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Navy, NASA complete underway recovery test 7

Posted November 7, 2018 by

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) successfully completed test recovery operations of NASA’s mock Orion capsule, Nov. 5, 2018. The Underway Recovery Test-7 (URT-7) is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely retrieve the Orion crew module, which is capable of carrying humans into deep space….

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SpaceX launches experiments, ice cream to space station

Posted August 16, 2017 by Marcia Dunn

A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station Aug. 14, carrying tons of science research, plus ice cream.

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NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne to restart production of RS-25 engine

Posted November 25, 2015 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., has been awarded a contract by NASA to restart production of the RS-25 engine for the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket in the world and designed for the Journey to Mars. “SLS is America’s next generation heavy lift system,” said Julie Van Kleeck, vice…

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Asteroid sample mission spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, completed at Lockheed Martin

Posted October 21, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin has completed the assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

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First GPS III satellite successfully launched

Posted January 2, 2019 by

Courtesy graphic GPS III Satellite, the newest generation of GPS satellites, brings new capabilities to users, including three times greater accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities. The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the first Global Positioning Systems III satellite Dec. 23, 2018, from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape…

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45th SW launches 5th OTV mission

Posted September 8, 2017 by

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle Sept. 7, 2017, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida.  Approximately eight minutes after the launch, SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 first-stage booster at Landing Zone 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the 45th SW…

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NASA awards ISS cargo transport contracts

Posted January 15, 2016 by

Orbital ATK photograph Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft NASA has awarded three cargo contracts to ensure the critical science, research and technology demonstrations that are informing the agency’s journey to Mars are delivered to the International Space Station from 2019 through 2024. The agency unveiled its selection of Orbital ATK of Dulles, Va.; Sierra Nevada…

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Lockheed Martin-bulit AEHF satellite packed, prepared to join constellation

Posted October 8, 2018 by

The fourth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communications satellite is one step closer to space. The AEHF-4 satellite was encapsulated into its payload fairing on Sept. 26 in anticipation of its Oct. 17.

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Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft successfully completes rendezvous, berthing with ISS

Posted November 19, 2018 by

NASA photograph Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft is shown moments after capture by the International Space Station’s robotic arm. Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 19 announced that the “S.S. John Young” Cygnus™ spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. The mission marks the company’s 10th successful berthing with…

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Mars parachute test successfully launched from Wallops

Posted April 2, 2018 by

The launch of a Black Brant IX sounding rocket carrying the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment or ASPIRE was successfully conducted at 12:19 p.m., EDT, March 31, 2018, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.   ASPIRE was testing a parachute for possible future missions to Mars. The next ASPIRE test at Wallops is currently scheduled for…

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