Component failure in NASA’s deep-space crew capsule could take months to fix

Engineers are racing to fix a failed piece of equipment on NASA’s future deep-space crew capsule Orion ahead of its first flight to space. It may require months of work to replace and fix. Right now, engineers at NASA and Orion’s primary contractor, Lockheed Martin, are trying to figure out the best way to fix the component and how much time the repairs are going to take.

In early November, engineers at Lockheed Martin working on Orion noticed that a power component inside the vehicle had failed, according to an internal email and an internal PowerPoint presentation seen by The Verge. The component is within one of the spacecraft’s eight power and data units, or PDUs. The PDUs are the “main power/data boxes,” for Orion according to the email, responsible for activating key systems that Orion needs during flight.

Orion

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Giving Tuesday celebrated by The Tech Interactive with time capsule opening and virtual tour

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On Dec. 1, The Tech Interactive joins nonprofits from around the world in celebrating Giving Tuesday, the biggest day of the year for philanthropy. The Tech, which has been closed to the public since the beginning of the pandemic, is raising money to support its mission to inspire the innovator in everyone, both through virtual resources and as one of the world’s premiere science centers.

Donor support has helped The Tech launch and support its collection of at-home educational resources for families and educators. Donor support also helps The Tech provide free virtual labs to low-income schools.

The Tech Interactive At Home can be found here: thetechathome.org/

Information on The Tech’s virtual labs can be found here: thetech.org/virtual-fieldtrips-labs

On Giving Tuesday The Tech will host a livestream event featuring:

  • A first look at a brand new exhibit — Solve for
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Here’s how Earth looked to astronauts aboard the SpaceX capsule

The view from space is just out of this world.



a screen shot of a computer: Victor Glover posted a video of Earth from space.


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Victor Glover posted a video of Earth from space.

NASA astronaut Victor Glover, one of the four astronauts aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, posted a video on Twitter of the stunning view from Earth on his first-ever trip to space.

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“My first video from space! Looking at the Earth through the window of Dragon Resilience,” Glover said on Twitter. “The scale of detail and sensory inputs made this a breathtaking perspective!”

The video shows Glover sitting by a window soaking in the view from outer space. The astronaut, who is serving as a pilot and second-in-command on the Dragon, said the view was amazing but the video “doesn’t do it justice.”

NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins and Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi are also members of the mission, called Crew-1.

It marks the

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SpaceX capsule with 4 astronauts reaches space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring.

The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above Idaho.

“Oh, what a good voice to hear,” space station astronaut Kate Rubins called out when the Dragon’s commander, Mike Hopkins, first made radio contact.

“We can’t wait to have you on board,” she added after the two spacecraft were latched together.

This is the second astronaut mission for SpaceX. But it’s the first time Elon Musk’s company delivered a crew for a full half-year station stay. The two-pilot test flight earlier this year lasted two months.

The three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will remain at the orbiting lab until their replacements arrive on another Dragon in

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SpaceX Resilience capsule crew boards space station for historic mission

NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins is the first crew of SpaceX's Resilience capsule to enter the International Space Station early Tuesday. Photo courtesy of NASA

NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins is the first crew of SpaceX’s Resilience capsule to enter the International Space Station early Tuesday. Photo courtesy of NASA

Nov. 17 (UPI) — Four astronauts entered the International Space Station early Tuesday to hugs and cheers from the orbiter’s current residents following a historic launch from Florida on board Resilience, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

Resilience with its SpaceX Crew 1 lifted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Sunday night for a 27 1/2-hour flight through space that ended with a

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SpaceX capsule, 4 astronauts dock at space station





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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring.

The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above Idaho.

“Oh, what a good voice to hear,” space station astronaut Kate Rubins called out when the Dragon’s commander, Mike Hopkins, first made radio contact.

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“We can’t wait to have you on board,” she added after the two spacecraft were latched together.

This is the second astronaut mission for SpaceX. But it’s the first time Elon Musk’s company delivered a crew for a full half-year station stay. The two-pilot test flight earlier this year lasted two months.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule chases down International Space Station

Following a sky-lighting blastoff Sunday, the SpaceX Resilience capsule and its three-man one-woman crew closed in on the International Space Station Monday, executing a series of computer-controlled rocket firings to home in for docking at the lab’s forward port.

Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, research astronaut Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi ended an eight-hour sleep period to begin their first full day in space just after noon Eastern Time, awakened by a recording of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” beamed up from SpaceX mission control.

“Go Falcon 9, Go Crew Dragon, Go Resilience!!! Big thank you to the teams at @NASA and @SpaceX for keeping us safe on the ride up. Next stop, @Space_Station,” Glover tweeted.

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Dragon Crew-1 capsule hatch is sealed

At 7:27 p.m. Eastern time tonight, SpaceX is scheduled to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On board the SpaceX spacecraft waiting for liftoff are three NASA astronauts, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor Glover, as well as a Japanese astronaut, Soichi Noguchi.

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A successful launch will mark another step in NASA’s plans to turn spaceflight duties over to private enterprise. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is the first privately owned and operated spacecraft to be certified by NASA for human spaceflight, a certification SpaceX received only days ago.

The launch would also mark a coming-of-age moment for SpaceX, the California company founded by Elon Musk that was once viewed as a maverick start-up but is now one of the space industry’s stalwarts and one of NASA’s most significant partners, delivering both cargo and now astronauts to the space station.

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Asteroid samples successfully sealed in capsule to return to Earth, NASA says

An estimated two pounds or more of rock and soil collected from the asteroid Bennu by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft have been successfully sealed up in a protective re-entry capsule for return to Earth in 2023, project managers said Thursday.

While detailed hands-on analysis cannot begin until the samples are returned, scientists have already gained insights into the flaky nature of Bennu’s soil, or regolith, by watching how it behaved when the rocks and soil were collected on October 20.

And that is already feeding into discussions about how to possibly one day divert a threatening asteroid from a collision with Earth.

“The OSIRIS-REx mission has collected a phenomenal data set about asteroid Bennu, which is a potentially hazardous asteroid with approximately (a) 1-in-2,700 chance of impacting the Earth late in the 22nd century,” said Dante Lauretta, the mission’s principal investigator.

“The biggest uncertainties on the mission where the response of

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Capsule overstuffed with asteroid debris

story.lead_photo.captionIn this image taken from video released by NASA, the Osiris-Rex spacecraft touches the surface of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from last week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday.

Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu, NASA’s first attempt at such a mission.

The mission’s lead scientist, Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona, said Tuesday’s operation 200 million miles away collected far more material than expected for return to Earth — in the hundreds of grams. The sample container on the end of the robot arm penetrated so deeply into the asteroid and with such force, however, that rocks got sucked in and became wedged around the rim of the lid.

Scientists estimate the

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