EPC Space 7019G 400x275EPC Space, a division of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) that develops radiation hardened power devices for space and other harsh environments, has announced the EPC7019G, a 40-volt, 4 mΩ, 530 A-pulsed, radiation-hardened gallium nitride (GaN) transistor that costs less and is more efficient than comparable radiation hardened silicon MOSFET. Applications for the transistors include power supplies for satellites and space mission equipment, motor drives for robotics, instrumentation and reaction wheels, and deep space probes.


CuriosityGatorBackRocks400x275NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover spent most of March climbing the “Greenheugh Pediment” – a gentle slope capped by rubbly sandstone. The rover briefly reached the summit of this feature’s north face two years ago; now on the pediment’s southern side, Curiosity has navigated back onto the pediment to explore it more fully.



SierraSpace Nissan Teledyne400x275Teledyne Brown Engineering has announced it will lead a team along with partners Sierra Space and Nissan North America to design the crewed Lunar Terrain Vehicle that supports future exploration on the moon.


MDA RobotArmLunarRover400x275MDA Ltd., which develops advanced technologies and services for the space industry, has announced it is working with Lockheed Martin and General Motors to integrate MDA’s commercial robotic arm technology on a planned human-rated lunar mobility vehicle.


ECA Group iXblue 400x275ECA Group and iXblue have announced entering exclusive negotiations to bring the two French companies together. Carried out by Group Gorge, the operation aims to create a “European high-tech industrial champion” in the fields of maritime, inertial navigation, space and photonics.


VenturiAstrolab400x275Venturi Astrolab, an aerospace company formed by a team of industry-leading planetary rover and robotics experts, has announced the development of the Flexible Logistics and Exploration (FLEX) rover, built to enhance lunar and planetary mobility. The company said it aims to bring to market a fleet of FLEX rovers to provide the mobility required to support a sustained human presence on the Moon and Mars.


ReachRobotNASA 400x275A new round of grants awarded by NASA includes futuristic space technology concepts that could one day become reality. Some of these projects include work being done with robotics.


MarsMAV 400x275NASA has announced awarding a contract to Lockheed Martin Space of Littleton, Colo., to build the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), a small lightweight rocket to launch rock, sediment, and atmospheric samples from the surface of Mars. The space agency said the award brings it closer to the first robotic round trip to bring samples safely to Earth through the Mars Sample Return Program.


CAES ESA SoC400x275CAES, which develops advanced mission-critical electronics, has announced a contract award from the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a fault- and radiation-tolerant system-on-chip (SoC). Funded by the Swedish National Space Agency, the project aims to improve performance and power efficiency in satellite and spacecraft applications by developing a 16-core, space-hardened microprocessor based on the open RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA).


IntuitiveMachines NASA 400x275NASA has announced it awarded Intuitive Machines of Houston a contract to deliver research, including science investigations and a technology demonstration, to the Moon in 2024. The commercial delivery is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative and the Artemis program.


MachinaLabs400x275Machina Labs, which aims to advance manufacturing through robotics and artificial intelligence, has emerged from stealth mode and announced it closed a $16.3 million Series A round of funding. The financing will be used to grow Machina’s team in Los Angeles and to expand R&D and manufacturing capacity to meet increasing customer demand.


NASALunaboticsJunior400x275NASA has announced the Lunabotics Junior Contest, looking for young engineers to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon. The contest is open to K-12 students in U.S. public and private schools, as well as home-schoolers.


PickNikFormant400x275PickNik Robotics and Formant have announced forming a working partnership to help expand both companies’ capabilities of bringing cloud-based mobile manipulation tasks to the forefront of robotics.


RocketLab ACS3 400x275Rocket Lab USA, which develops launch services and space systems, has announced it was selected to launch NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3) on the Electron launch vehicle.


Honda eVTOL400x275Honda Motor Co. has announced the technology development direction the company is pursuing while leveraging its core technologies. The direction will lead to the fulfillment of Honda’s 2030 Vision of serving people worldwide with the “joy of expanding their life’s potential.”


StarfishSpace Otter 400x275Starfish Space, a satellite servicing company founded by former Blue Origin engineers, has announced it raised $7 million in funding. The company is developing the Otter space tug, an efficient and versatile satellite servicing vehicle that can capture and move objects in orbit.