Space

IngenuityFlying400x275NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has a new mission. Having proven that powered, controlled flight is possible on the Red Planet, the Ingenuity experiment will soon embark on a new operations demonstration phase, exploring how aerial scouting and other functions could benefit future exploration of Mars and other worlds.

 

TelescopeRenishaw400x275For more than 40 years, the Wise Observatory, an astronomical research facility owned and operated by Tel Aviv University, has been conducting cutting-edge astronomical research. Located in Israel’s Negev desert, the observatory is 5 km from the nearest town, giving it a high percentage of cloudless nights free from light pollution.

 

MarsHelicopterCloseup400x275Two companies that provided key components for the Mars Ingenuity helicopter, which this week conducted its first historic flight on Mars, have congratulated the NASA team for its success. Both maxon precision motors, which provided motors for the helicopter, and SolAero Technologies, provider of solar panels, offered statements of support for the NASA team.

 

IngenuityMarsCopter400x275NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA's Perseverance Mars rover at 6:46 a.m. EDT (3:46 a.m. PDT).

Based on data from the Ingenuity Mars helicopter that arrived late Friday night (April 9), NASA decided to reschedule the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first experimental flight to no earlier than April 14. The flight was originally scheduled for Sunday, April 11.

WindhoverLabsDrone400x275Windhover Labs, which develops open flight software and hardware for drones, has announced the upcoming availability of its first hardware product, a low-cost modular flight computer for commercial drones and small satellites. The new line of flight computers was created with hardware and software developed in the U.S., and will be available as a low-cost consumer model as well as mission-critical professional models that facilitate integration into the national air space.

 

Maxar SPIDER 400x275Maxar Technologies, which develops space-based robotic systems, has announced that the Space Infrastructure Dexterous Robot (SPIDER) it is developing for NASA has completed its Critical Design Review. SPIDER is a robotic assembly and manufacturing demonstration included on the space agency’s upcoming OSAM-1 (On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing-1) mission. The company said it remains on track to deliver the SPIDER hardware to NASA in the first half of 2022.

MarsRoverDriving400x275NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover performed its first drive on Mars March 4, covering 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the Martian landscape. The drive served as a mobility test that marks just one of many milestones as team members check out and calibrate every system, subsystem, and instrument on Perseverance. Once the rover begins pursuing its science goals, regular commutes extending 656 feet (200 meters) or more are expected.

NavcamView RoverDeck400x275New video from NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18 as the spacecraft plummeted, parachuted, and rocketed toward the surface of Mars. A microphone on the rover also has provided the first audio recording of sounds from Mars.

RoverFromAbove400x275Less than a day after the Perseverance rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars, engineers and scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California were hard at work, awaiting the next transmissions from Perseverance. As data gradually came in, relayed by several spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet, the Perseverance team were relieved to see the rover's health reports, which showed everything appeared to be working as expected.

Perseverance400x275As NASA’s Perseverance Rover landed on the surface of Mars, one of the companies involved in its construction provided more details about the parts of the robot. Pasadena, Calif.-based Motiv Space Systems discussed its role in the mission.

NASA JPL Landing400x275The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST).

PerseveranceParts Maxon400x275NASA’s Perseverance rover is scheduled to land on the surface of Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18, after having traveled more than 470 million kilometers. Included within the most complex robotic systems ever built by humans are several of maxon’s electric drives to handle soil samples, as well as control the first Mars helicopter.

Hyundai TIGER concept400x275Hyundai Motor Group has revealed its uncrewed ultimate mobility vehicle (UMV), which it has dubbed TIGER (Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot). This is the company’s second UMV and the first designed to be uncrewed. The robot aims to carry various types of payloads while traveling over challenging terrain, either as a four-wheel drive vehicle or a four-legged walking machine.

COLDarm 400x275Motiv Space Systems, in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, announced the development of the COLDArm, a robotic arm designed to survive the extreme cold of the Moon’s South Pole. The goal is to usher in a new era of extended space exploration on the Moon, Mars and beyond, the company said in a statement.

Perseverance Illustration 400x275NASA will be hosting a media briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the upcoming landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, which includes new science instruments and technologies, including the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on its belly. The event will air live on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and YouTube.