NASA taps Kathy Lueders to lead its human spaceflight efforts – TechCrunch

[ad_1] NASA has selected a new top official to oversee all of its efforts regarding human spaceflight — Kathy Lueders, who previously led NASA’s commercial crew program starting in 2014 and culminating in the successful first crewed demonstration launch of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft last month. Lueders also previously worked on NASA’S Commercial Cargo program, which…

You can help a Mars Rover’s AI learn to tell rocks from dirt – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Mars Rover Curiosity has been on the Red Planet for going on 8 years, but its journey is nowhere near finished — and it’s still getting upgrades. You can help it out by spending a few minutes labeling raw data to feed to its terrain-scanning AI. Curiosity doesn’t navigate on its own; There’s a…

NASA’s Chief of Human Spaceflight Doug Loverro resigns days before historic crewed mission – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Doug Loverro, NASA’s associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, has abruptly and unexpectedly resigned from his post, just days before a historic launch. Commercial Crew Demo-2 will take astronauts to the ISS aboard an American spacecraft for the first time since the Space Shuttle was retired, and Loverro was deeply involved. The reasons…

NASA’s ‘Artemis Accords’ set forth new and old rules for outer space cooperation – TechCrunch

[ad_1] NASA’s plan to return to the Moon is ambitious enough on its own, but the agency is aiming to modernize international cooperation in space in the process. Today it published a summary of the “Artemis Accords,” a new set of voluntary guidelines that partner nations and organizations are invited to join to advance the…

Air Force gives a rare look at the research going to orbit in its X-37B spaceplane – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The X-37B spaceplane sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, and its mysterious past is equally evocative. What does the military put in this long-term orbital vehicle? Turns out it’s exactly the kind of neat, but not mind-blowing, science you’d expect to find in such a thing — though solar-powered masers do sound…

Oxwash bags $1.7M for a cleaner spin on laundry – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Oxwash, a UK-based laundry startup that’s aiming to disrupt traditional but environmentally costly washing and dry-cleaning processes by using ozone to sterilize fabrics at lower temperatures, along with electric cargo bikes for hyper local pick ups and deliveries, has bagged a £1.4 million (~$1.7M) seed. Backers in the funding round include TrueSight Ventures, Biz…

SpaceX and NASA break down what their historic first astronaut mission will look like – TechCrunch

[ad_1] NASA and SpaceX’s most defining moment of our current space era is coming up at the end of this month, with its Demo-2 mission on May 27. The mission will be the first-ever launch for SpaceX with humans on board, and for NASA, it’ll mark the first return to U.S.-based astronaut launches since the…

SpaceX sets a date with history in May – TechCrunch

[ad_1] This week in space was pretty active, with some startup news – including timing for a historic first – as well as scientific discoveries and innovation in the time of lockdown. Who better than NASA to demonstrate how science can get done remotely, since the agency is used to conducting experiments from millions of…