Nasa updating technology for space travel
Below are ten facts which aim to truly humanize the experience of reaching for the stars.Traveling to space remains an inexact science; incidents like the Challenger and Columbia disasters prove we have yet to perfect the procedure.As he mentioned during his Twitter town hall, President Obama understands how important these efforts are for NASA: “What we need is that next technological breakthrough. so what we’ve said is, rather than keep on doing the same thing, let’s invest in basic research around new technologies that can get us places faster, allow human space flight to last longer....But in order to do that, we’re actually going to need some technological breakthroughs that we don’t have yet.” The Technology Demonstration Missions announced today are the beginning of NASA’s effort to break technological boundaries in space exploration.With data rates up to 100 times greater than today’s systems, optical communication will enable rapid return of the huge amounts of data associated with sending spacecraft and humans to new frontiers.High-performance atomic clocks, 10-times more accurate than today’s systems, will enable a level of spacecraft navigation precision and autonomous operations in deep space never before achieved.With government investment in these foundational technology experiments, a commercial satellite servicing enterprise could emerge.
Quickly realizing what a boon having astronauts drive their vehicles could be, General Motors offered “special” (practically free) lease terms to them.(NASA) Today, NASA announced the selection of three Technology Demonstration Missions that will transform our nation’s space communications, deep space navigation, and in-space propulsion capabilities.These missions will develop and fly a space-based optical communications system, a deep space atomic clock, and a space solar sail—technologies crucial for America’s ability to travel into deep space.Or the Apollo crews who, when presented with three sizes of condom sleeves necessary to urinate during space travel invariably chose a “large”.
NASA relented, changing the names of the sleeves to “large”, “gigantic”, and “humongous”.At 38 meters per side, the space solar sail being developed is seven times larger than any other sail flown in space, four times larger than what can be tested in ground-based facilities, and has the possibility to enable many kinds of new space missions, including those relevant to solar flare activity, orbital debris removal, or propellant-less deep space missions.