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Research and analysis from experts at The Aerospace Corporation are informing conversations about the transforming space enterprise.
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The International Space Station Adds a Powerful New Camera

The NIRAC camera, developed by a team at Aerospace, uses the Earth's natural airglow to capture stunning nighttime imagery.
The Monocle prototype is a new approach to designing telescopes and ground systems.

Gazing at the Skies with Monocle

Ground systems will have to evolve to keep pace with increased demands for tracking and communication capabilities in the emerging space paradigm. That's where Monocle comes in.
AeroCube-15 CubeSat in the lab prior to launch integration


The challenge: Build and launch a pair of cube satellites on a tight budget and even tighter timeline. Here is how Aerospace engineers designed the Aerospace Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSats as pathfinders for studying rapid reconstitution.
An image of the AeroCube-14 CubeSats prior to launch integration.


AeroCube 14’s experiments include nanotechnology payloads that will test new and emerging materials, including structural materials and thermal straps.
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Testing Solar Cells at the Edge of Space

Aerospace demonstrates an easier and less expensive way to test solar cells.
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A Powerful New Laser for Studying the Solar System

Laser and electronics experts at The Aerospace Corporation are developing new technology that could be sent to the moon and planets in the solar system to determine their age based on analysis of elements in collected surface samples.
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Propelling the Field of Small Sats Forward

Aerospace is tackling the challenge of small satellite propulsion with a novel idea for a Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Thruster.
One of the AeroCube-10 cubesats undergoes testing in Aerospace's solar simulator laboratory in El Segundo, Calif. (Credit: The Aerospace Corporation)

Going Into Action With Aerocube-10

The AeroCube-10 dual CubeSat mission is packed with Aerospace-designed space experiments and technology demonstrations, including atmospheric probes, solar cell longevity tests, and a water thruster. One of the AeroCubes contains a wide-angle camera to capture 360-degree images, which when seen back on Earth through a virtual reality headset, will place the viewer in space for an awesome experience.
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Catching a Ride On a Solar Sail

Cameras designed by The Aerospace Corporation play a critical role in tracking the deployment of solar sails as scientists study their use for space exploration.
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Revealing Nighttime Images From A CubeSat

The CubeSat Multispectral Observing System (CUMULOS) is equipped with three commercial cameras and could prove to be a game-changer for weather forecasting, environmental monitoring, and other operations involving Earth-surface observation.
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Testing Orion's Impenetrable Heat Shield

NASA's Orion will endure temperatures of 5000 degrees when it re-enters Earth's atmosphere. Aerospace engineers developed a new tool to make sure the spacecraft -and those inside- survive the ride.