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NASA has yet to find a solution to a computer memory module problem that forced the Hubble Space Telescope’s science instruments into safe mode on June 13.

Is this the end for Hubble?

An issue with the onboard computer that runs NASA's Hubble Space Telescope continues to persist with no immediate solution. On June 13, NASA's Hubble Space...
After almost two years on the surface of Mars, InSight’s solar panels have become covered in fine Martian dirt that needs to be cleared if it is going to remain operational.

NASA InSight lander gets 2% power boost after dirt shower

A counterintuitive plan to clear dust from the solar panels of NASA's InSight lander has been successful resulting in a 2% power boost. NASA's InSight...
The Lockheed-GM Lunar Terrain Vehicle is being developed to allow the partnership to compete for a NASA Artemis contract.

Lockheed and General Motors to develop Moon rover

Lockheed Martin and General Motors have partnered to develop a Moon rover for NASA's Artemis program that could operate autonomously with or without humans...
The Prometheus rocket engine is designed to be capable of producing 1000 kN of thrust aboard core, booster or upper stages.

ESA sign €135 million contract for low-cost 3D printed rocket engine

The European Space Agency has signed a contract with French aerospace firm ArianeGroup to continue the development of a low-cost 3D-printed rocket engine. The €135...
The Chinese Space Station Telescope will carry out large sky surveys enabling scientist to solve the mysteries of the stars and very deep space.

Flagship-class Chinese telescope will operate alongside space station

A new optical space telescope China is developing to survey the sky will work in concert with the country's planned space station enabling it...
General Atomics, Blue Origin, and Lockheed Martin have been awarded DARPA contacts to develop a nuclear thermal propulsion demonstration mission.

DARPA selects contractors to develop nuclear thermal propulsion system

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected General Atomics, Blue Origin, and Lockheed Martin to develop a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) demonstration. DARPA announced...
The maiden flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter has been delayed to no earlier than April 14.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter runs into trouble on Mars delaying flight

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter autonomously aborted a key test early prompting ground controllers to delay its maiden flight. In preparation for the maiden flight of...
The Rocket Lab Running Out of Toes will be the second Electron mission that will include an ocean splashdown recovery attempt.

Rocket Lab to make second recovery attempt with an upgraded Electron

Rocket Lab announced April 8 that it would attempt a recovery of an Electron first stage next month. The launch will be Rocket Lab’s...
In addition to submitting ideas for in-orbit serving, ESA are requesting that respondents identify a potential customer for their solution.

ESA request proposals for in-orbit servicing

The European Space Agency announced April 1 that it is inviting European industry and academia to submit ideas for in-orbit servicing missions. The first stage...
Testing of ESA’s Proba-3 vision-based sensor system at the agency’s ESTEC in the Netherlands has yielded promising results.

ESA utilize longest corridor to test next-gen satellite technology

Down along the main corridor of a European Space Agency facility in the Netherlands, researchers tested a novel targeting system that is designed to...

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Protests filed by Blue Origin and Dynetics to the Government Accountability Office protesting the awarding of a single Artemis lunar lander contract have been denied.

GAO rejects Blue Origin protest of NASA lunar lander contract award

The US Government Accountability Office has rejected claims filed by Blue Origin and Dynetics protesting the awarding of a single NASA lunar lander contract...
Thrusters aboard Russian new Multipurpose Laboratory Module fired unexpectedly just hours after the module docked with the International Space Station.

New space station module malfunctions hours after docking

Hours after docking with the International Space Station, the Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module unexpectedly fired its thrusters which pushed the station out of its...
Jeff Bezos has offered over $2 billion in funding in a bid to secure a NASA lunar lander contract for the Blue Origin-led National Team.

Jeff Bezos offers NASA $2 billion to secure a lunar lander contract

In an open letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson penned by billionaire founder Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin offered more than $2 billion to be...
NASA has awarded SpaceX a $179-million contract to launch the agency’s Europa Clipper mission aboard a Falcon Heavy | Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Selection of Falcon Heavy saves Europa Clipper mission almost $2 billion

NASA has selected to launch its $4 billion Europa Clipper mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. The launch is slated for October 2024. Announced on...
In preparation for its 2025 Solar Cruiser mission, NASA is preparing to launch a solar sail technology demonstrator aboard Artemis 1.

Solar sail asteroid explorer to launch aboard Artemis 1

NASA's Artemis 1 mission to the Moon will carry a solar sailing CubeSat as part of an array of secondary payloads. Artemis 1 is the...