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Mon, Dec 05, 2022

Skypersonic Tenders Rover to NASA

Simulated Martian Operation to Gauge Suitability for Long-Range Control 

Red Cat subsidiary Skypersonic has delivered its rover equipment for a simulated Mars expedition at the Johnson Space Center. The rover package includes the rover itself, the necessary support hardware, and a drone system that will allow the crew of NASA’s Simulated Mars Missions program to remotely explore Martianesque terrain on Earth. The 1,700 sq ft Mars habitat resides at the Center's range in Houston, Texas.

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Sun, Dec 04, 2022

Orion Testing Continues with Star Tracker Eval

Lockheed's Spacecraft Tests IMU Accuracy, Thruster Response as it Approached Apogee

The 12th day of the Artemis I mission saw the team conduct star-tracking evaluations of the mounted sensor suite, evaluating Orion's capability to track distant objects. Orion used distant stars to evaluate the accuracy of onboard IMU measurements, gauging their performance as it activated its thrusters to face different celestial bodies. The motion allowed NASA to test the level of variance experienced by the craft throughout a range of different thermal states, always a prime consideration when testing accuracy given the extreme temperature swings experienced by sunward portions of a spacecraft. 

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Sat, Dec 03, 2022

Women in Aviation International Announces 2023 Inductees

Newest Crop of Hall of Famers Includes Martha King, Australian Pioneer, and U-2 Pilot

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has announced its upcoming crop of 2023 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These trailblazers will be honored at the 34th Annual Women in Aviation International Conference, where they'll be honored with a ceremony and celebration dinner. Included in the newest group of pioneers will be Nancy Bird, the 1st Australian woman to use a commercial pilot's license. Bird was the founder of the Australian Women Pilots Association, and later went on to be an integral part of opening an aerial ambulance service in New South Wales during the 1970s.

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