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Space Missions Come Together in Colorado

Our leadership hit the road to visit our commercial partners Lockheed Martin, Sierra Nevada Corp. and Ball Aerospace in Colorado. They were able to check the status of flight hardware, mission operations and even test virtual reality simulations that help these companies build spacecraft parts.

Let’s take a look at all the cool technology they got to see…

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building our Orion crew vehicle, the only spacecraft designed to take humans into deep space farther than they’ve ever gone before.

Acting NASA Deputy Administrator Lesa Roe and Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot are seen inside the CHIL…the Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colo. Lockheed Martin’s CHIL enables collaboration between spacecraft design and manufacturing teams before physically producing hardware.

Cool shades! The ability to visualize engineering designs in virtual reality offers tremendous savings in time and money compared to using physical prototypes. Technicians can practice how to assemble and install components, the shop floor can validate tooling and work platform designs, and engineers can visualize performance characteristics like thermal, stress and aerodynamics, just like they are looking at the real thing.

This heat shield, which was used as a test article for the Mars Curiosity Rover, will now be used as the flight heat shield for the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Fun fact: Lockheed Martin has built every Mars heat shield and aeroshell for us since the Viking missions in 1976.

Here you can see Lockheed Martin’s Mission Support Area. Engineers in this room support six of our robotic planetary spacecraft: Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MAVEN, Juno, OSIRIS-REx and Spitzer, which recently revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star, TRAPPIST-1. They work with NASA centers and the mission science teams to develop and send commands and monitor the health of the spacecraft.

See all the pictures from the Lockheed Martin visit HERE

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Next, Lightfoot and Roe went to Sierra Nevada Corporation in Louisville, Colo. to get an update about its Dream Chaser vehicle. This spacecraft will take cargo to and from the International Space Station as part of our commercial cargo program.

Here, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Vice President of Space Exploration Systems Steve Lindsey (who is also a former test pilot and astronaut!) speaks with Lightfoot and Roe about the Dream Chaser Space System simulator.

Lightfoot climbed inside the Dream Chaser simulator where he “flew” the crew version of the spacecraft to a safe landing. This mock-up facility enables approach-and-landing simulations as well as other real-life situations. 

See all the images from the Sierra Nevada visit HERE.

Ball Aerospace

Lightfoot and Roe went over to Ball Aerospace to tour its facility. Ball is another one of our commercial aerospace partners and helps builds instruments that are on NASA spacecraft throughout the universe, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission to Pluto. Ball designed and built the advanced optical technology and lightweight mirror system that will enable the James Webb Space Telescope to look 13.5 billion years back in time. 

Looking into the clean room at Ball Aerospace’s facility in Boulder, Colo., the team can see the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite. These sensors are used on spacecraft to track ozone measurements.

Here, the group stands in front of a thermal vacuum chamber used to test satellite optics. The Operation Land Imager-2 is being built for Landsat 9, a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey that will continue the Landsat Program’s 40-year data record monitoring the Earth’s landscapes from space.

See all the pictures from the Ball Aerospace visit HERE

We recently marked a decade since a new era began in commercial spaceflight development for low-Earth orbit transportation. We inked agreements in 2006 to develop rockets and spacecraft capable of carrying cargo such as experiments and supplies to and from the International Space Station. Learn more about commercial space HERE.

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arbiterofknollridge  asked:

Wouldn't the return of Constellation enable a huge amount of design space? You're forced to make good and interesting enchantments, many of them, so constellation becomes viable to use. You can't have one without the other, unless you want to have a bad and boring set.

Constellation limits how many enchantments we can make and how powerfully they individually can be.

Trump sets exec orders on environment, energy this week - official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign several executive orders on energy and the environment this week, a White House official said on Sunday.

“This builds on previous executive actions that have cleared the way for job-creating pipelines, innovations in energy production, and reduced unnecessary burden on energy producers,” the official said on condition of anonymity. 

On Wednesday, Trump is expected to sign an executive order related to the 1906 Antiquities Act, which enables the president to designate federal areas of land and water as national monuments to protect them from drilling, mining and development, the source said.

