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NASA extends Hubble Space Telescope science operations contract

Posted June 24, 2016 by

NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension Thursday to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble science operations support at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md. This action will extend the period of…

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Next SpaceX launch now no earlier than July 18

Posted June 22, 2016 by

The next SpaceX commercial cargo resupply services mission for NASA to the International Space Station now is targeted for launch no earlier than 12:45 a.m., EDT, July 18. An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, carrying crew supplies and station hardware, will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral…

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft to risk Jupiter’s fireworks for science

Posted June 17, 2016 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This artist’s rendering shows NASA’s Juno spacecraft making one of its close passes over Jupiter. On July 4, NASA will fly a solar-powered spacecraft the size of a basketball court within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometers) of the cloud tops of our solar system’s largest planet. As of Thursday, Juno is 18 days and…

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Air Force awards CAMMO contract

Posted June 15, 2016 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $43,874,673, fixed-price incentive contract to L-3 National Security Solutions for the operations, maintenance and sustainment of the Air Force Satellite Control Network. The Consolidated Air Force Satellite Control Network Modifications, Maintenance, and Operations contract is a seven-year, Fixed-Price Incentive (Firm Target) contract which has been awarded through a…

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Air Force, ULA teams launch Delta IV Heavy

Posted June 15, 2016 by

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, United Launch Alliance and their mission partners successfully launched a ULA Delta IV Heavy lift vehicle with an NRO national security payload from Space Launch Complex-37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 1:51 p.m., EDT, June 11. “The Delta IV…

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45th SW supports successful launch

Posted June 13, 2016 by

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., June 11, 2016. The ULA Delta IV rocket carried a classified national security payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., supported…

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NASA’s CloudSat/CALIPSO satellites celebrate 10 years on orbit

Posted June 8, 2016 by

Ten years ago June 7 the first images were returned from the CALIPSO and CloudSat atmospheric aerosol LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) and cloud-profiling radar missions following their joint launch on April 28, 2006. The satellites joined the A-Train, a coordinated group of international satellites providing simultaneous observation data used by scientists to advance knowledge…

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NASA awards contract for suborbital flight services

Posted June 3, 2016 by

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA has selected Blue Origin, LLC, in Van Horn, Texas, to integrate and fly technology payloads near the boundary of space on their New Shepard suborbital spacecraft in support of NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. This is the sixth company selected for an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract under the Suborbital Reusable Launch…

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Orbital ATK conducts test of Antares first stage

Posted June 1, 2016 by

Orbital ATK announced May 31 it conducted a full-power “hot fire” test of the upgraded first stage propulsion system of its Antares medium-class rocket using new RD-181 main engines. The 30-second test took place at 5:30 p.m., EDT, May 31, 2016 at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A. Initial indications are that the test…

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Lockheed Martin delivers NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft to launch site

Posted May 23, 2016 by

NASA's asteroid sampling spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, took an across-country journey of about 1,600 miles before it launches on its 509 million mile journey to the asteroid Bennu.

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