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Near Infrared Camera Integrated into space telescope

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Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module. The integration completes the suite of…

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Second AEHF satellite successfully arrives on orbit

Posted August 20, 2012 by

The second Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite, launched May 4 by the U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center and 45th Space Wing, successfully arrived at its geostationary-orbit test location at approximately 3:30 p.m., PDT, Aug. 10....

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NASA seeks big ideas for small in-space propulsion systems

Posted February 22, 2013 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program is calling for proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. Electrospray thrusters use electricity to energize material and then disperse a resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create thrust. The development of low-mass, lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically…

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NASA launches radiation belt storm probes mission

Posted August 31, 2012 by

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet’s radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m., EDT, Aug. 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how…

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NASA’s Webb Telescope gets its wings

Posted March 22, 2013 by

A massive backplane that will hold the primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope nearly motionless while it peers into space is another step closer to completion with the recent assembly of the support structure’s wings. The wings enable the mirror, made of 18 pieces of beryllium, to fold up and fit inside a…

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Fabrication of Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft for Webb Telescope moves forward

Posted August 31, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The spacecraft that will carry NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to its orbit nearly a million miles from Earth has completed a Critical Design Review for the structure that supports Webb’s data link to NASA’s ground station. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.,…

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Space mission undergoes restructure, moves to ACC

Posted April 5, 2013 by

Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after the April 2 restructure of Air Force Space Command’s Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and realigning like missions…

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NASA Mars exploration rover team to be honored

Posted September 14, 2012 by

The mission team for NASA’s long-lived Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be awarded the Haley Space Flight Award. The team will receive the award Sept. 12 during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space 2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, Calif. The award is presented for outstanding contributions by an astronaut or…

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Boeing to build four more Intelsat Epic 702MP satellites

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing will build four more 702MP satellites for Intelsat S.A., furthering its role as the initial manufacturer of Intelsatís new high-performance satellite fleet, Intelsat EpicNG. The 702MPs will deliver reliable, affordable and high-capacity data transmission that Intelsat customers can tailor to their needs. “Intelsat became our first customer for the 702MP…

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Boeing on schedule to deliver next-gen tracking, data relay satellite

Posted November 9, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing is on schedule to deliver the next-generation series of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, which will increase NASA’s signal processing and transmission capabilities among the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station and dozens of unmanned scientific satellites in low Earth orbit. TDRS K, the first to offer that increase…

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