This Week at NASA | ISS Has New Residents; Heartbeat Finder, Sandra Bullock in Space (sort of); more
The International Space Station has three new residents. Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins arrived six hours after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They’ll spend a portion of their five-and-a-half months in space with station Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano who’ve been on the station since late May. Also, Heartbeat Finder, Orion Simulations, SLS Model Tested, Lander Prototype, Seeing Shockwaves, a very special NASA Anniversary and more.
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The International Space Station has three new residents. Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins arrived six hours after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They’ll spend a portion of their five-and-a-half months in space with station Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano who’ve been on the station since late May.
NASA and The Department of Homeland Security demonstrated a new radar technology named FINDER – short for Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response — designed to detect heartbeats of victims trapped in wreckage.
Mason Peck, NASA Chief Technologist:
In demonstrations, like the one held recently for the media in northern Virginia, FINDER has located people covered in 30 feet of crushed materials, hidden behind 20 feet of concrete, and from a distance of 100 feet in open spaces.
At Johnson Space Center the first ascent and abort simulations with the Orion spacecraft are underway. The exercises include “sims” of normal and aborted launches, so astronauts can evaluate Orion’s 3-screen display and control console – which – compared to the 10 screen-1,000-plus switch console in a space shuttle – is pretty scaled down.
And liftoff transition testing was conducted with a six-foot model of the Space Launch System at Langley Research Center’s subsonic wind tunnel. Four different payload configurations of the SLS were evaluated. The next-generation heavy-lift rocket will carry Orion to lunar orbit on Exploration Mission-1 in 2017 to check out Orion’s systems.
The Mighty Eagle prototype lander successfully completed a test flight to help validate software. The Mighty Eagle and its larger counterpart, the Project Morpheus lander, are being used to mature the technology needed to develop a new generation of small, smart and versatile robotic landers that can accomplish scientific and exploration goals on the surface of planetary bodies.
An imaging system being tested at Dryden Flight Research Center can see the shockwaves produced by supersonic aircraft and help better characterize sonic booms.
Ed Haering, Principal Investigator, Ground-to-Air Schlieren Photography System (GASPS):
The images can also provide clues about how strong the shockwaves are. The effort is part of NASA’s work to make commercial supersonic flight over land practical.
NASA’s 55th birthday is October 1. On that day in 1958, the agency officially opened for business with five facilities inherited from its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics. Since then, NASA’s put footprints on the moon, tire tracks on Mars, provided stunning views of Earth, our solar system and beyond and helped build – in space – the most advanced spacecraft ever. With even bolder plans for the future, NASA is committed to maintaining America’s leadership in space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come.
For her role in the new movie Gravity, actress Sandra Bullock got pointers from real-life NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, who was onboard the ISS at the time. The two chatted during a September 16 interview.
Sandra Bullock, Actress:
Cady Coleman, NASA Astronaut:
Sandra Bullock, Actress:
Both hope that seeing women in space will inspire females to continue reaching new heights.
And that’s This Week @NASA.