Long-Duration Flight: The Development of HALE-UAS

Long-Duration Flight: The Development of HALE-UAS

Above: Swift Engineering’s SULE UAS takes flight: Credit: Swift Engineering. By: Matthew Fladeland, Airborne Science Manager at NASA Ames The advent of lightweight, high-power batteries, efficient solar cells, and miniaturized autopilots and sensors has led to...
Economic Recovery in Hawaii: The Case for Aerospace

Economic Recovery in Hawaii: The Case for Aerospace

Above: HAPSMobile’s unmanned aerial system platform could launch from Hawaii to provide wireless connectivity on the ground. Image courtesy of HAPSMobile. During the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated Hawaii’s economy and demonstrated the disadvantages of...
NASA’s Perseverance Rover Approaches Red Planet Landing

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Approaches Red Planet Landing

Above: Perseverance touches down on Mars aided by a jet-powered sky crane in this artist rendering. Credit: NASA-JPL. After more than six months in flight, NASA’s Perseverance rover will touch down on the Red Planet on Feb. 18 at noon PST, beginning a new era of...
Chang’e-5 Mission to Retrieve Lunar Samples

Chang’e-5 Mission to Retrieve Lunar Samples

Chang’e 5 blasts off on a Long March 5 heavy lift rocket from Wenchang Space Launch Center on Nov. 23. Credit: CNSA/CAS China is on track to return to Earth the first lunar surface samples in more than four decades. On Nov. 23, the China National Space Administration...