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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

Posted August 28, 2015 by

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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NASA seeks proposals for extreme environment solar arrays

Posted August 28, 2015 by

NASA’s space technology program is seeking proposals to develop solar array systems for space power in high radiation and low solar energy environments. In the near future, NASA will need solar cells and arrays for multiple applications in robotic and human space exploration missions. Because these systems were traditionally developed for operation near Earth, there…

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NASA awards contract for construction of new mission launch command center

Posted August 28, 2015 by

NASA has awarded a contract to Harkins Contracting Inc. of Salisbury, Maryland, for the construction of a new Mission Launch Command Center at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. The new 14,174 square-foot facility will serve as the hub for interfacing with and controlling rockets, their payloads and associated launch pad support…

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NASA concludes series of engine tests for next-gen rocket

Posted August 28, 2015 by

NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency's new Space Launch System rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before.

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Lockheed Martin makes tiny satellite cooling system

Posted August 26, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin scientists are packing three times the power density into a key satellite cooling system whose previous design is already the lightest in its class. This project continues the company’s effort to reduce component size, enabling compact, higher-power spacecraft payloads and smaller sensor platforms back on Earth. Highly sophisticated electronics like satellite sensors and…

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Northrop Grumman delivers telescope structure for James Webb Space Telescope

Posted August 26, 2015 by

Northrop Grumman delivered on schedule the telescope structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Aug. 24 to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., paving the way for the integration of the 18 hexagonal mirrors that will help scientists observe the formation of the first stars and galaxies over 13.5 billion years ago. 

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SSL awarded DARPA contract to study on-orbit satellite assembly

Posted August 26, 2015 by

Space Systems/Loral announced Aug. 26 it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. Called Dragonfly, the program is designed to enable larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled, to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch…

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NASA extends Raytheon contract for facilities that support human spaceflight

Posted August 21, 2015 by

NASA photograph NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, Texas. The NBL is the pool NASA uses for astronaut spacewalk training and testing scenarios and new equipment. Raytheon provides maintenance and operations support at the facility. NASA’s Johnson Space Center has awarded to Raytheon a contract extension with a potential value of $101.9 million. Raytheon…

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SSL-built satellite for Intelsat begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan

Posted August 21, 2015 by

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that a satellite designed and built for Intelsat S.A., the leading provider of satellite services, was launched Aug. 20 and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

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Send your name to Mars on NASA’s next Red Planet mission

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Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASAís journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year. “Our next step in the journey to Mars is another fantastic mission to the surface,” said Jim Green, director of…

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