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SpaceX Awarded Contract for GPS III-3 Launch Services

Posted March 24, 2017 by

The Air Force announced today the award of the second competitively sourced National Security Space launch services contract in more than a decade. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) was awarded a contract for Global Positioning System III Launch Services. This is a firm-fixed price, standalone contract with a total value of $96,500,490. SpaceX will provide…

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First Light: Lockheed Martin-built SBIRS satellite successfully transmitting images

Posted March 22, 2017 by

From its final orbit location 22,000 miles above the equator, the third Lockheed Martin-built Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite recently sent its first images back down to Earth, a milestone known as "first light."  

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Rocket Lab raises $75 million in funding for scaling up production of electron rocket

Posted March 22, 2017 by

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–Rocket Lab, a private American-New Zealand space company, announced March 21 closing a Series D financing round of $75 million. The round was led by Data Collective, with additional investment from Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor, and with renewed participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and K1W1. The closure of the…

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Trump signs NASA funding bill, ponders sending Congress to space

Posted March 22, 2017 by Darlene Superville

President Donald Trump signed legislation March 21 adding human exploration of Mars to NASA’s mission. Could sending Congress into space be next? Flanked at an Oval Office bill-signing ceremony by astronauts and lawmakers, Trump observed that being an astronaut is a “pretty tough job.” He said he wasn’t sure he’d want it and, among lawmakers…

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NRO orbits twin surveillance satellites

Posted March 10, 2017 by Peter W. Merlin

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 lifted off right on schedule at 9:49:51 a.m. March 1, carrying a secret satellite payload into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft parachutes tested at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

Posted March 10, 2017 by

NASA photograph Engineers successfully tested the parachutes for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona March 8. This was the second test in a series of eight that will certify Orion’s parachutes for human spaceflight. The test, which dropped an Orion engineering model from a C-17 aircraft at 25,000 feet,…

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New NASA radar technique finds lost lunar spacecraft

Posted March 10, 2017 by tomlear

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth’s orbit can be a technological challenge. Detecting these objects in orbit around Earth’s moon is even more difficult.

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NASA kicks off study to add crew to first flight of Orion, SLS

Posted February 27, 2017 by

NASA is assessing the feasibility of adding a crew to the first integrated flight of the agency’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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NASA establishes new public-private partnerships to advance U.S. commercial space capabilities

Posted February 27, 2017 by

NASA is partnering with eight U.S. companies to advance small spacecraft and launch vehicle technologies that are on the verge of maturation and are likely to benefit both NASA and the commercial space market. These partnerships are the result of a solicitation released in August 2016 by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), titled Utilizing…

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Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Day of Remembrance honors fallen astronauts

Posted January 27, 2017 by Bob Granath

On Jan. 26, 2017, Kennedy Space Center employees and guests paid their respects to astronauts who have perished in the conquest of space.

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