COBALT Flight Demonstrations Fuse Technologies to Gain Precision Landing Results


Team members from the NASA COBALT team and the Masten Xodiac team hold a pre-campaign TIM (Technical Interchange Meeting) to iron out remaining technical hurdles and operations logistics in preparation for the COBALT payload integration onto Xodiac for the open-loop flight testing. The image is taken in the Masten Xodiac hangar, and Xodiac is in the background. The COBALT payload sits atop Xodiac in the empty payload frame. (Credit: NASA)

MOJAVE, Calif. (NASA PR) — Many regions in the solar system beckon for exploration, but they are considered unreachable due to technology gaps in current landing systems. The CoOperative Blending of Autonomous Landing Technologies (COBALT) project, conducted by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s (STMD) and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, could change that.

Through a flight campaign this month through April, COBALT will mature and demonstrate new guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) technologies to enable precision landing for future exploration missions.

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NASA Funds Research into Improved Deep Space Solar Panels

Technicians test the deployment of a massive solar array that will power future NASA spacecraft. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin)
Technicians test the deployment of a massive solar array that will power future NASA spacecraft. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA’s Game Changing Development (GCD) program has selected four proposals to develop solar array technologies that will aid spacecraft in exploring destinations well beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. One of these proposals is led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

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NASA Seeks Big Ideas from Students for Inflatable Heat Shield Technology

Artist's rendering of a hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator technology concept. (Credit: NASA)
Artist’s rendering of a hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator technology concept. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA is giving university and college students an opportunity to be part of the agency’s journey to Mars with the Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

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NASA’s High Performance EVA Glove Development Program

Prototype outer glove protective layer. (Credit: NASA)
Prototype outer glove protective layer. (Credit: NASA)

NASA Fact Sheet
Space Technology Game Changing Development
Next Generation Life Support: High Performance EVA Glove

NASA’s future missions involve deep space exploration to places where humans have not gone before. This poses many new challenges for which the existing astronaut extravehicu­lar activity (EVA) gloves are not designed. Current gloves are limited to use outside the International Space Station where the environment is relatively pristine and free from the debris and dust present in lunar, planetary and asteroid environments. Thermal conditions may also vary and require different technological approaches to ensure that the astronauts are protected. In addition to environmental differences that may necessitate design changes to the glove, hand injuries are one of the most common injuries that astronauts face. Over the past two decades, gloves have accounted for 47% of all reported injuries. While gloves have been modified over the years to address these issues, they are due for a full redesign.

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NASA’s SALSSA Program Focuses on Assembling Large Structures in Space

SALSSA

Did you know that NASA has a program focused on developing technologies that will allow for the automated assembly, servicing, refurbishment, reconfiguration and re-purposing of large modular structures in space?

I didn’t either. But, that exactly what NASA’s Space Assembly of Large Structural System Architectures (SALSSA) program is attempting to do.

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