Also on the rise: Black & Veatch unit sets financing for 137 MW Texas project, Rockefeller Foundation partners to fund distributed renewable projects in Africa, and DroneBase closes a funding round as it expands its solar presence. Consumption of renewable energy grew for the fifth year in a row in 2020, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), or 12% of total U.S. energy consumption.
Lego ISS fans, look away now International Space Station (ISS) astronauts are venturing out of the orbiting outpost today to replace its ageing solar arrays. It is an international effort, with NASA's Shane Kimbrough and ESA's Thomas Pesquet exiting the lab's Quest airlock to deploy the first of six arrays (dubbed ISS Roll-Out Solar Arrays – iROSAs) that should boost the power supply of the station and keep things ticking over until decommissioning time.
Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet are currently spacewalking outside the International Space Station (ISS), installing the first of two massive ISS Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs). A second array will be installed by the same duo on Sunday, June 20. The solar arrays arrived at the station in the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft earlier this month.
The California-based Rocket Lab has finally got Mars in its crosshairs as the company will send a NASA CubeSat mission straight to the Earth's moon in fall. It also plans to launch its private life-hunting Venus Mission set for 2023. Rocket Lab is a multi-awarded company, and it was recently awarded a contract with NASA to design the twin spacecraft for the space company's future ESCAPADE Mars Mission.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. space agency that presumably should be following the science as its primary goal, has launched an initiative called Mission Equity that some critics have derisively called “critical space theory.” Along with a brief video that was posted to social media featuring current NASA employees, NASA explained that its intent is to expand access to its programs, including how it selects vendors, to disadvantaged communities.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts ventured out on a spacewalk Wednesday to outfit the International Space Station with powerful, new solar panels to handle the growing electrical demands from upcoming visitors. It’s the first of a series of spacewalks to equip the aging orbital outpost with smaller but stronger solar wings.
AGU has been publishing books for over six decades on topics across the Earth and space sciences. The four members of the AGU Books Editorial Board from space science disciplines decided to look at our own backfile of books and at other scientific publishers to better understand the landscape of book publishing in these disciplines and use these insights to form a plan for expanding our range of space science books over the coming years.
Two astronauts have ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) to install the first of six new solar arrays — part of a program to increase the station’s electrical power generation capacity as its science and research demands increase and future expansion plans continue. The Extravehicular Activity (EVA) – officially known as US EVA-74 – began at 12:11 UTC / 08:11 EDT when Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Shane Kimbrough from NASA took their spacesuits to battery power before exiting the Quest Airlock to begin their work.
NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s working hard to boost its efforts to seek out potentially hazardous asteroids straying near Earth. The agency announced that its long-planned NEO Surveyor — that’s “near Earth object” — was approved to move into the preliminary design phase. That’s a key milestone along the road to getting approved for construction and launch in 2026, because now team members can start to talk about the best instruments to find these curious small objects in space.
Developed by NASA, company's patented disinfection technology will protect baseball players and fans. This story originally appeared on StockNews Developed by NASA, company's patented disinfection technology will protect baseball players and fans. The coronavirus pandemic took the world of sports by storm. In just a few short months, nearly every sporting event, professional and amateur, had been cancelled, moved, or postponed because of the virus.
In brief: NASA's Artemis I mission to the moon is gathering pace. With assembly of the massive SLS rocket progressing, the agency has moved onto the next important step: picking a name for the non-human passenger. You can decide what this "moonkin" (a play on manakin) will be called, though it involves choosing from a list, so there'll be no Kirk, Picard, or Moony McMoonface.
Former NASA astronaut Colonel Terry Virts' has launched an entertaining new podcast that promotes discussions about issues that matter here on Earth. "Down to Earth with Terry Virts" covers a range of topics including science, politics, film, sport, and of course space, with a variety of fascinating guests.