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SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

Posted July 27, 2018 by

SpaceX successfully launched 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 4:39 a.m., PDT, July 25. This was the seventh set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT. The satellites began deployment…

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Educators learn about space station research

Posted March 18, 2016 by

An International Space Station, ISS, One Year Crew: Off the Earth, For the Earth educator workshop was held at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's Office of Education’s Resource Center located at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., January 27.

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Prototype of space station’s advanced plant habitat

Posted November 28, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Bill White A high fidelity test version of NASA’s Advanced Plant Habitat, the largest plant chamber built for the agency, arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida the third week of November, 2016. The engineering development unit arrived by truck, was offloaded and transported to a laboratory at the Space Station Processing Facility. Inside…

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NASA opens $2 million third phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition

Posted November 8, 2017 by

Future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond will require innovative options to shelter our explorers, and we won’t be able to carry all of the materials with us from Earth. NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenges competition, seeks ways to create or develop the technologies needed to create such habitats on-site, and challenges…

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NASA, German Aerospace Center extend SOFIA cooperative agreement

Posted June 17, 2016 by

Photograph courtesy of German Aerospace Center, DLR Pascale Ehrenfreund (left), Gerd Gruppe (right), Member of the DLR Executive Board responsible for the Space Administration, and Dava Newman (center), Deputy Administrator of NASA, after signing the agreement at the ILA Berlin Air Show. NASA and the German Aerospace Center, DLR, have extended their agreement to continue…

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ECLSS put to test for commercial crew missions

Posted March 10, 2017 by Steven Siceloff

SpaceX photograph Engineers work inside the ECLSS Module at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Extensive evaluations are underway on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests as NASA prepares to return human spaceflight to the United States. One of the most intensely studied systems is called ECLSS. Short for environmental control and life…

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NASA upgrades space station emergency communications ground stations

Posted April 25, 2018 by

NASA photograph An upgraded VHF antenna capable of supporting both the VHF1 and VHF2 frequencies. Since the launch of the International Space Station’s first component in 1998, communications infrastructure has been critical to the station’s success and crew safety. NASA is currently implementing upgrades to very high frequency communications ground stations that backup the station’s…

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2016 highlights space technologies used in daily life on Earth

Posted December 16, 2015 by

NASA technology is all around us, turning trash into oil, saving women from a deadly complication of childbirth, and putting the bubbles in beer. These technologies and more are featured in the 2016 edition of NASA’s annual Spinoff publication, highlighting the many places NASA shows up in daily life and the aeronautics and space programs…

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NASA Space Robotics Challenge prepares robots for journey to Mars

Posted August 17, 2016 by

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, has opened registration for a new competition.

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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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