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Testing prepares NASA’s space launch system for liftoff

Posted May 10, 2017 by

The world’s most powerful rocket -- NASA’s Space Launch System -- may experience ground wind gusts of up to 70 mph as it sits on the launch pad before and during lift off for future missions.

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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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NASA selects educators to fly with astronomers on SOFIA

Posted March 18, 2016 by

NASA has selected 11 educator teams for its 2016 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. The program is a professional development opportunity for educators designed to improve teaching methods and to inspire students. As part of the preparation, the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors complete a graduate credit astronomy course and are partnered with professional astronomers to participate as…

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X-plane preliminary design model tests quiet supersonic technology

Posted September 22, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Chris Giersch Samantha O’Flaherty, Test Engineer for Jacobs Technology Inc., finalizes the set-up of the Quiet Supersonic Technology Preliminary Design Model inside the 14- by- 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. Over the next several weeks, engineers will conduct aerodynamic tests on the 15% scale model and…

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Sunshield deployment, layers fully tensioned on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Posted October 27, 2017 by

Northrop Grumman, which designed NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s optics, spacecraft bus, and sunshield for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has deployed the sunshield subsystem and fully tensioned the five sunshield layers for the first time.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to mature development of 1-Newton GR-1 thruster

Posted December 28, 2015 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected for a public-private partnership with NASA to mature the design of the 1-Newton GR-1 monopropellant thruster, which uses a green propellant known as AF-M315E. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. Once matured, the improved GR-1 thruster will enable the technology to transition from development to production…

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NASA has large presence at AirVenture

Posted August 17, 2016 by Jay Levine

NASA showcased work from across the agency at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture 2016 event at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc.

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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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NASA completes welding of LOX tank for first SLS flight

Posted September 15, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Jude Guidry NASA is another step closer to completing all main structures for the agency’s first launch of the Space Launch System deep space rocket. The liquid oxygen flight tank was recently built in the Vertical Assembly Center robotic welder at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. After the liquid oxygen…

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NASA’s Space Launch System booster passes major milestone on journey to Mars

Posted June 29, 2016 by

A booster for the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA’s Space Launch System, successfully fired up June 28 for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

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