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NASA ER-2 is legacy of six decades of achievement

Posted October 17, 2015 by Peter Merlin

Sixty years ago, a spindly silver airplane made its first flight in total secrecy. Designed by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (now Lockheed Martin) as a spy plane for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), it has since evolved into a versatile platform for scientific research.

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United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin partner with Air Force to develop new, all-American rocket engine

Posted March 2, 2016 by

United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin LLC, a privately-funded aerospace company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, entered into a public-private partnership with the U.S. Air Force to develop a new rocket propulsion system to power Vulcan — ULA’s next-generation launch system. “While the RD-180 engine has been a remarkable success with more than 60…

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NASA’s next Mars mission to investigate interior of red planet

Posted August 31, 2017 by

Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California -- the first interplanetary launch in history from America's West Coast.

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NASA invites public to send artwork to an asteroid

Posted February 19, 2016 by

NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to send their artistic endeavors on a journey aboard NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. This will be the first U.S. mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for study. OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in September and travel…

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Rocket Lab raises $75 million in funding for scaling up production of electron rocket

Posted March 22, 2017 by

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–Rocket Lab, a private American-New Zealand space company, announced March 21 closing a Series D financing round of $75 million. The round was led by Data Collective, with additional investment from Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor, and with renewed participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and K1W1. The closure of the…

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Dragon, Cygnus to meet for first time in space

Posted April 8, 2016 by Steven Siceloff,

The launch of a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on April 8 will set the stage for an historic rendezvous in orbit.

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Defense officials describe priorities for operating in contested space domain

Posted May 23, 2017 by Cheryl Pellerin

Space enables everything the joint force does and the national security space architecture must protect and defend that capability in a contested environment, officials from the Air Force, the intelligence community and the Defense Department told a House panel in recent testimony.

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July 20, 1969: One giant leap for mankind

Posted July 21, 2017 by

July 1969. It's a little over eight years since the flights of Gagarin and Shepard, followed quickly by President Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade is out.

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Countdown to Launch: WorldView-4 Earth imaging satellite arrives at Vandenberg for launch

Posted July 29, 2016 by

After a more than 250-mile road trip in a cleanroom-on-wheels, Lockheed Martin delivered DigitalGlobe’s (NYSE: DGI) WorldView-4 satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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NASA’s next planet hunter will look closer to home

Posted July 27, 2016 by

As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is bringing this hunt closer to home.

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