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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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LM invites innovators, entrepreneurs to join next space age

Posted February 9, 2018 by

For the first time, Lockheed Martin has publicly released specifications for its satellite platforms with the goal of offering new opportunities for collaboration to companies aspiring to send innovative technologies to space. As part of a new satellite innovation initiative called Lockheed Martin Open Space, and building on expertise from the more than 800 satellites…

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New heart, DNA research in space benefiting health

Posted July 27, 2016 by

NASA photograph Astronaut Kate Rubins works to set up a new microscope for the Heart Cells study. New science unloaded from the latest SpaceX Dragon to visit the International Space Station is under way. The variety of new and ongoing space research is designed to benefit life on Earth and astronauts on long duration missions….

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Cassini spacecraft makes final approach to Saturn

Posted September 13, 2017 by

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet’s atmosphere Sept. 15.

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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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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. will pick up pace in race to space with China, DOD official says

Posted January 9, 2019 by C. Todd Lopez

The United States isn’t out of the game yet when it comes to space, but if it wants to remain on top, it will need to do more and do it faster, a senior Defense Department official said Jan. 8.

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Trump signs NASA funding bill, ponders sending Congress to space

Posted March 22, 2017 by Darlene Superville

President Donald Trump signed legislation March 21 adding human exploration of Mars to NASA’s mission. Could sending Congress into space be next? Flanked at an Oval Office bill-signing ceremony by astronauts and lawmakers, Trump observed that being an astronaut is a “pretty tough job.” He said he wasn’t sure he’d want it and, among lawmakers…

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AF awards contract for new rideshare capability on Space Launch missions

Posted November 10, 2017 by

The Space and Missile Systems Center has awarded the Long Duration Propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adapters procurement contract to Orbital Sciences Corp., Space Systems Division for $33,982,424.  The LDPE contract requires an EELV-compatible payload adapter with power, attitude control and propulsive capabilities, integration services for Government furnished payloads, and one year of…

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Celebrating Guy Bluford’s historic first flight

Posted August 31, 2018 by

NASA photograph When Guion Bluford, better known as Guy, launched aboard Challenger’s STS-8 mission on Aug. 30, 1983, he became the first African-American to fly in space. Before becoming a member of NASA’s “Thirty-Five New Guys” — the 1978 astronaut class, which had the first African-American and first Asian-American astronauts and the first women —…

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