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Revisiting the ice giants: NASA study considers Uranus and Neptune missions

Jason Davis • June 21, 2017 • 6

Only one spacecraft has ever visited Uranus and Neptune: Voyager 2, in the late 1980s. A new NASA report explores the reasons to go back, and what type of mission might take us there.

Test stand glitch halts SLS engine firing in Mississippi

Jason Davis • July 14, 2016

A test stand problem cut short today's test-firing of a Space Launch System development engine at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

SLS Mockup Finds Path through Southern U.S.

Jason Davis • February 17, 2016

The SLS core stage pathfinder is a 65-meter-long, full-size mockup of the actual rocket's main section. Just like SLS, building, assembling and utilizing the pathfinder involves multiple contractors and NASA centers around the southern U.S.

SLS CubeSats to Set Sail for Deep Space

Jason Davis • February 10, 2016 • 1

When SLS launches Orion to the moon in 2018, a fleet of deep space CubeSats will come along for the ride, including a solar sailing spacecraft similar to LightSail.

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.

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