On Friday, Trump is expected to sign an order that would fit into his administration’s “America First” energy policy, the source said, but did not provide details.

The new measures would build on a number of energy- and environment-related executive orders signed by Trump that seek to gut most of the climate change regulations put in place by predecessor President Barack Obama.

It was unclear how Trump planned to address use of the Antiquities Act in his order. No president has ever removed a monument designation created by former presidents.

Obama had used the Antiquities Act more than any other president, his White House said in December, when he designated over 1.6 million acres of land in Utah and Nevada as national monuments, protecting two areas rich in Native American artifacts from mining, oil and gas drilling.

He had also banned new drilling in federal waters in parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans using a 1950s-era law that environmental groups say would require a drawn out court challenge to reverse.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said during his confirmation hearing in January that he believed Trump could “amend” Obama’s monument designations but that any move Trump made to rescind a designation would immediately be challenged.

There is strong pressure from some Republicans in Congress to reform how future presidents use the act to give more input to states and Congress.

Last month, Trump signed an order calling for a review of Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants. Trump also reversed a ban on coal leasing on federal lands.

The White House has not yet decided whether to keep the United States in the Paris climate agreement. Advisers, who have been divided on the issue, are expected to make a decision by next month.

(Reporting by David Shephardson and Valerie Volcovici; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Phil Berlowitz and Chris Reese)

A hairy situation

Software from an MIT Media Lab-led research team has successfully enable quick and easy 3D printing of hairs, furs and other dense arrays of fine features on a conventional 3D printer, bypassing the use of CAD software to draw thousands of individual hairs that require lengthy computational time.

The software, titled Cilllia, allows the user to define the angle, thickness, density and height of hairs quickly.

The MIT team, led by graduate student Jifei Ou, argue that 3D-printed hair could fulfil tasks that have evaded previous 3D-printed materials including adhesion. To demonstrate the adhesive qualities, the team printed array that act as Velcro-like bristle pads.

Ou commented, ‘The ability to fabricate customised hair-like structures not only expands the library of 3D-printed shapes, but also enables us to design alternative actuators and sensors. 3D-printed hair can be used for designing everyday interactive objects.’

IDEO designer Kelly Schaefer remarked, ‘Perhaps more inspiring than any single output from this team is the idea of rethinking the 3D printing process itself, and the purpose of 3D-printed objects. The Cilllia team has challenged some of the current constraints of 3D printing processes, which makes me wonder what other constraints can be challenged and potentially eliminated.’


(Y/n): “They have a telekinetic on their side, you have me on yours.”

Your ability had enabled you to  constuct, copy, design from adamantium walls, energy barriers, repulsor rays to vibranium restrains with only the power of your mind. Avenging isn’t really your style, you were more of a background support kinda person. But as always… duty calls and they’ve decided that you’re as good as one of them. 

Tony: “Good, now Ultron has one more thing coming at him.”

This interactive map uses machine learning to arrange visually similar fonts
Design consultant firm IDEO’s Font Map helps you do exactly that, with an interactive tool that lets you browse through fonts by clicking on them and seeing ones nearby that look similar, or by specifically searching for fonts by name. IDEO software designer Kevin Ho built the map using a machine learning algorithm that can sort fonts by visual characteristics, like weight, serif or san-serif, and cursive or non-cursive. “Designers need an easier way to discover alternative fonts with the same aesthetic — so I decided to see if a machine learning algorithm could sort fonts by visual characteristics, and enabling designers to explore type in a new way,” he wrote in a blog post. Read more


HEYYO so I`m heading off for mandatory military service and I`ll be opening up some commissions, 5 slots at the moment until I know how to run this with more experience. Seeing as how this is my first batch, I’m expecting some hiccups along the way while I find my bearings with all of *gesticulates to everything* this and I would appreciate your patience should it happen ♥

Send me ppl please I suck with animals

  • OCs
  • Family/friends
  • Fictional characters/fan art/redesigns  [books, games, TV etc]

Visual references are encouraged!! Feel free to send me sketches or references, poses etc. Also please ask questions if you have any.

