delays, NASA Prepares for Busy Year of SLS Engine Tests

Jason Davis • May 04, 2015 • 1

Despite a rainy spring that has caused schedule delays, NASA is preparing for a busy year of Space Launch System engine testing.

United Launch Alliance Pulls Back Curtain on New Rocket

Jason Davis • April 13, 2015 • 6

ULA revealed its new Vulcan rocket system today, an Atlas and Delta mashup the company says will increase power, lower costs and broaden mission capabilities.

Meet NASA's Winning Asteroid Redirect Spacecraft, and the Asteroid It May Visit

Jason Davis • March 25, 2015 • 6

NASA has decided to pluck a small boulder off a large asteroid, instead of bagging an entire asteroid outright, the agency announced Wednesday.

Interview with an SLS Engineer: How Booster Test May Help Drive Golden Spike for Interplanetary Railroad

Jason Davis • March 10, 2015

With NASA and Orbital ATK preparing for an important test tomorrow in Utah, an SLS engineer describes the inner workings of the vehicle's new solid rocket boosters.

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