NASA’s Lunar Flashlight Ready to Search for the Moon’s Water Ice

NASA’s Lunar Flashlight Ready to Search for the Moon’s Water Ice

Set for a November launch, the small satellite mission will use lasers to search for water ice inside the darkest craters at the Moon’s South Pole. It’s known that water ice exists below the lunar regolith (broken rock and dust), but scientists don’t yet understand whether surface ice frost covers the floors inside these cold […]

NASA’s Stakeholder Collaborations Help Inform Moon to Mars Planning

NASA’s Stakeholder Collaborations Help Inform Moon to Mars Planning

NASA released a revised version of its Moon to Mars objectives Tuesday, forming a blueprint for shaping exploration throughout the solar system. These guideposts in the agency’s Moon to Mars exploration approach will help shape NASA’s investments, as well as those of the agency’s industry and international partners, toward the Moon and beyond. Starting with 50 draft […]

NASA Pursues Astronaut Lunar Landers for Future Artemis Moon Missions

NASA Pursues Astronaut Lunar Landers for Future Artemis Moon Missions

NASA is seeking proposals for sustainable lunar lander development and demonstration as the agency works toward a regular cadence of Moon landings. Through Artemis missions, NASA is preparing to return humans to the Moon, including the first woman and first person of color, for long-term scientific discovery and exploration. Under the solicitation, Human Landing System Sustaining Lunar Development, […]

SLS Launch Date Pushed to Late Sept, Possibly October

NASA’s latest attempt to launch the SLS rocket to the Moon was scrubbed due to a hydrogen leak. On ongoing problem for the Space Launch System rocket…which relies on a legacy propellant used during the shuttle program… SpaceX and Blue Origin are using Liquid Methane for their rockets.   But propellant, isn’t the only problem.  […]

Inflatable Moonbase

Inflatable Moon base

A vision of a future Moon settlement assembled from semi-buried inflatable habitats. Sited beside the lunar poles in regions of near-perpetual solar illumination, mirrors positioned above each habitat would reflect sunlight into greenhouses within the doughnut-shaped habitats. Inflatable structures specialist Pneumocell in Austria performed a system study of an inflatable lunar habitat, based on prefabricated ultralight structures. Once […]

Artemis 1 Launch Scrubbed. Will it launch this Saturday?

Will Artemis 1 Launch this Friday?

The first attempt at an Artemis 1 flight test was a no go for launch. While the SLS rocket continues to struggle with wet dress rehearsals and fueling problems, the Artemis program is becoming a wet blanket. The Artemis 1 launch was scrubbed after an engine bleed was discovered in engine #3.  The hydrogen leak […]

Redwire’s Critical Imaging and Navigation Technology Launching on NASA’s Historic Artemis I Mission to the Moon

Redwire’s Critical Imaging and Navigation Technology

Redwire Corporation announced today that its critical sun sensor components and advanced optical imaging technologies will be launching on NASA’s Orion spacecraft, as a part of NASA’s Artemis I mission. The Artemis I mission will enable humanity’s return to the Moon in preparation for future crewed missions to Mars, and is set to launch no earlier than August 29, 2022 […]

Three Companies to Help NASA Advance Solar Array Technology for Moon

Three Companies to Help NASA Advance Solar Array Technology for Moon

NASA has selected three companies to further advance work on deployable solar array systems that will help power the agency’s human and robotic exploration of the Moon under Artemis. Through Artemis missions, NASA will return humans to the Moon and establish a long-term presence near the lunar South Pole. A reliable, sustainable power source is required to […]