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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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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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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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Plants to feed this, other worlds

Posted June 16, 2017 by

NASA photograph NASA astronaut Steve Swanson harvests red romaine lettuce on the space station, the first fresh produce grown and eaten in space. The Veggie project, which is ongoing, uses Florikan’s controlled-release fertilizer to nourish the growing plants. Astronaut ice cream may be an exotic treat for kids, but for real space explorers, a fresh,…

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NASA awards contract for sustainable land imaging spacecraft

Posted October 26, 2016 by

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., known publicly as Orbital ATK, for the Landsat 9 spacecraft. This contract is a 5-year, firm fixed-price delivery order for the purchase of the Landsat 9 spacecraft in the amount of $129.9 million….

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NASA, UAE sign significant outer space, aeronautics cooperation agreement

Posted June 13, 2016 by

The United States and United Arab Emirates have entered into an agreement to cooperate in aeronautics research, and the exploration and use of airspace and outer space for peaceful purposes, working together in the peaceful use of outer space for the benefit of humanity. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and UAE Space Agency Chairman Dr. Khalifa…

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HIAD heat shield material feels burn during arc jet testing

Posted September 22, 2017 by

NASA heat shield material that could one day be used on an inflatable aeroshell during atmospheric entry on Mars recently underwent testing at Boeing’s Large Core Arc Tunnel in St. Louis, Mo.

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What looks good on paper may look good in space

Posted September 25, 2017 by

Origami, the Japanese tradition of paper-folding, has inspired a number of unique spacecraft designs here. It's little wonder that it fascinates NASA engineers: origami can seem deceptively simple, hiding complex math within its creases.

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AFRL erosion testing is out of this world

Posted June 6, 2018 by Holly Jordan

Air Force Research Laboratory researchers are doing their part to make the next Mars rover mission an astronomical success. AFRL recently concluded a series of tests in the Particle Erosion Test Facility, located in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Coatings, Corrosion, and Erosion Laboratory.

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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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