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NASA works to improve solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration

Posted April 20, 2016 by

NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. of Redmond, Wash., to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities, and enable deep space exploration missions, including the robotic portion of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission and its Journey to Mars.

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NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases 2016 annual report

Posted January 11, 2017 by

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has issued its 2016 annual report examining NASA’s safety performance over the past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns to agency and government officials.  The report, released Wednesday, is based on the panel’s 2016 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; “insight”…

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RS-25 engines powered to highest level ever during Stennis test

Posted February 26, 2018 by

Operators powered one of NASA’s Space Launch System engines up to 113 percent thrust level, the highest RS-25 power level yet achieved, during a test on Feb. 21 at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

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NASA calls for American industry ideas on ARM spacecraft development

Posted October 23, 2015 by

NASA, through its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has issued a call to American industry for innovative ideas on how the agency could obtain a core advanced solar electric propulsion-based spacecraft to support the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission.

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NASA’s Viking data lives on, inspires 40 years later

Posted July 20, 2016 by

Forty years ago, NASA's Viking mission made history when it became the first mission to successfully land a fully operational spacecraft on Mars.

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Boeing-built satellite will enhance global high-speed broadband network

Posted May 17, 2017 by

The fourth Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite, which was launched May 15, will noticeably expand the high-speed broadband service available through Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network after the satellite becomes fully operational later this year.

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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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Millennium Space Systems begins spacecraft integration of Air Force’s WVOV testbed

Posted February 15, 2016 by

Millennium Space Systems started spacecraft integration of the U.S. Air Force's Wide Field of View Testbed. The WFOV spacecraft bus platform will be functionally integrated, tested and checked out in summer 2016, in preparation for sensor integration.

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Divers practice Orion water recovery techniques in giant pool

Posted October 21, 2016 by Linda Herridge

NASA photograph by James Blair U.S. Navy divers, Air Force pararescuemen and Coast Guard rescue swimmers practice Orion recovery techniques Sept. 21, at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The recovery team is practicing underway recovery techniques using a test version of the Orion spacecraft. Training will help…

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Lockheed Martin reveals new details to Mars base camp vision

Posted September 29, 2017 by

At the International Astronautical Congress Sept. 28 in Adelaide, Australia, Lockheed Martin experts are revealing new details of its Mars Base Camp concept including how it aligns with NASA's lunar Deep Space Gateway and a Mars surface lander.

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