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NASA awards launch services program support contract

Posted December 9, 2016 by

NASA has awarded a contract to a.i. solutions, Inc., of Lanham, Md., to support the agency’s Launch Services Program (LSP) in providing end-to-end launch services for NASA and NASA-sponsored payloads on commercial expendable launch vehicles. The Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 3 (ELVIS 3) contract is cost-plus-fixed-fee, with an award-term option incentive and a provision…

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Lockheed Martin delivers NOAA’s GOES-R weather satellite to launch site

Posted August 24, 2016 by

NOAA’s newest weather satellite, GOES-R, left its Colorado home where it was built and is now in Florida where it will undergo preparations for a Nov. 4 launch.

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches GPS IIF-11 satellite for U.S. Air Force

Posted November 2, 2015 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-11 satellite for the U.S. Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 Oct. 31 at 12:13 p.m., EDT. GPS IIF-11 is one of the next-generation GPS satellites that incorporate numerous improvements to provide greater accuracy, increased signals and enhanced performance for…

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Raytheon awarded $564 million contract for Joint Polar Satellite System instruments

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Raytheon has received a $564 million contract modification award from NASA for two satellite sensors as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System Polar Follow-On missions. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensors are for two satellites in the series, Polar Follow-On /JPSS-3 and JPSS-4. These are the fourth…

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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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Dragon attached to station Harmony module

Posted July 20, 2016 by

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was bolted into place on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 10:03 a.m., EDT, July 20 as the station flew about 252 statute miles over the California and Oregon border. The spacecraft is delivering nearly 5,000 pounds of science, hardware and supplies, including instruments to perform the…

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Three new crew members arrive at ISS

Posted September 13, 2017 by

NASA photograph The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos is seen on the right approaching the International Space Station on Sept. 12, 2017. After a six-hour flight, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos arrived at the International…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft begins environmental testing

Posted October 26, 2015 by

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo. OSIRIS-REx will be the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth for further study. “OSIRIS-REx is entering environmental testing on schedule, on budget and with schedule reserves,” said Mike…

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Air Force supports successful Atlas V launch of AFSPC-11 mission

Posted April 18, 2018 by tomlear

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches into the air from Launch Complex 41 during the AFSPC 11 launch, April 14, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported United Launch Alliance’s successful launch of the AFSPC-11 spacecraft aboard…

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NASA mission reveals speed of solar wind stripping Martian atmosphere

Posted November 6, 2015 by

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment that might have supported surface life to the cold, arid planet Mars is today.

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