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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.

Read the full article on independent.com

DSS Solar Array Progress
Source: NASA
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 for motors.

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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