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    NASA Team Builds Composite Space Capsule with Future in Mind

    Technicians prepare the Composite Crew Module for autoclave curing.

    Technicians at the ATK facility in Iuka, Miss., prepare the Composite Crew Module for autoclave curing.

    One NASA team believes future space capsules may be made with advanced composite materials, the stuff race cars, sailboats, and high-end sports equipment are made of today. Composites look attractive because they are tough and lightweight, and can be formed into complex shapes that may be more structurally efficient.

    That’s why the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) established a team of structures experts to gain experience in using composites and suggest an alternative approach for future spacecraft designers.



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Backpack, Communications Network Face Desert Test

Mike Miller shows the backpack for desert testing.
08.10.10

Engineers at Kennedy Space Center have updated the communications backpack for this year's research in the Arizona desert.

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Sensors Advance Lunar Landing Project

Lidar lenses seen in ALHAT ball-shaped housing
10.02.08

NASA is developing technologies that will allow lunar landers to automatically identify and navigate to the location of a safe landing site while detecting landing hazards during the final descent to ...

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Moses Lake 2008 - Testing Lunar Robots and Spacesuits

Testing at Moses Lake
06.13.08

NASA robotic vehicles and their developers braved sand storms and unprecedented temperature swings on sweeping dunes near Moses Lake, Washington to prepare for future lunar expeditions.

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NASA-ESA Comparative Architecture Study

NASA-ESA Comparative Architecture Study
06.06.08

Findings from this study include a significant mutual interest in the potential development of lunar cargo landing systems, communication and navigation systems, lunar orbital infrastructures, and ...

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Lunar Robotic Manipulator Passes Early Test

The Lunar Surface Manipulation System (LSMS)
06.12.08

A NASA team traveled to the lunar-like landscape at Moses Lake, Wash., to figure out what it will take to live and work on the lunar surface.

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