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NASA, ULA launch Parker Solar Probe on historic journey to touch sun

Posted August 13, 2018 by

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Aug. 12 to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission.

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Proposed Space Force to protect, expand U.S. cosmic capabilities

Posted August 13, 2018 by Jim Garamone

Air Force image The proposal to form the U.S. Space Force is rooted in protecting America’s space advantages and in ensuring such advantages continue, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said during a roundtable discussion with Pentagon reporters, Aug. 9, 2018. Pictured is an artist’s rendering of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. AEHF-1 launched…

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Veteran astronaut, aviator retires from NASA

Posted August 10, 2018 by

Gregory C. “Ray J” Johnson, who piloted the space shuttle and more than 50 different aircraft, has retired after 28 years of service to the agency.

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NASA licenses SmallSat technology to Thermal Management Technologies

Posted August 8, 2018 by

A conversation at last year’s Small Satellite Conference in Utah led to the Strategic Partnerships Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., signing a non-exclusive license agreement with Thermal Management Technologies of North Logan, Utah. “We chatted a bit about a couple of NASA technologies that complemented some small satellite structures TMT…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne delivers power generator for Mars 2020 Rover

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, in collaboration with Teledyne, recently delivered the electrical power generator for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory, where it will be fueled, tested and readied for flight.

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NASA awards $15 million to small businesses for competitive research, development program

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NASA has selected 20 research and technology proposals — valued at $15 million — from 19 American small businesses. Each is partnering with research institutions for Phase II of NASA’s competitive Small Business Technology Transfer program. STTR supports NASA’s future missions into deep space and benefits the U.S. economy. Selected proposals will support the development…

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U.S. cargo ship departs ISS with critical scientific research

Posted August 6, 2018 by

After delivering more than 5,900 pounds of science and supplies, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft departed the International Space Station Aug. 3 at 12:38 p.m., EDT, and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after 6 p.m.

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Powerful communications satellites for U.S., allies shipped for launch

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Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin built and tested the fourth AEHF satellite in Sunnyvale, Calif., before shipping it for launch. Two other satellites are in production. Lockheed Martin shipped the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite July 27 to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for an October…

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NASA assigns crews to first test flights, missions on commercial spacecraft

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NASA introduced to the world Aug. 3 the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station -- an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011.

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Air Mobility Command chief looks toward supplying forces from space

Posted August 3, 2018 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by Jim Garamone Air Force Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, right, commander of Air Mobility Command, speaks to the Defense Writers Group in Washington, Aug. 2, 2018. Everhart discussed mobility in space during the event. Deliveries from space are going to happen, and the Defense Department must be ready to capitalize on the…

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