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Vice president views InSight, NASA’s next spacecraft to Mars

Posted October 27, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Adam Mattivi Vice President Mike Pence, left, speaks with Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, right, in a clean room facility near Denver, Colo., where Lockheed Martin Space Systems is assembling and testing InSight, NASA’s next spacecraft to Mars. InSight, for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat…

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Work progresses on Orion powerhouse for crewed mission

Posted October 13, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Rad Sinyak While engineers in Europe continue to outfit the Orion spacecraft’s service module for Exploration Mission-1 in preparation for shipment to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida next year, work is already beginning on the service module that will power, propel, cool and provide air and water for the first crewed…

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Another chance to put your name on Mars

Posted October 13, 2017 by

When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA's InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments -- along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public.

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U.S. Air Force declares first Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite ‘available for launch’

Posted October 11, 2017 by

Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite “Available for Launch.” The Air Force’s “AFL” declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin’s first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01…

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SpaceX launches Iridium NEXT satellites, recovers booster

Posted October 11, 2017 by Peter W. Merlin

Photograph by Peter W. Merlin SpaceX launched the third set of Iridium NEXT communications satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9. Iridium Communications is in the process of replacing its current fleet of global voice and data relay satellites in batches. SpaceX launched the first two sets of 10 in January…

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ULA launches electronic eavesdropping satellite for NRO

Posted October 6, 2017 by Peter W. Merlin

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lofted a classified intelligence-gathering payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office late Sept. 23.

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Critical Design Review for Next Generation GEO satellites a success

Posted October 6, 2017 by

The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate and prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, successfully completed a system Critical Design Review for the Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting satellites GEO-5 and GEO-6 Sept. 8. The successful CDR marks the capstone event, culminating 18 months of lower level reviews, which authorizes the next two satellites…

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SpaceX: Rocket for moon, Mars and NY-to-Shanghai in 39 mins

Posted October 2, 2017 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX chief Elon Musk's elaborate plan for a mega-rocket to carry astronauts to Mars may have some down-to-Earth applications.

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All in the Family

Posted September 20, 2017 by

Lockheed Martin introduces new satellite lineup In National Harbor, Md., Lockheed Martin Sept. 19 debuted a new family of satellite buses that form the core of nearly every space mission. From nanosats to high-powered satellites, the versatile lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. The…

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NASA’s robotic ‘Sniffer’ confirms space station leak, repair

Posted September 15, 2017 by

In recent operations on the International Space Station, robotic operators were twice able to test and confirm the ability of the Robotic External Leak Locator to “smell” in space.  

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