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Gemini XII crew masters the challenges of spacewalks

Posted November 4, 2016 by Bob Granath

In the 20 months following the first piloted Gemini mission, NASA astronauts demonstrated the ability to change orbits, perform rendezvous and docking, along with spending up to two weeks in space. A look back...

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Spacecraft ‘nuclear batteries’ could get a boost from new materials

Posted October 14, 2016 by

No extension cord is long enough to reach another planet, and there's no spacecraft charging station along the way. That's why researchers are hard at work on ways to make spacecraft power systems more efficient, resilient and long-lasting.

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NASA, German Aerospace Center extend SOFIA cooperative agreement

Posted June 17, 2016 by

Photograph courtesy of German Aerospace Center, DLR Pascale Ehrenfreund (left), Gerd Gruppe (right), Member of the DLR Executive Board responsible for the Space Administration, and Dava Newman (center), Deputy Administrator of NASA, after signing the agreement at the ILA Berlin Air Show. NASA and the German Aerospace Center, DLR, have extended their agreement to continue…

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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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NASA’s Webb Telescope ghostly ‘lights out’ inspection

Posted March 15, 2017 by

What happens when the lights are turned out in the enormous clean room that currently houses NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope? The technicians who are inspecting the telescope and its expansive golden mirrors look like ghostly wraiths in this image as they conduct a “lights out inspection” in the Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility…

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NASA recognizes outstanding small businesses with industry awards

Posted March 9, 2016 by

The winners of the Fiscal Year 2015 agency-level Small Business Industry Awards were announced March 8 during the spring 2016 NASA Industry Forum meeting hosted by the agency’s Office of Small Business Programs at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The SBIA Program awards recognize every fiscal year one small business prime contractor, small business subcontractor, and…

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DARPA provides state-of-the-art bionic arms to Walter Reed

Posted December 30, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is making available to military amputees the first production versions of a groundbreaking upper-limb prosthesis, according to a DARPA press release. Dr. Justin Sanchez, director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, delivered the first two advanced “LUKE” arms from a new production line during a ceremony Thursday — evidence that…

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NASA astronauts prepare for flight on commercial spacecraft

Posted April 29, 2016 by Alex Sanz

Five years after the last NASA astronauts flew from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station, a new group is preparing for a trip, this time on a private spacecraft.

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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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Lockheed Martin submits proposals for U.S. Air Force’s GPS IIIF program

Posted April 18, 2018 by

Lockheed Martin has submitted a competitive and fully compliant proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III Follow On program, which will add enhanced capabilities to the most advanced GPS satellites ever designed. The GPS IIIF program intends to produce up to 22 next-generation satellites. The Air Force’s first 10 GPS III satellites, currently in full…

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