Keyword: Spacecraft

Briefs: Motion Control
Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
NASA needed help accurately measuring Earth-reflected sunlight.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The miniaturized, autonomous, reconfigurable solar sail is capable of very fine maneuvering by small surface deformation.
Briefs: Software
Briefs: Software
This rapid screening system tests fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.
Articles: Software
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Articles: Aerospace
Perseverance will have the ability to land in more challenging terrain than Curiosity, making more rugged sites eligible as safe landing candidates.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Learn about the four goals of the Mars 2020 mission.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This program provides a relative navigation capability for spacecraft, remotely operated terrestrial vehicles, and machine vision.
Articles: Aerospace
Read our special series on the Mars 2020 mission, featuring interviews with NASA experts and designers of the Perseverance rover.
Briefs: Imaging
Landers to small bodies such as comets and asteroids can use this program to estimate the terrain richness of the previously unmapped small body.
NASA Spinoff: Photonics/Optics
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
Articles: Aerospace
Moghbeli has accumulated more than 150 combat missions and 2,000 hours of flight time in more than 25 different aircraft.
Briefs: Materials
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
Application Briefs: Motion Control

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
Briefs: Propulsion
These louvers provide passive thermal cooling for CubeSats.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This system uses fiber optic strain sensing to detect and locate micrometeoroid/orbital debris.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
The ESA has commissioned its industry partners to design a new docking system called the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM).
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Learn about the Draper Multi-Environment Navigator.
Facility Focus: Photonics/Optics
NASA Armstrong flight-tests some of the nation’s most unique aircraft and aeronautical systems.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Software Applications for the Control and Management of the Amine Swingbed Experiment

The Swingbed software applications provide for the control, command, fault detection, fault recovery, and telemetry monitoring aspects of the Amine Swingbed experiment. These software components are the Swingbed Loader Computer Software Configuration Item...

NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Developing meals for long-duration missions is leading to personalized 3D-printed food.
Briefs: Aerospace

Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center are pioneering shape-sensing technologies that seek to maximize structural integrity and efficiency. A new and...

Briefs: Aerospace

Landing is stressful on a rocket’s legs because they must handle the force from the impact with the landing pad. One way to combat this is to build legs out of materials that absorb some of...