Boeing and NASA have completed the system requirements review (SRR) and system definition review (SDR) for the cryogenic stages of Space Launch System (SLS), the super-heavy launch vehicle designed to launch crewed flights into deep space.
The Non-Flow-Through Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell, a more efficient way to produce electricity for long duration missions, was awarded R&D Magazine's "Oscar of Invention" October 13, 2011. Glenn Research Center received two more R&D 100 Awards in 2012.
NASA demonstrated a new fuel cell technology at Glenn Research Center's Simulated Lunar Operations (SLOPE) facility on Feb. 29 that will increase the distance rovers can travel on extraterrestrial surfaces.
NASA is testing the J-2X,the next-generation engine selected as part of the Space Launch System architecture that will once again carry humans into deep space. (Video from "SPACEREF" of NASA Test of Deep Space J-2X Rocket Engine) showing a 40-second test of the rocket engine at Stennis Space Center.
NASA Kennedy Space Center's press site was host to lighting by fuel cell on the eve of the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis. The hydrogen fuel cell-powered mobile lighting system is a clean, quiet and efficient alternative to traditional technologies commonly powered by diesel fueled generators.
NASA’s WISE, which is now surveying the sky using the mid-infrared portion portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, was cooled using hydrogen to a very low temperature before its December 2009 launch. Sixteen months later, the first batch of data was made available to astronomers, including discoveries of comets and other near-Earth objects.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has developed a method to efficiently recover hydrogen from natural gas. This innovation can be incorporated into flight hardware systems in support of long-duration exploration objectives.
Fuel cells are used in the space shuttles as one component of the electrical power system.
NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. partnered with a small business owned by an Hispanic-American group which has developed a liquid-sensing system. The system monitors mass, liquid levels, temperature and pressure for stored liquid helium, hydrogen, nitrogen or oxygen.
How do you survive where there's no water or wind and sometimes no sunlight for weeks? The answer could be a fuel cell that works in reverse.