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Students advance Mars airplane concept

Posted October 17, 2015 by Jay Levine

When you’re designing an airplane that could one day be the first to fly on Mars, the answer cannot be found in the back of the book. That’s one of many conclusions groups of students in two NASA-funded programs at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California realized last summer. They worked on the Preliminary…

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NASA aeronautics on display at Fiesta

Posted October 17, 2015 by Jay Levine

Travis Bator of Minnesota came to 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to see a kaleidoscope of color in the skies. After he saw what he came to see, he ventured to the NASA exhibit, which featured a collection of futuristic concept aircraft.

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NASA instruments head to Germany for alternative fuels research

Posted October 16, 2015 by

NASA's ongoing research into the environmental effects of burning alternative fuels in jet engines picked up some fresh international flavor as it continued this fall in Germany.

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NASA awards VCLS contracts for CubeSat satellites

Posted October 15, 2015 by

NASA’s Launch Services Program has awarded multiple Venture Class Launch Services contracts to provide small satellites (SmallSats) — also called CubeSats, microsats or nanosatellites — access to low-Earth orbit.  The three companies selected to provide these new commercial launch capabilities, and the value of their firm fixed-price contracts, are: * Firefly Space Systems Inc. of…

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Cassini begins series of flybys with close-up of Saturn moon Enceladus

Posted October 15, 2015 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech photograph Earlier in Cassini’s mission at Saturn, northern terrains on the ocean-bearing icy moon Enceladus were in the shadow of winter. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will wrap up its time in the region of Saturn’s large, icy moons with a series of three close encounters with Enceladus starting Oct. 14. Images are expected to begin…

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Raytheon completes development of 3rd Generation Bradley Commander’s Primary Sight

Posted October 15, 2015 by

Raytheon’s Missile Systems business has completed the development of its 3rd Generation Commander’s Primary Sight ahead of the U.S. Army’s anticipated Improved FLIR lethality engineering change proposal for the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. “What sets our Commander’s Primary Sight apart from others is Raytheon’s coordinated reuse of existing Bradley vehicle components and interfaces,” said Duane…

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Virgin Galactic wins NASA contract to launch satellites on LauncherOne

Posted October 15, 2015 by

NASA announced Oct. 14 that it has awarded commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic a $4.7 million contract for the launch of more than a dozen cutting-edge experimental satellites.

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Last of 12 GPS IIF satellites arrive at Cape Canaveral for processing

Posted October 12, 2015 by Chrissy Cuttita

The last Air Force GPS IIF in a block of 12 satellites was delivered to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., from Boeing's manufacturing facility in El Segundo, California, Oct. 8 via a C-17 Globemaster III.

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NASA selects student teams for 2016 high-powered rocket launch challenge

Posted October 7, 2015 by

NASA selected 55 student teams from across the nation to participate in the 2015-2016 NASA Student Launch challenge, to be held April 13-17 near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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NASA Challenge seeks ways to use Mars’ natural resources for astronauts

Posted October 7, 2015 by

Living off the land is different when the land is 140 million miles away, so NASA is looking for innovative ideas to use in situ (in place) Martian resources to help establish a human presence on the Red Planet. The In Situ Resource Utilization Challenge offers the public an opportunity to submit designs for structures…

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