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ULA announces new human launch services organization

Posted April 13, 2012 by

United Launch Alliance announced April 9 the formation of a new organization that will focus exclusively on NASA’s human spaceflight programs. ULA’s Human Launch Services organization will be dedicated to supporting NASA and its partners in the development of capabilities to deliver U.S. astronauts to Low Earth Orbit and human exploration beyond Earth orbit. “NASA…

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NASA, ATK complete SLS booster milestone

Posted April 4, 2012 by

NASA and ATK successfully completed the first test for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program March 28 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This demonstration was a key avionics and controls test designated Flight Control Test 1 and included a fully integrated flight heritage thrust vector control system with the new SLS booster avionics subsystem….

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First spacecraft flight recorder for Webb telescope delivered to Northrop Grumman

Posted April 3, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The solid-state electronics unit that will capture the James Webb Space Telescope’s science and engineering data has been completed and delivered to Northrop Grumman by its teammate SEAKR Engineering, Inc., Centennial, Colo. “Without science data, there would be no mission, so this is a very important milestone for the Webb program,”…

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NASA awards contract for procurement services

Posted April 3, 2012 by

NASA has awarded a contract to Wichita Tribal Enterprises, LLC, of Norman, Okla., for contract-closeout and procurement-support services, effective June 1. Contract-closeout services will be on a firm-fixed price completion basis, and the procurement-support services will be provided under task orders issued under a firm-fixed price Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity provision in the contract. The…

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NASA, SpaceX announce NASA social for Falcon 9 launch attempt

Posted April 3, 2012 by

NASA and Space Exploration Technologies will invite 50 of their social media followers to a two-day NASA Social April 29-30 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event is expected to culminate in the launch of SpaceX’s second Commercial Orbital Transportation Services demonstration flight. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is targeted to lift off at…

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To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s journey to the Smithsonian

Posted March 29, 2012 by

The Disney space ranger Buzz Lightyear action figure that flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 space shuttle mission in 2009 will soon be enshrined at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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NASA’s Twitter account receives Shorty Award

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA’s activities in social media were recognized March 26 in New York when the agency’s official Twitter feed, @NASA, received a Shorty Award for the best government use of social media. The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media across sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and others. NASA’s nomination cited multiple…

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NASA confirms launch date for five rocket mission from Virginia

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA managers have given a “go” for a countdown leading to the launch of five suborbital sounding rockets early in the morning March 27 on a science mission that will briefly create a milky white cloud that may be visible along a large portion of the U.S. east coast. The launch window for the mission…

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ICAP Ocean Tomo auctions NASA software patent portfolios March 29

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The Innovative Partnership Program Office of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will hold a March 29 auction with ICAP Ocean Tomo LLC of Chicago to sell three NASA-developed technology lots totaling 12 patents. The patent portfolios include technologies applicable to the software-development industry, robotics, artificial intelligence, industrial process control and wireless sensor…

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First Boeing 702 medium power satellite sends initial signals from space

Posted March 27, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from Intelsat 22, the first of a series of 702MP (medium power) satellites it is delivering for Intelsat. The signals indicate that Intelsat 22 is healthy and ready to begin orbit raising…

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