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NASA assigns crews to first test flights, missions on commercial spacecraft

Posted August 6, 2018 by

NASA introduced to the world Aug. 3 the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station -- an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011.

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Air Mobility Command chief looks toward supplying forces from space

Posted August 3, 2018 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by Jim Garamone Air Force Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, right, commander of Air Mobility Command, speaks to the Defense Writers Group in Washington, Aug. 2, 2018. Everhart discussed mobility in space during the event. Deliveries from space are going to happen, and the Defense Department must be ready to capitalize on the…

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Northrop Grumman-built, operated planet-seeking spacecraft begins multi-year mission

Posted August 3, 2018 by

Northrop Grumman has announced that NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has successfully reached its desired stable orbit and begun science operations.

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NASA, commercial partners progress to human spaceflight home stretch

Posted August 1, 2018 by Madison Tuttle

NASA and commercial industry partners Boeing and SpaceX are making significant advances in preparing to launch astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011.

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Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft successfully concludes cargo supply mission to ISS

Posted August 1, 2018 by

NASA photograph From July 15, 2018 when Northrop Grumman’s “S.S. J.R. Thompson” Cygnus spacecraft left the International Space Station after delivering approximately 7,400 pounds of cargo to astronauts on board. The spacecraft successfully concluded its ninth cargo supply mission on July 30. Northrop Grumman has announced that its “S.S. J.R. Thompson” Cygnus™ spacecraft successfully completed…

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First SLS core stage flight hardware complete, ready for joining

Posted August 1, 2018 by

The first major piece of core stage hardware for NASA's Space Launch System rocket has been assembled and is ready to be joined with other hardware for Exploration Mission-1, the first integrated flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft.

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Combined Space Operations Center established at Vandenberg AFB

Posted July 23, 2018 by

The Joint Space Operations Center transitioned to a Combined Space Operations Center during a ceremony at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 18, 2018.  

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NASA prepares to launch Parker Solar Probe, a mission to ‘touch the sun’

Posted July 23, 2018 by

Early on an August morning, the sky near Cape Canaveral, Fla., will light up with the launch of Parker Solar Probe. No earlier than Aug. 6, 2018, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy will thunder to space carrying the car-sized spacecraft, which will study the Sun closer than any human-made object ever has.

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Alaska spaceport shortlisted for Rocket Lab launch site

Posted July 20, 2018 by AP

A California-based rocket company has shortlisted the Kodiak, Alaska, spaceport as a possible permanent home for its launches. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Rocket Lab announced July 17 that it’s seeking to build a launch complex in the U.S. to complement its current launch site in New Zealand. Alaska’s Pacific Spaceport Complex is among four…

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Latest Blue Origin launch tests technologies of interest to space exploration

Posted July 20, 2018 by

On July 18, 2018, at 8:35 am PDT, Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard rocket from the company’s West Texas launch site with five NASA-supported technologies onboard.

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