NASA Chief Visits Goleta
updated: Jul 02, 2014, 12:18 PM
Update: July 2, 2014 12:15 pm
NASA Chief Charles Bolden visited Deployable Space Systems' in Goleta yesterday. The Independent reports that NASA is looking into ways of
having people visit Mars by 2030 and their plan to place a small asteroid in the moon’s orbit by 2025.
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DSS Solar Array Progress
June 29, 2014 9:21 am
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at work being done
on high power Roll Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) during a visit to Deployable Space
Systems' (DSS) facility in Goleta, California on Tuesday, July 1.
Bolden and senior agency officials will join DSS President Brian Spence for a
tour of the facility where the advanced large solar array system is being
developed. The testing of the DSS array is a major milestone toward development
of a new solar electric power system that will generate the high power needed
for extending human presence throughout the solar system. The ROSA system
features a "roll out" design which uses composite booms to serve as both the
primary structural element and the deployment actuator - eliminating the need
Following the tour, Bolden will make brief remarks to reporters about NASA's
investment in space technology that will enable the agency's future missions to
asteroids, Mars and beyond, and take questions.
NASA selected Deployable Space Systems (DSS) and ATK, both of Goleta, in 2012 to
develop advanced solar systems to support advanced solar electric propulsion.
After testing, both companies may compete for NASA funding to test their arrays
in the harsh environment of space.
DSS is a small business founded in 2008 and is the recipient of multiple NASA
and Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research awards. DSS
specializes in deployable structural and mechanical systems, including solar
arrays, blankets, tight panel assemblies, launch restraining release systems,
mechanisms and actuators.
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