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NASA awards two robots to university groups for R&D upgrades

Posted November 18, 2015 by

Humanoid robots will be helpful to astronauts on our journey to Mars, so NASA has awarded prototypes to two universities for advanced research and development work. NASA is interested in humanoid robots because they can help or even take the place of astronauts working in extreme space environments. Robots, like NASA’s R5, could be used…

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NASA celebrates air, space at EAA AirVenture 2016

Posted July 22, 2016 by

EAA AirVenture photograph NASA’s Super Guppy cargo aircraft pulls in the crowds at a previous EAA AirVenture in Wisconsin. When Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc., becomes the busiest airport in the world for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture fly-in, July 25-31, 2016, NASA will be there to show thousands of attendees how NASA innovation…

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Plants to feed this, other worlds

Posted June 16, 2017 by

NASA photograph NASA astronaut Steve Swanson harvests red romaine lettuce on the space station, the first fresh produce grown and eaten in space. The Veggie project, which is ongoing, uses Florikan’s controlled-release fertilizer to nourish the growing plants. Astronaut ice cream may be an exotic treat for kids, but for real space explorers, a fresh,…

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Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company unveil VSS Unity

Posted March 4, 2016 by Linda KC Reynolds

Future “astronauts” and hundreds of guests came from around the globe to celebrate with Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company as they unveiled “Unity” the second SpaceShipTwo (SSII) during a ceremony at the Mojave Air and Space Port Feb 19.

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NASA awards contract for sustainable land imaging spacecraft

Posted October 26, 2016 by

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., known publicly as Orbital ATK, for the Landsat 9 spacecraft. This contract is a 5-year, firm fixed-price delivery order for the purchase of the Landsat 9 spacecraft in the amount of $129.9 million….

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Lockheed Martin completes first flexible solar array for LM 2100 satellite

Posted October 4, 2017 by

After years of development, Lockheed Martin completed the first flight build of its new Multi-mission Modular (MM) Solar Array.

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Armstrong honored for Orion work

Posted May 20, 2016 by Jay Levine

NASA's Orion space program representatives came to NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California recently to honor employees' contributions and talk about the space program.

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SpaceX returns to flight with delivery of 10 satellites to orbit

Posted January 20, 2017 by Peter W. Merlin

SpaceX celebrated a successful return to flight of the company's Falcon 9 rocket following a four-month hiatus while investigators sought to determine the cause of an explosion that occurred during ground operations in Florida.

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NASA announces new public-private partnerships

Posted November 20, 2015 by

NASA has secured partnerships with 22 U.S. companies through two solicitations to advance the agency’s goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system by shepherding the development of critical space technologies. “These awards enable us to continue to foster partnerships with the commercial space sector that not only leverage capabilities to meet NASA’s…

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NASA names new chair for Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel

Posted August 1, 2016 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Patricia Sanders as chair of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress on matters concerning the agency’s safety performance. Sanders currently is an independent aerospace consultant. She served for 34 years in the federal government, retiring in 2008 as the executive director…

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