Things I won’t draw:

  • Mecha /robotics [I really just… can’t tbh]
  • NSFW / nudity
  • Gore / [superficial injuries are fine depending on severity of your request]
  • *Animals [unless you have clear references for me to copy, but subject to price increase]


  • Payment upfront in USD
  • PayPal but I’m working out the kinks with this to enable credit as well
  • Complicated designs are subject to price increase within their respective categories.
  • Max 2 additional characters for half body, full body and full painting
  • I`ll send you the full res JPG/PNG/TIFF [your choice or all 3 if you’d like] + PSD file with all the layers in tact.
  • All files will be transferred via Google drive and will be deleted upon your download confirmation. I will retain the original file though in case you’d like it again
  • Feel free to print for personal use but please do not redistribute without my consent!! Thank youuu
  • I`ll send updates upon request.
  • If you see anything that I`ve done previously that you’d like me to emulate do let me know too!!
  • Prices do not include changes after the sketch has been confirmed.
  • I retain the rights to the images created but not for the characters portrayed.

Should you want something more complex please email me directly or chat on tumblr so we can discuss and negotiate better!

Contact: andredrozario@msn.com with the subject being “commissions”! If I don’t respond to you in a week , shoot me a message on tumblr or twitter because it may be junked without my knowing.

-edit- 3 slots left!

Once Upon A Different Time Episode 301 - “Return to Neverland”

Once Upon A Different Time

A re-work of Once Upon A Time from the beginning of season 3.

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Episode One - “Return To Neverland”


Neverland – Present

The Jolly Roger broke the calm surface of the inky sea surrounding the Neverland island with an almighty splash and continued to soar.

“Well, I think we can safely say that we’ve lost the element of surprise,” Gold remarked dryly, and Emma, the only one within earshot of this remark, had to give a snort of laughter in spite of the rather dire circumstances. “And would someone care to explain why the ship is currently airborne?” he added, yelling to Hook over the roar of the wind and the rushing water that was pouring off the keel as the vessel continued to climb.

“It’s the pixie dust,” Hook replied through gritted teeth, desperately trying to regain control of the flying ship and bring it onto a level. “It must not have burned out completely from the last flight.”

“Pixie dust. Oh, brilliant. Pixie dust? You put pixie dust on a boat?” Gold shouted in disbelief.

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How Wrinkles Form

by Peter Gwynne, Inside Science

From raisins to fingerprints, and from tree bark to the surface of the brain, wrinkles appear throughout nature. But scientists have struggled to explain how wrinkles form.

Now two independent research teams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge have developed key insights into the process.

One group has developed a mathematical theory, confirmed experimentally, that predicts how wrinkles take shape on curved surfaces. The other explains in more general terms how layered materials form different types of wrinkly patterns.

Taken together, the new insights promise to improve understanding of biological organisms and to lead to the creation of objects with complex shapes in industries such as electronics.

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Let’s ‘humanize’ our robots

It’s a classic sci-fi movie plot: Human creates robot, robot does human’s bidding, robot develops a mind of its own, robot rebels, civilization is at the mercy of said robot. But during Imagination Day at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Senior Director of Technology Dr. Anthony Lewis presented a different scenario: Robots won’t necessarily become evil killing machines. In fact, they can evolve into perceptive machines that can learn, teach, and even have compassion and care for humans.

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Designing a timeless smartwatch
Gábor Balogh is a freelance designer from Hungary who, like many of us, wants an attractive, watch-like watch that just happens to be smart. The difference between Balogh and the rest of us is he went ahead and designed an interface he believes could enable regular watch designs to include a full bevy of smart features.

FeelReal virtual-reality mask gives you a whiff of the game.

The bluetooth enabled mask is designed to give wearers a more immersive experience while using virtual reality headsets like the Rift. It vibrates, and can blow hot or cold air on your face, generate water mist, and a range of smells which are currently limited to ‘jungle’, ‘ocean’, ‘fire’, and ‘wind’.

What wind smells like I don’t really know but this $250 gadget just looks like a creepy face to me.