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Northrop Grumman-built Dawn spacecraft successfully concludes historic journey

Posted November 2, 2018 by

Northrop Grumman Nov. 1 marked the successful conclusion of the company-built Dawn spacecraft’s mission to the two largest bodies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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920th RQW Airmen prepare for human spaceflight

Posted October 31, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing revalidate their response time in the event of a catastrophic, life-threatening occurrence within the capsule of a human space flight launch, Oct. 25, 2018, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. This exercise marked the first time that the Department of Defense, NASA…

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Atlas V AEHF-4 successfully launches from CCAFS

Posted October 19, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V AEHF-4 rocket lifts off from the pad October 17, 2018 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This was the fourth communications satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) series for the U.S. Air Force.   Air Force photograph by…

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Lockheed Martin solicits ideas for commercial payloads on Orion spacecraft

Posted October 8, 2018 by

At the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, Oct. 5, Lockheed Martin announced it is studying interest in flying commercial payloads aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The market analysis is the first step toward the company’s vision of bringing commercial opportunities to deep space and fostering a thriving commercial marketplace beyond low-Earth orbit. Lockheed Martin is…

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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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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope speaks for first time at Northrop Grumman

Posted October 3, 2018 by

The two super elements of the James Webb Space Telescope successfully communicated for the first time. The test was completed by Northrop Grumman in partnership with NASA.

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Raytheon delivers first SeeMe satellite to DARPA

Posted October 3, 2018 by

TUCSON, Ariz.–Raytheon has delivered the first Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements, or SeeMe, satellite to DARPA. Assembled on the company’s advanced missile production lines, the new SeeMe satellite will provide greater situational awareness to soldiers on the ground. DARPA’s SeeMe program is designed to show that small satellites can be built affordably to give…

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Partnership, teamwork enable landmark science glovebox launch to ISS

Posted September 24, 2018 by

As the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's H-IIB rocket carries NASA's Life Sciences Glovebox toward its berth on the International Space Station, hardware specialists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and their partners around the world are eager to initiate new, high-value biological research in Earth orbit.

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Forward to the Moon: Airbus wins ESA studies for future human base in lunar orbit

Posted September 21, 2018 by

The European Space Agency has commissioned Airbus for two studies for possible European involvement in the future human base in lunar orbit. The Gateway, previously known as the Deep Space Gateway or Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G), is a project involving the U.S., Russian, Canadian, Japanese and European space agencies (NASA, Roscosmos, CSA, JAXA and ESA)….

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Final Delta II launch orbits NASA polar ice probe

Posted September 21, 2018 by Peter W. Merlin

Liftoff of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 15 marked the end of an era for a workhorse launch vehicle and a significant leap forward for environmental science. The booster — the last of its type — carried NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), a state-of-the-art climate observation probe. The spacecraft is equipped with the most advanced laser instrument of its kind to measure the average annual changes in Earth’s polar ice sheets.

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