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NASA launches NOAA weather satellite aboard ULA rocket to improve forecasts

Posted November 20, 2017 by

NASA has successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the first in a series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites, equipped with next-generation technology and designed to improve the accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts out to seven days.

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Sunrise flight to space station

Posted November 17, 2017 by

NASA photograph Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship with its cymbal-ike UltraFlex solar arrays approaches the International Space Station’s robotic arm Canadarm2 as both spacecraft fly into an orbital sunrise on Nov. 14, 2017. The cargo craft carried almost 7,400 pounds of crew supplies, science experiments, spacewalk gear, station hardware and computer parts. New research will…

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U.S. Navy accepts fifth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS satellite

Posted November 17, 2017 by

The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office,at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., and Lockheed Martin handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test

Posted November 17, 2017 by

Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided,…

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NASA completes review of first SLS, Orion Deep Space exploration mission

Posted November 17, 2017 by

NASA is providing an update on the first integrated launch of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft after completing a comprehensive review of the launch schedule.

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NASA ISS cargo launches aboard Orbital ATK mission

Posted November 13, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls Orbital ATK’s eighth contracted cargo delivery flight to the station successfully launched at 7:19 a.m., EST, on an Antares rocket from Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 12. The International Space Station will receive about 7,400 pounds of cargo, including new science and technology investigations, following…

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AF awards contract for new rideshare capability on Space Launch missions

Posted November 10, 2017 by

The Space and Missile Systems Center has awarded the Long Duration Propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adapters procurement contract to Orbital Sciences Corp., Space Systems Division for $33,982,424.  The LDPE contract requires an EELV-compatible payload adapter with power, attitude control and propulsive capabilities, integration services for Government furnished payloads, and one year of…

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Remembering Dick Gordon

Posted November 8, 2017 by

Former NASA astronaut Richard Gordon, command module pilot on Apollo 12, the second lunar landing mission, passed away Nov. 6, 2017.

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More than 2.4 million names are going to Mars

Posted November 6, 2017 by

Last month, NASA invited members of the public to send their names to Mars. And the public responded loud and clear. More than 1.6 million people signed up to have their names etched on a microchip that will be carried on NASA's upcoming InSight mission, which launches in May of 2018.

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Orbital ATK’s S.S. Gene Cernan to deliver supplies to ISS

Posted November 6, 2017 by

NASA photograph EcAMSAT, undergoes thermal vacuum power management testing at NASA Ames. The test simulates the thermal vacuum and power environment of space and is an element of the spacecraft’s flight validation testing program. Orbital ATK will launch its Cygnus spacecraft into orbit to the International Space Station, targeted for Nov. 11, 2017, from Wallops…

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