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SMC’s ninth WGS satellite arrives in Florida for launch

Posted January 11, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center-sponsored ninth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft arrived today at Titusville-Cocoa Airport, Fla.

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Last look before lift-off: SBIRS GEO Flight 3 encapsulated for launch

Posted January 11, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force’s next Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, was encapsulated on Jan. 7 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., where it will launch on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Encapsulation refers to the sealing of the satellite in a protective launch vehicle fairing—one…

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Veteran astronauts retire from NASA

Posted January 11, 2017 by

NASA photograph Michael E. Fossum Two astronauts with a combined tenure of almost 50 years in the astronaut corps have retired from NASA. Mike Baker and Mike Fossum both left the agency on Jan. 7 to join private industry. Fossum first came to NASA as part of a U.S. Air Force detail to support the…

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Lockheed Martin to build NASA’s Lucy spacecraft, a mission to Trojan asteroids

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Lockheed Martin has been selected to design, build and operate the spacecraft for NASA’s Lucy mission. One of NASA’s two new Discovery Program missions, Lucy will perform the first reconnaissance of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids orbiting the sun in tandem with the gas giant. The Lucy spacecraft will launch in 2021 to study six of…

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NASA assigns upcoming space station crew members

Posted January 4, 2017 by

NASA is assigning veteran astronaut Andrew Feustel and first-flight astronaut Jeanette Epps to missions aboard the International Space Station in 2018. Feustel will launch in March 2018 for his first long-duration mission, serving as a flight engineer on Expedition 55, and later as commander of Expedition 56. Epps will become the first African American space…

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NASA selects mission to study black holes, cosmic x-ray mysteries

Posted January 4, 2017 by

NASA has selected a science mission that will allow astronomers to explore, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most extreme and exotic astronomical objects, such as stellar and supermassive black holes, neutron stars and pulsars. Objects such as black holes can heat surrounding gases to more than a million degrees….

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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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Russian resupply ship experiences anomaly; ISS crew is fine

Posted December 2, 2016 by

The Russian space agency Roscosmos has confirmed a Progress cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been lost. The spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Dec. 1 on a Soyuz rocket, but experienced an anomaly around six and a half minutes into its flight. Six crew members living aboard the…

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Celebrating Thanksgiving aboard ISS

Posted November 28, 2016 by

NASA photograph The six Expedition 50 crew members celebrate Thanksgiving in space, Nov. 24, 2016, with rehydrated turkey, stuffing, potatoes and vegetables.

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45th SW supports successful Atlas V GOES-R launch

Posted November 22, 2016 by

The 45th Space Wing supported NASA’s successful launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canavera Air Force Station, Fla., Nov. 19, 2016.

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