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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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Rocket launch demonstrates new capability for testing technologies

Posted December 4, 2015 by

An UP Aerospace SpaceLoft sounding rocket soared into the sky Nov. 6 from Spaceport America, N.M., carrying four technology experiments for NASA's Flight Opportunities Program that funded the launch of these technologies.

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NASA iTech fosters technology needed for journey to Mars

Posted September 21, 2016 by

NASA is seeking innovative technology for the agency’s future exploration missions in the solar system and beyond, including the Journey to Mars, from other U.S. government agencies, academia, the aerospace industry and the public through the new iTech initiative. NASA’s iTech initiative is a yearlong effort to find innovative ideas through a call for white…

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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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Boeing WGS-8 satellite nearly doubles bandwidth for military users

Posted December 9, 2016 by

Boeing’s eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite will provide nearly twice as much communications bandwidth as previous WGS satellites due to an upgraded digital payload.

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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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Lockheed Martin supports critical weather forecasting mission

Posted March 5, 2018 by

ULA photograph Lockheed Martin-built GOES-S weather satellite was successfully launched March 1 at 5:02 p.m., EST, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket. A satellite launched March 1 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., will augment the GOES-16 weather satellite and provide broad coverage with powerful new weather…

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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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Potential Mars airplane resumes flight

Posted April 7, 2017 by Jay Levine

Flight tests have resumed on subscale aircraft that could one day observe the Martian atmosphere and a variant that will improve collection of Earth’s weather data.

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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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