Emerging Tech

Space Race 2.0: How the government is rapidly adopting next-gen space tech

From humankind’s first-ever lunar space station to an unmanned test-bed for emerging technologies that lives in space, the government is using innovative techniques to buy and build the next generation of space technology.

Digital Government

Behind the business of NASA’s digital transformation

The space agency’s digital transformation officer talks about how a focus on business outcomes is helping NASA pivot its enterprise technology goals toward the future.

Emerging Tech

Citizens are helping government reach its ambitious scientific goals

The government is looking for everyday people to help collect, study or parse information related to various scientific projects.

Emerging Tech

NASA steps closer to perfecting super-fast internet in deep space

Until very recently, NASA did not have a good solution for building extra bandwidth into the Deep Space Network.

Digital Government

NASA team’s plan to decode UFO sightings hinges on better data

The space agency is convening an independent panel to publish a report later this summer featuring best practices for data collection on unidentified anomalous phenomena.

Emerging Tech

Cost and Schedule Overruns Plague NASA's Electrified Flight Efforts, IG Finds

The agency’s Inspector General noted that, despite progress made in advancing electrified aircraft propulsion system technology, NASA is experiencing cost and scheduling challenges that it should address.

Emerging Tech

Larger NASA Budget Essential to Beat China to Lunar Resources, Administrator Says

The agency’s requested budget will help to continue missions like Artemis and improve space operations and safety.

Emerging Tech

NASA, Rocket Lab Launch Tropical Storm Observing CubeSats

The first pair of CubeSats launched this week—with the remaining planned for launch in a couple of weeks—to help study tropical storms.

Artificial Intelligence

NASA Still Lacks a Unified Definition of AI, Watchdog Finds

The agency has made progress on artificial intelligence management, but still has work to do to meet governmentwide requirements.

Emerging Tech

Launch of First 3D-Printed Rocket Included Innovative NASA Alloy

The alloy could be used in future missions to the moon and Mars and can withstand high temperatures while reducing the weight and cost of components.

Ideas

Forecasters: 2023 Will Be a 'Very Active' Hurricane Season

Forecasters expect a hurricane season similar to 2017, one of the worst and most costly on record.

Digital Government

Lawmakers Intro 2 Bills to Strengthen DOE Research Partnerships

The bills would codify the Department of Energy’s partnerships with NASA and the National Science Foundation to further research efforts.

Emerging Tech

NASA Quesst Mission Could Revitalize Supersonic Travel, but Quieter

New technologies may enable this type of travel that will sound like a car door slamming and almost cut travel time in half.

Digital Government

6 Major Multibillion Dollar Tech Procurements to Watch in 2023

Contracts range in potential estimated value from $5 billion to $100 billion, according to government spending data and Deltek analysis.

People

NASA struggles to improve workforce diversity

The space agency has been trying to improve diversity and inclusion for over a decade, according to a new inspector general report, but its workforce still lags the federal government in employment of women and minorities.

Emerging Tech

NASA Unveils Next-Gen Spacesuits

NASA and Collins Aerospace are working on the new suits for spacewalking and work on the International Space Station.

Emerging Tech

NASA, FedTech to Launch First Climate Tech Startup Studio

The program will help entrepreneurs leverage NASA tech to provide commercial solutions to climate challenges.

Emerging Tech

NASA Makes 6 Awards to Help Advance Air and Space Exploration

The concepts include quantum radar technology and using bacteria to make on-demand drugs in space.