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VIDEO: Those apple and orange and pear and kumquat rockets…

In what must have been a hell of an edit job Constellation supporters have edited together soundbites from the open meetings of the Review of US human spaceflight plans committee for what some might call good effect and others down …

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Hyperbola says forget flexible folly, opt for national capability

Hyperbola has come to the conclusion that the leading exploration option from Norman Augustine’s report, much reported in the press, will sacrifice workforce, skills, infrastructure and technology for a gilded future that will never be realised 

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NASA cancels Ares I electric thrust vector control study

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credit:NASA / caption: Originally designed in 1993 the electromechanical thrust vector control remains on the shelf

It didn’t last that long and this procurement, which Hyperbola has had a peculiar interest in, had the potential to deliver mass reductions …

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Orion’s heat shield: it’s decision time

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credit Lockheed Martin / caption: the heat shield has become a very tall tent pole in the Orion tent, so to speak

In the next few weeks NASA is to announce its selection for the heat shield material for the Orion …

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NASA administrator: Yes we can, oh no you don’t


credit Whitehouse / caption: all is not well with the Obama’s administration selection process

Hyperbola is hearing that the process to select a candidate for NASA administrator is not just being held up by the alleged opposition from members of

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NASA: Refuelled Altair descent stages to aid sample return

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credit NASA/Flight / caption: this amended image purports to show a refuelled descent stage ascending

NASA is considering launching Moon rock samples into low lunar orbit using refuelled Altair lunar lander descent stages to overcome the cargo return limitations of …

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Griffin’s regrets and a prediction for China


Griffin gave his farewell speech to the NASA employees, and the public, via NASAtv today and he said his main regret about his time at the aeronautics and space agency was not being able to convince more people that the …

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NASA’s Ares I-X blog

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Whether or not the imminent changes at NASA spell the end of Ares I-X NASA has started its very own Ares I-X blog and here you can watch another movie all about the test flight and its possible …

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The Hyperbola poll: What next for NASA?

Soon to be a regular feature of Hyperbola, OK, well when I feel like it 

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VIDEO: NASA industry day September 2008

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Thanks to Hyperbola reader Dwayne Day you can watch a 3h Lunar Exploration industry briefing day video with presentations by the leadership of NASA’s Constellation programme, its manager Jeffrey Hanley, its Ares project office manager Steve Cook, its …

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NASA’s Ares I-X slips to July 2009

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credit: NASA / caption: but when in ’09?

The latest Space Shuttle programme manifest shows the Ares I-X launch put back to 11 July 2009, assuming a 12 May date next year for the lift-off of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing …

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VIDEO: How NASA is making its Altair Lunar Lander safer

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NASA Altair project office’s John Linius talked about risk assessment and mitigation for the lunar lander during the design process at the 3rd International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety conference held in Rome from 21-23 October 2008

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IAC 2008: VIDEO – NASA’s Ares testing plans

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At the International Astronautical Congress 2008, held in Glasgow, Scotland last week NASA’s crew launch vehicle implementation office manager Charles Cockrell gave …

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IAC 2008: VIDEO – Ares flight test strategy briefing

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At the International Astronautical Congress 2008, held in Glasgow, Scotland last week NASA’s Constellation operations and test integration associate director, Thomas Rathjen, gave a briefing on the 3 October about the programme’s flight test strategy

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IAC 2008: VIDEO – How to design the Altair Lunar Lander

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NASA’s John Connolly spoke at the 59th International Astronautical Congress in Glasgow on Friday 3 October about the process of designing the Altair Lunar Lander and where the project is today. On that Friday there were a series of NASA …

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NASA plans LunarSIM game by 2011

NASA had been planning to create its own massively multi-player online game but its Glenn Research Center’s Educational Programs Office has decided to enter the games arena with a request for proposals for a $200,000 contract to develop an interactive …

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Orion mass issues threaten EVA capability

NASA is concerned that the flight hardware for Orion crew exploration vehicle’s (CEV) extra vehicular activity (EVA) system is too heavy for its CEV and is working towards a preliminary design that is light enough for April 2009

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VIDEO: NASA’s video game simulation for Constellation

Learn about how to use NASA’s simulation software, based on first-person-shooter computer game engine technology, in this video with narration by a British women. The software was developed by NASA with the help of the Virginian company Valador

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Orion assessment details for a return to land landing

Hyperbola has obtained details of the work on NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle’s proposed landing systems being carried out till 11 and 12 September when the CEV’s Systems Baseline Review (SBR) occurs and its Preliminary Design Review (PDR) that takes place …

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The Constellation conundrum

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The big conundrum for NASA’s Constellation programme is how do you design transportation for an exploration strategy that envisages a permanently manned lunar outpost when all your major procurement decisions are based on reusing elements of …

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