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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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Webb Telescope set for testing in space simulation chamber

Posted June 19, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Desiree Stover NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sits in front of the door to Chamber A, a giant thermal vacuum chamber located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  The telescope will soon be moved into the chamber, where it will spend a hot Houston summer undergoing tests at sub-freezing cryogenic temperatures.  The telescope…

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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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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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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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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 seeks proposals for deep space habitation prototypes

Posted April 20, 2016 by

NASA is soliciting proposals for the development of prototypes for deep space habitats that will give astronauts a place to call home during long-duration missions supporting the agency’s Journey to Mars. The solicitation, Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2), is a follow-on to the NextSTEP Broad Agency Announcement released in October 2014 and requesting…

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Northrop Grumman to provide LN-200S for Lockheed Martin’s satellite bus

Posted January 13, 2016 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to supply its LN-200S fiber-optic Inertial Measurement Unit for the LM 300 satellite bus.

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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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NASA’s Webb Space Telescope receives first mirror installation

Posted November 25, 2015 by

NASA has successfully installed the first of 18 flight mirrors onto the James Webb Space Telescope, beginning a critical piece of the observatory’s construction.

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