From humble beginnings in James Truchard’s residential garage in Texas, NI has become a massively respected producer of automated test equipment. Since launching in 1976, the company has helped find hardware and software solutions for multiple industries on an international scale. The incredible impact that NI has had on technological innovation is even more evident when considering its long history of working with NASA.Continue reading “The Tech Teamwork of NASA and NI”
On September 26, 2022, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission successfully collided with the asteroid “Dimorphos”. While this relatively small asteroid does not pose a threat to Earth, it provided the perfect target to test NASA’s ability to steer a spacecraft to contact an asteroid in order to divert it. While DART is the first mission of its kind when it comes to testing full scale planetary defense, it is only a part of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), which was established in 2016.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has declared 2021-2030 as the “UN’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration”. Clearly, the urgency to restore harmed ecosystems and fight against climate change is prevalent now more than ever. Stopping, preventing, and reversing ecosystem deterioration requires effort on a global scale, so NASA took observational tech to one of the highest viewpoints possible- the International Space Station.
On July 12, 2022, NASA released the first full color images from the James Webb Telescope. These highly anticipated images debuted just over 6 months after Webb was first launched on December 25, 2021; and they showcase never before seen views of our universe in astounding clarity. These infrared images give us an unprecedented window into the history of the cosmos, investigating the origins of the universe and our place within it.
Climate change is a growing concern across the globe. Many countries are enacting legislation and setting goals to reduce the effects of industry and commerce on the environment. While some may believe the actual needs are small and inconsequential considering other global concerns, the aviation industry is taking these concerns seriously. Airbus, a major global leader in the manufacturing of commercial aircraft, is making important strides in this effort.
The aerospace and defense (A&D) industries have long been a recognized leader when it comes to adopting new, innovative technologies. Digital transformation has naturally been part of that process over time. In fact, A&D were early converts to digital design and manufacturing processes. As A&D industries are tapped to produce ever-evolving technological systems for growing needs, digital transformation will be a crucial factor contributing to success.
During Women’s History Month, which also features International Women’s Day on March 8, notable women throughout the world’s history are remembered. More importantly, they are recognized for their achievements that have made a significant impact on our world. We owe these women a debt of gratitude and honor for what they have done, and the sacrifices they have often made to make a difference.
In a surprising development in the ongoing space exploration odyssey, NASA has selected a relatively new launch startup company to become a part of the Artemis Program to revisit the moon. Rocket Lab will launch a small satellite as part of NASA’s CAPSTONE space experiment.
Women have been involved in notable historical events all through history, and their contributions, even while opposed and persecuted, have led to significant progress. Efforts to explore outer space also include female participants who refused to stand on the sidelines. Recently, NASA celebrated the Apollo 11 space mission to the moon that occurred 50 years ago this year. They also celebrated another of the inspiring women in space tech, JoAnn Morgan.
International Women’s Day may have been on March 8, 2019, but every day is a new day for women, with new opportunities developing every day, especially in space tech. But let’s not forget that some amazing women paved the way. Let’s look at some of those inspiring women in space tech, past, and present.