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Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft successfully concludes mission to ISS

Posted February 25, 2019 by

Northrop Grumman has announced that the company successfully completed its 10th cargo supply mission to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract.

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SpaceX says rocket performance OK in secret satellite launch

Posted January 12, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX defended its rocket performance during the weekend launch of a secret U.S. satellite, responding Jan. 9 to media reports that the satellite codenamed Zuma was lost. Company President Gwynne Shotwell said the Falcon 9 rocket “did everything correctly” Jan. 7 and suggestions otherwise are “categorically false.” Northrop Grumman — which provided the satellite for…

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U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS GEO Flight-4 missile warning satellite encapsulated for launch

Posted January 12, 2018 by

Current SBIRS’ constellation continues to deliver outstanding infrared surveillance performance CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was encapsulated on Jan. 9. The SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite is now ready for its…

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Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites

Posted January 29, 2016 by Richard Lardner

Senior Pentagon officials Jan. 27 sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches. But Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall failed to stem…

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NASA’s lunar outpost will extend human presence in deep space

Posted February 16, 2018 by

As NASA sets its sights on returning to the Moon, and preparing for Mars, the agency is developing new opportunities in lunar orbit to provide the foundation for human exploration deeper into the solar system.

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America’s premier space wing completes SBIRS baseline constellation

Posted February 2, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul

“Nobody does what we do; other organizations and nations perform missile warning to some degree, but only the 460th Operations Group does so on a global scale every second of every single day,” said Capt. Ryan Griggs, 2nd Space Warning Squadron assistant director of operations at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. It’s no secret that…

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft in orbit around mighty Jupiter

Posted July 6, 2016 by

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m., PDT, July 4. “Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America’s birthday another…

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InSight Mars Mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB

Posted May 7, 2018 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The NASA InSight spacecraft launches onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket, Saturday, May 5, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to study the “inner space” of Mars: its crust, mantle and…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft begins environmental testing

Posted October 26, 2015 by

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo. OSIRIS-REx will be the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth for further study. “OSIRIS-REx is entering environmental testing on schedule, on budget and with schedule reserves,” said Mike…

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To catch a wave, rocket launches from top of world

Posted January 30, 2019 by

On Jan. 4, 2019, at 4:37 a.m., EST, the CAPER-2 mission launched from the Andøya Space Center in Andenes, Norway, on a 4-stage Black Brant XII sounding rocket. Reaching an apogee of 480 miles high before splashing down in the Arctic Sea, the rocket flew through active aurora borealis, or northern lights, to study the waves that accelerate electrons into our atmosphere.

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