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Spacecraft History

President John F. Kennedy saw Soviet launch of Sputnik as an opportunity to advance America’s space program dramatically and make landing humans on the moon by the end of this decade a public pledge. A new government agency, NASA was then established. On January 28th, 2019, shortly after liftoff of Space Shuttle Challenger, it exploded. […]

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Columbia Spacecraft Launches on STS-51

Columbia was NASA’s original space shuttle and served numerous microgravity experiments throughout its lifespan. Additionally, Columbia featured an external airlock/docking adaptor designed specifically to support Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. Just 82 seconds after liftoff, foam from ET’s left bipod ramp collided with its left wing and caused a breach that allowed atmospheric gases into

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The Spacecraft Voyager 2 is Still Collecting Data

NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft were first launched separately weeks apart in 1977, never imagined they would remain flying and continue collecting valuable data even with some instruments turned off to conserve power. Yet these “elder citizens” continue collecting invaluable information even today! They embarked on an epic tour of the outer planets, discovering

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Spacecraft Names – Culture, Heroes, Values and Priorities

Fraser: The Planetary Society and JAXA recently collected names for their Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu. These will be inscribed onto target markers dropped by the spacecraft, returning home when Hayabusa2 makes landfall. How and what do spacecraft names mean to us? Theme Names given to spacecraft typically reflect their creators’ culture, heroes and values;

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What Happens When a Spacecraft Blows Up?

Space can be an unpredictable place; we’re continually losing pieces of vehicles that exploded on-orbit or experienced violent separation during orbit. Probably the best-known example was when Challenger disintegrated shortly after launch in 1986, killing its crew due to an O-ring failure and rubber seal separation issues on its booster rockets. Debris Researchers still are

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Spacecraft – A Granular Synthesis App For iOS

Spacecraft was specifically created for iOS, with developer Mark Watt describing its ability to turn any sound into an easily playable musical instrument. Two parallel granular engines allow users to customize grain frequency/length, sample position LFO and stereo reverb/filter settings. An innovative grain pitch sequencer and compatibility with MIDI/MPE systems expand performance possibilities further still.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Is One of Many Companies Working on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

Orion was designed to send humans on missions further than ever before, flying from Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne developed its Launch Abort System jettison motor, designed to separate crew capsule from service module during an emergency launch or ascent and land under parachutes. Aerojet Rocketdyne Aerojet

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New Horizons Attitude Control System

New Horizons is equipped with a multilayered thermal insulation system to retain heat produced by its operating electronics, keeping its shape and remaining precisely aligned for gathering data through instruments, communicating with Earth or maneuvering through space. Small hydrazine thrusters reorient the spacecraft 100 times every second, while star trackers and an inertial measurement unit

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