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NASA announces new partnerships to develop space exploration technologies

Posted August 13, 2018 by

Blue Origin photograph Blue Origin is one of six companies selected for NASA’s Tipping Point solicitation. Pictured here, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket lifted off July 18 carrying five NASA-supported technologies to flight test in space. NASA is partnering with six U.S. companies to develop 10 “tipping point” technologies that have the potential to significantly…

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Navy satellite system receives green light for expanded operational use

Posted August 3, 2018 by Steven A. Davis

Marine Corps photograph by Eddie Young Marines from the 1st Marine Division test out the Mobile User Objective System at a Field User Evaluation in Camp Pendleton, California. MUOS is a satellite communication system that uses commercial cell phone technology to increase access while on the battlefield. Marine Corps Systems Command will begin fielding MUOS…

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SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

Posted July 27, 2018 by

SpaceX successfully launched 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 4:39 a.m., PDT, July 25. This was the seventh set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT. The satellites began deployment…

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NASA awards contract for continued operations of its Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Posted July 2, 2018 by

NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., to continue operations of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Pasadena. This cost plus fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of $30 billion. The contract begins Oct. 1 with a five-year base period of performance, followed by five one-year…

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NASA will seek partnership with U.S. industry to develop first gateway element

Posted June 22, 2018 by

As part of the agency’s Exploration Campaign, NASA’s Gateway will become the orbital outpost for robotic and human exploration operations in deep space. Built with commercial and international partners, the Gateway will support exploration on and near the Moon, and beyond, including Mars.

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Parabolic flights advance space technologies

Posted June 15, 2018 by

A recent series of parabolic flights onboard Zero Gravity Corporation’s G-FORCE ONE aircraft demonstrated a variety of technologies selected by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. The flight campaign consisted of two successful flights on March 21, 2018, lifting off from Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida. 

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AFRL erosion testing is out of this world

Posted June 6, 2018 by Holly Jordan

Air Force Research Laboratory researchers are doing their part to make the next Mars rover mission an astronomical success. AFRL recently concluded a series of tests in the Particle Erosion Test Facility, located in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Coatings, Corrosion, and Erosion Laboratory.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully demonstrates low-cost, high thrust space engine

Posted May 23, 2018 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed hot-fire testing of a new in-space engine, designated ISE-100. Developed for commercial in-space applications, ISE-100 has the potential to be a critical element for future lunar robotic missions.

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Science launching to space station looks forward, back

Posted May 16, 2018 by

Some of the earliest human explorers used mechanical tools called sextants to navigate vast oceans and discover new lands. Today, high-tech tools navigate microscopic DNA to discover previously unidentified organisms. Scientists aboard the International Space Station soon will have both types of tools at their disposal.

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NASA eyes highly versatile carbon-nanotube technology for different spaceflight applications

Posted May 11, 2018 by

An ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible shag rug-like strands made of pure carbon is proving to be highly versatile for all types of spaceflight applications.

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