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NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites

Posted August 21, 2017 by Marcia Dunn

NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites Aug. 18, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of TDRS-M, the 13th satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network. It rode to orbit aboard…

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Remembering Dick Gordon

Posted November 8, 2017 by

Former NASA astronaut Richard Gordon, command module pilot on Apollo 12, the second lunar landing mission, passed away Nov. 6, 2017.

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Final RFP released for Air Force launch services contract

Posted February 2, 2018 by

The U.S. Air Force has released a final Request for Proposal for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Launch Services for the following payloads:  National Reconnaissance Office Launch (NROL)-85, NROL-87, SILENTBARKER, Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO)-5, and Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-44. The final RFP was released Jan. 31, 2018, with proposals due back…

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NASA Planet Hunter on its way to orbit

Posted April 20, 2018 by

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

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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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Lockheed Martin team delivers second lightning tracker for NOAA weather satellite

Posted January 13, 2016 by

Lockheed Martin has delivered the second Geostationary Lightning Mapper instrument that will provide earlier alerts of severe storms and contribute to more accurate tornado warnings.

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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 establishes contact with STEREO mission

Posted August 22, 2016 by

NASA image On Aug. 21, 2016, NASA reestablished contact with the sun-watching STEREO-B spacecraft, after communications were lost in October 2014. STEREO-B is one of two spacecraft of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory mission, which over the course of their lifetime have viewed the sun from vantage points such as the ones shown here, on…

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New crew launches to space station to continue scientific research

Posted November 18, 2016 by

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and France are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:20 p.m., EST, Nov. 17.

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Boeing satellite for ViaSat to significantly enhance satellite broadband communications

Posted June 2, 2017 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–Leveraging the recently launched Boeing [NYSE: BA] 702 high-power satellite, ViaSat’s second-generation satellite, ViaSat-2, will realize a seven-fold increase in broadband internet service coverage from its previous generation satellite and offer twice as much capacity on orbit. ViaSat-2 will also offer flexibility to move satellite capacity to where broadband demand exists and is…

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