NRL conducts first test of solar power satellite hardware in orbit

WASHINGTON – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory engineers launched PRAM, the Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module, aboard an Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on May 17 as part of a comprehensive investigation into prospective terrestrial use of solar energy captured in space. More

NRL Blossom Point Tracking Facility Overview Video

NRL's Blossom Point Tracking Facility (BPTF) provides engineering and operational support to several complex space systems for the Navy and other sponsors. BPTF is the nation’s first satellite command and control facility, established in 1956. [Oct. 9, 2019 - 5 min/03 sec] More

NRL-built Camera Provides View into Sun’s Polar Regions

WASHINGTON — The Solar Orbiter mission will use a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-designed and -built heliospheric camera, known as SoloHI, to provide unique perspectives and unprecedented views of the Sun’s North and South poles. The spacecraft, a NASA and European Space Agency collaboration, launched aboard an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Feb. 9. More

Howard Named 2019 AGU Fellow, Discusses His 50-Year Space Science Career

WASHINGTON— Russell Howard, head of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Flight Projects Section, received recognition as an American Geophysical Union Fellow in 2019 in commemoration of his more than 50-years of service and many contributions to the scientific community. More

NRL launches space weather instrument on NASA satellite

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) instrument aboard NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite will deliver unprecedented information to help scientists investigate how both terrestrial and solar weather impact the ionosphere, the ionized region of Earth’s upper atmosphere. ICON launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Oct. 10. More

Naval Academy Displays NRL’s Enduring Presence in Space Research

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum combined resources to tell the story of how the Navy ushered in our nation’s presence in space. The USNA exhibit “Sea, Sun and Space” displays, through visual artifacts and curated narrative, the pioneering role NRL and its collaborators and sponsors played in the future of space exploration. More

Overview: NRL Space Research and Technologies

Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory discuss their ongoing space research and development efforts. Topics include the development of GPS technology, space mission support capability, the study of space plasmas, free space optics, space weather research, research on sungrazing comets, and NRL’s Blossom Point tracking facility. More

Produced by Jonathan Sunderman, NRL Strategic Communication Office
Edited by MC1 John Bellanger, NRL Strategic Communication Office

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