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Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is testing a small robot that will likely be used to serve as a scout for Mars rovers in the future.
Origami-inspired Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) is a rugged yet portable robotic machine. It has a lightweight structure, and is capable of tucking its wheels, become flatten, and explore hard-to-reach locations.

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U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

As the two-decade-old International Space Station (ISS) is facing key questions about its future, a key Republican representative has cautioned that long-term sponsorship of the space station could hamper the United States’ goal of sending humans to Mars.

The aging outpost requires the nation to spend $3 to $4 billion annually to maintain its operations. Some partner-nations may also step aside in the coming few years.

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SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX on Tuesday bagged a $96.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite using a Falcon 9 rocket in February 2019.

Last year, the private sector firm won an $82.7 million contract from the Air Force to launch a similar satellite in 2018.

The Air Force wanted a bidding process for the satellite mission. But the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture called ULA decided not to submit a bid, clearing the way for Elon Musk’s firm. However, ULA had previously announced that it was a bidder.

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China developing advanced lunar mission spacecraft

China developing advanced lunar mission spacecraft

Chinese scientists are working on an advanced new spaceship that would be capable of flying in low-Earth orbit as well as landing on the Moon, state media reported.

Zhang Bainan, the China Aerospace Science & Technology Cooperation’s chief designer of manned spacecraft, told reporters that the new spacecraft would be able to operate in both low orbit of Earth and Moon landing missions.

The Asian country lagged behind for nearly four decades in the field of first-generation manned spacecraft, but Zhang claimed that the country’s new spacecraft would be very competitive.

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