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Lawrence Livermore and NASA to collaborate; space missions, energy and advanced computing

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC) in Mountain View, Calif., have agreed to collaborate by sharing technology and resources on technical areas of national interest, including space missions, energy and advanced computing. Three areas of potential collaboration in the field of wind energy include: advanced wind modeling; complex loads on larger turbines that can produce about 3 megawatts; and eventually, studying turbines with a potential output of ten megawatts each.

LLNL director Parney Albright and ARC director Pete Worden signed the agreement in Livermore, and were briefed by several researchers whose work could immediately benefit from such collaboration. Other areas of interest and potential collaboration include:

  • Tracking orbiting space debris with an inexpensive 16-inch satellite named STARE, or Space-Based Telescopes for Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris. LLNL has developed a payload concept and ARC designed a spacecraft to house the payload for a mission intended to very precisely identify the paths of such orbital debris, estimated to number as high as 300,000 objects larger than one centimeter.

  • Another cooperative project, called LightForce, will use complex computer models to look at the feasibility of using relatively low-power ground-based lasers that can be aimed into space, to nudge orbiting debris out of a collision course with spacecraft.

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