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NASA eyes fusion reactor engines, extraterrestrial drilling, other far-out technologies

Posted April 21, 2017 by

NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space, and advancements in aviation and science, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million. The agency received 1,621 proposals in response…

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NASA selects proposals for first-ever space technology research institutes

Posted February 17, 2017 by

NASA photograph High performance materials and structures are needed for safe and affordable next generation exploration systems such as transit vehicles, habitats, and power systems. NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar…

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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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Aerojet Rocketdyne to mature development of 1-Newton GR-1 thruster

Posted December 28, 2015 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected for a public-private partnership with NASA to mature the design of the 1-Newton GR-1 monopropellant thruster, which uses a green propellant known as AF-M315E. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. Once matured, the improved GR-1 thruster will enable the technology to transition from development to production…

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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 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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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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US Air Force accepts Raytheon’s GPS OCX launch and checkout system

Posted November 3, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force has officially accepted Raytheon’s GPS Operational Control System launch and checkout system, also referred to as Block 0, signifying the company met all contractual requirements when it delivered the LCS to the service on Sept. 29. LCS is a fully modernized cyber-secure ground system complete with the computing hardware, operations center…

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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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Divers practice Orion water recovery techniques in giant pool

Posted October 21, 2016 by Linda Herridge

NASA photograph by James Blair U.S. Navy divers, Air Force pararescuemen and Coast Guard rescue swimmers practice Orion recovery techniques Sept. 21, at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The recovery team is practicing underway recovery techniques using a test version of the Orion spacecraft. Training will help…

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