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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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Flying observatory detects atomic oxygen in Martian atmosphere

Posted May 20, 2016 by

An instrument onboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) detected atomic oxygen in the atmosphere of Mars for the first time since the last observation 40 years ago. These atoms were found in the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere known as the mesosphere.

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CubeSats deployed from International Space Station

Posted May 20, 2016 by

NASA photograph CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station on May 17, 2016. Seen here are two Dove satellites. The satellites are part of a constellation designed, built and operated by Planet Labs Inc. to take images of Earth from space. The images have several humanitarian and environmental…

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Hypersonic test flight a success in Aussie Outback

Posted May 20, 2016 by

A successful test flight of an experimental rocket has further cemented South Australia’s place in the international space industry. Launched from the Woomera Test Range in the heart of the South Australian outback, the rocket reached an apogee of 278 kilometers, achieving the targeted speed of Mach 7.5 (seven and a half times the speed…

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NASA TV to broadcast Dragon departure from ISS

Posted May 6, 2016 by

After delivering almost 7,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory with valuable science research and return to Earth May 11.

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NASA to provide coverage of May 9 Mercury transit of sun

Posted May 4, 2016 by

NASA is inviting viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury. Mercury passes between Earth and the sun only about 13 times a century, its last trek taking place in 2006. Due to its diminutive size, viewing this…

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SpaceX founding team launches Vector Space Systems to redefine space commerce

Posted April 27, 2016 by

TUSCON, Ariz.–Vector Space Systems, a Micro Satellite space launch enterprise comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, announced April 26 it has secured more than $1 million in angel funding at Space 2.0 in Silicon Valley. Vector Space Systems, which sports a roster of technology and aerospace giants…

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Ball Aerospace begins environmental testing for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite

Posted April 22, 2016 by

Ball Aerospace has begun environmental testing on the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System satellite. JPSS-1 will represent significant technological and scientific advancements in severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring.

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NASA seeks industry ideas for an advanced Mars satellite

Posted April 22, 2016 by

NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s. The satellite would provide advanced communications and imaging, as well as robotic science exploration, in support of NASA’s Journey to Mars. The orbiter would substantially increase bandwidth communications and maintain high-resolution imaging capability. It also may…

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