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NASA selects instrument team to build next-gen planet hunter

Posted March 30, 2016 by

NASA has selected a team to build a new, cutting-edge instrument that will detect planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, by measuring the miniscule “wobbling” of stars.

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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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U.S. Air Force’s first GPS III satellite receives commands from next-gen OCX ground control segment

Posted December 13, 2017 by

Lockheed Martin photograph GPS III Space Vehicle 01 (GPS III SV01) at Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility. The first advanced GPS III satellite successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the Next Generation Operational Control System, further validating the U.S. Air Force’s modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) is ready to launch its first satellite….

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SOFIA status update

Posted June 29, 2016 by

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), NASA’s flying telescope, was cleared to return to flight on June 27, 2016 (New Zealand date). On June 15, a crack was found in the thrust ring of one of SOFIA’s four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J engines during a routine inspection. To rectify the problem SOFIA’s team sourced…

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NASA unveils new searchable video, audio, imagery library for public

Posted March 29, 2017 by

NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov.

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Demonstration proves nuclear fission system can provide space exploration power

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NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. 

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NASA astronauts get advance look at CST-100 trainers

Posted January 8, 2016 by

Two of the four NASA astronauts training to fly Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft recently tried some of the systems that will prepare them for flights to the International Space Station.

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NASA has large presence at AirVenture

Posted August 17, 2016 by Jay Levine

NASA showcased work from across the agency at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture 2016 event at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc.

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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 assists in efforts to contain California wildfires

Posted September 7, 2018 by Jay Levine

NASA photograph Huge columns of smoke rise from California’s Mendocino Complex fire. The smoke that has risen and drifted now clouds the skies above the state. An effort by multiple NASA centers to assist with the California wildfires included capturing satellite data of the smoke plumes and aircraft flights over burned areas to collect information…

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