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Orion parachute tests prove out complex system for human deep space missions

Posted December 18, 2017 by

Army photograph Two pilot parachutes pull out two main parachutes of the Orion spacecraft during a test Dec. 15, 2017. When NASA’s Orion spacecraft hurtles toward Earth’s surface during its return from deep-space missions, the capsule’s system of 11 parachutes will assemble itself in the air and slow the spacecraft from 300 mph to a…

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NASA sends new research to space station aboard SpaceX resupply mission

Posted December 18, 2017 by

An experiment in space manufacturing and an enhanced study of solar energy are among the research currently heading to the International Space Station following the Dec. 15 launch of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 10:36 a.m., EST. Dragon lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force…

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New space policy directive calls for human expansion across solar system

Posted December 13, 2017 by

The president, Dec. 11, signed at the White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond.

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General Atomics awarded contract for ARGOS satellite system

Posted December 11, 2017 by

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems announced Dec. 8 that it has been awarded a Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium contract from Advanced Technology International for the Army Resilient Global on-the-move SATCOM. ARGOS is a satellite system intended to provide Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Very High Frequency Beyond Line of Sight assured communications and Unattended…

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Lockheed Martin continues to strengthen weather forecasting with second next-gen weather satellite

Posted December 11, 2017 by

Timely and accurate weather forecasts can directly affect public safety and protection of property; and the next satellite in the NOAA GOES-R Series will continue to provide more data for sharper, more detailed views of weather systems. 

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NASA’s Webb Telescope Emerges from Chamber A

Posted December 8, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Chris Gunn NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope emerged from Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Dec. 1, 2017, to prepare for its upcoming move to California. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, or Webb, emerged from Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Dec. 1, 2017,…

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Voyager 1 fires up thrusters after 37 years

Posted December 8, 2017 by

If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Nov. 29, 2017, after 37 years without use.

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Historic Apollo Mission Control Center to be restored

Posted December 8, 2017 by

NASA photograph Flight controllers celebrate the successful conclusion of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission on July 24, 1969, at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston. At 4:18 p.m., EDT, on July 20, 1969, the lunar module lands with only 30 seconds of fuel remaining. Neil Armstrong radios, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has…

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Lockheed Martin completes Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 satellite assembly, ships to environmental testing

Posted December 1, 2017 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin technicians loaded the Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 communications satellite into its shipping container for delivery to environmental testing in California. Lockheed Martin has completed the major assembly of Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 and has shipped the communications satellite to its Sunnyvale, Calif., facility to undergo critical environmental testing. The first of the modernized LM 2100 satellites,…

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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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