Unique antenna’s radar gives Nasa a headache

Nasa engineers are wrestling with a $915m (£586m) satellite that began to malfunction just six months after launch. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (Smap) spacecraft was launched on 31 January into a polar orbit with an altitude of 685km. It is designed to measure the water content of the top 5cm of soil everywhere on […]

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Orion Begins Critical Design Review Milestone

NASA’s Orion Program kicked off its critical design review at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston the week of Aug. 3, a major program milestone that will ensure the spacecraft’s design is ready for its deep space missions atop NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Orion, which successfully flew about 3,600 miles into space […]

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