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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Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum May be the First Couple to Travel to Mars

July 11, 2014 by  
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Long road trips can quickly turn into a nightmare for many couples, but what happens when partners are stuck with each other in a confined environment for six to eight months? That’s what  Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum face as they hope to be the first couple from Earth to travel to Mars. Read the rest of Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum May be the First Couple to Travel to Mars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Inspiration mars , Jane Poynter , mars , mars mission , nasa , orion spacecraft , paragon , space tourism , Taber MacCallum

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Rocket Scientist Designs ‘Flare’ Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster, Saves Energy

July 11, 2014 by  
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Whether you’re making coffee, ramen or a gourmet Italian dinner, the odds are that you boil at least a pot of water every day. That adds up to a lot of energy use – but UK kitchenware manufacturer, Lakeland recently teamed up with a rocket scientist from Oxford to create a pot that heats food 40% faster than conventional models. The cast aluminum pot, dubbed Flare, has fins that direct flames across the bottom and up the sides, capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted. Read the rest of Rocket Scientist Designs ‘Flare’ Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster, Saves Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: energy saving kitchenware , energy saving pan , Green Appliances , green design , green saucepan , green technology , Lakeland kitchenware , Oxford scientists , sustainable cooking

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Elon Musk Donates $1 Million for a New Museum on Nikola Tesla’s 158th Birthday

July 11, 2014 by  
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For Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday on July 10, 2014, Elon Musk made a generous $1 million donation for a new museum at the site of the scientist’s old laboratory on Long Island. The CEO of Tesla Motors was inspired by a side-splitting Model S review  featured on Matthew Inman’s  The Oatmeal  – Inman was the same man who  saved the lab from being sold or destroyed in 2012 . Keep reading to see what else is in store for the new museum. Read the rest of Elon Musk Donates $1 Million for a New Museum on Nikola Tesla’s 158th Birthday Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , matthew inman , Nikolas Tesla , tesla model-s , Tesla Museum , Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe , the oatmeal

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The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

July 11, 2014 by  
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A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co. , partnered with GE Japan to make his dream of a water, space and energy efficient indoor farming system a reality. Despite having only started production a year ago, the farm is already shipping out 10,000 heads of lettuce per day. Read the rest of The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , energy efficient food production , factory conversion , farming , food production , food waste , GE , GE Japan , general electric , hydroponics , indoor farm , indoor farm lighting , Japan , LEDs , lettuce , Mirai , Shigeharu Shimamura , world’s largest indoor farm

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