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Commercial rocket will fly to the space station

Posted May 18, 2012 by By Marcia Dunn

For the first time, a private company will launch a rocket to the International Space Station, sending it on a grocery run this weekend that could be the shape of things to come for America’s space program. If this unmanned flight and others like it succeed, commercial spacecraft could be ferrying astronauts to the orbiting…

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NASA survey counts potentially hazardous asteroids

Posted May 18, 2012 by

Observations from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer have led to the best assessment yet of our solar system’s population of potentially hazardous asteroids. The results reveal new information about their total numbers, origins and the possible dangers they may pose. Potentially hazardous asteroids, or PHAs, are a subset of the larger group of near-Earth asteroids….

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NASA announces 2012 space technology research fellowship grants

Posted May 17, 2012 by

NASA has selected the 2012 class of Space Technology Research Fellows. Forty-eight students will receive graduate student fellowships from NASA’s Space Technology Program to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions. Through the Space Technology Research Fellowships Program, NASA is providing the nation with a pipeline of highly…

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Lockheed Martin orbits 100th, 101st commercial geo satellites with successful launch

Posted May 16, 2012 by

The 100th and 101st Lockheed Martin commercial geostationary communication satellites have been successfully placed in orbit May 15 after a dual launch aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.

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NASA lends Galaxy Evolution Explorer to Caltech

Posted May 16, 2012 by

NASA is lending the Galaxy Evolution Explorer to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where the spacecraft will continue its exploration of the cosmos. In a first-of-a-kind move for NASA, a Space Act Agreement was signed May 14 so the university soon can resume spacecraft operations and data management for the mission using private…

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Lockheed Martin’s new standalone launching system significantly reduces weapons integration costs

Posted May 15, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph During a recent test in Australia, Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launching System successfully demonstrated its ability to launch missiles or munitions…

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Expedition 31 trio blasts off for International Space Station

Posted May 15, 2012 by

NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba, Russian Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin blasted off for the International Space Station at 10:01 p.m., CDT, May 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to dock their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft to the Poisk module of the station at 11:39…

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NASA $1.5 million robot competition rolls onto WPI campus June 14-17

Posted May 14, 2012 by

Autonomous robots created by 11 teams of engineers from across the country will compete for a NASA prize purse of $1.5 million on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Mass., June 14 -17. The challenge: design and develop the next generation of robots to explore the landscapes of other worlds. The NASA-WPI Sample…

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ATK announces complete Liberty System to provide commercial crew access

Posted May 14, 2012 by

ATK announced May 9 it has developed Liberty into a complete commercial crew transportation system, including the spacecraft, abort system, launch vehicle, and ground and mission operations, designed from inception to meet NASA’s human-rating requirements with a potential for the first test flight in 2014 and Liberty crewed flight in 2015. The company also announced…

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NASA modifies launch service contract to add Falcon 9 rocket

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NASA has announced a modification of its NASA Launch Services II contract with Space Exploration Technologies of Hawthorne, Calif., to add an additional configuration of the Falcon 9 rocket to its fleet. The SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch service will be available to the agency’s Launch Services Program to use for future missions in accordance…

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