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Educators learn about effects on humans from long-term space exposure

Posted April 15, 2016 by

Regional teachers participated in an educator workshop to learn about the one-year study of identical twins astronaut Scott Kelly who was on the International Space Station and former astronaut Mark Kelly who remained on Earth, referring to this study as: A Stepping Stone Toward Our Journey to Mars.

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SOFIA status update

Posted June 29, 2016 by

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), NASA’s flying telescope, was cleared to return to flight on June 27, 2016 (New Zealand date). On June 15, a crack was found in the thrust ring of one of SOFIA’s four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J engines during a routine inspection. To rectify the problem SOFIA’s team sourced…

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NASA picks up where it left off in 2017, tests RS-25 flight controller

Posted January 19, 2018 by

NASA engineers picked up this year where they left off in 2017, conducting a certification test of another RS-25 engine flight controller on Jan. 16, 2018, on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

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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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Northrop Grumman to supply space navigation system to SyL

Posted March 5, 2018 by

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.–Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from Space Systems Loral to supply its space navigation system for a next-generation satellite constellation. Northrop Grumman will deliver its Scalable Space Inertial Reference Unit (Scalable SIRU™) to SSL, to enable spacecraft attitude control and sensor pointing/stabilization. “Our Scalable SIRU is very well-suited for commercial satellite…

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NASA astronauts get advance look at CST-100 trainers

Posted January 8, 2016 by

Two of the four NASA astronauts training to fly Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft recently tried some of the systems that will prepare them for flights to the International Space Station.

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US Air Force accepts Raytheon’s GPS OCX launch and checkout system

Posted November 3, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force has officially accepted Raytheon’s GPS Operational Control System launch and checkout system, also referred to as Block 0, signifying the company met all contractual requirements when it delivered the LCS to the service on Sept. 29. LCS is a fully modernized cyber-secure ground system complete with the computing hardware, operations center…

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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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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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NASA Marshall advances 3-D printed rocket engine nozzle technology

Posted March 21, 2018 by

Rocket engine nozzles operate in extreme temperatures and pressures from the combustion process and are complex and expensive to manufacture.

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