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Air Force, ULA teams launch Delta IV Heavy

Posted June 15, 2016 by

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, United Launch Alliance and their mission partners successfully launched a ULA Delta IV Heavy lift vehicle with an NRO national security payload from Space Launch Complex-37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 1:51 p.m., EDT, June 11. “The Delta IV…

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45th SW supports successful launch

Posted June 13, 2016 by

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., June 11, 2016. The ULA Delta IV rocket carried a classified national security payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., supported…

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NASA’s CloudSat/CALIPSO satellites celebrate 10 years on orbit

Posted June 8, 2016 by

Ten years ago June 7 the first images were returned from the CALIPSO and CloudSat atmospheric aerosol LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) and cloud-profiling radar missions following their joint launch on April 28, 2006. The satellites joined the A-Train, a coordinated group of international satellites providing simultaneous observation data used by scientists to advance knowledge…

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NASA awards contract for suborbital flight services

Posted June 3, 2016 by

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA has selected Blue Origin, LLC, in Van Horn, Texas, to integrate and fly technology payloads near the boundary of space on their New Shepard suborbital spacecraft in support of NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. This is the sixth company selected for an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract under the Suborbital Reusable Launch…

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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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