Space

NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover is put to the test

Posted March 20, 2019 by

In a little more than seven minutes in the early afternoon of Feb. 18, 2021, NASA's Mars 2020 rover will execute about 27,000 actions and calculations as it speeds through the hazardous transition from the edge of space to Mars' Jezero Crater.

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Business

Northrop Grumman products from across country support ULA Delta IV launch

Posted March 18, 2019 by

Northrop Grumman provided a wide array of innovative technologies for the successful March 15 launch and deployment of the 10th Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-10) on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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Space

NASA’s new rocket won’t be ready for moon shot next year

Posted March 15, 2019 by Marcia Dunn

NASA’s massive new rocket won’t be ready for a moon shot next year, the space agency’s top official told Congress March 13. Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he’s considering switching to commercial rockets to keep the June 2020 launch date. Bridenstine told a Senate committee that two private rockets would be needed, one to launch the…

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NASA coverage for next space station crew launch, docking

Posted March 13, 2019 by

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are set to join the crew aboard the International Space Station on March 14. The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts.

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SpaceX crew capsule ends test flight with ocean splashdown

Posted March 11, 2019 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX's swanky new crew capsule returned from the International Space Station to an old-fashioned splashdown in the Atlantic on March 8, successfully ending a test flight that could lead to astronaut rides later this year.

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NASA astronaut Nick Hague set for new station mission after abort

Posted March 8, 2019 by

NASA photographs NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Hammock Koch and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are scheduled to launch March 14, 2019, from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a mission to the International Space Station as members of Expeditions 59 and 60. NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who was forced to…

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News

Milestone: Capsule with dummy aboard docks at space station

Posted March 4, 2019 by Marcia Dunn

A sleek new American-built capsule with just a test dummy aboard docked smoothly with the International Space Station March 3 in a big step toward putting the U.S. back in the business of launching astronauts.

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NASA to provide coverage of SpaceX commercial crew flight test

Posted March 1, 2019 by

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the SpaceX Demo-1 flight test to the International Space Station for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the U.S. aerospace industry to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since 2011. NASA and SpaceX…

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Business

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft successfully concludes mission to ISS

Posted February 25, 2019 by

Northrop Grumman has announced that the company successfully completed its 10th cargo supply mission to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract.

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Virgin Galactic postpones scheduled flight test

Posted February 20, 2019 by

Virgin Galactic has postponed the scheduled Feb. 20 flight test of SpaceShipTwo and VSS Unity because of bad weather at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California. “Our test flight window opened this morning, but the Mojave weather isn’t cooperating,” Virgin Galactic representatives said in a Twitter statement. “We plan to try again…

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