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Research: Concrete Mixed in Space More Uniform

In an experiment to push concrete to another level, scientists recently mixed cement on board the International Space Station, yielding a mixture that is more porous but a more uniform densi...


Off-Earth Nuclear Reactor Could Be Tested by 2022

A new type of nuclear reactor, intended for use in powering manned outposts on the moon and Mars, could be ready for in-space testing by 2022, project team members reported. No such testing ...


NASA Names Space Habitat Finalists

The top three finalists for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge were announced just last week (March 28).


High-Tech Paint Job Protects New Mars Rover

The next iteration of the Mars rover—set to launch as part of the mission in July 2020—is undergoing prep work, and August saw the application of protective coatings to the chassis that can ...


Finalists Revealed for NASA Mars Habitat

NASA, working in collaboration with partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, recently announced the finalists of the third phase of the agency’s 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challeng...


NASA Mars Habitat Finalists Revealed

NASA, working in collaboration with partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, recently announced the finalists of the third phase of the agency’s 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challeng...


A Coat of Paint Could Stop an Asteroid Strike

Keeping asteroids from impacting Earth is more than just blowing up space rocks; for one large asteroid that may brush shoulders with Earth, all that might be required to knock it out of its...


NASA Develops Test Tool for Icephobic Coatings

NASA has developed a new tool to evaluate icephobic coatings for aircraft, which can help address issues that can be caused in the air.


NASA: Robots to Build Homes on Mars

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration says it plans to use 3-D printing robots to create homes for future astronauts on Mars and other planets—but first, the agency needs ideas f...


NASA Plans Robots to Build on Mars

With building on Mars becoming more of a reality, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans to use 3-D printing robots to create homes for future astronauts on different planet...


NASA Studies Coatings for High-Tech Mirrors

It may be aluminum that lies behind some of NASA’s most powerful mirrors, eyed for use in its most sensitive telescopes—but it’s a coating that will make the whole project work.


Building a Mars Settlement

Colonizing the Red Planet is going to take a lot of MacGyvers, according to the experts.


NASA to Look at Coating in Slosh Experiment

NASA researchers will soon deploy the Slosh Coating investigation, which will test a liquid-repellant coating inside a container in micogravity.


NASA Thinks Pink with Pressure-Sensitive Paint

Hot pink is not a color most people would associate with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but it happens to be the hue of a special paint the agency relies on when it comes...


Testing Coatings in Flight

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. is putting non-stick coatings to the test in an operational testing later this summer.


Paint Chip Damages Space Station Window

The European Space Agency released a photo last week of a chip in one of the most famous windows in the universe—and said the blame may lie with a flake of paint.


PPG Donates to Shuttle Tank Project

The last existing space shuttle external tank in the U.S. is taking an ocean voyage—and a donation from coatings manufacturer PPG is helping it to stay in top condition.


NASA Sets Sights on Thermal Coating

When it comes to protecting its spacecraft—and the human occupants—from both heat loss and extremely high temperatures during space travel and reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, NASA is turnin...


NASA Program Propels New Business

NASA is offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity to startup companies, giving them a competitive edge to help get their businesses of the ground.


Planning a Home Way Away from Home

WASHINGTON--Deep space, once popularly deemed "The Final Frontier," is now the next big residential market, according to NASA.


Mission: Design Housing for Deep Space

WASHINGTON--Outside-the-box thinkers are invited to participate in a new design competition that is out of this world.


Bugged, NASA Fights Back with Coatings

SHREVEPORT, LA--Not much bugs NASA scientist Mia Siochi as much as clods of insect guts that pile up on wings and cause aircraft to eat more fuel.


Eggplants, Bugs Send Coatings Sky High

HAMPTON, VA—Souped-up coatings that can make aircraft faster, cleaner, cooler and more colorful are taxiing for takeoff under private and public developers.


New Black Coating is Out of This World

When it comes to protecting delicate instrumentation in brutal and alien environments, black is the new black.


Super-Black Coatings on a Mission

Extremely black nano-based coatings will be hitching a ride on the International Space Station, launching six years of research into orbit for the first time.


Google Firm to Rehab U.S. Hangar One

Deadlocked over a seven-figure coating bill, two federal agencies have decided to Google a solution.


NASA Coatings Seek Smoother Splats

Something is really bugging scientists at NASA, driving them to develop coatings to solve their pesty problem.


DOD-Led Exhibit Spotlights Corrosion

A new permanent exhibit mounted by the biggest names in rust busting targets the scourge of corrosion and encourages students to unlock the mysteries of materials degradation at the Orlando ...


Printing a Building: Out of this World

How do you construct a building on the moon? With the push of a remarkable button, if a new European research consortium is correct.


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


Defending Space with Spray Paint

Graffiti often pops up at unexpected heights and locations, but spray painting may also hold the key to deflecting asteroids from Earth, an aerospace researcher contends.


Death Star Petition Gets Response

The Force was strong, but Obi-Wan Kenobi may still be the only hope for over 34,000 people who signed a petition asking the U.S. government to build a Death Star.


 
 
   

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