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NASA selects launch services contract for Jason-3 mission

Posted July 20, 2012 by Staff

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies of Hawthorne, Calif., to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Jason-3 spacecraft in December 2014 aboard a Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket from Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total value of the Jason-3 launch service is approximately $82 million. This estimated cost includes the task…

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U.S.

Boeing claws back ground lost to Airbus

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Pan Pylas

Boeing beat Airbus in the aircraft order stakes at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, booking potential deals worth more than double the size of its European arch-rival. Though the highlight of its week was unveiled July 12 in Chicago, Ill., where it announced a United Airlines order for 150 aircraft, Boeing said it took total orders…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation successfully completes Dream Chaser nose landing gear test

Posted July 20, 2012 by Staff

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems has successfully completed testing of the nose landing gear for the Dream Chaser(r) orbital crew vehicle. This milestone evaluated the impact forces experienced by the landing gear at the front of the vehicle, the nose, in order to ensure safe runway landing capability of the Dream Chaser during approach and…

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Latest crew blasts off for International Space Station

Posted July 20, 2012 by Staff

Three new crew members are on their way to the International Space Station. NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 10:40 p.m., EDT, July 14. Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide are scheduled to dock their…

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NASA’s car-sized rover nears daring landing on Mars

Posted July 20, 2012 by Staff

NASA’s most advanced planetary rover is on a precise course for an early August landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of unprecedented scientific detective work. However, getting the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars will not be easy. “The Curiosity landing is the hardest NASA mission ever attempted in the history…

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AF seeks medical commissioning candidates

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas – Interested officers, enlisted members and cadets eligible for fiscal 2013 Biomedical Sciences Corps training and commissioning programs can learn more during a world-wide webcast slated for July 18, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Webcasts, slated for 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. central time, will focus on…

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Salutes & Awards

NASA selects Space Launch System advanced booster proposals

Posted July 20, 2012 by Staff

NASA has selected six proposals to improve the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced booster for the Space Launch System. The awardees will develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for SLS, a heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. “The initial SLS heavy-lift rocket…

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White House launches SAVE Award competition

Posted July 20, 2012 by Staff

The White House’s fourth annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency Award competition launched July 10 as part of the Obama administration’s ongoing effort to modernize government. The SAVE Award will run July 10-24. In 2009, the president established the SAVE Award to seek cost-cutting ideas directly from federal employees. According to Deputy Secretary of Defense…

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Senior leaders represent base at July 4th events

Posted July 20, 2012 by Staff

Air Force photograph by Sarah Corrice Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Space and Missiles Systems Center commander, and her daughters Jennifer and Laura wave to the crowds during the Huntington Beach...

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Northrop Grumman donates printers to Los Angeles area schools

Posted July 20, 2012 by Staff

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman’s Woodland Hills, Calif., facility recently donated more than 60 lightly used printers and copy machines to Value Schools, a nonprofit corporation that operates two...

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