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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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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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Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace completes PDR for Inmarsat 6’s L-band reflectors

Posted August 10, 2017 by

Astro Aerospace, a Northrop Grumman business, completed a successful Preliminary Design Review of the nine meter L-band reflectors for two Airbus Inmarsat-6 series satellites.

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RS-25 engines powered to highest level ever during Stennis test

Posted February 26, 2018 by

Operators powered one of NASA’s Space Launch System engines up to 113 percent thrust level, the highest RS-25 power level yet achieved, during a test on Feb. 21 at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

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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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NASA works to improve solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration

Posted April 20, 2016 by

NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. of Redmond, Wash., to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities, and enable deep space exploration missions, including the robotic portion of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission and its Journey to Mars.

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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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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 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 selects new technologies for flight tests

Posted August 3, 2016 by

NASA's Flight Opportunities program has selected 13 space technology payloads to flight test on parabolic aircraft, high-altitude balloons or suborbital launch vehicles to demonstrate new technologies. The selections were made through the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.

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