Lockheed to turn shuttle-era module into a space habitat for NASA

July 24, 2017 by  
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Deep space missions in the future will take humanity farther and farther away from Earth. Last year NASA chose six United States companies to develop deep space habitat prototypes as part of the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) study, demonstrating where astronauts might live and work. Aerospace company Lockheed Martin recently won a Phase II contract to develop a cislunar habitat, and they’re repurposing old materials to do so. They’ll be building a full-scale prototype at the Kennedy Space Center, utilizing what Lockheed Martin NextSTEP program manager Bill Pratt described as a historic piece of flight hardware. Lockheed Martin will be constructing the NextSTEP habitat by refurbishing the shuttle-era Donatello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which was once used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station . Pratt said in a statement, “We are excited to work with NASA to repurpose a historic piece of flight hardware, originally designed for low Earth orbit exploration, to play a role in humanity’s push into deep space. Making use of existing capabilities will be a guiding philosophy for Lockheed Martin to minimize development time and meet NASA ‘s affordability goals.” Related: NASA unveils 6 prototypical deep space human habitats for Mars and beyond Lockheed Martin will also draw on virtual and augmented reality to work on the prototype, giving them the ability to catch issues in the design phase. They’ll work on the project over 18 months, building on their work in Phase I. The NextSTEP habitat could be docked with NASA’s Orion spacecraft in cislunar orbit as part of the Deep Space Gateway. Orion will act as the command deck for the habitat, offering life support, communications, and navigation. But there will be long periods of time when no humans are present at the Deep Space Gateway, and Lockheed Martin had to take that into account in their work – they are also building a Deep Space Avionics Integration Laboratory near the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Pratt said, “Because the Deep Space Gateway would be uninhabited for several months at a time, it has to be rugged, reliable, and have the robotic capabilities to operate autonomously . Essentially it is a robotic spacecraft that is well-suited for humans when Orion is present.” Via Lockheed Martin Images via Lockheed Martin and NASA Orion Spacecraft on Flickr

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NASA unveils 6 prototypical deep space human habitats for Mars and beyond

August 10, 2016 by  
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Each habitat prototype is backed by a different private U.S. company. The six companies are Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas, Boeing of Pasadena, Texas, Lockheed Martin of Denver, Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems of Louisville, Colorado, and NanoRacks of Webster, Texas. The six habitats have the same goal: keep humans and equipment safe even in the notoriously inhospitable climes of places like Mars. However, how each habitat looks and works differs greatly from one to the next. Related: How Scott Kelly’s 340 days in space, and his twin, will help NASA plan future flights “NASA is on an ambitious expansion of human spaceflight, including the Journey to Mars, and we’re utilizing the innovation, skill and knowledge of both the government and private sectors,” said Jason Crusan, director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems which manages the NextSTEP program. “The next human exploration capabilities needed beyond the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule are deep space, long duration habitation and in-space propulsion. We are now adding focus and specifics on the deep space habitats where humans will live and work independently for months or years at a time, without cargo supply deliveries from Earth.” Over the next two years, the six partner companies will work to develop ground prototypes and run concept studies to explore options for deep space habitats with Mars and other far-reaching destinations in mind. Each habitat will include a pressurized cabin, with complex integrated systems controlling docking functions, environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS), radiation mitigation, fire safety, and crew health capabilities. + NASA NextStep Via Gizmodo Images via NASA , Bigelow Aerospace, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NanoRacks, Orbital ATK, and Sierra Nevada Corporation

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New atom-thick desalination filter slashes energy use by 20 percent

April 12, 2016 by  
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The process of removing salt water and particulate matter from ocean water to make it potable— desalination —can be tricky, time consuming, require a lot of fancy equipment, and use more energy than most water-deprived areas have to spare. Lockheed Martin has announced the creation of a new salt filter which they say could cut energy usage by up to 20 percent . This breakthrough could be the step that makes desalination a viable practice for serving water scarce regions of the world that also suffer from energy shortages. Read the rest of New atom-thick desalination filter slashes energy use by 20 percent

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First-time buyers dominate corporate renewable purchasing

February 18, 2016 by  
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Steelcase, Lockheed Martin, Salesforce and Equinix have something powerful in common.

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Lockheed Martin Announces a Major Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion

October 16, 2014 by  
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It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, with secret laboratories and futuristic technologies , but this movie is real. Lockheed Martin’s stealthy Skunk Works division recently revealed that is has created a compact nuclear fusion reactor that could completely alter the way we power our world. Speaking to Aviation Week , researchers explained that they have been quietly working on a device that could produce cleaner, safer and more powerful energy than ever before. Read the rest of Lockheed Martin Announces a Major Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean nuclear power , clean power , CNF , Compact Nuclear Fusion , lockheed martin , Lockheed Marting fusion , new atomic age , nuclear fusion breakthrough , nuclear fusion reactor , Skunk Works , Skunk Works fusion

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Lockheed Martin, Staples, McDonald’s win accolades from EPA

September 26, 2012 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency recognized 24 companies that advanced the U.S. renewable energy market in a variety of ways.

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Why sustainability pros need to attack from the middle

September 26, 2012 by  
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While external forces can engender employee engagement on sustainability, change ultimately comes from within.

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Wave of New UFO-Like Eco Airships Usher in Low-Carbon Future for Air Travel

May 7, 2011 by  
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A new generation of high-tech, safe, and eco-friendly airships aim to not only go where roads currently can’t in northern Canada, western China, and Africa, but also to replace the complicated, carbon-heavy infrastructure we now use to transport goods across the world.

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Silicon Nanopores Could Increase Lithium Ion Battery Capacity By 10x

October 20, 2010 by  
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A team of researchers from Rice University and Lockheed Martin have found that silicon nanopores (micron-sized pores on top of silicon wafers) can increase lithium-ion battery capacity by 10 times . Since silicon has the highest theoretical capacity for storing lithium of any material, the discovery could lead to super-long lasting batteries

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High-Flying Airships Show Promise as the Future of Air Freight

July 1, 2010 by  
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When it comes to the products we use every day — from food, to clothing, to household items — the fact that they are often shipped from all corners of the Earth means that they generally have a shockingly high carbon footprint . However former UK government chief scientific adviser Professor Sir David King believes that we can greatly reduce the carbon footprint of freight by re-employing a form of transport from the past – the airship

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